1Then came a time of great need in the land, like that which had been before in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines, at Gerar.
2And the Lord came to him in a vision and said, Do not go down to Egypt; keep in the land of which I will give you knowledge:
3Keep in this land, and I will be with you and give you my blessing; for to you and to your seed will I give all these lands, giving effect to the oath which I made to your father Abraham;
4I will make your seed like the stars of heaven in number, and will give them all these lands, and your seed will be a blessing to all the nations of the earth;
5Because Abraham gave ear to my voice and kept my words, my rules, my orders, and my laws.
6So Isaac went on living in Gerar;
7And when he was questioned by the men of the place about his wife, he said, She is my sister; fearing to say, She is my wife; for, he said, the men of the place may put me to death on account of Rebekah; because she is very beautiful.
8And when he had been there for some time, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looking through a window, saw Isaac playing with Rebekah his wife.
9And he said to Isaac, It is clear that she is your wife: why then did you say, She is my sister? And Isaac said, For fear that I might be put to death because of her.
10Then Abimelech said, What have you done to us? one of the people might well have had connection with your wife, and the sin would have been ours.
11And Abimelech gave orders to his people that anyone touching Isaac or his wife was to be put to death.
12Now Isaac, planting seed in that land, got in the same year fruit a hundred times as much, for the blessing of the Lord was on him.
13And his wealth became very great, increasing more and more;
14For he had great wealth of flocks and herds and great numbers of servants; so that the Philistines were full of envy.
15Now all the water-holes, which his father’s servants had made in the days of Abraham, had been stopped up with earth by the Philistines.
16And Abimelech said to Isaac, Go away from us, for you are stronger than we are.
17So Isaac went away from there, and put up his tents in the valley of Gerar, making his living-place there.
18And he made again the water-holes which had been made in the days of Abraham his father, and which had been stopped up by the Philistines; and he gave them the names which his father had given them.
19Now Isaac’s servants made holes in the valley, and came to a spring of flowing water.
20But the herdmen of Gerar had a fight with Isaac’s herdmen, for they said, The spring is ours: so he gave the spring the name of Esek, because there was a fight about it.
21Then they made another water-hole, and there was a fight about that, so he gave it the name of Sitnah.
22Then he went away from there, and made another water-hole, about which there was no fighting: so he gave it the name of Rehoboth, for he said, Now the Lord has made room for us, and we will have fruit in this land.
23And from there he went on to Beer-sheba.
24That night the Lord came to him in a vision, and said, I am the God of your father Abraham: have no fear for I am with you, blessing you, and your seed will be increased because of my servant Abraham.
25Then he made an altar there, and gave worship to the name of the Lord, and he put up his tents there, and there his servants made a water-hole.
26And Abimelech had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his friend and Phicol, the captain of his army.
27And Isaac said to them, Why have you come to me, seeing that in your hate for me you sent me away from you?
28And they said, We saw clearly that the Lord was with you: so we said, Let there be an oath between us and you, and let us make an agreement with you;
29That you will do us no damage, even as we put no hand on you, and did you nothing but good, and sent you away in peace: and now the blessing of the Lord is on you.
30Then he made a feast for them, and they all had food and drink.
31And early in the morning they took an oath one to the other: then Isaac sent them away and they went on their way in peace.
32And that day Isaac’s servants came to him and gave him word of the water-hole which they had made, and said to him, We have come to water.
33And he gave it the name of Shibah: so the name of that town is Beer-sheba to this day.
34And when Esau was forty years old, he took as his wives Judith, the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath, the daughter of Elon the Hittite:
35And Isaac and Rebekah had grief of mind because of them.
To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David.
1 The heavens are sounding the glory of God; the arch of the sky makes clear the work of his hands.
2Day after day it sends out its word, and night after night it gives knowledge.
3There are no words or language; their voice makes no sound.
4Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them has he put a tent for the sun,
5Who is like a newly married man coming from his bride-tent, and is glad like a strong runner starting on his way.
6His going out is from the end of the heaven, and his circle to the ends of it; there is nothing which is not open to his heat.
7The law of the Lord is good, giving new life to the soul: the witness of the Lord is certain, giving wisdom to the foolish.
8The orders of the Lord are right, making glad the heart: the rule of the Lord is holy, giving light to the eyes.
9The fear of the Lord is clean, and has no end; the decisions of the Lord are true and full of righteousness.
10More to be desired are they than gold, even than much shining gold; sweeter than the dropping honey.
11By them is your servant made conscious of danger, and in keeping them there is great reward.
12Who has full knowledge of his errors? make me clean from secret evil.
13Keep your servant back from sins of pride; let them not have rule over me: then will I be upright and free from great sin.
14Let the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing in your eyes, O Lord, my strength and my salvation.
25Now a great number of people went with him.
26And turning round, he said to them, If any man comes to me, and has not hate for his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and even for his life, he may not be my disciple.
27Whoever does not take up his cross and come after me may not be my disciple.
28For which of you, desiring to put up a tower, does not first give much thought to the price, if he will have enough to make it complete?
29For fear that if he makes a start and is not able to go on with it to the end, all who see it will be laughing at him,
30And saying, This man made a start at building and is not able to make it complete.
31Or what king, going to war with another king, will not first take thought if he will be strong enough, with ten thousand men, to keep off him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32Or while the other is still a great distance away, he sends representatives requesting conditions of peace.
33And so whoever is not ready to give up all he has may not be my disciple.
34For salt is good, but if the taste goes from it, of what use is it?
35It is no good for the land or for the place of waste; no one has a use for it. He who has ears, let him give ear.