The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 26:15–25

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15  Now all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

15  so, at that time, they obstructed all the wells that the servants of his father Abraham had dug, filling them with soil.

16  And Abimelech said unto Isaac: 'Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.'

16  It reached a point where Abimelech himself said to Isaac, “Move away from us, for you have become very much more powerful than we.”

17  And Isaac departed thence, and encamped in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.

17  And departing, he then went toward the torrent of Gerar, and he dwelt there.

18  And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham; and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

18  Again, he dug up other wells, which the servants of his father Abraham had dug, and which, after his death, the Philistines had formerly obstructed. And he called them by the same names that his father had called them before.

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

19  And the servants of Isaac dug in the valley of Gerara, and they found there a well of living water.

19  And they dug in the torrent, and they found living water.

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20  And the herdmen of Gerar strove with Isaac's herdmen, saying: 'The water is ours.' And he called the name of the well Esek; because they contended with him.

20  But in that place also the shepherds of Gerar argued against the shepherds of Isaac, by saying, “It is our water.” For this reason, he called the name of the well, because of what had happened, ‘Calumny.’

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

21  And having departed thence he dug another well, and they strove also for that; and he named the name of it, Enmity.

21  Then they dug up yet another one. And over that one also they fought, and he called it, ‘Enmity.’

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

22  And he departed thence and dug another well; and they did not strive about that; and he named the name of it, Room, saying, Because now the Lord has made room for us, and has increased us upon the earth.

22  Advancing from there, he dug another well, over which they did not contend. And so he called its name, ‘Latitude,’ saying, “Now the Lord has expanded us and caused us to increase across the land.”

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23  And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba.

23  Then he ascended from that place into Beersheba,

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24  And YHWH appeared unto him the same night, and said: 'I am the God of Abraham thy father. Fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for My servant Abraham's sake.'

24  And the Lord appeared to him in that night, and said, I am the God of Abraam thy father; fear not, for I am with thee, and I will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for the sake of Abraam thy father.

24  where the Lord appeared to him on the same night, saying: “I am the God of Abraham your father. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bless you, and I will multiply your offspring because of my servant Abraham.”

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

25  And he built there an altar, and called on the name of the Lord, and there he pitched his tent, and there the servants of Isaac dug a well in the valley of Gerara.

25  And so he built an altar there. And he invoked the name of the Lord, and he stretched out his tent. And he instructed his servants to dig a well.