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1. Now the Lord said to Abram, Go out from your country and from your family and from your father's house, into the land to which I will be your guide:

2. And I will make of you a great nation, blessing you and making your name great; and you will be a blessing:

3. To them who are good to you will I give blessing, and on him who does you wrong will I put my curse: and you will become a name of blessing to all the families of the earth.

4. So Abram went as the Lord had said to him, and Lot went with him: Abram was seventy-five years old when he went away from Haran.

5. And Abram took Sarai, his wife, and Lot, his brother's son, and all their goods and the servants which they had got in Haran, and they went out to go to the land of Canaan.

6. And Abram went through the land till he came to Shechem, to the holy tree of Moreh. At that time, the Canaanites were still living in the land.

7. And the Lord came to Abram, and said, I will give all this land to your seed; then Abram made an altar there to the Lord who had let himself be seen by him.

8. And moving on from there to the mountain on the east of Beth-el, he put up his tent, having Beth-el on the west and Ai on the east: and there he made an altar and gave worship to the name of the Lord.

9. And he went on, journeying still to the South.

10. And because there was little food to be had in that land, he went down into Egypt.

11. Now when he came near to Egypt, he said to Sarai, his wife, Truly, you are a fair woman and beautiful to the eye;

12. And I am certain that when the men of Egypt see you, they will say, This is his wife: and they will put me to death and keep you.

13. Say, then, that you are my sister, and so it will be well with me because of you, and my life will be kept safe on your account.

14. And so it was that when Abram came into Egypt, the men of Egypt, looking on the woman, saw that she was fair.

15. And Pharaoh's great men, having seen her, said words in praise of her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into Pharaoh's house.

16. And because of her, he was good to Abram, and he had sheep and oxen and asses, and men-servants and women-servants, and camels.

17. And the Lord sent great troubles on Pharaoh's house because of Sarai, Abram's wife.

18. Then Pharaoh sent for Abram, and said, What have you done to me? why did you not say that she was your wife?

19. Why did you say that she was your sister? so that I took her for my wife: now, take your wife and go on your way.

20. And Pharaoh gave orders to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and all he had.

1. And Abram went up out of Egypt with his wife and all he had, and Lot with him, and they came in to the South.

2. Now Abram had great wealth of cattle and silver and gold.

3. And travelling on from the South, he came to Beth-el, to the place where his tent had been before, between Beth-el and Ai;

4. To the place where he had made his first altar, and there Abram gave worship to the name of the Lord.

5. And Lot, who went with him, had flocks and herds and tents;

6. So that the land was not wide enough for the two of them: their property was so great that there was not room for them together.

7. And there was an argument between the keepers of Abram's cattle and the keepers of Lot's cattle: at that time the Canaanites and Perizzites were still living in the land.

8. Then Abram said to Lot, Let there be no argument between me and you, and between my herdmen and your herdmen, for we are brothers.

9. Is not all the land before you? then let us go our separate ways: if you go to the left, I will go to the right; or if you take the right, I will go to the left.

10. And Lot, lifting up his eyes and looking an the valley of Jordan, saw that it was well watered everywhere, before the Lord had sent destruction on Sodom and Gomorrah; it was like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, on the way to Zoar.

11. So Lot took for himself all the valley of Jordan, and went to the east, and they were parted from one another.

12. Abram went on living in the land of Canaan, and Lot went to the lowland towns, moving his tent as far as Sodom.

13. Now the men of Sodom were evil, and great sinners before the Lord.

14. And the Lord had said to Abram, after Lot was parted from him, From this place where you are take a look to the north and to the south, to the east and to the west:

15. For all the land which you see I will give to you and to your seed for ever.

16. And I will make your children like the dust of the earth, so that if the dust of the earth may be numbered, then will your children be numbered.

17. Come, go through all the land from one end to the other for I will give it to you.

18. And Abram, moving his tent, came and made his living-place by the holy tree of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and made an altar there to the Lord.

1. Now in the days of Amraphel, king of Shinar, Arioch, king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, and Tidal, king of Goiim,

2. They made war with Bera, king of Sodom, and with Birsha, king of Gomorrah, Shinab, king of Admah, and Shemeber, king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (which is Zoar).

3. All these came together in the valley of Siddim (which is the Salt Sea).

4. For twelve years they were under the rule of Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they put off his control.

5. And in the fourteenth year, Chedorlaomer and the kings who were on his side, overcame the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, and the Zuzim in Ham, and the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim,

6. And the Horites in their mountain Seir, driving them as far as El-paran, which is near the waste land.

7. Then they came back to En-mishpat (which is Kadesh), making waste all the country of the Amalekites and of the Amorites living in Hazazon-tamar.

8. And the king of Sodom with the king of Gomorrah and the king of Admah and the king of Zeboiim and the king of Bela (that is Zoar), went out, and put their forces in position in the valley of Siddim,

9. Against Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, and Tidal, king of Goiim, and Amraphel, king of Shinar, and Arioch, king of Ellasar: four kings against the five.

10. Now the valley of Siddim was full of holes of sticky earth; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were put to flight and came to their end there, but the rest got away to the mountain.

11. And the four kings took all the goods and food from Sodom and Gomorrah and went on their way.

12. And in addition they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who was living in Sodom, and all his goods.

13. And one who had got away from the fight came and gave word of it to Abram the Hebrew, who was living by the holy tree of Mamre, the Amorite, the brother of Eshcol and Aner, who were friends of Abram.

14. And Abram, hearing that his brother's son had been made a prisoner, took a band of his trained men, three hundred and eighteen of them, sons of his house, and went after them as far as Dan.

15. And separating his forces by night, he overcame them, putting them to flight and going after them as far as Hobah, which is on the north side of Damascus.

16. And he got back all the goods, and Lot, his brother's son, with his goods and the women and the people.

17. And when he was coming back after putting to flight Chedorlaomer and the other kings, he had a meeting with the king of Sodom in the valley of Shaveh, that is, the King's Valley.

18. And Melchizedek, king of Salem, the priest of the Most High God, took bread and wine,

19. And blessing him, said, May the blessing of the Most High God, maker of heaven and earth, be on Abram:

20. And let the Most High God be praised, who has given into your hands those who were against you. Then Abram gave him a tenth of all the goods he had taken.

21. And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the prisoners and take the goods for yourself.

22. But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have taken an oath to the Lord, the Most High God, maker of heaven and earth,

23. That I will not take so much as a thread or the cord of a shoe of yours; so that you may not say, I have given wealth to Abram:

24. Give me nothing but the food which the fighting-men who went with me have had; but let Aner and Eshcol and Mamre have their part of the goods.

1. After these things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Have no fear, Abram: I will keep you safe, and great will be your reward.

2. And Abram said, What will you give me? for I have no child and this Eliezer of Damascus will have all my wealth after me.

3. And Abram said, You have given me no child, and a servant in my house will get the heritage.

4. Then said the Lord, This man will not get the heritage, but a son of your body will have your property after you.

5. And he took him out into the open air, and said to him, Let your eyes be lifted to heaven, and see if the stars may be numbered; even so will your seed be.

6. And he had faith in the Lord, and it was put to his account as righteousness.

7. And he said to him, I am the Lord, who took you from Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land for your heritage.

8. And he said, O Lord God, how may I be certain that it will be mine?

9. And he said, Take a young cow of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a sheep of three years old, and a dove and a young pigeon.

10. All these he took, cutting them in two and putting one half opposite the other, but not cutting the birds in two.

11. And evil birds came down on the bodies, but Abram sent them away.

12. Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep came on Abram, and a dark cloud of fear.

13. And he said to Abram, Truly, your seed will be living in a land which is not theirs, as servants to a people who will be cruel to them for four hundred years;

14. But I will be the judge of that nation whose servants they are, and they will come out from among them with great wealth.

15. As for you, you will go to your fathers in peace; at the end of a long life you will be put in your last resting-place.

16. And in the fourth generation they will come back here; for at present the sin of the Amorite is not full.

17. Then when the sun went down and it was dark, he saw a smoking fire and a flaming light which went between the parts of the bodies.

18. In that day the Lord made an agreement with Abram, and said, To your seed have I given this land from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates:

19. The Kenite, the Kenizzite, and the Kadmonite,

20. And the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Rephaim,

21. And the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Girgashite, and the Jebusite.

1. Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had given him no children; and she had a servant, a woman of Egypt whose name was Hagar.

2. And Sarai said to Abram, See, the Lord has not let me have children; go in to my servant, for I may get a family through her. And Abram did as Sarai said.

3. So after Abram had been living for ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai took Hagar, her Egyptian servant, and gave her to Abram for his wife.

4. And he went in to Hagar and she became with child, and when she saw that she was with child, she no longer had any respect for her master's wife.

5. And Sarai said to Abram, May my wrong be on you: I gave you my servant for your wife and when she saw that she was with child, she no longer had any respect for me: may the Lord be judge between you and me.

6. And Abram said, The woman is in your power; do with her whatever seems good to you. And Sarai was cruel to her, so that she went running away from her.

7. And an angel of the Lord came to her by a fountain of water in the waste land, by the fountain on the way to Shur.

8. And he said, Hagar, Sarai's servant, where have you come from and where are you going? And she said, I am running away from Sarai, my master's wife.

9. And the angel said to her, Go back, and put yourself under her authority.

10. And the angel of the Lord said, Your seed will be greatly increased so that it may not be numbered.

11. And the angel of the Lord said, See, you are with child and will give birth to a son, to whom you will give the name Ishmael, because the ears of the Lord were open to your sorrow.

12. And he will be like a mountain ass among men; his hand will be against every man and every man's hand against him, and he will keep his place against all his brothers.

13. And to the Lord who was talking with her she gave this name, You are a God who is seen; for she said, Have I not even here in the waste land had a vision of God and am still living?

14. So that fountain was named, Fountain of Life and Vision: it is between Kadesh and Bered.

15. And Hagar gave birth to a child, the son of Abram, to whom Abram gave the name of Ishmael.

16. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael.

1. When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord came to him, and said, I am God, Ruler of all; go in my ways and be upright in all things,

2. And I will make an agreement between you and me, and your offspring will be greatly increased.

3. And Abram went down on his face on the earth, and the Lord God went on talking with him, and said,

4. As for me, my agreement is made with you, and you will be the father of nations without end.

5. No longer will your name be Abram, but Abraham, for I have made you the father of a number of nations.

6. I will make you very fertile, so that nations will come from you and kings will be your offspring.

7. And I will make between me and you and your seed after you through all generations, an eternal agreement to be a God to you and to your seed after you.

8. And to you and to your seed after you, I will give the land in which you are living, all the land of Canaan for an eternal heritage; and I will be their God.

9. And God said to Abraham, On your side, you are to keep the agreement, you and your seed after you through all generations.

10. And this is the agreement which you are to keep with me, you and your seed after you: every male among you is to undergo circumcision.

11. In the flesh of your private parts you are to undergo it, as a mark of the agreement between me and you.

12. Every male among you, from one generation to another, is to undergo circumcision when he is eight days old, with every servant whose birth takes place in your house, or for whom you gave money to someone of another country, and not of your seed.

13. He who comes to birth in your house and he who is made yours for a price, all are to undergo circumcision; so that my agreement may be marked in your flesh, an agreement for all time.

14. And any male who does not undergo circumcision will be cut off from his people: my agreement has been broken by him.

15. And God said, As for Sarai, your wife, from now her name will be not Sarai, but Sarah.

16. And I will give her a blessing so that you will have a son by her: truly my blessing will be on her, and she will be the mother of nations: kings of peoples will be her offspring.

17. Then Abraham went down on his face, and laughing, said in his heart, May a man a hundred years old have a child? will Sarah, at ninety years old, give birth?

18. And Abraham said to God, If only Ishmael's life might be your care!

19. And God said, Not so; but Sarah, your wife, will have a son, and you will give him the name Isaac, and I will make my agreement with him for ever and with his seed after him.

20. As for Ishmael, I have given ear to your prayer: truly I have given him my blessing and I will make him fertile and give him great increase; he will be the father of twelve chiefs, and I will make him a great nation.

21. But my agreement will be with Isaac, to whom Sarah will give birth a year from this time.

22. And having said these words, God went up from Abraham.

23. And Abraham took Ishmael, his son, and all whose birth had taken place in his house, and all his servants whom he had made his for a price, every male of his house, and on that very day he gave them circumcision in the flesh of their private parts as God had said to him.

24. Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he underwent circumcision.

25. And Ishmael, his son, was thirteen years old when he underwent circumcision.

26. Abraham and Ishmael, his son, underwent circumcision on that very day.

27. And all the men of his house, those whose birth had taken place in the house and those whom he had got for money from men of other lands, underwent circumcision with him.

1. Now the Lord came to him by the holy tree of Mamre, when he was seated in the doorway of his tent in the middle of the day;

2. And lifting up his eyes, he saw three men before him; and seeing them, he went quickly to them from the door of the tent, and went down on his face to the earth;

3. And said, My Lord, if now I have grace in your eyes, do not go away from your servant:

4. Let me get water for washing your feet, and take your rest under the tree:

5. And let me get a bit of bread to keep up your strength, and after that you may go on your way: for this is why you have come to your servant. And they said, Let it be so.

6. Then Abraham went quickly into the tent, and said to Sarah, Get three measures of meal straight away and make cakes.

7. And running to the herd, he took a young ox, soft and fat, and gave it to the servant and he quickly made it ready;

8. And he took butter and milk and the young ox which he had made ready and put it before them, waiting by them under the tree while they took food.

9. And they said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, She is in the tent.

10. And he said, I will certainly come back to you in the spring, and Sarah your wife will have a son. And his words came to the ears of Sarah who was at the back of the tent-door.

11. Now Abraham and Sarah were very old, and Sarah was past the time for giving birth.

12. And Sarah, laughing to herself, said, Now that I am used up am I still to have pleasure, my husband himself being old?

13. And the Lord said, Why was Sarah laughing and saying, Is it possible for me, being old, to give birth to a child?

14. Is there any wonder which the Lord is not able to do? At the time I said, in the spring, I will come back to you, and Sarah will have a child.

15. Then Sarah said, I was not laughing; for she was full of fear. And he said, No, but you were laughing.

16. And the men went on from there in the direction of Sodom; and Abraham went with them on their way.

17. And the Lord said, Am I to keep back from Abraham the knowledge of what I do;

18. Seeing that Abraham will certainly become a great and strong nation, and his name will be used by all the nations of the earth as a blessing?

19. For I have made him mine so that he may give orders to his children and those of his line after him, to keep the ways of the Lord, to do what is good and right: so that the Lord may do to Abraham as he has said.

20. And the Lord said, Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is very great, and their sin is very evil,

21. I will go down now, and see if their acts are as bad as they seem from the outcry which has come to me; and if they are not, I will see.

22. And the men, turning from that place, went on to Sodom: but Abraham was still waiting before the Lord.

23. And Abraham came near, and said, Will you let destruction come on the upright with the sinners?

24. If by chance there are fifty upright men in the town, will you give the place to destruction and not have mercy on it because of the fifty upright men?

25. Let such a thing be far from you, to put the upright to death with the sinner: will not the judge of all the earth do right?

26. And the Lord said, If there are fifty upright men in the town, I will have mercy on it because of them.

27. And Abraham answering said, Truly, I who am only dust, have undertaken to put my thoughts before the Lord:

28. If by chance there are five less than fifty upright men, will you give up all the town to destruction because of these five? And he said, I will not give it to destruction if there are forty-five.

29. And again he said to him, By chance there may be forty there. And he said, I will not do it if there are forty.

30. And he said, Let not the Lord be angry with me if I say, What if there are thirty there? And he said, I will not do it if there are thirty.

31. And he said, See now, I have undertaken to put my thoughts before the Lord: what if there are twenty there? And he said, I will have mercy because of the twenty.

32. And he said, O let not the Lord be angry and I will say only one word more: by chance there may be ten there. And he said, I will have mercy because of the ten.

33. And the Lord went on his way when his talk with Abraham was ended, and Abraham went back to his place.

1. And at nightfall the two angels came to Sodom; and Lot was seated at the way into the town: and when he saw them he got up and came before them, falling down on his face to the earth.

2. And he said, My masters, come now into your servant's house and take your rest there for the night, and let your feet be washed; and early in the morning you may go on your way. And they said, Not so, but we will take our night's rest in the street.

3. But he made his request more strongly, so they went with him into his house; and he got food ready for them, and made unleavened bread, of which they took.

4. But before they had gone to bed, the men of the town, all the men of Sodom, came round the house, young and old, from every part of the town;

5. And crying out to Lot, they said, Where are the men who came to your house this night? Send them out to us, so that we may take our pleasure with them.

6. And Lot went out to them in the doorway, shutting the door after him.

7. And he said, My brothers, do not this evil.

8. See now, I have two unmarried daughters; I will send them out to you so that you may do to them whatever seems good to you: only do nothing to these men, for this is why they have come under the shade of my roof.

9. And they said, Give way there. This one man, they said, came here from a strange country, and will he now be our judge? now we will do worse to you than to them; and pushing violently against Lot, they came near to get the door broken in.

10. But the men put out their hands and took Lot into the house to them, shutting the door again.

11. But the men who were outside the door they made blind, all of them, small and great, so that they were tired out with looking for the door.

12. Then the men said to Lot, Are there any others of your family here? sons-in-law or sons or daughters, take them all out of this place;

13. For we are about to send destruction on this place, because a great outcry against them has come to the ears of the Lord; and the Lord has sent us to put an end to the town.

14. And Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were married to his daughters, Come, let us go out of this place, for the Lord is about to send destruction on the town. But his sons-in-law did not take him seriously.

15. And when morning came, the angels did all in their power to make Lot go, saying, Get up quickly and take your wife and your two daughters who are here, and go, for fear that you come to destruction in the punishment of the town.

16. But while he was waiting, the men took him and his wife and his daughters by the hand, for the Lord had mercy on them, and put them outside the town.

17. And when they had put them out, he said, Go for your life, without looking back or waiting in the lowland; go quickly to the mountain or you will come to destruction.

18. And Lot said to them, Not so, O my Lord;

19. See now, your servant has had grace in your eyes and great is your mercy in keeping my life from destruction, but I am not able to get as far as the mountain before evil overtakes me and death;

20. This town, now, is near, and it is a little one: O, let me go there (is it not a little one?) so that my life may be safe.

21. And he said, See, I have given you your request in this one thing more: I will not send destruction on this town.

22. Go there quickly, for I am not able to do anything till you have come there. For this reason, the town was named Zoar.

23. The sun was up when Lot came to Zoar.

24. Then the Lord sent fire and flaming smoke raining down from heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah.

25. And he sent destruction on those towns, with all the lowland and all the people of those towns and every green thing in the land.

26. But Lot's wife, looking back, became a pillar of salt.

27. And Abraham got up early in the morning and went to the place where he had been talking with the Lord:

28. And looking in the direction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the lowland, he saw the smoke of the land going up like the smoke of an oven.

29. So it came about that when God sent destruction on the towns of the lowland, he kept his word to Abraham, and sent Lot safely away when he put an end to the towns where he was living.

30. Then Lot went up out of Zoar to the mountain, and was living there with his two daughters, for fear kept him from living in Zoar: and he and his daughters made their living-place in a hole in the rock.

31. And the older daughter said to her sister, Our father is old, and there is no man to be a husband to us in the natural way:

32. Come, let us give our father much wine, and we will go into his bed, so that we may have offspring by our father,

33. And that night they made their father take much wine; and the older daughter went into his bed; and he had no knowledge of when she went in or when she went away.

34. And on the day after, the older daughter said to the younger, Last night I was with my father; let us make him take much wine this night again, and do you go to him, so that we may have offspring by our father.

35. And that night again they made their father take much wine; and the younger daughter went into his bed; and he had no knowledge of when she went in or when she went away.

36. And so the two daughters of Lot were with child by their father.

37. And the older daughter had a son, and she gave him the name Moab: he is the father of the Moabites to this day.

38. And the younger had a son and gave him the name Ben-ammi: from him come the children of Ammon to this day.

1. And Abraham went on his way from there to the land of the South, and was living between Kadesh and Shur, in Gerar.

2. And Abraham said of Sarah, his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent and took Sarah.

3. But God came to Abimelech in a dream in the night, and said to him, Truly you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man's wife.

4. Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, Lord, will you put to death an upright nation?

5. Did he not say to me himself, She is my sister? and she herself said, He is my brother: with an upright heart and clean hands have I done this.

6. And God said to him in the dream, I see that you have done this with an upright heart, and I have kept you from sinning against me: for this reason I did not let you come near her.

7. So now, give the man back his wife, for he is a prophet, and let him say a prayer for you, so your life may be safe: but if you do not give her back, be certain that death will come to you and all your house.

8. So Abimelech got up early in the morning and sent for all his servants and gave them word of these things, and they were full of fear.

9. Then Abimelech sent for Abraham, and said, What have you done to us? what wrong have I done you that you have put on me and on my kingdom so great a sin? You have done to me things which are not to be done.

10. And Abimelech said to Abraham, Why did you do this thing?

11. And Abraham said, Because it seemed to me that there was no fear of God in this place, and that they might put me to death because of my wife.

12. And, in fact, she is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife:

13. And when God sent me wandering from my father's house, I said to her, Let this be the sign of your love for me; wherever we go, say of me, He is my brother.

14. Then Abimelech gave to Abraham sheep and oxen and men-servants and women-servants, and gave him back his wife Sarah.

15. And Abimelech said, See, all my land is before you; take whatever place seems good to you.

16. And he said to Sarah, See, I have given to your brother a thousand bits of silver so that your wrong may be put right; now your honour is clear in the eyes of all.

17. Then Abraham made prayer to God, and God made Abimelech well again, and his wife and his women-servants, so that they had children.

18. For the Lord had kept all the women of the house of Abimelech from having children, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

1. And the Lord came to Sarah as he had said and did to her as he had undertaken.

2. And Sarah became with child, and gave Abraham a son when he was old, at the time named by God.

3. And Abraham gave to his son, to whom Sarah had given birth, the name Isaac.

4. And when his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham made him undergo circumcision, as God had said to him.

5. Now Abraham was a hundred years old when the birth of Isaac took place.

6. And Sarah said, God has given me cause for laughing, and everyone who has news of it will be laughing with me.

7. And she said, Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would have a child at her breast? for see, I have given him a son now when he is old.

8. And when the child was old enough to be taken from the breast, Abraham made a great feast.

9. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian playing with Isaac.

10. So she said to Abraham, Send away that woman and her son: for the son of that woman is not to have a part in the heritage with my son Isaac.

11. And this was a great grief to Abraham because of his son.

12. But God said, Let it not be a grief to you because of the boy and Hagar his mother; give ear to whatever Sarah says to you, because it is from Isaac that your seed will take its name.

13. And I will make a nation of the son of your servant-woman, because he is your seed.

14. And early in the morning Abraham got up, and gave Hagar some bread and a water-skin, and put the boy on her back, and sent her away: and she went, wandering in the waste land of Beer-sheba.

15. And when all the water in the skin was used up, she put the child down under a tree.

16. And she went some distance away, about an arrow flight, and seating herself on the earth, she gave way to bitter weeping, saying, Let me not see the death of my child.

17. And the boy's cry came to the ears of God; and the angel of God said to Hagar from heaven, Hagar, why are you weeping? have no fear, for the child's cry has come to the ears of God.

18. Come, take your child in your arms, for I will make of him a great nation.

19. Then God made her eyes open, and she saw a water-spring, and she got water in the skin and gave the boy a drink.

20. And God was with the boy, and he became tall and strong, and he became a bowman, living in the waste land.

21. And while he was in the waste land of Paran, his mother got him a wife from the land of Egypt.

22. Now at that time, Abimelech and Phicol, the captain of his army, said to Abraham, I see that God is with you in all you do.

23. Now, then, give me your oath, in the name of God, that you will not be false to me or to my sons after me, but that as I have been good to you, so you will be to me and to this land where you have been living.

24. And Abraham said, I will give you my oath.

25. But Abraham made a protest to Abimelech because of a water-hole which Abimelech's servants had taken by force.

26. But Abimelech said, I have no idea who has done this thing; you never gave me word of it, and I had no knowledge of it till this day.

27. And Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made an agreement together.

28. And Abraham put seven young lambs of the flock on one side by themselves.

29. Then Abimelech said, What are these seven lambs which you have put on one side?

30. And he said, Take these seven lambs from me as a witness that I have made this water-hole.

31. So he gave that place the name Beer-sheba, because there the two of them had given their oaths.

32. So they made an agreement at Beer-sheba, and Abimelech and Phicol, the captain of his army, went back to the land of the Philistines.

33. And Abraham, after planting a holy tree in Beer-sheba, gave worship to the name of the Lord, the Eternal God.

34. And Abraham went on living in the land of the Philistines as in a strange country.

1. Now after these things, God put Abraham to the test, and said to him, Abraham; and he said, Here am I.

2. And he said to him, Take your son, your dearly loved only son Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah and give him as a burned offering on one of the mountains of which I will give you knowledge.

3. And Abraham got up early in the morning, and made ready his ass, and took with him two of his young men and Isaac, his son, and after the wood for the burned offering had been cut, he went on his way to the place of which God had given him word.

4. And on the third day, Abraham, lifting up his eyes, saw the place a long way off.

5. Then he said to his young men, Keep here with the ass; and I and the boy will go on and give worship and come back again to you.

6. And Abraham put the wood for the burned offering on his son's back, and he himself took the fire and the knife in his hand, and the two of them went on together.

7. Then Isaac said to Abraham, My father; and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, We have wood and fire here, but where is the lamb for the burned offering?

8. And Abraham said, God himself will give the lamb for the burned offering: so they went on together.

9. And they came to the place of which God had given him knowledge; and there Abraham made the altar and put the wood in place on it, and having made tight the bands round Isaac his son, he put him on the wood on the altar.

10. And stretching out his hand, Abraham took the knife to put his son to death.

11. But the voice of the angel of the Lord came from heaven, saying, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12. And he said, Let not your hand be stretched out against the boy to do anything to him; for now I am certain that the fear of God is in your heart, because you have not kept back your son, your only son, from me.

13. And lifting up his eyes, Abraham saw a sheep fixed by its horns in the brushwood: and Abraham took the sheep and made a burned offering of it in place of his son.

14. And Abraham gave that place the name Yahweh-yireh: as it is said to this day, In the mountain the Lord is seen.

15. And the voice of the angel of the Lord came to Abraham a second time from heaven,

16. Saying, I have taken an oath by my name, says the Lord, because you have done this and have not kept back from me your dearly loved only son,

17. That I will certainly give you my blessing, and your seed will be increased like the stars of heaven and the sand by the seaside; your seed will take the land of those who are against them;

18. And your seed will be a blessing to all the nations of the earth, because you have done what I gave you orders to do.

19. Then Abraham went back to his young men and they went together to Beer-sheba, the place where Abraham was living.

20. After these things, Abraham had news that Milcah, the wife of his brother Nahor, had given birth to children;

21. Uz the oldest, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel, the father of Aram,

22. And Chesed and Hazo and Pildash and Jidlaph and Bethuel.

23. Bethuel was the father of Rebekah: these eight were the children of Milcah and Nahor, Abraham's brother.

24. And his servant Reumah gave birth to Tebah and Gaham and Tahash and Maacah.

1. Now the years of Sarah's life were a hundred and twenty-seven.

2. And Sarah's death took place in Kiriath-arba, that is, Hebron, in the land of Canaan: and Abraham went into his house, weeping and sorrowing for Sarah.

3. And Abraham came from his dead and said to the children of Heth,

4. I am living among you as one from a strange country: give me some land here as my property, so that I may put my dead to rest.

5. And in answer the children of Heth said to Abraham,

6. My lord, truly you are a great chief among us; take the best of our resting-places for your dead; not one of us will keep back from you a place where you may put your dead to rest.

7. And Abraham got up and gave honour to the children of Heth, the people of that land.

8. And he said to them, If you will let me put my dead to rest here, make a request for me to Ephron, the son of Zohar,

9. That he will give me the hollow in the rock named Machpelah, which is his property at the end of his field; let him give it to me for its full price as a resting-place for my dead among you.

10. Now Ephron was seated among the children of Heth: and Ephron the Hittite gave Abraham his answer in the hearing of the children of Heth, and of all those who came into his town, saying,

11. No, my lord, I will give you the field with the hollow in the rock; before all the children of my people will I give it to you for a resting-place for your dead.

12. And Abraham went down on his face before the people of the land.

13. And Abraham said to Ephron, in the hearing of the people of the land, If only you will give ear to me, I will give you the price of the field; take it, and let me put my dead to rest there.

14. So Ephron said to Abraham,

15. My lord, give ear to me: the value of the land is four hundred shekels; what is that between me and you? so put your dead to rest there.

16. And Abraham took note of the price fixed by Ephron in the hearing of the children of Heth, and gave him four hundred shekels in current money.

17. So Ephron's field at Machpelah near Mamre, with the hollow in the rock and all the trees in the field and round it,

18. Became the property of Abraham before the eyes of the children of Heth and of all who came into the town.

19. Then Abraham put Sarah his wife to rest in the hollow rock in the field of Machpelah near Mamre, that is, Hebron in the land of Canaan.

20. And the field and the hollow rock were handed over to Abraham as his property by the children of Heth.

1. Now Abraham was old and far on in years: and the Lord had given him everything in full measure.

2. And Abraham said to his chief servant, the manager of all his property, Come now, put your hand under my leg:

3. And take an oath by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not get a wife for my son Isaac from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I am living;

4. But that you will go into my country and to my relations and get a wife there for my son Isaac.

5. And the servant said, If by chance the woman will not come with me into this land, am I to take your son back again to the land from which you came?

6. And Abraham said, Take care that you do not let my son go back to that land.

7. The Lord God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my birth, and made an oath to me, saying, To your seed I will give this land: he will send his angel before you and give you a wife for my son in that land.

8. And if the woman will not come with you, then you are free from this oath; only do not take my son back there.

9. And the servant put his hand under Abraham's leg, and gave him his oath about this thing.

10. And the servant took ten of his master's camels, and all sorts of good things of his master's, and went to Mesopotamia, to the town of Nahor.

11. And he made the camels take their rest outside the town by the water-spring in the evening, at the time when the women came to get water.

12. And he said, O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, let me do well in what I have undertaken this day, and give your mercy to my master Abraham.

13. See, I am waiting here by the water-spring; and the daughters of the town are coming out to get water:

14. Now, may the girl to whom I say, Let down your vessel and give me a drink, and who says in answer, Here is a drink for you and let me give water to your camels: may she be the one marked out by you for your servant Isaac: so may I be certain that you have been good to my master Abraham.

15. And even before his words were ended, Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, who was the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her water-vessel on her arm.

16. She was a very beautiful girl, a virgin, who had never been touched by a man: and she went down to the spring to get water in her vessel.

17. And the servant came running to her and said, Give me a little water from your vessel.

18. And she said, Take a drink, my lord: and quickly letting down her vessel onto her hand, she gave him a drink.

19. And having done so, she said, I will get water for your camels till they have had enough.

20. And after putting the water from her vessel into the animals' drinking-place, she went quickly back to the spring and got water for all the camels.

21. And the man, looking at her, said nothing, waiting to see if the Lord had given his journey a good outcome.

22. And when the camels had had enough, the man took a gold nose-ring, half a shekel in weight, and two ornaments for her arms of ten shekels weight of gold;

23. And said to her, Whose daughter are you? is there room in your father's house for us?

24. And she said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milcah, Nahor's wife.

25. And she said, We have a great store of dry grass and cattle-food, and there is room for you.

26. And with bent head the man gave worship to the Lord;

27. And said, Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has given a sign that he is good and true to my master, by guiding me straight to the house of my master's family.

28. So the girl went running and took the news of these things to her mother's house

29. Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he came out quickly to the man at the water-spring.

30. And when he saw the nose-ring and the ornaments on his sister's hands, and when she gave him word of what the man had said to her, then he went out to the man who was waiting with the camels by the water-spring.

31. And he said to him, Come in, you on whom is the blessing of the Lord; why are you waiting outside? for I have made the house ready for you, and a place for the camels.

32. Then the man came into the house, and Laban took their cords off the camels and gave them dry grass and food, and he gave to him and the men who were with him water for washing their feet.

33. And meat was put before him, but he said, I will not take food till I have made my business clear to you. And they said, Do so.

34. And he said, I am Abraham's servant.

35. The Lord has given my master every blessing, and he has become great: he has given him flocks and herds and silver and gold, and men-servants and women-servants and camels and asses.

36. And when Sarah, my master's wife, was old, she gave birth to a son, to whom he has given all he has.

37. And my master made me take an oath, saying, Do not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I am living;

38. But go to my father's house and to my relations for a wife for my son.

39. And I said to my master, What if the woman will not come with me?

40. And he said, The Lord, whom I have ever kept before me, will send his angel with you, who will make it possible for you to get a wife for my son from my relations and my father's house;

41. And you will be free from your oath to me when you come to my people; and if they will not give her to you, you will be free from your oath.

42. And I came today to the water-spring, and I said, O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if it is your purpose to give a good outcome to my journey,

43. Let it come about that, while I am waiting here by the water-spring, if a girl comes to get water and I say to her, Give me a little water from your vessel, and she says,

44. Take a drink, and I will get water for your camels; let her be the woman marked out by the Lord for my master's son.

45. And even while I was saying this to myself, Rebekah came out with her vessel on her arm; and she went down to the spring to get water; and I said to her, Give me a drink.

46. And straight away she took down her vessel from her arm, and said, Take a drink, and I will get water for your camels.

47. And questioning her, I said, Whose daughter are you? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, the son of Nahor, and Milcah his wife. Then I put the ring on her nose and the ornaments on her hands.

48. And with bent head I gave worship and praise to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, by whom I had been guided in the right way, to get the daughter of my master's brother for his son.

49. And now, say if you will do what is good and right for my master or not, in order that it may be clear to me what I have to do.

50. Then Laban and Bethuel said in answer, This is the Lord's doing: it is not for us to say Yes or No to you.

51. See, here is Rebekah: take her and go, and let her be your master's son's wife, as the Lord has said.

52. And at these words, Abraham's servant went down on his face and gave praise to the Lord.

53. Then he took jewels of silver and jewels of gold and fair robes and gave them to Rebekah: and he gave things of value to her mother and her brother.

54. Then he and the men who were with him had food and drink, and took their rest there that night; and in the morning he got up, and said, Let me now go back to my master.

55. But her brother and her mother said, Let the girl be with us a week or ten days, and then she may go.

56. And he said, Do not keep me; the Lord has given a good outcome to my journey; let me now go back to my master.

57. And they said, We will send for the girl, and let her make the decision.

58. And they sent for Rebekah and said to her, Are you ready to go with this man? And she said, I am ready.

59. So they sent their sister Rebekah and her servant with Abraham's servant and his men.

60. And they gave Rebekah their blessing, saying, O sister, may you be the mother of thousands and ten thousands; and may your seed overcome all those who make war against them.

61. So Rebekah and her servant-women went with the man, seated on the camels; and so the servant took Rebekah and went on his way.

62. Now Isaac had come through the waste land to Beer-lahai-roi; for he was living in the South.

63. And when the evening was near, he went wandering out into the fields, and lifting up his eyes he saw camels coming.

64. And when Rebekah, looking up, saw Isaac, she got down from her camel,

65. And said to the servant, Who is that man coming to us through the field? And the servant said, It is my master: then she took her veil, covering her face with it.

66. Then the servant gave Isaac the story of all he had done.

67. And Isaac took Rebekah into his tent and she became his wife; and in his love for her, Isaac was comforted after his father's death.

1. And Abraham took another wife named Keturah.

2. She became the mother of Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah.

3. And Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan. And from Dedan came the Asshurim and Letushim and Leummim.

4. And from Midian came Ephah and Epher and Hanoch and Abida and Eldaah. All these were the offspring of Keturah.

5. Now Abraham gave all his property to Isaac;

6. But to the sons of his other women he gave offerings, and sent them away, while he was still living, into the east country.

7. Now the years of Abraham's life were a hundred and seventy-five.

8. And Abraham came to his death, an old man, full of years; and he was put to rest with his people.

9. And Isaac and Ishmael, his sons, put him to rest in the hollow rock of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron, the son of Zohar the Hittite, near Mamre;

10. The same field which Abraham got from the children of Heth: there Abraham was put to rest with Sarah, his wife.

11. Now after the death of Abraham, the blessing of God was with Isaac, his son.

12. Now these are the generations of Ishmael, the son of Abraham, whose mother was Hagar the Egyptian, the servant of Sarah:

13. These are the names of the sons of Ishmael by their generations: Ishmael's first son was Nebaioth; then 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 in their towns and their tent-circles; twelve chiefs with their peoples.

17. And the years of Ishmael's life were a hundred and thirty-seven: and he came to his end, and was put to rest with his people.

18. And their country was from Havilah to Shur which is east of Egypt: they took their place to the east of all their brothers.

19. Now these are the generations of Abraham's son Isaac:

20. Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramaean of Paddan-aram, and the sister of Laban the Aramaean, to be his wife.

21. Isaac made prayer to the Lord for his wife because she had no children; and the Lord gave ear to his prayer, and Rebekah became with child.

22. And the children were fighting together inside her, and she said, If it is to be so, why am I like this? So she went to put her question to the Lord.

23. And the Lord said to her, Two nations are in your body, and two peoples will come to birth from you: the one will be stronger than the other, and the older will be the servant of the younger.

24. And when the time came for her to give birth, there were two children in her body.

25. And the first came out red from head to foot like a robe of hair, and they gave him the name of Esau.

26. And after him, his brother came out, gripping Esau's foot; and he was named Jacob: Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them.

27. And the boys came to full growth; and Esau became a man of the open country, an expert bowman; but Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents.

28. Now Isaac's love was for Esau, because Esau's meat was greatly to his taste: but Rebekah had more love for Jacob.

29. And one day Jacob was cooking some soup when Esau came in from the fields in great need of food;

30. And Esau said to Jacob, Give me a full meal of that red soup, for I am overcome with need for food: for this reason he was named Edom.

31. And Jacob said, First of all give me your birthright.

32. And Esau said, Truly, I am at the point of death: what profit is the birthright to me?

33. And Jacob said, First of all give me your oath; and he gave him his oath, handing over his birthright to Jacob.

34. Then Jacob gave him bread and soup; and he took food and drink and went away, caring little for his birthright.

1. Then came a time of great need in the land, like that which had been before in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, at Gerar.

2. And the Lord came to him in a vision and said, Do not go down to Egypt; keep in the land of which I will give you knowledge:

3. Keep in this land, and I will be with you and give you my blessing; for to you and to your seed will I give all these lands, giving effect to the oath which I made to your father Abraham;

4. I will make your seed like the stars of heaven in number, and will give them all these lands, and your seed will be a blessing to all the nations of the earth;

5. Because Abraham gave ear to my voice and kept my words, my rules, my orders, and my laws.

6. So Isaac went on living in Gerar;

7. And when he was questioned by the men of the place about his wife, he said, She is my sister; fearing to say, She is my wife; for, he said, the men of the place may put me to death on account of Rebekah; because she is very beautiful.

8. And when he had been there for some time, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looking through a window, saw Isaac playing with Rebekah his wife.

9. And he said to Isaac, It is clear that she is your wife: why then did you say, She is my sister? And Isaac said, For fear that I might be put to death because of her.

10. Then Abimelech said, What have you done to us? one of the people might well have had connection with your wife, and the sin would have been ours.

11. And Abimelech gave orders to his people that anyone touching Isaac or his wife was to be put to death.

12. Now Isaac, planting seed in that land, got in the same year fruit a hundred times as much, for the blessing of the Lord was on him.

13. And his wealth became very great, increasing more and more;

14. For he had great wealth of flocks and herds and great numbers of servants; so that the Philistines were full of envy.

15. Now all the water-holes, which his father's servants had made in the days of Abraham, had been stopped up with earth by the Philistines.

16. And Abimelech said to Isaac, Go away from us, for you are stronger than we are.

17. So Isaac went away from there, and put up his tents in the valley of Gerar, making his living-place there.

18. And he made again the water-holes which had been made in the days of Abraham his father, and which had been stopped up by the Philistines; and he gave them the names which his father had given them.

19. Now Isaac's servants made holes in the valley, and came to a spring of flowing water.

20. But the herdmen of Gerar had a fight with Isaac's herdmen, for they said, The spring is ours: so he gave the spring the name of Esek, because there was a fight about it.

21. Then they made another water-hole, and there was a fight about that, so he gave it the name of Sitnah.

22. Then he went away from there, and made another water-hole, about which there was no fighting: so he gave it the name of Rehoboth, for he said, Now the Lord has made room for us, and we will have fruit in this land.

23. And from there he went on to Beer-sheba.

24. That night the Lord came to him in a vision, and said, I am the God of your father Abraham: have no fear for I am with you, blessing you, and your seed will be increased because of my servant Abraham.

25. Then he made an altar there, and gave worship to the name of the Lord, and he put up his tents there, and there his servants made a water-hole.

26. And Abimelech had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his friend and Phicol, the captain of his army.

27. And Isaac said to them, Why have you come to me, seeing that in your hate for me you sent me away from you?

28. And they said, We saw clearly that the Lord was with you: so we said, Let there be an oath between us and you, and let us make an agreement with you;

29. That you will do us no damage, even as we put no hand on you, and did you nothing but good, and sent you away in peace: and now the blessing of the Lord is on you.

30. Then he made a feast for them, and they all had food and drink.

31. And early in the morning they took an oath one to the other: then Isaac sent them away and they went on their way in peace.

32. And that day Isaac's servants came to him and gave him word of the water-hole which they had made, and said to him, We have come to water.

33. And he gave it the name of Shibah: so the name of that town is Beer-sheba to this day.

34. And when Esau was forty years old, he took as his wives Judith, the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath, the daughter of Elon the Hittite:

35. And Isaac and Rebekah had grief of mind because of them.

1. Now when Isaac was old and his eyes had become clouded so that he was not able to see, he sent for Esau, his first son, and said to him, My son: and he said, Here am I.

2. And he said, See now, I am old, and my death may take place at any time:

3. So take your arrows and your bow and go out to the field and get meat for me;

4. And make me food, good to the taste, such as is pleasing to me, and put it before me, so that I may have a meal and give you my blessing before death comes to me.

5. Now Isaac's words to his son were said in Rebekah's hearing. Then Esau went out to get the meat.

6. And Rebekah said to Jacob, her son, Your father said to your brother Esau in my hearing,

7. Go and get some roe's meat and make me a good meal, so that I may be full, and give you my blessing before the Lord before my death.

8. Now, my son, do what I say.

9. Go to the flock and get me two fat young goats; and I will make of them a meal to your father's taste:

10. And you will take it to him, so that he may have a good meal and give you his blessing before his death.

11. And Jacob said to Rebekah, his mother, But Esau my brother is covered with hair, while I am smooth:

12. If by chance my father puts his hand on me, it will seem to him that I am tricking him, and he will put a curse on me in place of a blessing.

13. And his mother said, Let the curse be on me, my son: only do as I say, and go and get them for me.

14. So he went and got them and took them to his mother: and she made a meal to his father's taste.

15. And Rebekah took the fair robes of her oldest son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob, her younger son:

16. And she put the skins of the young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck:

17. And she gave into the hand of Jacob, her son, the meat and the bread which she had made ready.

18. And he came to his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I: who are you, my son?

19. And Jacob said, I am Esau, your oldest son; I have done as you said: come now, be seated and take of my meat, so that you may give me a blessing.

20. And Isaac said, How is it that you have got it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord your God made it come my way.

21. And Isaac said, Come near so that I may put my hand on you, my son, and see if you are truly my son Esau or not.

22. And Jacob went near his father Isaac: and he put his hands on him; and he said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

23. And he did not make out who he was, because his hands were covered with hair like his brother Esau's hands: so he gave him a blessing.

24. And he said, Are you truly my son Esau? And he said, I am.

25. And he said, Put it before me and I will take of my son's meat, so that I may give you a blessing. And he put it before him and he took it; and he gave him wine, and he had a drink.

26. And his father Isaac said to him, Come near now, my son, and give me a kiss.

27. And he came near and gave him a kiss; and smelling the smell of his clothing, he gave him a blessing, and said, See, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field on which the blessing of the Lord has come:

28. May God give you the dew of heaven, and the good things of the earth, and grain and wine in full measure:

29. Let peoples be your servants, and nations go down before you: be lord over your brothers, and let your mother's sons go down before you: a curse be on everyone by whom you are cursed, and a blessing on those who give you a blessing.

30. And when Isaac had come to the end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob had not long gone away from Isaac his father, Esau came in from the field.

31. And he made ready a meal, good to the taste, and took it to his father, and said to him, Let my father get up and take of his son's meat, so that you may give me a blessing.

32. And Isaac his father said to him, Who are you? And he said, I am your oldest son, Esau.

33. And in great fear Isaac said, Who then is he who got meat and put it before me, and I took it all before you came, and gave him a blessing, and his it will be?

34. And hearing the words of his father, Esau gave a great and bitter cry, and said to his father, Give a blessing to me, even to me, O my father!

35. And he said, Your brother came with deceit, and took away your blessing.

36. And he said, Is it because he is named Jacob that he has twice taken my place? for he took away my birthright, and now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Have you not kept a blessing for me?

37. And Isaac answering said, But I have made him your master, and have given him all his brothers for servants; I have made him strong with grain and wine: what then am I to do for you, my son?

38. And Esau said to his father, Is that the only blessing you have, my father? give a blessing to me, even me! And Esau was overcome with weeping.

39. Then Isaac his father made answer and said to him, Far from the fertile places of the earth, and far from the dew of heaven on high will your living-place be:

40. By your sword will you get your living and you will be your brother's servant; but when your power is increased his yoke will be broken from off your neck.

41. So Esau was full of hate for Jacob because of his father's blessing; and he said in his heart, The days of weeping for my father are near; then I will put my brother Jacob to death.

42. Then Rebekah, hearing what Esau had said, sent for Jacob, her younger son, and said to him, It seems that your brother Esau is purposing to put you to death.

43. So now, my son, do what I say: go quickly to Haran, to my brother Laban;

44. And be there with him for a little time, till your brother's wrath is turned away;

45. Till the memory of what you have done to him is past and he is no longer angry: then I will send word for you to come back; are the two of you to be taken from me in one day?

46. Then Rebekah said to Isaac, My life is a weariness to me because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob takes a wife from among the daughters of Heth, such as these, the women of this land, of what use will my life be to me?

1. Then Isaac sent for Jacob, and blessing him, said, Do not take a wife from among the women of Canaan;

2. But go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel, your mother's father, and there get yourself a wife from the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother.

3. And may God, the Ruler of all, give you his blessing, giving you fruit and increase, so that you may become an army of peoples.

4. And may God give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your seed, so that the land of your wanderings, which God gave to Abraham, may be your heritage.

5. So Isaac sent Jacob away: and he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramaean, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.

6. So when Esau saw that Isaac had given Jacob his blessing, and sent him away to Paddan-aram to get a wife for himself there, blessing him and saying to him, Do not take a wife from among the women of Canaan;

7. And that Jacob had done as his father and mother said and had gone to Paddan-aram;

8. It was clear to Esau that his father had no love for the women of Canaan,

9. So Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath, the daughter of Abraham's son Ishmael, the sister of Nebaioth, to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.

10. So Jacob went out from Beer-sheba to go to Haran.

11. And coming to a certain place, he made it his resting-place for the night, for the sun had gone down; and he took one of the stones which were there, and putting it under his head he went to sleep in that place.

12. And he had a dream, and in his dream he saw steps stretching from earth to heaven, and the angels of God were going up and down on them.

13. And he saw the Lord by his side, saying, I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac: I will give to you and to your seed this land on which you are sleeping.

14. Your seed will be like the dust of the earth, covering all the land to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south: you and your seed will be a name of blessing to all the families of the earth.

15. And truly, I will be with you, and will keep you wherever you go, guiding you back again to this land; and I will not give you up till I have done what I have said to you.

16. And Jacob, awaking from his sleep, said, Truly, the Lord is in this place and I was not conscious of it.

17. And fear came on him, and he said, This is a holy place; this is nothing less than the house of God and the doorway of heaven.

18. And early in the morning Jacob took the stone which had been under his head, and put it up as a pillar and put oil on it.

19. And he gave that place the name of Beth-el, but before that time the town was named Luz.

20. Then Jacob took an oath, and said, If God will be with me, and keep me safe on my journey, and give me food and clothing to put on,

21. So that I come again to my father's house in peace, then I will take the Lord to be my God,

22. And this stone which I have put up for a pillar will be God's house: and of all you give me, I will give a tenth part to you.

1. Then Jacob went on his journey till he came to the land of the children of the East.

2. And there he saw a water-hole in a field, and by the side of it three flocks of sheep, for there they got water for the sheep: and on the mouth of the water-hole there was a great stone.

3. And all the flocks would come together there, and when the stone had been rolled away, they would give the sheep water, and put the stone back again in its place on the mouth of the water-hole.

4. Then Jacob said to the herdmen, My brothers, where do you come from? And they said, From Haran.

5. And he said to them, Have you any knowledge of Laban, the son of Nahor? And they said, We have.

6. And he said to them, Is he well? And they said, He is well, and here is Rachel his daughter coming with the sheep.

7. Then Jacob said, The sun is still high and it is not time to get the cattle together: get water for the sheep and go and give them their food.

8. And they said, We are not able to do so till all the flocks have come together and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the water-hole; then we will get water for the sheep.

9. While he was still talking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she took care of them.

10. Then when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of Laban, his mother's brother, coming with Laban's sheep, he came near, and rolling the stone away from the mouth of the hole, he got water for Laban's flock.

11. And weeping for joy, Jacob gave Rachel a kiss.

12. And Rachel, hearing from Jacob that he was her father's relation and that he was the son of Rebekah, went running to give her father news of it.

13. And Laban, hearing news of Jacob, his sister's son, came running, and took Jacob in his arms, and kissing him, made him come into his house. And Jacob gave him news of everything.

14. And Laban said to him, Truly, you are my bone and my flesh. And he kept Jacob with him for the space of a month.

15. Then Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my brother are you to be my servant for nothing? say now, what is your payment to be?

16. Now Laban had two daughters: the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.

17. And Leah's eyes were clouded, but Rachel was fair in face and form.

18. And Jacob was in love with Rachel; and he said, I will be your servant seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter.

19. And Laban said, It is better for you to have her than another man: go on living here with me.

20. And Jacob did seven years' work for Rachel; and because of his love for her it seemed to him only a very little time.

21. Then Jacob said to Laban, Give me my wife so that I may have her, for the days are ended.

22. And Laban got together all the men of the place and gave a feast.

23. And in the evening he took Leah, his daughter, and gave her to him, and he went in to her.

24. And Laban gave Zilpah, his servant-girl, to Leah, to be her waiting-woman.

25. And in the morning Jacob saw that it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What have you done to me? was I not working for you so that I might have Rachel? why have you been false to me?

26. And Laban said, In our country we do not let the younger daughter be married before the older.

27. Let the week of the bride-feast come to its end and then we will give you the other in addition, if you will be my servant for another seven years.

28. And Jacob did so; and when the week was ended, Laban gave him his daughter Rachel for his wife.

29. And Laban gave Rachel his servant-girl Bilhah to be her waiting-woman.

30. Then Jacob took Rachel as his wife, and his love for her was greater than his love for Leah; and he went on working for Laban for another seven years.

31. Now the Lord, seeing that Leah was not loved, gave her a child; while Rachel had no children.

32. And Leah was with child, and gave birth to a son to whom she gave the name Reuben: for she said, The Lord has seen my sorrow; now my husband will have love for me.

33. Then she became with child again, and gave birth to a son; and said, Because it has come to the Lord's ears that I am not loved, he has given me this son in addition: and she gave him the name Simeon.

34. And she was with child again, and gave birth to a son; and said, Now at last my husband will be united to me, because I have given him three sons: so he was named Levi.

35. And she was with child again, and gave birth to a son: and she said, This time I will give praise to the Lord: so he was named Judah; after this she had no more children for a time.

1. Now Rachel, because she had no children, was full of envy of her sister; and she said to Jacob, If you do not give me children I will not go on living.

2. But Jacob was angry with Rachel, and said, Am I in the place of God, who has kept your body from having fruit?

3. Then she said, Here is my servant Bilhah, go in to her, so that she may have a child on my knees, and I may have a family by her.

4. So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.

5. And Bilhah became with child, and gave birth to a son.

6. Then Rachel said, God has been my judge, and has given ear to my voice, and has given me a son; so he was named Dan.

7. And again Bilhah, Rachel's servant, was with child, and gave birth to a second son.

8. And Rachel said, I have had a great fight with my sister, and I have overcome her: and she gave the child the name Naphtali.

9. When it was clear to Leah that she would have no more children for a time, she gave Zilpah, her servant, to Jacob as a wife.

10. And Zilpah, Leah's servant, gave birth to a son.

11. And Leah said, It has gone well for me: and she gave him the name Gad.

12. And Zilpah, Leah's servant, gave birth to a second son.

13. And Leah said, Happy am I! and all women will give witness to my joy: and she gave him the name Asher.

14. Now at the time of the grain-cutting, Reuben saw some love-fruits in the field, and took them to his mother Leah. And Rachel said to her, Let me have some of your son's love-fruits.

15. But Leah said to her, Is it a small thing that you have taken my husband from me? and now would you take my son's love-fruits? Then Rachel said, You may have him tonight in exchange for your son's love-fruits.

16. In the evening, when Jacob came in from the field, Leah went out to him and said, Tonight you are to come to me, for I have given my son's love-fruits as a price for you. And he went in to her that night.

17. And God gave ear to her and she became with child, and gave Jacob a fifth son.

18. Then Leah said, God has made payment to me for giving my servant-girl to my husband: so she gave her son the name Issachar.

19. And again Leah became with child, and she gave Jacob a sixth son.

20. And she said, God has given me a good bride-price; now at last will I have my husband living with me, for I have given him six sons: and she gave him the name Zebulun.

21. After that she had a daughter, to whom she gave the name Dinah.

22. Then God gave thought to Rachel, and hearing her prayer he made her fertile.

23. And she was with child, and gave birth to a son: and she said, God has taken away my shame.

24. And she gave him the name Joseph, saying, May the Lord give me another son.

25. Now after the birth of Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, Let me go away to my place and my country.

26. Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have been your servant, and let me go: for you have knowledge of all the work I have done for you.

27. And Laban said, If you will let me say so, do not go away; for I have seen by the signs that the Lord has been good to me because of you.

28. Say then what your payment is to be and I will give it.

29. Then Jacob said, You have seen what I have done for you, and how your cattle have done well under my care.

30. For before I came you had little, and it has been greatly increased; and the Lord has given you a blessing in everything I have done; but when am I to do something for my family?

31. And Laban said, What am I to give you? And Jacob said, Do not give me anything; but I will again take up the care of your flock if you will only do this for me:

32. Let me go through all your flock today, taking out from among them all the sheep which are marked or coloured or black, and all the marked or coloured goats: these will be my payment.

33. And so you will be able to put my honour to the test in time to come; if you see among my flocks any goats which are not marked or coloured, or any sheep which is not black, you may take me for a thief.

34. And Laban said, Let it be as you say.

35. So that day he took all the he-goats which were banded or coloured, and all the she-goats which were marked or coloured or had white marks, and all the black sheep, and gave them into the care of his sons;

36. And sent them three days' journey away: and Jacob took care of the rest of Laban's flock.

37. Then Jacob took young branches of trees, cutting off the skin so that the white wood was seen in bands.

38. And he put the banded sticks in the drinking-places where the flock came to get water; and they became with young when they came to the water.

39. And because of this, the flock gave birth to young which were marked with bands of colour.

40. These lambs Jacob kept separate; and he put his flock in a place by themselves and not with Laban's flock.

41. And whenever the stronger ones of the flock became with young, Jacob put the sticks in front of them in the drinking-places, so that they might become with young when they saw the sticks.

42. But when the flocks were feeble, he did not put the sticks before them; so that the feebler flocks were Laban's and the stronger were Jacob's.

43. So Jacob's wealth was greatly increased; he had great flocks and women-servants and men-servants and camels and asses.

1. Now it came to the ears of Jacob that Laban's sons were saying, Jacob has taken away all our father's property, and in this way he has got all this wealth.

2. And Jacob saw that Laban's feeling for him was no longer what it had been before.

3. Then the Lord said to Jacob, Go back to the land of your fathers, and to your relations, and I will be with you.

4. And Jacob sent for Rachel and Leah to come to him in the field among his flock.

5. And he said to them, It is clear to me that your father's feeling is no longer what it was to me; but the God of my father has been with me

6. And you have seen how I have done all in my power for your father,

7. But your father has not kept faith with me, and ten times he has made changes in my payment; but God has kept him from doing me damage.

8. If he said, All those in the flock which have marks are to be yours, then all the flock gave birth to marked young; and if he said, All the banded ones are to be yours, then all the flock had banded young.

9. So God has taken away your father's cattle and has given them to me.

10. And at the time when the flock were with young, I saw in a dream that all the he-goats which were joined with the she-goats were banded and marked and coloured.

11. And in my dream the angel of the Lord said to me, Jacob: and I said, Here am I.

12. And he said, See how all the he-goats are banded and marked and coloured: for I have seen what Laban has done to you.

13. I am the God of Beth-el, where you put oil on the pillar and took an oath to me: now then, come out of this land and go back to the country of your birth.

14. Then Rachel and Leah said to him in answer, What part or heritage is there for us in our father's house?

15. Are we not as people from a strange country to him? for he took a price for us and now it is all used up.

16. For the wealth which God has taken from him is ours and our children's; so now, whatever God has said to you, do.

17. Then Jacob put his wives and his sons on camels;

18. And sending on before him all his cattle and his property which he had got together in Paddan-aram, he made ready to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.

19. Now Laban had gone to see to the cutting of the wool of his sheep; so Rachel secretly took the images of the gods of her father's house.

20. And Jacob went away secretly, without giving news of his flight to Laban the Aramaean.

21. So he went away with all he had, and went across the River in the direction of the hill-country of Gilead.

22. And on the third day Laban had news of Jacob's flight.

23. And taking the men of his family with him, he went after him for seven days and overtook him in the hill-country of Gilead.

24. Then God came to Laban in a dream by night, and said to him, Take care that you say nothing good or bad to Jacob.

25. Now when Laban overtook him, Jacob had put up his tent in the hill-country; and Laban and his brothers put up their tents in the hill-country of Gilead.

26. And Laban said to Jacob, Why did you go away secretly, taking my daughters away like prisoners of war?

27. Why did you make a secret of your flight, not giving me word of it, so that I might have sent you away with joy and songs, with melody and music?

28. You did not even let me give a kiss to my sons and my daughters. This was a foolish thing to do.

29. It is in my power to do you damage: but the God of your father came to me this night, saying, Take care that you say nothing good or bad to Jacob.

30. And now, it seems, you are going because your heart's desire is for your father's house; but why have you taken my gods?

31. And Jacob, in answer, said to Laban, My fear was that you might take your daughters from me by force.

32. As for your gods, if anyone of us has them, let him be put to death: make search before us all for what is yours, and take it. For Jacob had no knowledge that Rachel had taken them.

33. So Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent, and into the tents of the two servant-women, but they were not there; and he came out of Leah's tent and went into Rachel's.

34. Now Rachel had taken the images, and had put them in the camels' basket, and was seated on them. And Laban, searching through all the tent, did not come across them.

35. And she said to her father, Let not my lord be angry because I do not get up before you, for I am in the common condition of women. And with all his searching, he did not come across the images.

36. Then Jacob was angry with Laban, and said, What crime or sin have I done that you have come after me with such passion?

37. Now that you have made search through all my goods, what have you seen which is yours? Make it clear now before my people and your people, so that they may be judges between us.

38. These twenty years I have been with you; your sheep and your goats have had young without loss, not one of your he-goats have I taken for food.

39. Anything which was wounded by beasts I did not take to you, but myself made up for the loss of it; you made me responsible for whatever was taken by thieves, by day or by night.

40. This was my condition, wasted by heat in the day and by the bitter cold at night; and sleep went from my eyes.

41. These twenty years I have been in your house; I was your servant for fourteen years because of your daughters, and for six years I kept your flock, and ten times was my payment changed.

42. If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would have sent me away with nothing in my hands. But God has seen my troubles and the work of my hands, and this night he kept you back.

43. Then Laban, answering, said, These women are my daughters and these children my children, the flocks and all you see are mine: what now may I do for my daughters and for their children?

44. Come, let us make an agreement, you and I; and let it be for a witness between us.

45. Then Jacob took a stone and put it up as a pillar.

46. And Jacob said to his people, Get stones together; and they did so; and they had a meal there by the stones.

47. And the name Laban gave it was Jegar-sahadutha: but Jacob gave it the name of Galeed.

48. And Laban said, These stones are a witness between you and me today. For this reason its name was Galeed,

49. And Mizpah, for he said, May the Lord keep watch on us when we are unable to see one another's doings.

50. If you are cruel to my daughters, or if you take other wives in addition to my daughters, then though no man is there to see, God will be the witness between us.

51. And Laban said, See these stones and this pillar which I have put between you and me;

52. They will be witness that I will not go over these stones to you, and you will not go over these stones or this pillar to me, for any evil purpose.

53. May the God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, be our judge. Then Jacob took an oath by the Fear of his father Isaac.

54. And Jacob made an offering on the mountain, and gave orders to his people to take food: so they had a meal and took their rest that night on the mountain.

55. And early in the morning Laban, after kissing and blessing his daughters, went on his way back to his country.

1. And on his way Jacob came face to face with the angels of God.

2. And when he saw them he said, This is the army of God: so he gave that place the name of Mahanaim.

3. Now Jacob sent servants before him to Esau, his brother, in the land of Seir, the country of Edom;

4. And he gave them orders to say these words to Esau: Your servant Jacob says, Till now I have been living with Laban:

5. And I have oxen and asses and flocks and men-servants and women-servants: and I have sent to give my lord news of these things so that I may have grace in his eyes.

6. When the servants came back they said, We have seen your brother Esau and he is coming out to you, and four hundred men with him.

7. Then Jacob was in great fear and trouble of mind: and he put all the people and the flocks and the herds and the camels into two groups;

8. And said, If Esau, meeting one group, makes an attack on them, the others will get away safely.

9. Then Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, the God of my father Isaac, the Lord who said to me, Go back to your country and your family and I will be good to you:

10. I am less than nothing in comparison with all your mercies and your faith to me your servant; for with only my stick in my hand I went across Jordan, and now I have become two armies.

11. Be my saviour from the hand of Esau, my brother: for my fear is that he will make an attack on me, putting to death mother and child.

12. And you said, Truly, I will be good to you, and make your seed like the sand of the sea which may not be numbered.

13. Then he put up his tent there for the night; and from among his goods he took, as an offering for his brother Esau,

14. Two hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats, two hundred females and twenty males from the sheep,

15. Thirty camels with their young ones, forty cows, ten oxen, twenty asses, and ten young asses.

16. These he gave to his servants, every herd by itself, and he said to his servants, Go on before me, and let there be a space between one herd and another.

17. And he gave orders to the first, saying, When my brother Esau comes to you and says, Whose servant are you, and where are you going, and whose are these herds?

18. Then say to him, These are your servant Jacob's; they are an offering for my lord, for Esau; and he himself is coming after us.

19. And he gave the same orders to the second and the third and to all those who were with the herds, saying, This is what you are to say to Esau when you see him;

20. And you are to say further, Jacob, your servant, is coming after us. For he said to himself, I will take away his wrath by the offering which I have sent on, and then I will come before him: it may be that I will have grace in his eyes.

21. So the servants with the offerings went on in front, and he himself took his rest that night in the tents with his people.

22. And in the night he got up, and taking with him his two wives and the two servant-women and his eleven children, he went over the river Jabbok.

23. He took them and sent them over the stream with all he had.

24. Then Jacob was by himself; and a man was fighting with him till dawn.

25. But when the man saw that he was not able to overcome Jacob, he gave him a blow in the hollow part of his leg, so that his leg was damaged.

26. And he said to him, Let me go now, for the dawn is near. But Jacob said, I will not let you go till you have given me your blessing.

27. Then he said, What is your name? And he said, Jacob.

28. And he said, Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel: for in your fight with God and with men you have overcome.

29. Then Jacob said, What is your name? And he said, What is my name to you? Then he gave him a blessing.

30. And Jacob gave that place the name of Peniel, saying, I have seen God face to face, and still I am living.

31. And while he was going past Peniel, the sun came up. And he went with unequal steps because of his damaged leg.

32. For this reason the children of Israel, even today, never take that muscle in the hollow of the leg as food, because the hollow of Jacob's leg was touched.

1. Then Jacob, lifting up his eyes, saw Esau coming with his four hundred men. So he made a division of the children between Leah and Rachel and the two women-servants.

2. He put the servants and their children in front, Leah and her children after them, and Rachel and Joseph at the back.

3. And he himself, going before them, went down on his face to the earth seven times till he came near his brother.

4. Then Esau came running up to him, and folding him in his arms, gave him a kiss: and the two of them were overcome with weeping.

5. Then Esau, lifting up his eyes, saw the women and the children, and said, Who are these with you? And he said, The children whom God in his mercy has given to your servant.

6. Then the servants and their children came near, and went down on their faces.

7. And Leah came near with her children, and then Joseph and Rachel, and they did the same.

8. And he said, What were all those herds which I saw on the way? And Jacob said, They were an offering so that I might have grace in my lord's eyes.

9. But Esau said, I have enough; keep what is yours, my brother, for yourself.

10. And Jacob said, Not so; but if I have grace in your eyes, take them as a sign of my love, for I have seen your face as one may see the face of God, and you have been pleased with me.

11. Take my offering then, with my blessing; for God has been very good to me and I have enough: so at his strong request, he took it.

12. And he said, Let us go on our journey together, and I will go in front.

13. But Jacob said, My lord may see that the children are only small, and there are young ones in my flocks and herds: one day's over-driving will be the destruction of all the flock.

14. Do you, my lord, go on before your servant; I will come on slowly, at the rate at which the cattle and the children are able to go, till I come to my lord at Seir.

15. And Esau said, Then keep some of my men with you. And he said, What need is there for that, if my lord is pleased with me?

16. So Esau, turning back that day, went on his way to Seir.

17. And Jacob went on to Succoth, where he made a house for himself and put up tents for his cattle: for this reason the place was named Succoth.

18. So Jacob came safely from Paddan-aram to the town of Shechem in the land of Canaan, and put up his tents near the town.

19. And for a hundred bits of money he got from the children of Hamor, the builder of Shechem, the field in which he had put up his tents.

20. And there he put up an altar, naming it El, the God of Israel.

1. Now Dinah, the daughter whom Leah had by Jacob, went out to see the women of that country.

2. And when Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite who was the chief of that land, saw her, he took her by force and had connection with her.

3. Then his heart went out in love to Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, and he said comforting words to her.

4. And Shechem said to Hamor, his father, Get me this girl for my wife.

5. Now Jacob had word of what Shechem had done to his daughter; but his sons were in the fields with the cattle, and Jacob said nothing till they came.

6. Then Hamor, the father of Shechem, came out to have a talk with Jacob.

7. Now the sons of Jacob came in from the fields when they had news of it, and they were wounded and very angry because of the shame he had done in Israel by having connection with Jacob's daughter; and they said, Such a thing is not to be done.

8. But Hamor said to them, Shechem, my son, is full of desire for your daughter: will you then give her to him for a wife?

9. And let our two peoples be joined together; give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves.

10. Go on living with us, and the country will be open to you; do trade and get property there.

11. And Shechem said to her father and her brothers, If you will give ear to my request, whatever you say I will give to you.

12. However great you make the bride-price and payment, I will give it; only let me have the girl for my wife.

13. But the sons of Jacob gave a false answer to Shechem and Hamor his father, because of what had been done to Dinah their sister.

14. And they said, It is not possible for us to give our sister to one who is without circumcision, for that would be a cause of shame to us:

15. But on this condition only will we come to an agreement with you: if every male among you becomes like us and undergoes circumcision;

16. Then we will give our daughters to you and take your daughters to us and go on living with you as one people.

17. But if you will not undergo circumcision as we say, then we will take our daughter and go.

18. And their words were pleasing to Hamor and his son Shechem.

19. And without loss of time the young man did as they said, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter, and he was the noblest of his father's house.

20. Then Hamor and Shechem, his son, went to the meeting-place of their town, and said to the men of the town,

21. It is the desire of these men to be at peace with us; let them then go on living in this country and doing trade here, for the country is wide open before them; let us take their daughters as wives and let us give them our daughters.

22. But these men will make an agreement with us to go on living with us and to become one people, only on the condition that every male among us undergoes circumcision as they have done.

23. Then will not their cattle and their goods and all their beasts be ours? so let us come to an agreement with them so that they may go on living with us.

24. Then all the men of the town gave ear to the words of Hamor and Shechem his son; and every male in the town underwent circumcision.

25. But on the third day after, before the wounds were well, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took their swords and came into the town by surprise and put all the males to death.

26. And Hamor and his son they put to death with the sword, and they took Dinah from Shechem's house and went away.

27. And the sons of Jacob came on them when they were wounded and made waste the town because of what had been done to their sister;

28. They took their flocks and their herds and their asses and everything in their town and in their fields,

29. And all their wealth and all their little ones and their wives; everything in their houses they took and made them waste.

30. And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, You have made trouble for me and given me a bad name among the people of this country, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and because we are small in number they will come together against me and make war on me; and it will be the end of me and all my people.

31. But they said, Were we to let him make use of our sister as a loose woman?

1. And God said to Jacob, Go up now to Beth-el and make your living-place there: and put up an altar there to the God who came to you when you were in flight from your brother Esau.

2. Then Jacob said to all his people, Put away the strange gods which are among you, and make yourselves clean, and put on a change of clothing:

3. And let us go up to Beth-el: and there I will make an altar to God, who gave me an answer in the day of my trouble, and was with me wherever I went.

4. Then they gave to Jacob all the strange gods which they had, and the rings which were in their ears; and Jacob put them away under the holy tree at Shechem.

5. So they went on their journey: and the fear of God was on the towns round about, so that they made no attack on the sons of Jacob.

6. And Jacob came to Luz in the land of Canaan (which is the same as Beth-el), he and all his people.

7. And there he made an altar, naming the place El-beth-el: because it was there he had the vision of God when he was in flight from his brother.

8. And Deborah, the servant who had taken care of Rebekah from her birth, came to her end, and was put to rest near Beth-el, under the holy tree: and they gave it the name of Allon-bacuth.

9. Now when Jacob was on his way from Paddan-aram, God came to him again and, blessing him, said,

10. Jacob is your name, but it will be so no longer; from now your name will be Israel; so he was named Israel.

11. And God said to him, I am God, the Ruler of all: be fertile, and have increase; a nation, truly a group of nations, will come from you, and kings will be your offspring;

12. And the land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give to you; and to your seed after you I will give the land.

13. Then God went up from him in the place where he had been talking with him.

14. And Jacob put up a pillar in the place where he had been talking with God, and put a drink offering on it, and oil.

15. And he gave to the place where God had been talking with him, the name of Beth-el.

16. So they went on from Beth-el; and while they were still some distance from Ephrath, the pains of birth came on Rachel and she had a hard time.

17. And when her pain was very great, the woman who was helping her said, Have no fear; for now you will have another son.

18. And in the hour when her life went from her (for death came to her), she gave the child the name Ben-oni: but his father gave him the name of Benjamin.

19. So Rachel came to her end and was put to rest on the road to Ephrath (which is Beth-lehem).

20. And Jacob put up a pillar on her resting-place; which is named, The Pillar of the resting-place of Rachel, to this day.

21. And Israel went journeying on and put up his tents on the other side of the tower of the flock.

22. Now while they were living in that country, Reuben had connection with Bilhah, his father's servant-woman: and Israel had news of it.

23. Now Jacob had twelve sons: the sons of Leah: Reuben, Jacob's first son, and Simeon and Levi and Judah and Issachar and Zebulun;

24. The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin;

25. The sons of Bilhah, Rachel's servant: Dan and Naphtali;

26. The sons of Zilpah, Leah's servant: Gad and Asher; these are the sons whom Jacob had in Paddan-aram.

27. And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, at Kiriath-arba, that is, Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac had been living.

28. And Isaac was a hundred and eighty years old.

29. Then Isaac came to his end and was put to rest with his father's people, an old man after a long life: and Jacob and Esau, his sons, put him in his last resting-place.

Significados: Sarai, Ur, Hagar, Edom, Levi, Israel.

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