Isaac and Abimelek
1Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. 2The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring26:4 Or seed all nations on earth will be blessed,26:4 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20) 5because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.” 6So Isaac stayed in Gerar.
7When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.”
8When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. 9So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?”
Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”
10Then Abimelek said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”
11So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”
12Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. 13The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.
16Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”
17So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. 18Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.
19Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek,26:20 Esek means dispute. because they disputed with him. 21Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.26:21 Sitnah means opposition. 22He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,26:22 Rehoboth means room. saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”
23From there he went up to Beersheba. 24That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.”
25Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.
26Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord.”
30Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
32That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!” 33He called it Shibah,26:33 Shibah can mean oath or seven. and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.26:33 Beersheba can mean well of the oath and well of seven.
Jacob Takes Esau’s Blessing
34When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.
Isak Ne Ɔhene Abimelek
1Na ɔkɔm kɛse bi baa asase no so; ɛsono ɔkɔm kɛse a ɛbaa Abraham bere so no. Ɛno nti, Isak tu kɔtenaa Gerar a ɛyɛ Filistifo hene Abimelek kurow mu. 2Ɛhɔ na Awurade yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ Isak, ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Nkɔ Misraim, na mmom, tena asase a mɛkyerɛ wo no so. 3Tena asase yi so kakra, efisɛ mede saa asase no nyinaa bɛma wo ne wʼasefo, na mede asi bɔ a mehyɛɛ wʼagya Abraham no so dua. 4Mɛma wʼasefo adɔɔso te sɛ nsoromma a ɛwɔ soro, na mede saa nsase yi nyinaa ama wɔn. Ɛnam wʼasefo so na wobehyira wiase aman ahorow nyinaa. 5Efisɛ Abraham tiee me nne, dii me nsɛm, mʼahyɛde ne me mmara nyinaa so.” 6Enti Isak tenaa Gerar.
7Bere a Gerar mmarima bisaa Isak yere Rebeka ho asɛm no, ɔkae se, “Ɔyɛ me nuabea.” Efisɛ na osuro sɛ ɔbɛka se, “Ɔyɛ me yere.” Ɔkaa saa asɛm yi, efisɛ na osusuw sɛ, esiane ne yere Rebeka ahoɔfɛ nti, anhwɛ a na kurom hɔ mmarima akum no.
8Isak tenaa hɔ kyɛɛ kakra no, da bi, Filistifo hene Abimelek gyina ne mfɛnsere mu na ohuu sɛ Isak regoru ne yere Rebeka ho. 9Ɛno nti, Abimelek soma ma wɔkɔfrɛɛ Isak. Isak bae no, obisaa no se, “Ɔbea no yɛ wo yere ankasa. Adɛn nti na woka se, ‘Ɔyɛ me nuabea?’ ”
Isak buaa no se, “Misusuwii sɛ, sɛ meka se ɔyɛ me yere a, ne nti, ebia na wɔakum me.”
10Na ɔhene Abimelek kae se, “Dɛn asɛm na wo ne yɛn adi yi? Nokware a woamma anna adi nti, anka obi betumi afa wo yere no, na wode mmusu aba yɛn so.”
11Ɛno nti, Abimelek bɔɔ ne manfo no kɔkɔ se, “Obiara a ɔde ne nsa bɛka saa ɔbarima yi, anaa ne yere no, ɔkwan biara so no wobekum no.”
12Saa afe no ara Isak dɔw afuw. Na Awurade hyiraa nʼadwumade so. Ne nnɔbae baa bebree. 13Isak yɛɛ ɔdefo. Nʼahonya kɔɔ so dɔɔso ma odii taamu. 14Onyaa nguan, anantwi, ne asomfo bebree ma ɛyɛɛ saa ma Filistifo no ani beree no yiye. Saa anibere yi nti, Filistifo no de dɔte kosisiw 15abura ahorow a nʼagya Abraham maa ne nkoa tutuu wɔ ne bere so no nyinaa ano.
16Ɛbaa saa no, ɔhene Abimelek ka kyerɛɛ Isak se, “Tu fi yɛn asase so, efisɛ wʼahonya dodow no aka yɛn ahyɛ.”
17Isak tu fii Gerar kurow no mu, kɔɔ Gerar subon mu de hɔ kɔyɛɛ nʼatenae. 18Enti Isak maa ne nkoa san tutuu mmura a nʼagya Abraham maa ne nkoa tutuu na ne wu akyi no Filistifo no sisiw ne nyinaa no. Ɔsan de din koro no ara a nʼagya Abraham de totoo mmura no totoo no bio.
19Isak nkoa no tuu abura foforo bi wɔ Gerar subon no mu, kɔtoo nsu a ɛyɛ kurunnyenn. 20Nanso Gerar nguanhwɛfo ne Isak nguanhwɛfo gyee abura no ho akyinnye. Gerar nguanhwɛfo no kae se, “Abura yi yɛ yɛn de.” Eyi maa Isak too saa abura no din Esek, a ase kyerɛ akyinnyegye abura. 21Isak nkoa no san tuu abura foforo, nanso Gerar nguanhwɛfo no san ne wɔn kasakasaa ɛno nso so. Eyi maa Isak san too saa abura no nso din Sitna, a ase kyerɛ Aperedi. 22Isak gyaw saa abura no hɔ kotuu abura foforo. Afei, nnipa a wɔne no te hɔ no gyaee no haw a obiara ne no ankasa so bio. Eyi maa Isak too saa abura yi din Rehobot a ase ne “Afei de Awurade abɔ yɛn atenase na yebenya yɛn ho wɔ asase yi so.”
23Isak tu fii hɔ kɔɔ Beer-Seba. 24Anadwo no, Awurade yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ no, ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Mene wʼagya, Abraham Nyankopɔn. Nsuro, efisɛ me ne wo na ɛwɔ hɔ. Bɔ a mahyɛ mʼakoa Abraham nti, mehyira wo na mama wʼasefo adɔɔso, na wɔayɛ ɔman kɛse.”
25Isak sii afɔremuka, som Awurade wɔ hɔ. Osii ntamadan tenaa hɔ, na ne nkoa nso tuu abura maa no.
26Da bi, ɔhene Abimelek ne ne fotufo Ahusad ne ne sahene Pikol fi Gerar bɛsraa Isak. 27Isak bisaa wɔn se, “Adɛn nti na mo a na mo ne me nka, na mopam me fii mo nkyɛn aba me ha nnɛ sɛ morebɛsra me?”
28Wobuaa no se, “Yehu pefee sɛ Awurade wɔ wʼafa nti, yɛasi gyinae sɛ, yɛne wo bɛyɛ apam. Apam no bɛda wo ne yɛn ntam. Pene so, na yɛne wo nyɛ saa apam no 29sɛ worenhaw yɛn, sɛnea yɛn nso, yɛanhaw wo no. Yɛne wo tenaa yiye. Yegyaa wo kwan asomdwoe mu. Na afei, hwɛ sɛnea Awurade ahyira wo.”
30Isak too wɔn pon, na wodidi nomee de twɛn apam a wɔne no rebɛyɛ no. 31Ade kyee anɔpa no, Isak ne mmarima no kekaa wɔn ho wɔn ho ntam, de sii wɔn apam a wɔayɛ no so dua. Na Isak gyaa wɔn kwan ma wɔkɔɔ asomdwoe mu.
32Da no ara, Isak asomfo bɛkaa abura a na wɔretu no ho asɛm kyerɛɛ no se, “Yɛato nsu.” 33Isak too abura no din Seba a, ase kyerɛ sɛ “Ntanka abura.” Kurow a akyiri no wɔkyekyeree wɔ hɔ no, wɔtoo hɔ din Beer-Seba a ebesi nnɛ, wɔda so frɛ hɔ saa ara.
34Esau dii mfe aduanan no, ɔwaree ababaa bi a na wɔfrɛ no Yudit. Na nʼagya yɛ Hetini bi a ne din de Beeri. Esau san waree Basmat a nʼagya yɛ Hetini bi a ne din de Elon. 35Nanso Isak ne Rebeka bo annwo wɔ saa aware no ho.