Bible/King James/Documentary Hypothesis/JE source (Division 1 of 3)

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According to the documentary hypothesis, the Torah is composed from a number of originally independant sources joined by a redactor. One of these supposed sources is named the "JE source", due to it being considered a redacted together combination of the Jahwist (J) source and the Elohist (E) source.

There follows the reconstructed text of the JE Source, using the King James Translation of the Torah.

  • The text usually ascribed to the Jahwist (J) is highlighted in navy blue (view in isolation)
  • The text usually ascribed to the Elohist (E) is highlighted in teal blueish grey (view in isolation)

Due simply to its size, it has been divided into 3 divisions of approximately similar size, for the purposes of easy downloading. These divisions do not knowingly reflect the content of the text, or the original divisions, in any way.

Although the text is ordered as it appears in the bible, the partitions do not reflect, in any way, the original partitioning of the text, and simply exists for the ease of modern readership

Part 1 - Creation[edit]

1In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

2And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew:

3For the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

4But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

5And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

6And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

7And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food;

8The tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

9And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

10The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

11And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.

12And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.

13And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

14And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

15And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

16But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

17And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

18And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air;

19And brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

20And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

21And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

25And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Part 2 - The fall of Man[edit]

1Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.

2And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

3And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

4But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

5And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

6For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

7And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise,

8She took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

9And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked;

10And they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

11And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:

12And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

13And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

14And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

15And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?

16Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

17And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

18And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done?

19And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

20And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field;

21Upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

22And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed;

23It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

24Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children;

25And thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

26And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife,

27And hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it:

28Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

29Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

30In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground;

31For out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

32And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

33Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

34And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil:

35And now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

36Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man;

37And he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Part 3 - Cain and Abel[edit]

1And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

2And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

3And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

4And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

5But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

6And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.

8And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

9And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field,

10That Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

11And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?

12And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

13And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;

14When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

15And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

16Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid;

17And I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

18And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.

19And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

20And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

21And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch:

22And he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.

23And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.

24And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.

25And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.

26And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

27And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

28And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.

29If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.

30And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth:

31For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.

32And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

Part 4 - The Nephilim[edit]

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1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,

2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

3And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, .

5And they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Part 5 - The flood[edit]

1And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,

2And that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

3And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

4And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth;

5Both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

6But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

7And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

8Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female:

9And of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

10Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

11For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights;

12And every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

13And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

14And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

15And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

16And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. And the LORD shut him in.

17And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

18And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.

19And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

20Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

21All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

22And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground,

23Both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth:

24And Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

25And the rain from heaven was restrained; And the waters returned from off the earth continually

26And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

27Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

28But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth:

29Then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.

30And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;

31And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off:

32So Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

33And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.

34And Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

35And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

36And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake;

37For the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

38While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Part 6 - The curse of Ham[edit]

1And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.

2These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

3And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

4And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

5And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

6And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders,

7And went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father;

8And their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.

9And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

10And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

11And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

12God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Part 7 - The descendants of Noah[edit]

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1And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

2He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

3And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

4Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,

5And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

6And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,

7And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.

8And Canaan begat Sidon his first born, and Heth,

9And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,

10And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,

11And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.

12And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza;

13As thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.

14Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

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AAnd Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.

BAnd unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg;

CFor in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.

DAnd Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah,

EAnd Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,

FAnd Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,

GAnd Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.

HAnd their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.

Part 8 - The tower of Babel[edit]

1And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

2And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

3And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly.

4And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

5And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven;

6And let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

7And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

8And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do:

9And now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

10Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

11So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

12Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth:

13And from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Part 9 - The migration of Abram[edit]

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1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

4So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him:

5And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

6And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land:

7And there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

8And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east:

9And there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.

Part 10 - Abram's wife as his sister[edit]

1And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.

2And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

3And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife,

4Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:

5Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife:

6And they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.

7Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

8And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.

9The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.

10And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.

11And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.

12And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?

13Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.

14And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

15And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.

Part 11 - The partition between Abram and Lot[edit]

1And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

2And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;

3Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

4And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.

5And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle:

6And the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.

7And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee,

8And between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

9Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me:

10If thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

11And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where,

12Before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.

13Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east:

14And Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

15But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

16And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him,

17Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

18For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

19And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

20Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

21Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

Part 12 - Chedorlaomer[edit]

1And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar,

2Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations;

3That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah,

4And Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.

5All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.

6Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

7And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him,

8And smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,

9And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness.

10And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites,

11And also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezontamar.

12And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah,

13And the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;)

14And they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim;

15With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar,

16And Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five. And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits;

17And the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.

18And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.

19And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

20And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew;

21For he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.

22And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants,

23Born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

24And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them,

25And pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

26And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

27And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer,

28And of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale.

29And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

30And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

31And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

32And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.

33And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

34That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine,

35Lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

36Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me,

37Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.

Part 13 - The promise to Abram[edit]

1After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying,

2Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

3And Abram said, LORD God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

4And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

5And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir;

6But he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

7And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them:

8And he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

9And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

10And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

11And he said, LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

12And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old,

13And a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

14And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.

15And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

16And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

17And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them;

18And they shall afflict them four hundred years;

19And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

20And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

21But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

22And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark,

23Behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

24In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying,

25Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

26The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

27And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

28And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

Part 14 - Hagar and Ishmael[edit]

1Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was .

2And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing:

3I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

4And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

5And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom;

6And when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.

7But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee.

8And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

9And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

10And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

11And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

12And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

13And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son,

14And shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.

15And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him;

16And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

17And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me:

18For she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

19Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

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Part 15 - The first circumcision[edit]

1And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;

2And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him:

3And when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,

4And said, My LORD, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:

5Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:

6And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant.

7And they said, So do, as thou hast said.

8And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said,

9Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.

10And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.

11And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them;

12And he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

13And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.

14And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.

15And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.

16Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

17Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?

18And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?

19Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.

20Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

Part 16 - Sodom and Gomorrah[edit]

1And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.

2And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

3Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

4For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him,

5And they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment;

6That the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

7And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

8I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

9And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.

10And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

11Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?

12That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked:

13And that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

14And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

15And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes:

16Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five?

17And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.

18And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there.

19And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake.

20And he said unto him, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there.

21And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.

22And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there.

23And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.

24And he said, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there.

25And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.

26And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

27And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom:

28And Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

29And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night,

30And wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways.

31And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

32And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house;

33And he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

34But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round,

35Both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

36And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night?

37Bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

38And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

39And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

40Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man;

41Let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes:

42Only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

43And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge:

44Now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

45But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

46And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great:

47So that they wearied themselves to find the door.

48And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides?

49Son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

50For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD;

51And the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

52And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said,

53Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

54And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying,

55Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

56And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters;

57The LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

58And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said,

59Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

60And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my LORD:

61Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life;

62And I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

63Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

64And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

65Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

66The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

67Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

68And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

69But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

70And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:

71And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld,

72And, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

Part 17 - Lot's daughters[edit]

1And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar:

2And he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

3And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:

4Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

5And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father;

6And he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

7And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father:

8Let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

9And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him;

10And he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

11Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

12And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

13And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

Part 18 - Abram's wife as his sister for a second time[edit]

1And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

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

3But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him,

4Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.

5But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, LORD, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?

6Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother:

7In the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.

8And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart;

9For I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.

10Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live:

11And if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.

12Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.

13Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us?

14And what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin?

15Thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.

16And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?

17And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.

18And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

19And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said unto her,

20This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.

21And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.

22And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.

23And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver:

24Behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.

25So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.

26For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

Part 19 - The exile of Hagar and Ismael[edit]

1And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, for Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age,

2And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.

3And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.

4And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

5And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.

6Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son:

7For the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

8And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son.

9And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman;

10In all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

11And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

12And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water,

13And gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away:

14And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

15And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

16And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child.

17And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

18And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her,

19What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

20Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

21And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

22And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

23And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

Part 20 - The treaty of Beersheba[edit]

1And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham,

2Saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:

3Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son:

4But according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.

5And Abraham said, I will swear.

6And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

7And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.

8And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.

9And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

10And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?

11And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

12Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them. Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba:

13Then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.

14And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.

15And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.

Part 21 - The sacrifice of Isaac[edit]

1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah;

3And offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

4And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass,

5And took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering,

6And rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

7Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

8And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

9And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son;

10And he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

11And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son.

12And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

13And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

14And they came to the place which God had told him of;

15And Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

16And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

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ASaith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

BThat in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore;

CAnd thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

DAnd in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

ESo Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

Part 22 - The nephews of Abraham[edit]

1And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying,

2Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor;

3Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram,

4And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.

5And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother.

6And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.

Part 23 - Isaac and Rebekah[edit]

1And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.

2And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:

3And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth,

4That thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:

5But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

6And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land:

7Must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?

8And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.

9The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kindred,

10And which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land;

11He shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.

12And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.

13And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.

14And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand:

15And he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.

16And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.

17And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.

18Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:

19And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink;

20And she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also:

21Let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.

22And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold,

23Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.

24And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her:

25And she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.

26And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.

27And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.

28And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.

29And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.

30And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.

31And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking,

32That the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;

33And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in?

34And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.

35She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.

36And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.

37And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth:

38I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.

39And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.

40And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.

41And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands,

42And when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me;

43That he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.

44And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the LORD; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels.

45And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels,

46And water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him.

47And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.

48And he said, I am Abraham's servant.

49And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great:

50And he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.

51And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath.

52And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:

53But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son.

54And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.

55And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way;

56And thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house:

57Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred;

58And if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath.

59And I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go:

60Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water,

61And I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink;

62And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels:

63Let the same be the woman whom the LORD hath appointed out for my master's son.

64And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder;

65And she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee.

66And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder,

67And said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.

68And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him:

69And I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.

70And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham,

71Which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son.

72And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left.

73Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the LORD: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.

74Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.

75And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.

76And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah:

77He gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.

78And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night;

79And they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.

80And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.

81And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.

82And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth.

83And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.

84And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.

85And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her,

86Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.

87And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man:

88And the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

89And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country.

90And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.

91And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.

92For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us?

93And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.

94And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.

95And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife;

96And he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

Part 24 - Keturah's sons[edit]

1Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.

2And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

3And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.

4And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.

5Then Abraham gave up the ghost;

Part 25 - Jacob and Esau[edit]

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1And Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.

2And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren:

3And the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

4And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.

5And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels;

6And the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

7And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.

8And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.

9And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob:

10And Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

11And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

12And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

13And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:

14And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

15And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.

16And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

17And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.

18Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way:

19Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Part 26 - The covenant with Isaac[edit]

1And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham.

2And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.

3And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

4Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee;

5For unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;

6And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries;

7And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

8Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

Part 27 - Isaac's wife as his sister[edit]

1And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:

2And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister:

3For he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.

4And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw,

5And, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.

6And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister?

7And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her.

8And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us?

9One of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.

10And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

Part 28 - The wells of Isaac[edit]

1Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.

2And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:

3For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

4For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father,

5The Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

6And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.

7And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

8And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father;

9For the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham:

10And he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

11And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

12And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours:

13And he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

14And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.

15And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth;

16And he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

17And he went up from thence to Beersheba.

18And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said,

19I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake.

20And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well.

21Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.

22And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?

23And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said,

24Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;

25That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good,

26And have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD.

27And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

28And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

29And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged,

30And said unto him, We have found water.

31And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.

Part 29 - The blessing of Isaac[edit]

1And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see,

2He called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.

3And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death:

4Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;

5And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

6And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

7And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,

8Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death.

9Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.

10Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats;

11And I will make them savoury meat for thy father, such as he loveth:

12And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and that he may bless thee before his death.

13And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:

14My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.

15And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.

16And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his father loved.

17And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:

18And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:

19And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

20And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?

21And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first born; I have done according as thou badest me:

22Arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.

23And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son?

24And he said, Because the LORD thy God brought it to me.

25And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.

26And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

27And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands: so he blessed him.

28And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.

29And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee.

30And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and he drank.

31And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.

32And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said,

33See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed:

34Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:

35Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee:

36Cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

37And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob,

38And Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father,

39That Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

40And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father,

41Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me.

42And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.

43And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who?

44Where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest,

45And have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.

46And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father,

47Bless me, even me also, O my father.

48And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.

49And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times:

50He took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing.

51And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?

52And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants;

53And with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?

54And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father?

55Bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.

56And Isaac his father answered and said unto him,

57Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;

58And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother;

59And it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

Part 30 - The exile of Jacob[edit]

1And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him:

2And Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

3And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him,

4Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.

5Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;

6And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother's fury turn away;

7Until thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him:

8Then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?

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