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7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, a hundred threescore and fifteen years. 8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and oull of years; and was gathered to his people. 9 And his sonsisaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the Son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre; 10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife. 11 *. And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac : and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi. 12 || Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto ...Abraham. 13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the first-born of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, 14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, o 15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: 16 These 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 the years of the life of Ishmael, a hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died, and was gathered unto his people. 18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria; and he died in the presence of all his brethren. 19 || And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Saac : 20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian. 21 And Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the QRP, was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. §2. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why on I thus? And she went to inquire of the ORD. 23 And the Lond said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the eldershall serve the younger.

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ed were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 And the first came out red, all over like an 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 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 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison, but Rebekah low. ed Jacob. 29 T And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. 31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. 32. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the oint to die: and what profit shall this irthright 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 eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. či.p. XXVI. ND there was a famine in the land, \ besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. 2 And the Lond appeared unto him; and said, Go not down into pt: dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of. 3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee: for unto thee, and unto o seed I will give all these countries, and I will perform 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 of the earth be blessed: 5 Because that Abraham obeyed m voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. 6 *| And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: 7 And the men of the place asked himn of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon. 8 And it came to pass when he had

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The Philistines enry Isaac. CHAP.

*ing of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife. 9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest Idie for her. 10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people right lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shoul have brought guiltiness

upon us. 11 And Abimelech charged all his peole, saying. He that toucheth this man or i. wife shall surely be put to death. 1: Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the Lond blessed him: 13 And the man waxed É. and went forward, and grew until he became very

great: 14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of serwants: And the Philistines envied him. 15 For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the o, of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. 16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us: for thou art much mightier than we. 17 's And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there. 18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. 19 And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and sound there a well of springing water. 20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, The water * 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 Sitnah. 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 Loko hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land. 23 And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba. 24 And the Lond appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's

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XXVII. He covenants with Abimeleck.

called upon the name of the Lorp, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well. 26"| Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath 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 me, and have sent me away from you ? 28 And they said, "We saw certainly that the Lord was with thee : and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixtus, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee; 29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the Load. 30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink. 31 And they rose up betimes in the 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 Isaac's servants came and told him concerning the well which they had dig. ged, and said unto him, We have found

water. 33 And he called it Shebah : therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day. 34 *And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: 35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah. CHAP. XXVII. AN. it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son :

2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death : 3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, o quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison : 4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die, 5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son: and Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it. 6 || And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, 7 Bring me venison, and make one sayoury meat, that I may eat, and bless theo before the Lord, before my death. . 8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice, according to that which I command thce. 9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me

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Isaac sends Esau for venison.

from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth : 10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless othee before his death. 11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mothor, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy road, on . I am, a smooth man: is or father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing. 13 And bis mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son; only obey my voice, and go feich me them. 14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his moi. made savoury meat, such as his father oved. 15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son: 16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck : 17 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob. 18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father. And he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son 7 19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first-born ; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me. *0 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LoRD thy Go! brought it to me. 2! And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau, Or not. 22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father ; 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, Art thou my very son Esau ? And he said, I am. 25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thée. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank. 26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. 27 And he came near, and kissed him : and he smelled the smell of his raiment,


and blessed him, and said, See, the smell

Jacob obtains a blessing.

of my son is as the smell of a field which the Lond hath blessed: 28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: 29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee; be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curso thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee. 30 [ And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of fo. his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 And he also had made savoury meat and brought it unto his father; and sai unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me. 32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art 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 camest, and have blessed him 2 yea, and he shall be blessed. 34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father! 35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing: 36 And he said, Is he not rightly named Jacob 7 for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birth-right; and behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me ! 37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have foustained him; and what shall I do now unto thee, my son 7 38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father ? bless me, even me also, O my father And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. 39 And Isaac his father answered, and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall he the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above ; 40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shaft serve thy brother: and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck. 41. T And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him and Esau said in his heart, The days

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Jerob is sent to Padan-aram. CHAP. XXVIII, XXIX.

argurning for my father are at hand, then oil i slay my brother Jacob. 42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said into him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, puring to kill thee. 43. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice: and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran; 44 And t with him a few days, unto thy brother’s fury turn away; 45. Until thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou has done to him : then I will send, and fetch thee from thence. Why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?' 45 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am reary of my life, because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my

use do me? CHAP. XXVIII. ND Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him. Thou shalt 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 flee a wife from thence of the daughters of Lahan thy mother's brother. 3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that shou Inayest be a multitude of people; 4 o give thee the blessing ; Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein hou art a stranger, which God gave unto afri. 5 And Isaac sent away Jacob : and he rent to Padan-aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother. 6 s 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 him, he gave him a charge, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan; 7 And that Jacob obeyed his father, and His mother, and was gone to Padan

aram; 3 And Esau seeing that the daughters of

Canaan pleased not Isaac his father; 9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and

|ith the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's

son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife. 10 T And Jacob went out from Beer

sheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted upon a certain F.

His vision and vow. F. and put them for his pillows, and ay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold, a ladder set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and hebold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham ". father, and the God of Isaac : the land whereon thou liest, to thee wit! I give it, and to thy seed. 14 And thy seed shall be as the dist of the earth; and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south : and in thee and in thy, seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou oest, and will bring thee again into this and : for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. 16 || And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not. 17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. 18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had

ar, and poured oil o the top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Beth-el: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. 20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lond be my God: 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me, I will surely give the tenth unto thee. CHAP. XXIX. THEN Jacob went on ..". and came into the land of the people of the east. 2 And he looked, and behold, a well in

of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth. 3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place. 4 And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.

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Jacob is entertained by Laban. ban the son of Nahor? And they said, We

know him. 6 And he said unto them, Is he well ? And they said, He is well: and behold, Rachel his daughtercometh with the sheep. 7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them. 8 And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep. 9 || And while he yet i. with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them. 10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. 11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and .." 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son; and she ran and told her father. 13 And it came to pass, when Lahan heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things. 14 And Laban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh: and he abode with him the space of a month. 15 is And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought 2 tell me, what shall thy wages be 2 16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah was tender-eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and well-favoured. 18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. 19 And Laban said, It is better that I ive her to thee, than that I should give er to another man : abide with me. 20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her." 21 || And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife (for my days are fulfilled) that I i. go in unto her. 22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. 23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him ; and he went in unto her. 24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah, Ziipah his maid, for a handmaid.


He serves for Leah and Rachel.

25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah : and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel 2 wherefore then hast thou beguiled me 2 26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the first-born. 27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also, for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet even other years. 28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachelhi, daughter to wife also. 29 And Labangave to Rachel his daughter, Bilhah his handmaid, to be her maid. 30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years. 31 || And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb : but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son; and she called his name Reuben : for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me. 33 And she conceived again, and bare a son ; and said, Because the LoRD hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon. - 34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have borne him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi. 35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now willi praise the Lord : therefore she called his name Judah, and left o; CHAP. XXX. ND when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. 2 And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel; and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb 2 3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her. 4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her. 5 And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son. 6 And Rachel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, an hâth given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan. 7 Aud Bilhah, Rachel's maid, conceived

again, and bare Jacob a second son. 8 And Rachel said, With great wrest

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