Genesis 25-26 New American Standard Bible

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Abraham's Descendants through Keturah

25 1  Now Abraham took another wife , whose name was Keturah . 2  She bore to him Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah . 3  Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan . And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim and Letushim and Leummim . 4  The sons of Midian were Ephah and Epher and Hanoch and Abida and Eldaah . All these were the sons of Keturah . 5  Now Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac ; 6  but to the sons of his concubines , Abraham gave gifts while he was still living , and sent them away from his son Isaac eastward , to the land of the east .

The Death and Burial of Abraham

7  These are all the years of Abraham's life that he lived , one hundred and seventy-five years . 8  Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age , an old man and satisfied with life; and he was gathered to his people . 9  Then his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah , in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite , facing e Mamre , 10  the field which Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth ; there Abraham was buried with Sarah his wife .

11  It came about after the death of Abraham , that God blessed his son Isaac ; and Isaac lived by Beer-lahai-roi .

The Descendants of Ishmael

12  Now these are the records of the generations of Ishmael , Abraham's son , whom Hagar the Egyptian , Sarah's maid , bore to Abraham ; 13  and these are the names of the sons of Ishmael , by their names , in the order of their birth : Nebaioth , the firstborn of Ishmael , and Kedar and Adbeel and Mibsam 14  and Mishma and Dumah and Massa , 15  Hadad and Tema , Jetur , Naphish and Kedemah . 16  These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names , by their villages , and by their camps ; twelve e princes according to their tribes . 17  These are the years of the life of Ishmael , one hundred and thirty-seven e years ; and he breathed his last and died , and was gathered to his people . 18  They settled from Havilah to Shur which is east e of Egypt as one goes toward Assyria ; he settled in defiance e of all his relatives .

The Birth of Esau and Jacob

19  Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac , Abraham's son : Abraham became the father of Isaac ; 20  and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah , the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram , the sister of Laban the Aramean , to be his wife . 21  Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife , because she was barren ; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived . 22  But the children struggled together within her; and she said , "If it is so , why then am I this way?" So she went to inquire of the Lord . 23  The Lord said to her, " Two nations are in your womb ; And two peoples will be separated from your body ; And one people shall be stronger than the other ; And the older shall serve the younger ." 24  When her days to be delivered were fulfilled , behold , there were twins in her womb . 25  Now the first came forth red , all over like a hairy garment ; and they named e him Esau . 26  Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau's heel , so his name was called Jacob ; and Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them.

Esau Sells His Birthright

27  When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter , a man of the field , but Jacob was a peaceful man , living in tents . 28  Now Isaac loved Esau , because he had a taste for game , but Rebekah loved Jacob .

29  When Jacob had cooked stew , Esau came in from the field and he was famished ; 30  and Esau said to Jacob , "Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished ." Therefore e his name was called Edom . 31  But Jacob said , "First sell me your birthright ." 32  Esau said , "Behold , I am about to die ; so of what use then is the birthright to me?" 33  And Jacob said , "First swear to me"; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob . 34  Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew ; and he ate and drank , and rose and went on his way . Thus Esau despised his birthright .

Isaac at Gerar

26 1  Now there was a famine in the land , besides e the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham . So Isaac went to Gerar , to Abimelech king of the Philistines . 2  The Lord appeared to him and said , "Do not go down to Egypt ; stay in the land of which I shall tell you. 3  "Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands , and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham . 4  " I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven , and will give your descendants all these lands ; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed ; 5  because e Abraham obeyed e Me and kept My charge , My commandments , My statutes and My laws ."

6  So Isaac lived in Gerar . 7  When the men of the place asked about his wife , he said , " She is my sister ," for he was afraid to say , "my wife ," thinking, "the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah , for she is beautiful ." 8  It came about, when he had been there a long time , that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out through a window , and saw , and behold , Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah . 9  Then Abimelech called Isaac and said , "Behold , certainly she is your wife ! How then did you say , 'She is my sister '?" And Isaac said to him, "Because I said , 'I might die on account of her.' " 10  Abimelech said , "What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife , and you would have brought guilt upon us." 11  So Abimelech charged all the people , saying , "He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death ."

12  Now Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold e . And the Lord blessed him, 13  and the man became rich , and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy ; 14  for he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household , so that the Philistines envied him. 15  Now all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father , the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth . 16  Then Abimelech said to Isaac , "Go away from us, for you are too powerful for us." 17  And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar , and settled there . 18  Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham , for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham ; and he gave them the same names which his father had given them. 19  But when Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing water , 20  the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac , saying , "The water is ours!" So he named e the well Esek , because they contended with him. 21  Then they dug another well , and they quarreled over it too , so he named e it Sitnah . 22  He moved away from there and dug another well , and they did not quarrel over it; so he named e it Rehoboth , for he said , " At last e the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land ." 23  Then he went up from there to Beersheba . 24  The Lord appeared to him the same night and said , " I am the God of your father Abraham ; Do not fear , for I am with you. I will bless you, and multiply your descendants , For the sake of My servant Abraham ." 25  So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the Lord , and pitched his tent there ; and there Isaac's servants dug a well .

26  Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with his adviser Ahuzzath and Phicol the commander of his army . 27  Isaac said to them, " Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?" 28  They said , "We see plainly that the Lord has been with you; so we said , 'Let there now be an oath between us, even between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, 29  that you will do us no harm , just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace . You are now the blessed of the Lord .' " 30  Then he made them a feast , and they ate and drank . 31  In the morning they arose early and exchanged oaths ; then Isaac sent them away and they departed from him in peace . 32  Now it came about on the same day , that Isaac's servants came in and told him about e the well which they had dug , and said to him, "We have found water ." 33  So he called it Shibah ; therefore e the name of the city is Beersheba to this day .

34  When Esau was forty years old he married e Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite , and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite ; 35  and they brought grief e to Isaac and Rebekah .

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