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  • But some time later, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked out a window and saw Isaac fondling Rebekah. - Genesis 26:8

  • Abimelech called for Isaac and exclaimed, "She is obviously your wife! Why did you say she was your sister?" "Because I was afraid someone would kill me to get her from me," Isaac replied. - Genesis 26:9

  • That year Isaac's crops were tremendous! He harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the LORD blessed him. - Genesis 26:12

  • and they filled up all of Isaac's wells with earth. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham. - Genesis 26:15

  • And Abimelech asked Isaac to leave the country. "Go somewhere else," he said, "for you have become too rich and powerful for us." - Genesis 26:16

  • So Isaac moved to the Gerar Valley and lived there instead. - Genesis 26:17

  • He reopened the wells his father had dug, which the Philistines had filled in after Abraham's death. Isaac renamed them, using the names Abraham had given them. - Genesis 26:18

  • But then the local shepherds came and claimed the spring. "This is our water," they said, and they argued over it with Isaac's herdsmen. So Isaac named the well "Argument,"* because they had argued about it with him.2 - Genesis 26:20

  • Isaac's men then dug another well, but again there was a fight over it. So Isaac named it "Opposition."*3 - Genesis 26:21

  • Abandoning that one, he dug another well, and the local people finally left him alone. So Isaac called it "Room Enough,"* for he said, "At last the LORD has made room for us, and we will be able to thrive."4 - Genesis 26:22

  • From there Isaac moved to Beersheba, - Genesis 26:23

  • Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the LORD. He set up his camp at that place, and his servants dug a well. - Genesis 26:25

  • One day Isaac had visitors from Gerar. King Abimelech arrived with his adviser, Ahuzzath, and also Phicol, his army commander. - Genesis 26:26

  • "Why have you come?" Isaac asked them. "This is obviously no friendly visit, since you sent me from your land in a most unfriendly way." - Genesis 26:27

  • So Isaac prepared a great feast for them, and they ate and drank in preparation for the treaty ceremony. - Genesis 26:30

  • Early the next morning, they each took a solemn oath of nonaggression. Then Isaac sent them home again in peace. - Genesis 26:31

  • That very day Isaac's servants came and told him about a well they had dug. "We've found water!" they said. - Genesis 26:32
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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