New International Version

Genesis 26

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. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay 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. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring[a] all nations on earth will be blessed,[b] because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.” So Isaac stayed in Gerar.

When 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.”

When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelek king of the Philistines looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah. So 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.”

10 Then 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.”

11 So Abimelek gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who harms this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”

12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15 So 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.

16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”

17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. 18 Isaac 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.

19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20 But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek,[c] because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah.[d] 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,[e] saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”

23 From there he went up to Beersheba. 24 That 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.”

25 Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.

26 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”

28 They 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 29 that 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.”

30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.

32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, “We’ve found water!” 33 He called it Shibah,[f] and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.[g]

Jacob Takes Esau’s Blessing

34 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 26:4 Or seed
  2. Genesis 26:4 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)
  3. Genesis 26:20 Esek means dispute.
  4. Genesis 26:21 Sitnah means opposition.
  5. Genesis 26:22 Rehoboth means room.
  6. Genesis 26:33 Shibah can mean oath or seven.
  7. Genesis 26:33 Beersheba can mean well of the oath and well of seven.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 26

以撒寄居基拉耳

1亚伯拉罕在世的时候,那地方闹过一次饥荒,这时又闹饥荒。以撒就迁到基拉耳的非利士王亚比米勒那里。 耶和华向以撒显现说:“不要下埃及去,要住在我指示你住的地方。 你寄居在这里,我必与你同在,赐福给你,因为我必把这些土地赐给你和你的后代,坚立我对你父亲亚伯拉罕的誓约。 我必使你的后代多如繁星,将这些土地都赐给他们,天下万国必因你的后裔而蒙福。 因为亚伯拉罕听从我的话,遵守我的吩咐、命令、典章和律法。”

亚比米勒斥责以撒

于是,以撒就在基拉耳住下来。 那里的人问起他的妻子时,他便说:“她是我妹妹。”他不敢说:“她是我妻子。”他担心当地的人会因为利百加而害他,因为利百加长得非常美丽。 以撒在那里住了许久。一天,非利士王亚比米勒从窗口看见以撒和利百加亲热的情形, 便召见以撒,问他:“她明明是你妻子,为什么你说她是你妹妹呢?”以撒回答说:“我担心别人为了她而杀害我!” 10 亚比米勒说:“你怎么可以这样对我们呢?万一百姓中有人想占有她,你就使我们陷入罪中了。” 11 于是,亚比米勒下令全国:凡伤害他们二人的,必被处死。

12 以撒在那里耕种,耶和华赐福给他,那一年他得了百倍的收成。 13 他的财富越来越多,成了大富户。 14 他拥有很多的牛羊和仆婢,非利士人嫉妒他。 15 他父亲亚伯拉罕生前派人挖的那些水井,全被非利士人用土塞住了。 16 亚比米勒对以撒说:“请你离开我们吧,因为你太强盛了。” 17 以撒就离开那里,把帐篷迁往基拉耳谷居住。 18 他的父亲亚伯拉罕生前挖的水井都被非利士人塞住了,以撒便重新挖开,并沿用父亲生前给那些水井起的名字。 19 以撒的牧人在谷中挖得一口活水井, 20 基拉耳的牧人与以撒的牧人争吵起来,都说:“这口井是我们的。”于是,以撒便称那口井为埃色[a] 21 后来,以撒的仆人又挖了一口井,他们双方又为那口井发生争执,以撒便称那口井为西提拿[b] 22 以撒离开那里,又挖了一口水井。这次,他们没有为那口井争吵。所以,以撒称那口井为利河伯[c]。以撒说:“如今耶和华给了我们一个宽阔的地方,我们可以在这里繁荣兴旺。”

23 以撒从那里上别示巴去。 24 当天晚上,耶和华向他显现说:“我是你父亲亚伯拉罕的上帝。你不用惧怕,因为我与你同在。为了我仆人亚伯拉罕的缘故,我必赐福给你,使你子孙众多。” 25 以撒在那里筑了一座坛求告耶和华,并且在那里搭起帐篷住下来。他的仆人又在那里挖了一口井。

以撒和亚比米勒起誓立约

26 一天,亚比米勒带着他的参谋亚户撒、将领非各从基拉耳来见以撒。 27 以撒见到他们就说:“你们既然憎恨我,把我赶走,为什么又来找我?” 28 他们回答说:“我们清楚知道耶和华与你同在,我们双方应该订立誓约。 29 请你起誓保证不会伤害我们,就像我们没有侵犯你,总是善待你,让你平安地离开一样。你是蒙耶和华赐福的人。” 30 于是,以撒为他们摆设宴席,一同吃喝。 31 第二天早晨,以撒和他们互相起誓之后,送他们平安地离去。 32 在同一天,以撒的仆人将挖井的事告诉他,说:“我们找到水了。” 33 以撒便称那口井为示巴[d],因此那城叫别示巴,沿用至今。

以扫娶妻

34 以扫四十岁时,娶了赫人比利的女儿犹蒂与赫人以伦的女儿巴实抹。 35 她们二人常使以撒和利百加伤心。

Footnotes

  1. 26:20 埃色”意思是“相争”。
  2. 26:21 西提拿”意思是“敌对”。
  3. 26:22 利河伯”意思是“宽阔之地”。
  4. 26:33 示巴”意思是“誓约”。