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Isaac mcetcth htr. C&A P. XXV

Lake my master's brother's daughter unto his son.

49 And now, if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, teil me; that I may turn lo the right hand, or to the leit

50 IT Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the Lord; we carmoD speak unto thee bad or good.

51 Behold, Rebekah » before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son'c wile, as the Lord bathspoken.

52 And it came to pass, that,

Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the L.onD,bowing himtelf to the earth.

53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Reockah: he gave also tohei brother and to her mother precious things.

•54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with hii tarried ail night; and they roe . the morning; and he scud, Send me away unto my master.

55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a Jew days, at the least, ten; alter that she shall go.

66 And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the Lord hath pro; pered my way; send me away, that may go to my master.

57 And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth.

6S And they called Rebekah.andsaid unto her, Wilt thou go with tins man? And she said, 1 will go.

59 And thcysentaway Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.

60 And they blessed Rebekah, and eaid unto her, Thou art our sister; be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.

61 IT And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man; and (he servant took Rebekah, and went his

<>2 1T And Isaac came from the way or the well Lahai-roi: for he dwelt in the south country.

Abraham dictn. up bis eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.

64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes; and when she saw Isaac, she iightedoff the camel.

65 For she had said unto the servant. What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master: tberefoie she took a veil, and covered herself.

66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.

67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent,and took Rebekah, and she became his wife: and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

CHAP. XXV.

THEN again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.

2 And she bare him Zimrara, and Jokshan, and Medau, and Midian,and

shbak, and Shuah.

3 And Jokshan begat Shebaand Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim.and Letu>him,aud Leurmnim.

4 And the sons of Midiau; Ephab, and Epber, andHanoch,andAbidali, and Eldaah. All these were the chiiIren of Keturah.

6 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

6 But unto the sons of the concubines, k-hich Abraham had, Abraham gave

|gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son (while he yet lived) eastward, unto the east country.

7 TT And these are the days of the ■ears of Abraham's life which he lived, i hundred threescore and fifteen years.

8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

9 And his eons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Alachpelah,

the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mature;

The field which Aoraham pur chased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his v.ifc.

TT And it came to pass, after the death of Abraham, that God blessed bis sen Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by tho well Lahai-roi.

12 TT Now these are the generations of lshmael, Abraham's sc

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13 And these are the names of lhC| sons of Ishmael, by their na . .. cording to their generations: Thel'ii'st] horn of Ishmael, Nebajolh; and Kedar, andAbdeel, and Mibsam,

14 And Misbma, a>id Duma]), and| Maesa,

15 Hadar, ondTema, Ji-tur,Naphish, and Kedemah:

16 Theee are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.

17 And these are theyears of tlie life of Ishmael, a hundred and thirty and] spven years: and lie gave up theghost, and died, and was gathered uuto his people.

18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as the goest toward Assyria: a«t/hedied the presence of all his brethren.

19 71 And these are the generations of) Isaac, Abraham's son . Abraham begat Isaac.

•20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Reliekah to wife.the daughter of Bethucl Hie Syrian ol Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.

21 TT And Isaac entreated the Lour for his wife, because she was barren :| nnd the Loud was entreated of him. and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22 And the children struggled together within her: and she said, If it be so, why Cot 1 thus? And she went to inquir*- of the Lord.

23 And the Loud said unto I nationsare in thy wonib,and 1 ner of people shall be separated from thy bowels: and the one people shall be stronger than the other people ; and the elder shall serve the younger.

21 T) And when her days tobedc livered were fulfilled, behold, thcr were twins m her womb.

25 And the first came out red, 0.11 ove like a hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.

26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

27 TT And the boys grew; and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

28 Ana Isaac loved Esau, because lie

ES1S. Esau selleth his birth.-,trh;. did eat of his venison; out Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 IT And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and heu-o.* faint.

30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed mc, I pray thee, with that same red poc tage; for 1 am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thv birthright,

32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die; and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did cat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

CHAP. XXVI. A ND there was a famine in the land, .T3L besides the first famine that was in the daye of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Ai.itnc.Wh king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

2 And the Loan appeared untohimand said, Go not down into Egypt: dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of.

3 Sojourn in this land; and 1 will be with thee, and will bless thee: for unto thee, and unto thy 6ccd, 1 will gjve ad these coantries; and I will per form the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father:

4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries: and in thy seed shall all the nations ol the earth be blessed;

6 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

6 TT And Isaac dwell in Gerar.

7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for be feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah;be cause she icas fair to look upon.

And it came to pass, when he had been there a longtime, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife. 9 And Abimelech called Isaac, an<l said, Behold, of a surety she is tliy

Isaacgrowak rich. CHAP wife; and how saidst tbou, She is my-. sister? And Isaac said unlo him, Because I said. Lest I die for her.

10 And Abimelech said, What is this r.hou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, "and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.

11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that touchetJi this man, or his wife, shall surely be put to death.

12 IT Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundred fold ; and the Lord blessed him:

13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew, until he became very great:

14 For lie had possession of (locks, and possession of herds,andgreat store of servants: and the Philistines envied

15 For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his fathcr.the Philistines had slopped them, and tilled tlieni with earth.

16 And Abimelech eaid unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.

17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his ten I. in the valley of Gerah and dwelt there.

1STT And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Pliili9tines had stopped themafier the death of Abraham : and he called their names alter the names by which his father had called them.

10 And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

20 And the herdsmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's-herdsmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

■21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Siliiah.

22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Loud hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

'23 IT And he went up from Ihoncc to Bwr-shciix

XXVIL Eta.Ss wives.

2-1 And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father; fear not, for 1 am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed, for my sen-ani Abraham s sake.

2o And he builded an altar there,and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well.

2o IT Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzah one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.

27 And Isaac said unto them.Wherefore come ye to me,seeing ye hate ine, and have sent me away from you?

'28 And they said, We saw certainly that the Loud was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us,even betwixt us and thec,and let us make a covenant with thee;

29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as wc have done unto thee nothing butgood, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the Lord.

30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

31 And they rose up betimes in tbs morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

32 And it came to pass the same day, that! saac's servants came and told h fm concerning the well which they had digged, and said unlo him, We have I'ou7ki water.

33 And he called it Sheba; therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this dav.

34 IT And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daugh tor of Beeri ibeHittile,and Bashemalh the daughter of Elon iheHittile;

3o Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

CHAP. XXVIL

AND it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Ksan his eldest son, and said untohiin. My son: and he said unto lum,Bchol<i, here am L

2 And he said, Behold now, lam old, I know not the day of ray death.

3 Now therefore take, I pray tlice, thy weapons, thy quiver ana thy bow, to the field to hunt Jur venison, and\ lo bring it.

Jacub obtainah GENESIS. the blessing.

and go out to the field, aad lake me 20 And Isaac said unto his son, How some venison; I is it that thou hast found it so qukk'.y,

-1 And make me savoury meat, such I my son? And lie said, Because the as I love, and bring it to me, that li Lord thy God brought it to nie. may eat; that my soul may bless thee 21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Comebefore I die. near, I pray thee, that 1 may lee) thee,

5 And Rebekali heard when Isaac| my son, whether thoubt my very son spake to Esau his son. AndEs;

0 1T And Rebekah spake unto Jacobj her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,

7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat,and blessj thee before the Lord,before my death.

8 Now therefore, my son. obey my voice, according to that which 1 command thee. ,

y Go now to the flock, and fetch me; from thence two goodkids of the goats;' and 1 will make them savoury rneat| lor thy father, such as he lovelh.

10 Aud thou shalt bring it to thy Tather, that ho may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.

11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and 1 am a smooth man:

12 My father peradventure will feel me, and 1 shall seem to him as a deceiver; and 1 shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.

13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.

14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as] his father loved.

15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment| of her eldest son Esau, which ioe; with hj?r in the house, and put the, upon Jacob her youngest son:

16 And she put the skins of the kids] of the goals upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:

17 And she gave the savoury meatj and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

18 fl" And he came unto his father, and said, My father. And he said, Here anil; who art thou, my son?

19 And Jacob said unto his fat her, I dm Esau thy first-born; I have done! according as thou badest me: arise, 1 pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy so il may bless me. J

22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his tather; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him.

24 And he said, An thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.

25 And he said, Bring near to me, and 1 will eat of my son's venison,t'lat my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat; and he brought luin wine, and he drank.

2t> And his fatherlsaacsaid unto him Come near now, and kiss me, my son

27 And he came near, and kissed him: and lie smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lord hath blessed:

2S Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine;

2'jLet people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over the brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth Uiee.

30 IT And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob,and Jacob wasyet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

31 Aud he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father,Lotmy father arise, and eat of his son's venison,that thy soul may bless me.

32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who an thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy first-born, Esau.

33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou earnest, and have blessed him? yen, and he shall be blessed.

JSsauhatelk Jacob. CHAP.

34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, lie cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his Hither, Bless me, even me also, O my lather 1

35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtlety, and bath taken away thy blessing.

06 And lie said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? I'or he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my i.irlhright ; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And be said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for

:.?7 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, 1 have made him thy iord, ami all his brethren have I given to him Ibrservants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him : and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?

3S And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me,fi'f»i me also, O my lather! And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

Till And Isaac his father answered, and paid unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth,and ol fhr dew of heaven from above;

40 And by thy sword sbalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother . and it shall come to pass, when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shall break his yoke from oti'thy neck.

'II IT And Esau hated Jacob, because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his lu art, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will 1 slay my brother Jacob.

-1-2 And these wordsofEsau her elder (-on were told toRebekali: and she sent and called Jacob heryoungerson, and said unto him,Behold, thy brother Ksau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.

-to Now therefore, my eon, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother, to Ilaran;

-14 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away;

Until thy brother's mger turn away from thee, and he forget thai which thou hast done to luni: then 1 will send and fetch thee from thence. Why should I be deprived also of you troth in one day?

XXVIII. Jacob's vision.

wearyof my life because of the dangii lers of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Hcth, such as these w/uc/i are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life dome? CHAP. XXV11L

AND Isaac called Jacob.and blessed him, and charged lu'm, and said unto him, Thou 6halt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.

2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father, and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Labnn thy mother's brother.

3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people:

4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; thatthou mayest inherit the hina wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.

5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padan-aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian,the brother of Kebekab,Jacob,and Esau'smother.

6 IT When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padan-aram, to take him a wife from thence; and that, as he blessed himhe gave him a charge, saying, Thou shaft not take awife of the daughters of Canaan;

7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padan-aram;

8 And Esau seeing that the daughters ofCanaan pleascdnot Isaac hisfather;

9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which he had, Mahalath the daughter of IshmaeL Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.

10TT And Jacob went out from Beersbeba,and went toward Haran.

11 And he lighted upon a certain, place, and tarried there a"il night, because the sun was set: and he took of the stones of that place, and put them Jor his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

12 xVnd he dreamed, and, behold, & ladder set up on the earth.and the top of it reached to heaven; and, behold, the angels of God ascending and deecendingon it.

13 And behold, the Eon r> stood above

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