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Book 7: The account of Ishmael


Continuation of Chapter 11:27 Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran, and Haran begat Lot, 28. and Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees. 29. And Abram and Nahor took them wives. The name of Abramís wife was Sarai and the name of Nahorís wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah. 30. But Sarai was barren, she had no child. 31. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his sonís son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abramís wife and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan, and they came to Haran, and dwelt there. 32. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years and Terah died in Haran.

Chapter 12:1 Now Yahweh had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your fatherís house, to a land that I will show you. 2. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great and you shall be a blessing. 3. I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4. So Abram departed, as Yahweh had spoken to him and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy five years old when he departed out of Haran. 5. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brotherís son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had got in Haran, and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan and into the land of Canaan they came.

6. And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. 7. And Yahweh appeared to Abram, and said, Unto your seed will I give this land. And there he built an altar to Yahweh, who appeared to him. 8. And he removed from there to a mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Hai on the east. And there he built an altar to Yahweh, and called upon the name of Yahweh. 9. And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south. 10. And there was a famine in the land and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was grievous in the land.

11. And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that you are a fair woman to look upon. 12. Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see you, that they shall say, This is his wife, and they will kill me, but they will save you alive. 13. Say, I pray you, you are my sister that it may be well with me for your sake, and my soul shall live because of you. 14. And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. 15. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh and the woman was taken into Pharaohís house. 16. And 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. 17. And Yahweh plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abramís wife.

18. And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19. Why did you say, She is my sister? So I might have taken her to me to wife. Now therefore behold your wife, take her, and go your way. 20. And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had. Chapter 13:1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. 2. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. 3. And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth-el and Hai, 4. to the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first, and there Abram called on the name of Yahweh.

5. And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. 6. And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together, for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. 7. And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abramís cattle and the herdsmen of Lotís cattle, And the Canaanite was then in the land. 8. And Abram said to Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray you, between me and you and between my herdsmen and you herdsmen, for we be brethren. 9. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself, I pray you, from me. If you will take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
10. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before Yahweh destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of Yahweh, like the land of Egypt, as you come to Zoar. 11. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east and they separated themselves the one from the other. 12. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. 13. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before Yahweh exceedingly.

14. And Yahweh said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward. 15. For all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed for ever. 16. And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth, so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall your seed also be numbered. 17. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it, for I will give it to you. 18. Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar to Yahweh which is Zoar. 3. All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea. 4. Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5. And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 6. And the Horites in their mount Seir, to El-paran, which is by the wilderness.

7. And they returned, and came to En-mishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezon-tamar.
8. And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim, 9. with Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar, four kings with five. 10. And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there, and they that remained fled to the mountain. 11. And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way. 12. And they took Lot, Abramís brotherís son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

13. And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew, for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner, and these were confederate with Abram. 14. And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them to Dan. 15. And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them to Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. 16. And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

17. And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, (which is the kingís dale.) 18. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine, and he was the priest of the most high Elohim. 19. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high Elohim, possessor of heaven and earth, 20. and blessed be the most high Elohim, which has delivered your enemies into your hand. And he gave him tithes of all. 21. And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to yourself.
22. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up my hand to Yahweh, the most high Elohim, the possessor of heaven and earth, 23. that I will not take from a thread even to a shoe-latchet, and that I will not take any thing that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich, 24. save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre. Let them take their portion.

Chapter 15:1 After these things the word of Yahweh, came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram. I am your shield, and your exceeding great reward. 2. And Abram said, Yahweh, , what will you give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3. And Abram said, Behold, to me you have given no seed, and, lo, one born in my house is my heir. 4. And, behold, the word of Yahweh, came unto him, saying, This shall not be your heir, but he that shall come forth out of your own bowels shall be your heir. 5. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if you be able to number them, and he said to him, So shall your seed be. 6. And he believed in Yahweh, , and he counted it to him for righteousness.

7. And he said to him, I am Yahweh, that brought you out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land to inherit it. 8. And he said, Yahweh, Elohim, how shall I know that I shall inherit it? 9. And he said unto him, Take me a heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. 10. And he took to him all these, and divided them in the middle, and laid each piece one against another, but the birds divided he not. 11. And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away. 12. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13. And he said to Abram, Know of a surety that your seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them four hundred years. 14. And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge, and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

15. And you shall go to your fathers in peace, you shall be buried in a good old age. 16. But in the fourth generation they shall come here again, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. 17. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18. In the same day Yahweh, made a covenant with Abram, saying, To your seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates. 19. The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 20. And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 21. And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

Chapter 16:1 Now Sarai Abramís wife bare him no children and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 2. And Sarai said to Abram, Behold now, Yahweh, has restrained me from bearing. I pray you, go in to my maid, it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. 3. And Sarai Abramís wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. 4. And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived, and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5. And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon you, I have given my maid into your bosom, and when she saw that s he had conceived, I was despised in her eyes. Yahweh judge between me and you. 6. But Abram said to Sarai, Behold, your maid is in your hand, do to her as it pleases you. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

7. And the angel of Yahweh, found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 8. And he said, Hagar, Saraiís maid, where did you come from? and where will you go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. 9. And the angel of Yahweh, said to her, Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands. 10. And the angel of Yahweh, said to her, I will multiply your seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. 11. And the angel of Yahweh, said to her, Behold, you are with child, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Ishmael, because Yahweh, has heard your affliction. 12. And he will be a wild man, his hand will be against every man, and every manís hand against him, and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brothers.

13. And she called the name of Yahweh, that spoke to her, El-roi, for she said, Have I also here looked after him that sees me? 14. Wherefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi, (behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. ) 15. And Hagar bare Abram a son, and Abram called his sonís name, which Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16. And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram. Chapter 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, Yahweh, appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the El Shaddai, walk before me, and be you perfect. 2. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly. 3. And Abram fell on his face, and Elohim talked with him, saying, 4. As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5. Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for a father of many nations have I made you. 6. And I will make you exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you.

7. And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be an Elohim to you, and to your seed after you. 8. And I will give to you, and to your seed after you, the land wherein you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their Elohim.
9. And Elohim said to Abraham, You shall keep my covenant therefore, you, and your seed after you in their generations. 10. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your seed after you. Every man child among you shall be circumcised. 11. And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and you. 12. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of your seed. 13. He that is born in your house, and he that is bought with your money, must needs be circumcised, and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people, he has broken my covenant.

15. And Elohim said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. 16. And I will bless her, and give you a son also of her. Yes, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations, kings of people shall be of her. 17. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born to him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? 18. And Abraham said to Elohim, O that Ishmael might live before You! 19. And Elohim said, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed, and you shall call his name Isaac, and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. 20. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you, Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly, twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

21. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year. 22. And he left off talking with him, and Elohim went up from Abraham.
23. And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abrahamís house and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as Elohim had said to him. 24. And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 25. And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 26. In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son. 27. And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.

Chapter 18:1 And Yahweh, appeared to him in the plains of Mamre, and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day. 2. And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him, and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, 3. And said, My Master, if now I have found favour in your sight, pass not away, I pray you, from your servant. 4. Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. 5. And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort you your hearts. After that ye shall pass on, for therefore are you come to your servant. And they said, So do, as you have said.

6. And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. 7. And Abraham ran to the herd, and brought a calf tender and good, and gave it to a young man and he hasted to dress it. 8. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. 9. And they said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? 10. And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and, lo, Sarah your wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. 11. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age, and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.

12. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 13. And Yahweh said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? 14. Is any thing too hard for Yahweh, ? At the time appointed I will return to thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. 15. Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not, for she was afraid. And he said, No, but you did laugh.
16. And the men rose up from there, and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. 17. And Yahweh, said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do, 18. seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19. For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of Yahweh, , to do justice and judgment, that Yahweh, may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.

20. And Yahweh, said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous. 21. I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come to me, and if not, I will know. 22. And the men turned their faces from there, and went toward Sodom, but Abraham stood yet before Yahweh.
23. And Abraham drew near, and said, Will You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24. Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city, will You also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25. That be far from You to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked, and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from You. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

26. And Yahweh, said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. 27. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak to Yahweh, , which am but dust and ashes. 28. Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous, will You destroy all the city for lack of five?
And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. 29. And he spoke to him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for fortyís sake. 30. And he said to him, Oh let not Yahweh, be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. 31. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak to Yahweh, . Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twentyís sake. 32. And he said, Oh let not Yahweh, be angry, and I will speak yet but this once. Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for tenís sake.

33. And Yahweh, went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place. Chapter 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even, and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom, and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground, 2. and he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servantís house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and you shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, No, but we will abide in the street all night. 3. And he pressed upon them greatly and they turned in to him, and entered into his house and he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they did eat.

4. But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter. 5. And they called to Lot, and said to him, Where are the men which came in to you this night? bring them out to us, that we may know them. 6. And Lot went out at the door to them, and shut the door after him. 7. He said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. 8. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man. Let me, I pray you, bring them out to you, and do you to them as is good in your eyes, only to these men do nothing, for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
9. And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge, now will we deal worse with you, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. 10. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut the door.

11. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves to find the door. 12. And the men said to Lot, Have you here any besides? son in law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whatsoever you have in the city, bring them out of this place. 13. For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of Yahweh, , and Yahweh, has sent us to destroy it.
14. And Lot went out, and spoke to his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place, for Yahweh, will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked to his sons in law. 15. And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take your wife, and your two daughters, which are here, lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 16. And while he lingered, the men laid hold on his hand, and on the hand of his wife, and on the hand of his two daughters, Yahweh being merciful to him and they brought him forth, and set him outside the city.

17. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for your life, look not behind you, neither stay you in all the plain, escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed. 18. And Lot said to them, Oh, not so, my Lord. 19. Behold now, your servant has found grace in your sight, and you have magnified your mercy, which you have showed to me in saving my life, and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die. 20. Behold now, this city is near to flee to, and it is a little one. Oh, let me escape there, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
21. And he said unto him, See, I have accepted you concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which you have spoken. 22. Haste you, escape there, for I cannot do any thing till thou be come there. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. 23. The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

24. Then Yahweh, rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Yahweh, out of heaven, 25. and he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew on the ground. 26. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
27. And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before Yahweh, . 28. And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. 29. And it came to pass, when Elohim destroyed the cities of the plain, that Elohim remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt. 30. And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him, for he feared to dwell in Zoar, and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

31. And 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. 32. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 33. And they made their father drink wine that night, and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 34. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said to the younger, Behold, I lay last night with my father. Let us make him drink wine this night also and you go in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
35. And they made their father drink wine that night also and the younger arose, and lay with him, and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 36. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. 37. And the firstborn bore a son, and called his name Moab. (The same is the father of the Moabites to this day.) 38. And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben-ammi, (the same is the father of the children of Ammon to this day.)

Chapter 20:1 And Abraham journeyed from there toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned 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 Elohim came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, for the woman which you have taken, for she is a manís wife. 4. But Abimelech had not come near her and he said, Lord, will You slay also a righteous nation? 5. Said he not to me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother. In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands have I done this.
6. And Elohim said to him in a dream, Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart, for I also withheld you from sinning against me, therefore suffered I you not to touch her. 7. Now therefore restore the man his wife, for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live, and if you restore her not, know you that you shall surely die, you, and all that are yours.

8. Therefore 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. 9. Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, What have you done to us? a nd what have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? you have done deeds to me that ought not to be done. 10. And Abimelech said to Abraham, What saw you, that you have done this thing? 11. And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of Elohim is not in this place, and they will slay me for my wifeís sake. 12. And 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.
13. And it came to pass, when Elohim caused me to wander from my fatherís house, that I said to her, This is thy kindness which you shall show to me. At every place where we shall come, say of me, He is my brother. 14. And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them to Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. 15. And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before you, dwell where it pleases you. 16. And to Sarah he said, Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. Behold, he is to you a covering of the eyes, to all that are with you, and with all other. Thus she was reproved.

17. So Abraham prayed to Elohim and Elohim healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants and they bare children. 18. For Yahweh, had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abrahamís wife.
Chapter 21:1And Yahweh, visited Sarah as he had said, and Yahweh, did to Sarah as he had spoken. 2. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which Elohim had spoken to him. 3. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born to him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. 4. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as Elohim had commanded him. 5. And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born to him. 6. And Sarah said, Elohim has made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me. 7. And she said, Who would have said to Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.

8. And the child grew, and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned. 9. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born to Abraham, mocking. 10. Wherefore she s aid to Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son, for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. 11. And the thing was very grievous in Abrahamís sight because of his son. 12. And Elohim said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in your sight because of the lad, and because of your bondwoman. In all that Sarah has said to you, hearken to her voice, for in Isaac shall your seed be called. 13. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is your seed.
14. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. 15. And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. 16. And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot, for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

17. And Elohim heard the voice of the lad, and the angel of Elohim called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, What ails you, Hagar? fear not, for Elohim has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in your hand, for I will make him a great nation. 19. And Elohim opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. 20. And Elohim was with the lad and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. 21. And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
22. And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake to Abraham, saying, Elohim is with you in all that you do. 23. Now therefore swear unto me here by Elohim that you will not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my sonís son, but according to the kindness that I have done to you, you shall do to me, and to the land wherein you have sojourned. 24. And Abraham said, I will swear. 25. And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelechís servants had violently taken away. 26. And Abimelech said, I don't know who has done this thing, neither did you tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.

27. And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them to Abimelech and both of them made a covenant. 28. And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. 29. And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves? 30. And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shall you take of my hand, that they may be a witness to me, that I have dug this well. 31. Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba because there they swore both of them. 32. Thus they made a covenant at Beer-sheba. Then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines. 33. And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of Yahweh, , the everlasting Elohim.34. And Abraham sojourned in the Philistinesí land many days.

Chapter 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that Elohim did tempt Abraham, and said to him, Abraham. And he said, Behold, here I am. 2. And he said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get thee into the land of Moriah and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you of. 3. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place of which Elohim had told him. 4. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 5. And Abraham said to his young men, Abide here with the ass and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

6. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife and they went both of them together. 7. And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father, and said, My father. And he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8. And Abraham said, My son, Elohim will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering. So they went both of them together. 9. And they came to the place which Elohim had told him of and 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.
10. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11. And the angel of Yahweh, called to him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham. And he said, Here am I. 12. And he said, Lay not your hand upon the lad, neither do you any thing to him, for now I know that you fear Elohim, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me.

13. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14. And Abraham called the name of that place Yahweh, -yireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of Yahweh, it shall be seen.
15. And the angel of Yahweh, called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16. And said, By myself have I sworn, says Yahweh, , for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17. that in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18. and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed because you have obeyed my voice.

19. So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba and Abraham dwel t at Beer-sheba. 20. And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she has also born children to your brother Nahor. 21. Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram, 22. and Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel. 23. And Bethuel begat Rebekah. These eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abrahamís brother. 24. And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.

Chapter 23:1 And Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old, these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2. And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba (the same is Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her. 3. And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying, 4. I am a stranger and a sojourner with you, give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight. 5. And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him, 6. Hear us, my lord, thou art a mighty prince among us. In the choice of our sepulchres bury your dead, none of us shall withhold from you his sepulchre, but that you may bury your dead.

7. And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. 8. And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar, 9. that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he has, which is in the end of his field. For as much money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a burying place amongst you.
10. And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth, and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying, 11. Nay, my lord, hear me. The field give I you, and the cave that is therein, I give it you, in the presence of the sons of my people give I it you. Bury your dead.

12. And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land. 13. And he spoke to Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if you will give it, I pray you, hear me. I will give you money for the field. Take it of me, and I will bury my dead there. 14. And Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, 15. My lord, hearken to me. The land is worth four hundred shekels of silver, what is that between me and you? Bury therefore your dead.
16. And Abraham hearkened to Ephron and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant. 17. And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure 18. to Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.

19. And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre, (the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan.) 20. And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure to Abraham for a possession of a burying place by the sons of Heth. Chapter 24:1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age and Yahweh, had blessed Abraham in all things. 2. And Abraham said to his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray you, your hand under my thigh. 3. And I will make you swear by Yahweh, , the Elohim of heaven, and the Elohim of the earth, that you shall not t ake a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell. 4. But you shall go to my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife to my son Isaac.
5. And the servant said to him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land, must I needs bring your son again to the land from where you came?
6. And Abraham said to him, Beware you that you bring not my son there again. 7. Yahweh, the Elohim of heaven, which took me from my fatherís house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spoke to me, and that swore to me, saying, to your seed will I give this land. He shall send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8. And if the woman will not be willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath. Only bring not my son there again. 9. And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning that matter.

10. And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed, for all the goods of his master were in his hand and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor. 11. And he made his camels to kneel down outside the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water. 12. And he said, O Yahweh, Elohim of my master Abraham, I pray You, send me good speed this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13. Behold, I stand here by the well of water and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: 14. And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down your pitcher, I pray you, that I may drink and she shall say, Drink, and I will give your camels drink also, let the same be she that you have appointed for your servant Isaac, and thereby shall I know that You have showed kindness to my master.

15. And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abrahamís brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. 16. And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up. 17. And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher. 18. And she said, Drink, my lord, and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
19. And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for your camels also, until they have done drinking. 20. And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.

21. And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit whether Yahweh, had made his journey prosperous or not. 22. And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold, 23. and said, Whose daughter art you? tell me, I pray you, is there room in your fatherís house for us to lodge in? 24. And she said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare to Nahor. 25. She said moreover to him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in. 26. And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped Yahweh, .
27. And he said, Blessed be Yahweh Elohim of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth. I being in the way, Yahweh led me to the house of my masterís brethren. 28. And the damsel ran, and told them of her motherís house these things.

29. And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban, and Laban ran out to the man, to the well. 30. And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sisterís hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man to me, that he came to the man and behold, he stood by the camels at the well. 31. And he said, Come in, you blessed of Yahweh, , why stand you without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels. 32. And the man came into the house, and he un-girded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the menís feet that were with him. 33. And there was set meat before him to eat, but he said, I will not eat, until I have told my errand. 34. And he said, Speak on.

And he said, I am Abrahamís servant. 35. And Yahweh, has blessed my master greatly and he is become great, and he has given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses. 36. And Sarah my masterís wife bare a son to my master when she was old and to him has he given all that he has. 37. And my master made me swear, saying, You shall not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell, 38. but you shall go to my fatherís house, and to my kindred, and take a wife to my son. 39. And I said to my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me.

40. And he said to me, Yahweh, , before whom I walk, will send his angel with you, and prosper your way, and you shall take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my fatherís house. 41. Then shall you be clear from this my oath, when you come to my kindred and if they give not thee one, you shall be clear from my oath.
42. And I came this day to the well, and said, Oh Yahweh, , Elohim of my master Abraham, if now You do prosper my way which I go, 43. behold, I stand by the well of water and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray you, a little water of thy pitcher to drink, 44. and she say to me, both drink you, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom Yahweh hath appointed out for my masterís son.
45. And before I had done speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder and she went down to the well, and drew water, and I said to her, Let me drink, I pray you. 46. And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give your camels drink also, so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.

47. And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter are you? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahorís son, whom Milcah bare to him, and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands. 48. And I bowed down my head, and worshipped Yahweh, , and blessed Yahweh, , Elohim of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my masterís brotherís daughter unto his son. 49. And now if you 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.
50. Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceeds from Yahweh, , we cannot speak to you bad or good. 51. Behold, Rebekah is before you, take her, and go, and let her be your masterís sonís wife, as Yahweh, has spoken. 52. And it came to pass, that, when Abrahamís servant heard their words, he worshipped Yahweh, , bowing himself to the earth.

53. And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah, he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things. 54. And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away to my master.
55. And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten, after that she shall go. 56. And he said to them, Hinder me not, seeing Yahweh, has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master. 57. And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth. 58. And they called Rebekah, and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I will go.
59. And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abrahamís servant, and his men. 60. And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, you are our sister, be you the mother of thousands of millions, and let your seed possess the gate of those which hate them. 61. And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man, and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

62. And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahai-roi, for he dwelt in the south country. 63. And 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. 64. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. 65. For she had said to the servant, What man is this that walks in the field to meet us? 66. And the servant had said, It is my master.
Therefore she took a veil, and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. 67. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarahís tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife and he loved her, and Isaac was comforted after his motherís death.

Chapter 25:1 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. 2. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. 3. And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim. 4. And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.
5. And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. 6. But to the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, into the east country. 7. And these are the days of the years of Abrahamís life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. 8. Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of yearsand was gathered to his people. 9. And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre,10. the field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth, there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.

11. And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that Elohim blessed his son Isaac and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi. 12. Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abrahamís son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarahís handmaid, bore to Abraham.

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