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            Genesis 1:0-10:0 :: Darby Translation (DARBY)
            

Chapter 1
1   In
the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2   And the earth was waste and empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
 3   And God said, Let there be light. And there was light.
4   And God saw the light that it was good; and God divided between the light and the darkness.
5   A
nd God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening, and there was morning -- the first day.
6   And God said, Let there be an expanse in the midst of
the waters, and let it be a division between waters and waters.
7   And God made the expanse, and divided between
the waters that are under the expanse and the waters that are above the expanse; and it was so.
8   And God called the expanse Heavens. And there was evening, and there was morning -- a second day.
9   And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be
gathered together to one place, and let the dry [land] appear. And it was so.
10   And
God called the dry [land] Earth, and the gathering together of the waters he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
 11   And God said, Let the earth cause grass to spring up, herb producing seed, fruit-trees yielding fruit after their kind, the seed of which is in them, on the earth. And it was so.
12   And
the earth brought forth grass, herb producing seed after its kind, and trees yielding fruit, the seed of which is in them, after their kind. And God saw that it was good.
13   And there was evening, and there was morning -- a third day.
14   And God said, Let
there be lights in the expanse of the heavens, to divide between the day and the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years;
15   and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens, to give light on the earth. And it was so.
16   And God made the
two great lights, the great light to rule the day, and the small light to rule the night, -- and the stars.
17   And
God set them in the expanse of the heavens, to give light on the earth,
18   and to rule during the day and during the night, and to divide between the light and the
darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19   And there was evening, and there was morning -- a fourth day.
20   And God said, Let the waters swarm with swarms of living souls, and let fowl fly above the earth in the expanse of the heavens.
21   And
God created the great sea monsters, and every living soul that moves with which the waters swarm, after their kind, and every winged fowl after its kind. And God saw that it was good.
22   A
nd God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply on the earth.
23   And there was evening, and there was morning -- a fifth day.
 24   And God said, Let the earth bring forth living souls after their kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth, after their kind. And it was so.
25   And
God made the beast of the earth after its kind, and the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing of the ground after its kind. And God saw that it was good.
 26   And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over the whole earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth on the earth.
27   And God created Man in his image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
 28   And God blessed them; and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heavens, and over every animal that moveth on the earth.
29   And God said, Behold
, I have given you every herb producing seed that is on the whole earth, and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree producing seed: it shall be food for you;
30   and to every animal
of the earth, and to every fowl of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth on the earth, in which is a living soul, every green herb for food. And it was so.
31   And God saw everything
that he had made, and behold it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning -- the sixth day.


Chapter 2
1   And the heavens and the earth and all their host were finished.
2   And God had finished on
the seventh day his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3   And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it, because that on it he rested from all his work which God had created in making it.
 4   These are the histories of the heavens and the earth, when they were created, in the day that Jehovah Elohim made earth and heavens,
5   and every
shrub of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew; for Jehovah Elohim had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground.
6   But a mist went up from the earth, and moistened the whole surface of the ground.
7   And Jehovah Elohim formed Man, dust of the ground
, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and Man became a living soul.
 8   And Jehovah Elohim planted a garden in Eden eastward, and there put Man whom he had formed.
9   And out of the ground Jehovah Elohim made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; and the tree of life, in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
 10   And a river went out of Eden, to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became four main streams.
11   The name of the one is Pison: that is it which surrounds the whole land of Havilah, where the gold is.
12   And
the gold of that land is good; bdellium and the onyx stone are there.
13   And t
he name of the second river is Gihon: that is it which surrounds the whole land of Cush.
14   And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which flows forward toward Asshur. And the fourth river, that is Euphrates.
 15   And Jehovah Elohim took Man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to till it and to guard it.
16   And Jehovah Elohim commanded Man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou shalt freely eat;
17   but
of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest of it thou shalt certainly die.
18   And Jehovah Elohim
said, It is not good that Man should be alone; I will make him a helpmate, his like.
19   And out of the ground Jehovah Elohim had formed every animal of the field and all fowl of the heavens, and brought [them] to Man,
to see what he would call them; and whatever Man called each living soul, that was its name.
20   And Man gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the heavens, and to every beast of the field; but as for Adam, he found no helpmate, his like.
21   And Jehovah Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall upon Man;
and he slept. And he took one of his ribs and closed up flesh in its stead.
22   And Jehovah Elohim built the rib that he had taken from Man into a woman;
and brought her to Man.
23   And Man
said, This time it is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh: this shall be called Woman, because this was taken out of a man.
24   Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
25   And they were both naked, Man and his wife, and were not ashamed.


Chapter
 3
1   And the serpent was more crafty than any animal of the field which Jehovah Elohim had made. And it said to the woman, Is it even so, that God has said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2   And
the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden;
3   but
of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, God has said, Ye shall not eat of it, and ye shall not touch it, lest ye die.
4   And the serpent said to the woman, Ye will not certainly die;
5   but God knows that in the day ye
eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and ye will be as God, knowing good and evil.
6   And the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a pleasure for the eyes, and the tree was to be desired to give intelligence; and she took of its fruit, and ate, and gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
7   And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
 8   And they heard the voice of Jehovah Elohim, walking in the garden in the cool of the day. And Man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah Elohim, in the midst of the trees of the garden.
9   And Jehovah Elohim called to Man, and said to him, Where art thou?
10   And he said, I heard thy voice
in the garden, and I feared, because I am naked; and I hid myself.
11   And he said,
Who told thee that thou art naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee not to eat?
12   And Man said, The woman, whom thou hast given [to be] with me, she gave
me of the tree, and I ate.
13   And Jehovah Elohim said to the woman, What is this thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent deceived me, and I ate.
 14   And Jehovah Elohim said to the serpent, Because thou hast done this, be thou cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field. On thy belly shalt thou go, and eat dust all the days of thy life.
15   And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he shall crush thy head, and thou shalt crush his heel.
 16   To the woman he said, I will greatly increase thy travail and thy pregnancy; with pain thou shalt bear children; and to thy husband shall be thy desire, and he shall rule over thee.
 17   And to Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed be the ground on thy account; with toil shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;
18   a
nd thorns and thistles shall it yield thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.
19   In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, until thou return to the ground: for out of it wast thou taken. For dust thou art; and unto dust shalt thou return.
 20   And Man called his wife's name Eve; because she is the mother of all living.
21   And Jehovah Elohim made Adam and his wife coats of skin, and clothed them.
22   And Jehovah Elohim said, Behold, Man is become as one of us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he stretch out his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever ...!
23   Therefore Jehovah Elohim sent
him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken.
24   And he drove out Man; and he set the Cherubim, and the flame of the flashing sword, toward the east of the garden of Eden, to guard
the way to the tree of life.


Chapter
 4
1   And Man knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, I have acquired a man with Jehovah.
2   And
she further bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a shepherd, but Cain was a husbandman.
 3   And in process of time it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering to Jehovah.
4   And
Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock, and of their fat. And Jehovah looked upon Abel, and on his offering;
5   and upon Cain, and on his offering, he did not look. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
6   And Jehovah said to Cain, Why
art thou angry, and why is thy countenance fallen?
7   If thou doest well, will not [thy countenance] look up [with confidence]? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door; and unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8   And Cain spoke to
Abel his brother, and it came to pass when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9   And Jehovah said to Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brother's keeper?
10   And
he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood is crying to me from the ground.
11   And now be thou cursed from the ground, which hath opened its
mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand.
12   When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield thee its strength; a wanderer and fugitive shalt thou be on the earth.
13   And Cain said to Jehovah, My punishment is too great to be borne.
14   Behold, thou hast driven me this day from
the face of the ground, and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a wanderer and fugitive on the earth; and it will come to pass, [that] every one who finds me will slay me.
15   And Jehovah said to him, Therefore, whoever
slayeth Cain, it shall be revenged sevenfold. And Jehovah set a mark on Cain, lest any finding him should smite him.
16   And Cain went out from the presence of Jehovah, and dwelt in the land of Nod, toward the east of Eden.
 17   And Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a city; and he called the name of the city after the name of his son Enoch.
18   And to Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot Mehujael; and Mehujael begot Methushael; and Methushael begot Lemech.
19   And Lemech took
two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the second, Zillah.
20   And Adah bore Jabal: he was the father of those who dwell in tents, and [breed] cattle.
21   And
his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of those who handle the harp and pipe.
22   And Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain, the forger of every kind of tool of
brass and iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.
23   And Lemech said to his wives: Adah and Zillah, hear my voice, Ye wives of Lemech, listen to my speech. For
I have slain a man for my wound, and a youth for my bruise.
24   If
Cain shall be avenged seven-fold; Lemech seventy and seven fold.
25   And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son, and called his name Seth: ... For God has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, because Cain has slain him.
26   And to Seth, to him also was born a son; and he
called his name Enosh. Then people began to call on the name of Jehovah.


Chapter
 5
1   This is the book of Adam's generations. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him.
2   Male
and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
3   And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begot [a son] in his likeness, after his image, and called his name Seth.
4   And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years; and he begot sons and daughters.
5   And all the days of Adam that he lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.
 6   And Seth lived a hundred and five years, and begot Enosh.
7   And Seth lived after he had begotten Enosh eight hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters.
8   And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.
9   And Enosh lived ninety years, and begot Cainan.
10   And Enosh lived after he had begotten Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begot sons and daughters.
11   A
nd all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died.
12   And Cainan lived seventy years, and begot Mahalaleel.
13   And Cainan lived after he had begotten Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begot sons and daughters.
14   A
nd all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years; and he died.
15   And Mahalaleel lived sixty-five years, and begot Jared.
16   And Mahalaleel lived after he had begotten Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters.
17   A
nd all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred and ninety-five years; and he died.
 18   And Jared lived a hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch.
19   A
nd Jared lived after he had begotten Enoch eight hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
20   And all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died.
21   And Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methushelah.
22   And Enoch walked with God after he had begotten Methushelah three hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
23   And
all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.
24   And Enoch walked with God;
and he was not, for God took him.
25   And Methushelah
lived a hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lemech.
26   A
nd Methushelah lived after he had begotten Lemech seven hundred and eighty-two years, and begot sons and daughters.
27   And all the days of Methushelah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.
 28   And Lemech lived a hundred and eighty-two years, and begot a son.
29   A
nd he called his name Noah, saying, This [one] shall comfort us concerning our work and concerning the toil of our hands, because of the ground which Jehovah has cursed.
30   And Lemech
lived after he had begotten Noah five hundred and ninety-five years, and begot sons and daughters.
31   And all the days of Lemech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years; and he died.
32   And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.


Chapter
 6
1   And it came to pass when mankind began to multiply on the earth, and daughters were born to them,
2   that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and took themselves wives of all that they chose.
3   And Jehovah
said, My Spirit shall not always plead with Man; for he indeed is flesh; but his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.
 4   In those days were the giants on the earth, and also afterwards, when the sons of God had come in to the daughters of men, and they had borne [children] to them; these were the heroes, who of old were men of renown.
5   And Jehovah
saw that the wickedness of Man was great on the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart only evil continually.
6   And Jehovah
repented that he had made Man on the earth, and it grieved him in his heart.
7   And Jehovah said, I will destroy Man, whom I have created, from the earth -- from man to cattle, to creeping things, and to fowl of the heavens; for I repent that I have made them.
8   But Noah found favour in the eyes of Jehovah.
9   This is the history of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect amongst his generations: Noah
walked with God.
10   And Noah begot three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11   And the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was full of violence.
12   And God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its way on the earth.
 13   And God said to Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is full of violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
14   Make thyself an ark of gopher wood: [with] cells shalt thou make the ark; and pitch it inside and outside with pitch.
15   And thus
shalt thou make it: let the length of the ark be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
16   A light shalt thou make to the ark; and to a cubit high shalt thou finish it above. And the door of the ark shalt thou set in its side: [with] a lower, second, and third [story] shalt thou make it.
17   For I, behold, I bring
a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy all flesh under the heavens in which is the breath of life: everything that is on the earth shall expire.
18   But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt go into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife,
and thy sons' wives with thee.
 19   And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every [sort] shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep [them] alive with thee: they shall be male and female.
20   Of fowl after
their kind, and of the cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of each shall go in to thee, to keep [them] alive.
21   And take thou of all food that is eaten, and gather [it] to
thee, that it may be for food for thee and for them.
22   A
nd Noah did it; according to all that God had commanded him, so did he.


Chapter 7
1   And Jehovah said to Noah, Go into the ark, thou and all thy house; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
2   Of all clean beasts thou shalt take to thee by sevens, a male and its female; but of the beasts that are not clean two, a male and its female.
3   Also of the fowl of the heavens by sevens
, male and female; to keep seed alive on the face of all the earth.
4   For in yet seven days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living being which I have made will I destroy from the ground.
5   And Noah
did according to all that Jehovah had commanded him.
6   A
nd Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was on the earth.
7   And 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.
8   Of
clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowl, and of everything that creeps on the ground,
9   there came two and two unto Noah into the ark, male and female, as God had commanded Noah.
10   And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.
11   In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that same day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
12   And the pour of rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.
13   On the same day went Noah, and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
14   they, and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and all fowl after its kind -- every bird of every wing.
15   And they went to Noah, into the ark, two and two of all flesh, in which was the breath of life.
16   And they that came, came male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him. And Jehovah shut him in.
17   And the flood was forty days on the earth. And the waters increased, and bore up the ark; and it was lifted up above the earth.
18   And the waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth; and the ark went on the face of the waters.
19   And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth; and all the high mountains that are under all the heavens were covered.
20   Fifteen cubits upward the waters prevailed; and the mountains were covered.
21   And all flesh that moved on the earth expired, fowl as well as cattle, and beasts, and all crawling things which crawl
on the earth, and all mankind:
22   everything which had in its nostrils the breath of life, of all that was on the dry [land], died.
23   And every living being was destroyed that was on the ground, both man,
and cattle, and creeping things, and fowl of the heavens; and they were destroyed from the earth. And Noah alone remained, and what was with him in the ark.
24   And the waters prevailed on the earth a hundred and fifty days.


Chapter 8
1   And God remembered Noah, and all the animals, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.
2   And the fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were closed, and the pour of rain from heaven was stopped.
3   And the waters retired from the earth, continually retiring; and in the course of a hundred and fifty days the waters abated.
4   And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.
5   And the waters abated continually until the tenth month: in the tenth [month], on the first of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
6   And it came to pass at the end of forty days that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made.
7   And he sent out the raven, which went forth going to and fro, until the waters were dried from the earth.
8   And he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had become low on the ground.
9   But the dove found no resting-place for the sole of her foot, and returned to him into the ark; for the waters were on the whole earth; and he put forth his hand, and took her, and brought her to him into the ark.
10   And he waited yet other seven days, and again he sent forth the dove
out of the ark.
11   And the dove came to him at eventide; and behold, in her beak was an olive-leaf plucked off; and Noah knew that the waters had become low on the earth.
12   And he waited yet other seven days, and sent forth the dove; but she returned no more to him.
13   And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first [month], on the first of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was dried.
14   And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.
15   And God spoke to Noah, saying,
16   Go out of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
17   Bring forth with thee every animal which is with thee, of all flesh, fowl as well as cattle, and all the creeping things which creep on the earth, that they may swarm on the earth, and may be fruitful and multiply on the earth.
18   And Noah went out, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him.
19   All the animals, all the creeping things, and all the fowl -- everything that moves on the earth, after their kinds, went out of the ark.
20   And Noah built an altar to Jehovah; and took of every clean animal, and of all clean fowl, and offered up burnt-offerings on the altar.
21   And Jehovah smelled the sweet odour. And Jehovah said in his heart, I will no more henceforth curse the ground on account of Man, for the thought of Man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will no more smite every living thing, as I have done.
22   Henceforth, all the days of the earth, seed [time] and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease.


Chapter 9
1   And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
2   And let the fear of you and the dread of you be upon every animal of the earth, and upon all fowl of the heavens: upon all that moveth [on] the ground; and upon all the fishes of the sea: into your hand are they delivered.
3   Every moving thing that liveth shall be food for you: as the green herb I give you everything.
4   Only, the flesh with its life, its blood, ye shall not eat.
5   And indeed your blood, [the blood] of your lives, will I require: at the hand of every animal will I require it, and at the hand of Man, at the hand of each [the blood] of his brother, will I require the life of Man.
6   Whoso sheddeth Man's blood, by Man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God he hath made Man.
7   And ye, be fruitful and multiply: swarm on the earth, and multiply on it.
8   And God spoke to Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
9   And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
10   and with every living soul which is with you, fowl as well as cattle, and all the animals of the earth with you, of all that has gone out of the ark -- every animal of the earth.
11   And I establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood, and henceforth there shall be no flood to destroy the earth.
12   And God said, This is the sign of the covenant that I set between me and you and every living soul that is with you, for everlasting generations:
13   I set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be for a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
14   And it shall come to pass when I bring clouds over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud,
15   and I will remember my covenant which is between me and you and every living soul of all flesh; and the waters shall not henceforth become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16   And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living soul of all flesh that is upon the earth.
17   And God said to Noah, This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
18   And the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, and Ham,
and Japheth. And Ham is the father of Canaan.
19   These three are the sons of Noah; and from these was [the population of] the whole earth spread abroad.
20   And Noah began [to be] a husbandman,
and planted a vineyard.
21   A
nd he drank of the wine, and was drunken, and he uncovered himself in his tent.
22   And Ham the father of Canaan saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren outside.
23   And Shem and Japheth took the upper garment and both laid [it] upon their shoulders, and went backwards, and covered the nakedness of their father. And their faces were turned away, that they saw not their father's nakedness.
 24   And Noah awoke from his wine, and learned what his youngest son had done to him.
25   And
he said, Cursed be Canaan; Let him be a bondman of bondmen to his brethren.
26   And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem, And let Canaan be his bondman.
27   Let
God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, And let Canaan be his bondman.
 28   And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
29   And
all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.


Chapter
 10
1   And these are the generations of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and to them were sons born after the flood.
 2   The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
3   And the sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
4   And the sons of Javan: Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
5   From these came the distribution of the isles of the nations, according to their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
6   And the sons of Ham: Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
7   And the sons of Cush: Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha
. And the sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.
8   And Cush begot Nimrod: he began to be mighty on the earth.
9   He was a mighty hunter before Jehovah; therefore it is said, As Nimrod, the mighty hunter before Jehovah!
10   And
the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
11   From that land went out Asshur, and built Nineveh, and Rehoboth-Ir, and Calah,
12   and Resen, between Nineveh and Calah: this is the great city.
13   -- And Mizraim begot the Ludim, and the Anamim, and the Lehabim, and the Naphtuhim,
14   and the Pathrusim, and the Casluhim, out of whom
came the Philistines, and the Caphtorim.
15   -- And Canaan begot Sidon, his firstborn, and Heth,
16   and the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite,
17   and the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
18   and the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite. And afterwards the families of the Canaanites spread themselves abroad.
19   And the border of the Canaanite was from Sidon, as one goes to Gerar, up to Gazah; as one goes to Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, up to Lesha.
20   These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, in their nations.
21   And to Shem -- to him also were [sons] born; he is
the father of all the sons of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder.
22   The sons of Shem: Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.
23   And the sons of Aram: Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.
24   -- And Arphaxad begot Shelah; and Shelah begot Eber.
25   And to Eber were born two sons: the
name of the one was Peleg, for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.
26   And Joktan begot Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah,
27   and Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,
28   and Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,
29   and Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were sons of Joktan.
30   And their dwelling was from Mesha, as one goes to Sephar, the eastern mountain.
31   These
are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.
32   These are the families
of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations. And from these came the distribution of the nations on the earth after the flood.

Chapter 11
1   And the whole earth had one language, and the same words.
2   And it came to pass as they journeyed from the east, that
they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and dwelt there.
3   And
they said one to another, Come on, let us make bricks, and burn [them] thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar.
4   And they said,
Come on, let us build ourselves a city and a tower, the top of which [may reach] to the heavens; and let us make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered over the face of the whole earth.
5   And Jehovah
came down to see the city and the tower which the children of men built.
6   And Jehovah said, Behold, the people is one, and have all one language; and this have they begun to do. And now will they be hindered in nothing that they meditate doing.
7   Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
8   And Jehovah
scattered them thence over the face of the whole earth. And they left off building the city.
9   Therefore was its name called Babel; because Jehovah there confounded the language of the whole earth. And Jehovah scattered them thence over the face of the whole earth.
 10   These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood.
11   And Shem lived after he had begotten Arphaxad five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
 12   And Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, and begot Shelah.
13   And Arphaxad
lived after he had begotten Shelah four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.
14   And Shelah lived thirty years, and begot Eber.
15   A
nd Shelah lived after he had begotten Eber four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters.
16   And Eber lived thirty-four years, and begot Peleg.
17   A
nd Eber lived after he had begotten Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters.
 18   And Peleg lived thirty years, and begot Reu.
19   A
nd Peleg lived after he had begotten Reu two hundred and nine years, and begot sons and daughters.
20   And Reu lived thirty-two years, and begot Serug.
21   A
nd Reu lived after he had begotten Serug two hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters.
 22   And Serug lived thirty years, and begot Nahor.
23   A
nd Serug lived after he had begotten Nahor two hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.
24   And Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and begot Terah.
25   A
nd Nahor lived after he had begotten Terah a hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters.
 26   And Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
 27   And these are the generations of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begot Lot.
28   And Haran died before the face of his father Terah in the land of his nativity at Ur of the Chaldeans.
29   And
Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, a daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah.
30   And Sarai was barren: she had no child.
 31   And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth together out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to go into the land of Canaan, and came as far as Haran, and dwelt there.
32   And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.


Chapter 12
1   And Jehovah had said to Abram, Go out of thy land, and from thy kindred, and from
thy father's house, to the land that I will shew thee.
2   And I will make of thee a great nation, and bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.
3   And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
 4   And Abram departed as Jehovah had said to him. And Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed out of Haran.
5   And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had acquired, and the souls that they had obtained in Haran, and they went out to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
6   And Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, to
the oak of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
 7   And Jehovah appeared to Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land. And there he built an altar to Jehovah who had appeared to him.
8   And he removed thence towards the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, [having] Bethel toward the west, and Ai toward the east; and there he built an altar to Jehovah, and called on the name of Jehovah.
9   And Abram moved onward, going on still toward the south.
10   And there was a famine
in the land. And Abram went down to 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 thou art a woman fair to look upon.
12   And it will come to pass when the Egyptians see thee, that they will say, She is his wife; and they will slay me, and save thee alive.
13   Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister, that it may be well with me on thy account, and my soul may live because of thee.
 14   And it came to pass when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
15   And the princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
16   And he treated
Abram well on her account; and he had sheep, and oxen, and he-asses, and bondmen, and bondwomen, and she-asses, and camels.
17   And Jehovah plagued Pharaoh
and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.
18   And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this thou hast done to me? Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
19   Why didst thou say, She is my sister, so that I took her as my wife. And now, behold, there is thy wife: take [her], and go away.
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, towards 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 as far as Bethel; as far as the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai;
4   to
the place of the altar that he had made there at the first. And there Abram called on the name of Jehovah.
5   And Lot also who went with Abram had flocks, and herds, and tents.
6   And the land could not support them,
that they might dwell together, for their property was great; and they could not dwell together.
7   And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and the herdsmen of Lot's cattle. And the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land.
8   And Abram said to Lot, I pray thee let there be no contention between me and thee
, and between my herdsmen and thy herdsmen, for we are brethren.
9   Is not the whole land before thee? Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if to the left, then I will take the right; and if to the right, then I will take the left.
10   And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of the Jordan that it was thoroughly watered, before Jehovah had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah; as the garden of Jehovah, like the land of Egypt, as one goes to Zoar.
11   And Lot chose for himself all the plain of the Jordan; and Lot went toward the east. And they separated the one from the other:
12   Abram dwelt
in the land of Canaan; and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain, and pitched tents as far as Sodom.
13   And the people of Sodom were wicked, and great sinners before Jehovah.
 14   And Jehovah said to Abram, after that Lot had separated himself from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art, northward and southward and eastward and westward;
15   for
all the land that thou seest will I give to thee, and to thy seed for ever.
16   And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth, so that if any one can number the dust of the earth, thy seed also will be numbered.
17   Arise, walk through the land according to the length of it and according to the breadth of it; for I will give it to thee.
18   Then Abram moved [his] tents, and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron. And he built there an altar to Jehovah.


Chapter 14
1   And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel the king of Shinar, Arioch the king of El-lasar, Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and Tidal the king of nations,
2   [that] they
made war with Bera the king of Sodom, and with Birsha the king of Gomorrah, Shinab the king of Admah, and Shemeber the king of Zeboim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.
3   All these were joined in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.
4   Twelve years had 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 Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, and the Zuzim in Ham, and the Emim in Shaveh-Kirjathaim,
6   and the Horites on 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 at Hazazon-Tamar.
 8   And the king of Sodom and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar, went out, and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim,
9   with Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and Tidal the king of nations, and Amraphel the king of Shinar, and Arioch the king of Ellasar -- four kings with the five.
10   And the vale of Siddim was full of pits of asphalt. 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 property of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and departed.
12   And
they took Lot and his property, Abram's brother's son, and departed. For he dwelt in Sodom.
13   And
one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew. And he dwelt by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, the brother of Eshcol, and the brother of Aner. And these were Abram's allies.
14   And Abram heard that his brother was taken captive; and he led out his trained [servants], born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued [them] as far as Dan.
15   And he divided himself against them by night, he and his servants
, and smote them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is to the left of Damascus.
16   And he brought back all the property
, and brought again his brother Lot and his property, and the women also, and the people.
 17   And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after he had returned from smiting Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, into the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's valley.
18   And Melchisedec
king of Salem brought out bread and wine. And he was priest of the Most High ùGod.
19   And he
blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the Most High ùGod, possessor of heavens and earth.
20   And blessed be the Most High ùGod, who has delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him the tenth of all.
 21   And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the souls, and take the property for thyself.
22   And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand to Jehovah, the Most High ùGod, possessor of heavens and earth,
23   if from a thread even to a sandal-thong, yes, if of all that is thine, I take [anything] ...; that thou mayest not say, I have made Abram rich;
24   s
ave only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men that went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre, let them take their portion.


Chapter
 15
1   After these things the word of Jehovah came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield, thy exceeding great reward.
2   And Abram said, Lord Jehovah, what wilt thou give me? seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus.
3   And
Abram said, Lo, to me thou hast given no seed, and behold, a son of my house will be mine heir.
 4   And behold, the word of Jehovah [came] to him, saying, This shall not be thine heir, but he that will come forth out of thy body shall be thine heir.
5   And he led him out, and said, Look now toward the heavens, and number the stars, if thou be able to number them. And he said to him, So shall thy seed be!
6   And he
believed Jehovah; and he reckoned it to him [as] righteousness.
7   And he said to him, I am Jehovah who
brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give thee this land to possess it.
 8   And he said, Lord Jehovah, how shall I know that I shall possess it?
9   And he said to 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 turtle-dove, and a young pigeon.
10   And he took all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid the half of each opposite its fellow; but the birds he did not divide.
11   And the birds of prey came down
on the carcases; and Abram scared them away.
12   And as the sun was just going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, a horror, a great darkness, fell upon him.
13   And he said to Abram, Know assuredly that thy seed will be a sojourner in a land [that is] not theirs, and
they shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years.
14   But also that nation which they shall serve I will judge; and afterwards they shall
come out with great property.
15   And
thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
16   A
nd [in the] fourth generation they shall come hither again; for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
 17   And it came to pass when the sun had gone down, and it was dark, that behold, there was a smoking furnace, and a flame of fire which passed between those pieces.
18   On the same day Jehovah
made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates;
19   the
Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
20   and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaim,
21   and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.


Chapter
 16
1   And Sarai Abram's wife did not bear him [children]. And she had an Egyptian maidservant; and her name was Hagar.
2   And Sarai said to Abram, Behold now, Jehovah has shut me up, that I do not bear. Go in, I pray thee, to my maidservant: it may be that I shall be built up by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
3   And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar, the Egyptian, her maidservant, at the end of ten years that Abram had dwelt in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram, as his wife.
 4   And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was lightly esteemed in her eyes.
5   And Sarai said to Abram, My wrong be on thee! I have given my maidservant into thy bosom; and now she sees that she has conceived, I am lightly esteemed in her eyes. Jehovah judge between me and thee!
6   And Abram said to Sarai, Behold, thy maidservant is in thy hand: do to her what is good in thine eyes. And Sarai oppressed her; and
she fled from her face.
7   And the Angel of Jehovah found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur.
8   And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maidservant
, whence comest thou? and whither art thou going? And she said, I am fleeing from the face of my mistress Sarai.
9   And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
 10   And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
11   And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael, because Jehovah hath hearkened to thy affliction.
12   And he will be a wild-ass of a man, his hand against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell before the face of all his brethren.
13   And she called the name of Jehovah who spoke to her, Thou art the ùGod who reveals himself, for she said, Also here have I seen after he has revealed himself.
14   Therefore the well was named Beer-lahai-roi: behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
15   And Hagar bore Abram a son;
and Abram called the name of his son whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.
16   And Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.


Chapter
 17
1   And Abram was ninety-nine years old, when Jehovah appeared to Abram, and said to him, I [am] the Almighty ùGod: walk before my face, and be perfect.
2   And I will set my covenant between me and thee, and will very greatly multiply thee.
3   And
Abram fell on his face; and God talked with him, saying,
4   It is
I: behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of a multitude of nations.
5   And thy name shall no more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of a multitude of nations have I made thee.
6   A
nd I will make thee exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
7   And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and thy seed after thee in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8   And I give to thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land of thy sojourning, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be a God to them.
9   And God said to Abraham, And [as for] thee, thou shalt keep my covenant,
thou and thy seed after thee in their generations.
10   This
is my covenant which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee -- that every male among you be circumcised.
11   And ye
shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and [that] shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.
12   And at eight days old shall every male in your generations
be circumcised among you -- he who is born in the house, and he who is bought with money, any stranger who is not of thy seed.
13   He who is born in thy house, and he who is bought with thy money, must be circumcised; and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
14   And the
uncircumcised male who hath not been circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his peoples: he hath broken my covenant.
15   And God said to Abraham, [As to] Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.
16   And
I will bless her, and I will give thee a son also of her; and I will bless her, and she shall become nations: kings of peoples shall be of her.
17   And Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall [a child] be born to him that is a hundred years old? and shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear?
18   And
Abraham said to God, Oh that Ishmael might live before thee!
19   And God
said, Sarah thy wife shall indeed bear thee a son; and thou shalt call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him, for an everlasting covenant for his seed after him.
20   And for Ishmael I have heard thee: behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful, and will very greatly multiply him; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
21   But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to thee at this appointed time in the next year.
22   And he
left off talking with him; and God went up from Abraham.
23   And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all who were born in his house, and all who were bought with his money -- every male among the people of Abraham's house -- and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin on that same day, as God had said to him.
24   And Abraham was ninety-nine years old 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   a
nd all the men of his house, born in his house, or bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.


Chapter 18
1   And Jehovah appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre. And he sat at the tent-door
in the heat of the day.
2   And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, three men standing near him. And when he saw [them], he ran to meet them from the tent-door, and bowed himself to the earth,
3   and
said, Lord, if now I have found favour in thine eyes, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant.
4   Let now a little water be fetched, that ye may wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.
5   And
I will fetch a morsel of bread; and refresh yourselves; after that ye shall pass on; for therefore have ye passed on towards your servant. And they said, So do as thou hast said.
6   And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, Knead quickly three seahs of wheaten flour, and make cakes.
7   And Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf tender and good, and gave [it] to the attendant; and he hasted to dress it.
8   And he took thick and sweet milk, and the calf that he had dressed, and set [it] before them; and he stood before
them under the tree, and they ate.
 9   And they said to him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
10   And he said, I will certainly return to thee at [this] time of the year, and behold, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah was listening at the tent-door, which was behind him.
11   Now
Abraham and Sarah were old [and] advanced in age: it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
12   And Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am become old, shall I have pleasure
, and my lord old?
13   And Jehovah said to Abraham, Why is this, that Sarah laughs, saying, Shall I indeed bear, when I am become old?
14   Is [any] matter too wonderful for Jehovah? At
the time appointed I will return to thee, at [this] time of the year, and Sarah shall have a son.
15   And Sarah denied, saying, I did not laugh; for she was afraid. And he said, No; but thou didst laugh.
16   And the men rose up thence, and looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to conduct them.
17   And Jehovah
said, Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing?
18   Since Abraham shall indeed 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 Jehovah, to do righteousness and justice, in order that Jehovah may bring upon Abraham what he hath spoken of him.
 20   And Jehovah said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great and 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 [it].
22   And the men turned thence, and went towards Sodom; and Abraham remained yet standing before Jehovah.
23   And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also cause the righteous to perish
with the wicked?
24   There are perhaps fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not forgive the place for the sake of the fifty righteous that are therein?
25   Far be it from thee to do so, to slay the righteous with the wicked, that the righteous should be as the wicked -- far be it from thee! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?
26   And Jehovah said, If I find at Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will forgive all the place for their sakes.
 27   And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have ventured to speak unto the Lord; I, who am dust and ashes.
28   Perhaps there may want five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city on account of the five? And he said, If I shall find forty-five there, I will not destroy [it].
29   And he continued yet to speak with him, and said, Perhaps there may
be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for the forty's sake.
30   And he said, Oh, let not the Lord be angry that I speak! Perhaps there may be thirty found there. And he said, I will not do it if I find thirty there.
31   And he said, Behold now, I have ventured to speak with the Lord. Perhaps there may be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy [it] for the twenty's sake.
32   And he said, Oh, let not the Lord be angry, that I speak yet but this time! Perhaps there may be ten found there. And he said, I will not destroy [it] for the ten's sake.
33   And Jehovah went away when he had ended speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.

Chapter 19
1   And the two angels came to Sodom at even. And Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. And Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them; and he bowed down, the face toward the ground,
2   and he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into
your servant's house, and lodge, and wash your feet; and ye shall rise up early, and go on your way. And they said, No; but we will pass the night in the open place.
3   And
he urged them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house. And he made them a repast, and baked unleavened cakes; and they ate.
4   Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, from the youngest to the oldest -- all the people from every quarter.
5   And they called to Lot, and said to him, Where are the men that have come in to thee to-night? bring them out to us that we may know them.
 6   And Lot went out to them to the entrance, and shut the door after him,
7   and
said, I pray you, my brethren, do not wickedly!
8   Behold now,
I have two daughters who have not known a man: let me now bring them out to you; and do to them as is good in your sight: only, to these men do nothing; for therefore have they come under the shadow of my roof.
9   And they said, Back there! And they said [again], This one came to sojourn, and he must be a judge? Now we will deal worse with thee than with them. And they pressed hard on the man -- on Lot; and drew near to break the door.
10   And the men stretched out their hand, and brought
Lot into the house to them, and shut the door.
11   And they smote the men that were at the entrance of the house with blindness, from the smallest to the greatest; and they wearied themselves to find the entrance.
12   And
the men said to Lot, Whom hast thou here besides? a son-in-law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and all whom thou hast in the city -- bring [them] out of the place.
13   F
or we are going to destroy this place, because the cry of them is great before Jehovah, and Jehovah has sent us to destroy it.
 14   And Lot went out, and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, Up, go out of this place, for Jehovah will destroy the city. But he was as if he jested, in the sight of his sons-in-law.
15   And as the dawn arose, the angels urged Lot, saying, Up
, take thy wife and thy two daughters who are present, lest thou perish in the iniquity of the city.
16   And as he lingered, the men laid hold on his hand, and on the hand of his wife, and on the hand of his two daughters, Jehovah being merciful to him; and they led him out, and set him without the city.
17   And it came to pass when they had brought them outside, that he said, Escape for thy life: look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain: escape to the mountain, lest thou perish.
18   And Lot said to them, Not [so], I pray thee, Lord;
19   behold now, thy servant has found favour in thine eyes, and thou hast magnified thy goodness, which thou hast shewn to me in preserving my soul alive; but I cannot escape to the mountain, lest calamity lay hold on me, that I die.
20   Behold now, this city is near to flee to, and it is small: I pray thee, let me escape thither -- is it not small? -- and my soul shall live.
21   And
he said to him, Behold, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow the city of which thou hast spoken.
22   Haste, escape thither; for I cannot do anything until thou art come there. Therefore the name of the city is called Zoar.
23   The sun rose upon the earth when Lot came to Zoar.
 24   And Jehovah rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah out of heaven,
25   and overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew upon the ground.
26   And his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
 27   And Abraham rose early in the morning [and went] to the place where he had stood before Jehovah;
28   and he
looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and lo, a smoke went up from the land as the smoke of a furnace.
29   And it came to pass when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt.
 30   And Lot went up from 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 first-born
said to the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the land to come in to us after the manner of all the earth:
32   c
ome, let us give our father wine to drink, and let us lie with him, that we may preserve seed alive of our father.
33   And they gave their father wine to drink that night. And the first-born went in, and lay with her father, and he did not know of her lying down, nor of her rising.
34   And it came to pass on the next day that the first-born said to the younger, Lo, I lay last night with my father: let
us give him wine to drink to-night also, and go thou in, lie with him, that we may preserve seed alive of our father.
35   And they gave their father wine to drink that night also. And the younger arose, and lay with him; and he did not know of her lying down, nor of her rising.
36   And
both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father.
37   And the first-born 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 bore 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 departed thence towards the south country, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned at Gerar.
2   And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister. And Abimelech the king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
3   But
God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art [but] a dead man, because of the woman that thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.
4   But Abimelech had not come near her. And he said, Lord, wilt thou also kill a righteous nation?
5   Did he not say to me, She is my sister? and she, even she said, He is my brother. In the integrity of my heart and in the innocency of my
hands have I done this.
6   And God said to him in a dream, I also knew that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart, and I, too, have withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore have I not suffered thee to touch her.
7   And now, restore the man's wife;
for he is a prophet, and will pray for thee, that thou mayest live. And if thou do not restore [her], know that thou shalt certainly die, thou and all that is thine.
8   And
Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and spoke all these words in their ears; and the men were greatly afraid.
9   And Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, What hast thou done to us? And in what have I sinned against thee, that thou hast brought on me, and on my kingdom, a great sin? Thou hast done to me deeds that ought not to be done.
10   And Abimelech said to Abraham, What hast thou seen that thou hast done this?
11   And Abraham said, Because I said, Surely
the fear of God is not in this place, and they will kill me for my wife's sake.
12   But
she is also truly my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
13   And it came to pass when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said to her, Let this be thy kindness which thou shalt shew to me: at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.
 14   And Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and bondmen and bondwomen, and gave [them] to Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
15   And
Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it is good in thine eyes.
16   And to Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand [pieces] of silver; behold, let that be to thee a covering of the eyes, in respect of all that are with thee, and with all; and she was reproved.
 17   And Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and his wife and his handmaids, and they bore [children].
18   For Jehovah had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah Abraham's wife.


Chapter 21
1   And Jehovah visited Sarah as he had said, and Jehovah did to Sarah as he had spoken.
2   And Sarah conceived, and bore
Abraham a son in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him.
3   And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.
4   A
nd Abraham circumcised his son Isaac, being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
5   And Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6   And Sarah said, God has made me laugh: all that hear will laugh with me.
7   And she said, Who would have said to Abraham, Sarah will suckle children? For I have borne [him] a son in his old age.
8   And t
he child grew, and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.
9   And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.
10   And she said to Abraham, Cast out this handmaid and her son; for the son of this handmaid shall not inherit with my son -- with Isaac.
11   And
the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son.
12   And God said to Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad and because of thy handmaid: [in] all that Sarah hath said to thee hearken to her voice, for in Isaac shall a seed be called to thee.
13   But also the son of the handmaid will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
 14   And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a flask of water, and gave [it] to Hagar, putting [it] on her shoulder -- and the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
15   And the water was exhausted from the flask; and she cast the child under one of the shrubs,
16   and she went and sat down over against [him], a bow-shot off; for she said, Let me not behold the death of the child. And she sat over against [him]
, and lifted up her voice and wept.
 17   And God heard the voice of the lad. And the Angel of God called to Hagar from the heavens, and said to her, What [aileth] thee, Hagar? Fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad there, where he is.
18   Arise, take the lad, and hold him in thy hand; for I will make of him a great nation.
19   And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the flask with water, and gave the lad drink.
20   And God was with the lad, and he grew; and he 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 captain of his host, spoke to Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest.
23   And now swear to me here by God that thou wilt not deal deceitfully with me, nor with my son, nor with my grandson. According to the kindness that I have done to thee, thou shalt do to me, and to the land in which thou sojournest.
24   And Abraham said, I will swear.
25   And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of
a well of water that Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.
26   And Abimelech said, I do not know who has done this, neither hast thou told me [of it], neither have I heard [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 to Abraham, What [mean] these seven ewe-lambs, these which thou hast set by themselves?
30   And
he said, That thou take the seven ewe-lambs of my hand, that they may be a witness to me that I have dug this well.
31   Therefore he
called that place Beer-sheba, because there they had sworn, both of them.
32   And they made a covenant at Beer-sheba. And Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the captain of his host, and returned into
the land of the Philistines.
33   And [Abraham] planted a tamarisk in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of Jehovah, the Eternal ùGod.
34   A
nd Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.


Chapter 22
1   And it came to pass after these things, that God tried Abraham, and said to him, Abraham! and he said, Here am I.
2   And he said, Take now thy son, thine only [son],
whom thou lovest, Isaac, and get thee into the land of Moriah, and there offer him up for a burnt-offering on one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
3   And Abraham rose early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he clave the wood for the burnt-offering, and rose up and went to the place that God had told him of.
 4   On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar.
5   And Abraham
said to his young men, Abide ye 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 on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and the 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 sheep for a burnt-offering?
8   And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself with the sheep for a burnt-offering
. And they went both of them together.
 9   And they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built the altar there, and piled the wood; and he bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10   And Abraham stretched out his hand, and took the knife to slaughter his son.
11   And the Angel of Jehovah called to him from the heavens, and said,
Abraham, Abraham! And he said, Here am I.
12   And he said, Stretch
not out thy hand against the lad, neither do anything to him; for now I know that thou fearest God, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son], from me.
13   And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, behind was a ram caught in the thicket by its horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt-offering instead of his son.
14   And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh; as it is said at the present day, On the mount of Jehovah will be provided.
15   And the Angel of Jehovah called to
Abraham from the heavens a second time,
16   and said, B
y myself I swear, saith Jehovah, that, because thou hast done this, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son],
17   I
will richly bless thee, and greatly multiply thy seed, as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that is on the sea-shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18   a
nd in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves, because thou hast hearkened to my voice.
19   And Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba. And Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.
20   And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she also has borne sons to thy brother Nahor:
21   Uz his first-born, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram,
22   and
Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.
23   (And Bethuel begot Rebecca.) These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother.
24   And his concubine, named Reumah, she also bore Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maacah.


Chapter 23
1   And the life of Sarah was a
hundred and twenty-seven years: [these were] the years of the life of Sarah.
2   And Sarah died in Kirjath-Arba: that is Hebron,
in the land of Canaan. And Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
3   And Abraham rose 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 sepulchre with you, that I may bury my dead from before me.
5   And
the sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,
6   Hear
us, my lord: thou art a prince of God among us: in the choicest of our sepulchres bury thy dead: none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre for burying thy dead.
7   And Abraham rose up, and bowed down to
the people of the land, to the sons of Heth,
8   and spoke to them, saying, If it be your will that I should bury my dead from before me, hear me, and entreat for me
Ephron the son of Zohar,
9   that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which is his, which is at
the end of his field; for the full money let him give it to me amongst you for a possession of a sepulchre.
10   And Ephron was dwelling among the sons of Heth. And Ephron the Hittite
answered Abraham, in the ears of the sons of Heth, [even] of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying,
11   No
, my lord: hear me. The field give I thee; and the cave that is in it, to thee I give it; before the eyes of the sons of my people give I it thee: bury thy dead.
12   And
Abraham bowed down before the people of the land;
13   and he
spoke to Ephron, in the ears of the people of the land, saying, But if only thou wouldst listen to me, I give the 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. A field of four hundred shekels of silver, what is that between me and thee? bury therefore thy dead.
16   And Abraham hearkened to Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the money that he had named in the ears of the sons of Heth -- four hundred shekels of silver, current with the merchant.
17   So the field of Ephron, which was at Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave that was in it, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all its borders round about,
18   were assured to Abraham for a possession before the eyes of the sons of Heth, before all who went in at the gate of his city.
19   And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field at Machpelah, opposite to Mamre: that is Hebron, in the land of Canaan.
20   And
the field and the cave that was in it were assured to Abraham for a possession of a sepulchre by the sons of Heth.


Chapter
 24
1   And Abraham was old, [and] advanced in age; and Jehovah had blessed Abraham in all things.
2   And Abraham said to his servant, the eldest of his house, who ruled over all that he had, Put thy hand, I pray thee, under my thigh,
3   and
I will make thee swear by Jehovah, the God of the heavens and the God of the earth, that thou take not a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am dwelling;
4   b
ut thou shalt go to my land and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.
 5   And the servant said to him, Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land: must I, then, bring thy son again in any case to the land from which thou hast removed?
6   And
Abraham said to him, Beware that thou bring not my son thither again.
7   Jehovah the God of the heavens, who took me out of my father's house, and out of the land of my nativity, and who has spoken to me, and who has sworn to me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land -- he will send his angel before thee, that thou mayest take a wife for my son thence.
8   And if the woman be not willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be quit of this my oath: only,
bring not my son thither again.
9   And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore unto him concerning that matter.
10   And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; now all the treasure of his master was under his hand; and he arose and went to Aram-naharaim, to the city of Nahor.
11   And he made the camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water, at the time of the evening, when the women came out to draw [water].
12   And he said, Jehovah,
God of my master Abraham, meet me, I pray thee, [with thy blessing] this day, and deal kindly with 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 maiden to whom I shall say, Let
down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink, and who will say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also, be she whom thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and hereby I shall know that thou hast dealt kindly with my master.
15   And it came to pass before he had ended speaking, that behold, Rebecca came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother; and [she had] her pitcher upon her shoulder.
16   And the maiden was very fair in countenance; a virgin, and no man had 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, sip a little water out of thy pitcher.
18   And she said, Drink, my lord! And she hasted and let down her pitcher on her hand, and gave him to drink.
19   And when she had given him enough to drink, she said, I will draw [water] for thy camels also, until they have drunk enough.
20   And she hasted and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again to the well to draw [water]; and she drew for all his camels.
21   And the man was astonished at her, remaining silent, to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not.
22   And it came to pass when the camels had drunk enough, that the man took a gold ring, of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands, ten [shekels] weight of gold,
23   and said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee. Is there room [in] thy father's house for us to lodge?
24   And
she said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.
25   And she said to him, There is straw, and also much provender with us;
also room to lodge.
26   And
the man stooped, and bowed down before Jehovah,
27   and said, Blessed be Jehovah,
God of my master Abraham, who has not withdrawn his loving-kindness and his faithfulness from my master; I being in the way, Jehovah has led me to the house of my master's brethren.
28   And the maiden
ran and told these things to her mother's house.
29   And
Rebecca had a brother, named Laban; and Laban ran out to the man, to the well.
30   And it came to pass when
he saw the ring and the bracelets on his sister's hand, and when he heard the words of Rebecca his sister, saying, Thus spoke the man to me -- that he came to the man, and behold, he was standing by the camels, by the well.
31   And he said, Come in, blessed of Jehovah! why standest thou outside? for I have prepared
the house, and room for the camels.
32   And the man came into the house; and he ungirded the camels, and gave the camels straw and provender, and water to wash his feet, and the feet of the men who were with him.
33   A
nd there was set [meat] before him to eat; but he said, I will not eat until I have made known my business. And he said, Speak on.
34   And
he said, I am Abraham's servant.
35   A
nd Jehovah has blessed my master greatly, and he is become great; and he has given him sheep and cattle, and silver and gold, and bondmen and bondwomen, and camels and asses.
36   And Sarah, my master's wife, bore a son to my master after she had grown old; and unto him has he given all that he has.
 37   And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanite, in whose land I am dwelling;
38   b
ut thou shalt by all means go to my father's house and to my family, and take a wife for my son.
39   And I said to my master, Perhaps the woman will not follow me?
40   And he said to me, Jehovah, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way, that thou mayest take a wife for my son of my family, and out of my father's house.
41   Then shalt thou be quit of my oath, when thou shalt have come to my family. And if they give thee not [one], thou shalt be quit of my oath.
42   And
I came this day to the well, and said, Jehovah, God of my master Abraham, if now thou wilt prosper my way on which I go,
43   behold, I stand by the well of water, and let it come to pass that the damsel who cometh forth to draw [water], and to whom I shall say, Give me, I pray thee, a little water out of thy pitcher to drink,
44   and she shall say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels -- that she should be the woman whom Jehovah hath appointed for my master's son.
 45   Before I ended speaking in my heart, behold, Rebecca came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder, and went down to the well, and drew [water]; and I said to her, Give me, I pray thee, to drink.
46   And she hasted and let down her pitcher from her [shoulder], and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also. And I drank; and she gave the camels drink also.
47   And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him. And I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her hands.
48   And I stooped, and bowed down before Jehovah; and I blessed Jehovah, God of my master Abraham, who has led me the right way to take my master's brother's daughter for his son.
49   And now, if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me; and I will turn to the right hand or to the left.
 50   And Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceeds from Jehovah: we cannot speak to thee bad or good.
51   Behold, Rebecca is before thee: take [her], and go away; and let her be wife of
thy master's son, as Jehovah has said.
52   And it came to pass, when Abraham's servant heard their words, that he bowed down to the earth before Jehovah.
53   And the servant brought forth silver articles, and gold articles, and clothing, and he gave [them] to Rebecca; and he gave to her brother, and to her mother, precious things.
54   And they ate and drank, he and the men that were with him, and lodged. 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 maiden abide with us [some] days, or [say] ten; after that she shall go.
56   And he said to them, Do not hinder me, seeing Jehovah has prospered my way: send me away, and I will go to my master.
57   And they said, Let us call the maiden and inquire at her mouth.
58   And
they called Rebecca and said to her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.
 59   And they sent away Rebecca their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men.
60   And
they blessed Rebecca, and said to her, Thou art our sister; mayest thou become thousands of tens of thousands; and may thy seed possess the gate of their enemies!
61   And
Rebecca arose, and her maids, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man. And the servant took Rebecca, and went away.
 62   And Isaac had just returned from Beer-lahai-roi; for he was dwelling in the south country.
63   And Isaac had gone out to meditate in the fields toward the beginning of evening
. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, camels were coming.
64   And Rebecca lifted up her eyes and saw Isaac, and she sprang off the camel.
65   And she had said to the servant, Who is the man that is walking in the fields to meet us
? And the servant said, That is my master! Then she took the veil, and covered herself.
66   And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
67   And Isaac led her into his mother Sarah's tent; and he took Rebecca, and she became his wife, and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted after [the death of] his mother.


Chapter 25
1   And Abraham took another wife named Keturah.
2   And she bore him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
3   And Jokshan begot Sheba and Dedan; and
the sons of Dedan were the Asshurim, and the Letushim, and the Leummim.
4   And the sons of Midian were Ephah, and Epher, and Enoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were sons of Keturah.
5   And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac.
6   And to the sons of the concubines that Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and, while he yet lived, sent them away from Isaac his son, eastward to the east country.
 7   And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived: a hundred and seventy-five years.
8   And Abraham expired and died in a good old age, old and full [of days]; and was gathered to his peoples.
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 was opposite to Mamre --
10   the field that Abraham had 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 God blessed his son Isaac. And Isaac dwelt at Beer-lahai-roi.
12   And t
hese are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's bondwoman, bore to Abraham.
13   And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael by their names according to their generations: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,
14   and Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,
15   Hadad and Tema
, Jetur, Naphish and Kedmah.
16   These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, in their hamlets and their encampments -- twelve princes of their peoples.
17   And these are the years of the life of Ishmael: a hundred and thirty-seven years; and he expired and died, and was gathered to his peoples.
18   And they dwelt from Havilah to Shur, which is opposite to Egypt, as one goes towards Assyria. He settled before the face
of all his brethren.
 19   And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son. Abraham begot Isaac.
20   And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebecca as wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-Aram, the sister of Laban the Syrian.
21   And Isaac entreated Jehovah for his wife,
because she was barren; and Jehovah was entreated of him, and Rebecca his wife conceived.
22   A
nd the children struggled together within her; and she said, If [it be] so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of Jehovah.
23   And Jehovah said to her, Two nations are in thy womb, And two peoples shall be separated from thy bowels; And one people shall be stronger
than the other people, And the elder shall serve the younger.
 24   And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
25   And the first came out red -- all over like a hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
26   And after that came his brother out; and his hand took hold of Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was sixty years old when they were born.
27   And
the boys grew, and Esau became a man skilled in hunting, a man of the field; and Jacob was a homely man, dwelling in tents.
28   And
Isaac loved Esau, because venison was to his taste; and Rebecca loved Jacob.
 29   And Jacob had cooked a dish; and Esau came from the field, and he was faint.
30   And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with the red -- the red thing there
, for I am faint. Therefore was his name called Edom.
31   And Jacob said, Sell me now thy birthright.
32   And Esau said, Behold, I am going to die, and of what use can the birthright be to me?
33   And Jacob said, Swear unto me now. And he swore unto
him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
34   And Jacob gave Esau bread and the dish of lentils; and he ate and drank, and rose up and went away. Thus Esau despised the birthright.


Chapter 26
1   And there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine which had been
in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech the king of the Philistines, to Gerar.
2   And Jehovah appeared to him and said, Go not down to Egypt: dwell in the land that I shall tell thee of.
3   Sojourn
in this land; and I will be with thee and bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries; and I will perform the oath which I swore unto Abraham thy father.
4   A
nd I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and unto thy seed will I give all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves --
5   because
that Abraham hearkened to my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
6   And Isaac dwelt at Gerar.
7   And
the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, She is my sister; for he feared to say, my wife, [saying to himself,] Lest the men of the place slay me on account of Rebecca -- because she was fair in countenance.
8   And it came to pass when he had been there some time, that Abimelech the king of the Philistines looked out of the window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was dallying with Rebecca his wife.
9   Then Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, she is certainly thy wife; and how saidst thou, She is my sister? and Isaac said to him, Because I said, Lest I die on account of her.
10   And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done to us? But a little and
one of the people might have lain with thy wife, and thou wouldest have brought a trespass on us.
11   And Abimelech charged all the people, saying, He that touches this man or his wife shall certainly be put to death.
 12   And Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold; and Jehovah blessed him.
13   And the man became great, and he became continually greater, until he was very great.
14   And
he had possessions of flocks, and possessions of herds, and a great number of servants; and the Philistines envied him.
15   And all the wells that
his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped them and filled them with earth.
16   And Abimelech said to Isaac, Go from us; for thou art become much mightier than we.
17   And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his camp in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
18   And Isaac dug again the wells of water that they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and that
the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham; and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.
19   And Isaac's servants dug in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.
20   But the shepherds of Gerar strove with Isaac's shepherds, saying, The water is ours. And he called the name of the well Esek, because they had quarrelled with him.
 21   And they dug another well, and they strove for that also; and he called the name of it Sitnah.
22   And he removed thence and dug another well; and they did not strive for that. And he called the name of it Rehoboth, and said, For now Jehovah has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.
23   And he went up thence to Beer-sheba.
24   And Jehovah appeared to
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.
25   And he built an altar there, and called upon the name of Jehovah. And he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac's servants dug a well.
26   And Abimelech, and Ahuzzath his friend, and Phichol the captain of his host, went
to him from Gerar.
27   And Isaac said to them, Why are ye come
to me, seeing ye hate me, and have driven me away from you?
28   And they said, We saw certainly that Jehovah is with thee; and we said, Let there be then an oath between us -- between us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee,
29   that thou wilt do us no wrong, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done to thee nothing but good, and have let thee go in peace; thou art now blessed of Jehovah.
30   And
he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
31   And they rose early in the morning, and swore one to another; and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
32   And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well that they had dug, and said to him, We have found water.
33   And
he called it Shebah; therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba to this day.
 34   And Esau was forty years old, when he took as wives Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basmath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.
35   And they were a grief of mind to Isaac and to Rebecca.


Chapter 27
1   And
it came to pass when Isaac had become old, and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, that he called Esau his elder son, and said to him, My son! And he said to him, Here am I.
2   And he said, Behold now, I am become old; I
know not the day of my death.
3   And n
ow, I pray thee, take thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field and hunt me venison,
4   and prepare me a savoury dish such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, in order that my soul may bless thee before I die.
5   And Rebecca heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt venison, to bring it.
6   And Rebecca
spoke to Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak to Esau thy brother, saying,
7   B
ring me venison, and prepare me a savoury dish, that I may eat, and bless thee before Jehovah, before my death.
8   And now, my
son, hearken to my voice in that which I command thee.
9   Go, I pray
thee, to the flock, and fetch me thence two good kids of the goats. And I will make of them a savoury dish for thy father, such as he loves.
10   And thou shalt bring [it] to thy father, that he may eat, in order that he may bless thee before his death.
 11   And Jacob said to Rebecca his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.
12   My father perhaps will feel me, and I shall be in his sight as one who mocks [him], and I shall bring a curse on me, and not a blessing.
13   A
nd his mother said to him, On me [be] thy curse, my son! Only hearken to my voice, and go, fetch [them].
14   And he went, and fetched and brought [them] to his mother. And his mother prepared a savoury dish such as his father loved.
15   And Rebecca took the clothes of her elder son Esau, the costly ones which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son;
16   and
she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands, and on the smooth of his neck;
17   a
nd she gave the savoury dishes and the bread that she had prepared into the hand of her son Jacob.
 18   And he came to his father, and said, My father! And he said, Here am I: who art thou, my son?
19   And Jacob said to his father, I am Esau, thy firstborn.
I have done according as thou didst say to me. Arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, in order that thy soul may bless me.
20   And Isaac said to his son, How is it that thou hast found [it] so quickly, my son? And he said, Because Jehovah thy God put [it] in my way.
21   And Isaac said to Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee,
my son, whether thou be really my son Esau or not.
22   And Jacob drew near to Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
23   And he did not discern him, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands; and he blessed him.
 24   And he said, Art thou really my son Esau? And he said, It is I.
25   And he said, Bring [it] near to me,
that I may eat of my son's venison, in order that my soul may bless thee. And he brought [it] near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank.
26   And his father Isaac said to him, Come near, now, and kiss me, my son.
27   And he came near, and kissed him. And he smelt the smell of his clothes, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which Jehovah hath blessed.
28   And God give thee of the dew of heaven, And of the fatness of the earth, And plenty of corn and new wine.
29   Let peoples serve thee, And races bow down to thee. Be lord over thy brethren, And let thy mother's sons bow down to thee. Cursed be they that curse thee, And blessed be they that bless thee.
30   And it came to pass when Isaac had ended blessing Jacob, and when Jacob was only just gone out from
Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came from his hunting.
31   And he also had prepared savoury dishes
, and he brought [them] in to his father, and said to his father, Let my father arise and eat of his son's venison, in order that thy soul may bless me.
32   And Isaac his father said to him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn, Esau.
33   Then Isaac trembled with exceeding great trembling, and said, Who was he, then, that
hunted venison and brought [it] to me? And I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him; also blessed he shall be.
34   When
Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said to his father, Bless me -- me also, my father!
35   And
he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and has taken away thy blessing.
36   And he said, Is it not therefore he was named Jacob, for he has supplanted me now twice? He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?
 37   And Isaac answered and said to Esau, Behold, I have made him lord over thee, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants, and with corn and new wine have I supplied him -- and what can I do now for thee, my son?
38   And Esau said to his father, Hast thou then but one blessing, my father? bless me -- me also, my father! And Esau lifted up
his voice and wept.
39   And Isaac his father answered and said to him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be of the fatness of the earth, And of the dew of heaven from above;
40   And by
thy sword shalt thou live; And thou shalt serve thy brother; And it shall come to pass when thou rovest about, That thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.
 41   And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him. And Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand, and I will slay my brother Jacob.
42   And the words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebecca. And she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, comforts himself that he will kill thee.
43   And now, my son, hearken to my voice, and arise,
flee to Laban my brother, to Haran;
44   a
nd abide with him some days, until thy brother's fury turn away --
45   until
thy brother's anger turn away from thee, and he forget what thou hast done to him; then I will send and fetch thee thence. Why should I be bereaved even of you both in one day?
46   And
Rebecca said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth. If Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these, of the daughters of the land, what good should my life do me?


Chapter
 28
1   And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
2   Arise, go
to Padan-Aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother's father, and take a wife thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother.
3   And the Almighty ùGod bless thee, and make thee fruitful and multiply thee, that thou mayest become a company of peoples.
4   A
nd may he give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee and to thy seed with thee, in order that thou mayest possess the land of thy sojourning, which God gave to Abraham!
5   And
Isaac sent away Jacob; and he went to Padan-Aram, to Laban the son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebecca, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
 6   And Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padan-Aram, to take a wife thence, blessing him, and giving him a charge saying, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
7   and [
that] Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padan-Aram.
8   A
nd Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan were evil in the sight of Isaac his father.
9   And Esau went to Ishmael, and took, besides the wives that he had, Mahalath
the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebaioth, to be his wife.
10   And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went towards Haran.
11   A
nd he lighted on a certain place, and lodged there, because the sun had set. And he took [one] of the stones of the place, and made [it] his pillow, and lay down in that place.
12   And he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on
the earth, and the top of it reached to the heavens. And behold, angels of God ascended and descended upon it.
13   And behold, Jehovah stood above it. And he said, I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham,
thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land on which thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed.
14   And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south; and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
15   And behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all [places] to which thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee until I have done what I have spoken to thee of.
16   And Jacob awoke from his sleep, and said, Surely Jehovah
is in this place, and I knew [it] not.
17   And
he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
18   And Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had made his pillow, and set it up [for] a pillar, and poured oil on the top of it.
19   And he called the name of that place Beth-el; but the name of that city was Luz at the first.
20   And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and keep me on this road that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and a garment to put on,
21   and I come again to my father's house in peace -- then shall Jehovah be my God.
22   A
nd this stone, which I have set up [for] a pillar, shall be God's house; and of all that thou wilt give me I will without fail give the tenth to thee.

Chapter 29
1 And Jacob continued his journey, and went into the land of the children of the east.
2 And he looked, and behold,
there was a well in the fields, and behold there, three flocks of sheep were lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks, and a great stone was at the mouth of the well.
3 And when all the flocks were gathered there, they rolled the stone from the mouth of the well, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again on the mouth of the well in its place.
4 And Jacob said to them, My brethren, whence are ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.
5 And he said to them, Do ye know Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We do know [him].
6 And he said to them, Is he well? And they said, [He is] well; and behold, there comes Rachel his daughter with the sheep.
7 And he said, Behold, it is yet high day; it is not time that the cattle should be gathered together; water the sheep, and go, feed [them].
8 And they said, We cannot until all the flocks are gathered together, and they roll the stone from the mouth of the well, and we water the sheep.
9 While he was still speaking to them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
10 And it came to pass when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the mouth of the well, and watered the sheep of Laban his mother's brother.
11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice and wept.
12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was a brother of her father, and that he was Rebecca's son; and she ran and told her father.
13 And it came to pass when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house; and he told Laban all these things.
14 And Laban said to him, Thou art indeed my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him a month's time.
15 And Laban said to Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou serve me for nothing? tell me, what shall be thy wages?
16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger, Rachel.
17 And the eyes of Leah were tender; but Rachel was of beautiful form and beautiful countenance.
18
And Jacob loved Rachel, and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
19 And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they were in his eyes as single days, because he loved her.
21 And Jacob said to Laban, Give [me] my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her.
22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in to her.
24 And Laban gave to her Zilpah, his maidservant, to be maidservant to Leah his daughter.
25 And it came to pass in the morning, that behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done to me? Have I not served thee for Rachel? Why then hast thou deceived me?
26 And Laban said, It is not so done in our place, to give the younger before the firstborn.
27 Fulfil the week [with] this one: then we will give thee the other one also,
for the service that thou shalt serve me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled the week [with] this one, and he gave him Rachel his daughter to be his wife.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, Bilhah, his maidservant, to be her maidservant.
30 And he went in also to Rachel; and he loved also Rachel more than Leah. And he served with him yet seven other years.
31 And when Jehovah saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.
32 And Leah conceived, and bore
a son, and called his name Reuben; for she said, Because Jehovah has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.
33 And she again conceived, and bore a son, and said, Because Jehovah has heard that I am hated, he has therefore given me this one also; and she called his name Simeon.
34 And she again conceived, and bore a son, and said, Now this time will my husband be united to me, for I have borne him three sons; therefore was his name called Levi.
35 And she again conceived, and bore a son, and said, This time will I praise Jehovah; therefore she called his name Judah. And she ceased to bear.


Chapter 30
1 And when
Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, Am I in God's stead, who has withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
3 And she said, Behold, there is my maid, Bilhah: go in to her, in order that she may bear on my knees, and I may also be built up by her.
4 And she gave him Bilhah her maidservant as wife, and Jacob went in to her.
5 And Bilhah conceived, and bore Jacob a son.
6 And Rachel said, God has done me justice, and has also heard my voice, and given me a son; therefore she called his name Dan.
7 And Bilhah Rachel's maidservant again conceived, and bore Jacob a second son.
8 And Rachel said, Wrestlings of God have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed; and she called his name Naphtali.
9 And when Leah saw that she had ceased to bear, she took Zilpah her maidservant and gave her to Jacob as wife.
10 And Zilpah Leah's maidservant bore Jacob a son.
11 And Leah said, Fortunately! and she
called his name Gad.
12 And Zilpah Leah's maidservant bore Jacob a second son.
13 And Leah said, Happy am I; for the daughters will call me blessed! and she called his name Asher.
14 And Reuben went out in the days of wheat-harvest, and found mandrakes in the fields; and he brought them to his mother Leah. And Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.
15 And she said to her, Is it [too] little that thou hast taken my husband, that thou wilt take my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to-night for thy son's mandrakes.
16 And when Jacob came from the fields in the evening, Leah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in to me, for indeed I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.
17 And God hearkened to Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob a fifth son.
18 And Leah said, God has given me my hire, because I have given my maidservant to my husband; and she called his name Issachar.
19 And Leah again conceived, and bore Jacob a sixth son;
20 and Leah said, God has endowed me with a good dowry; this time will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons. And she called his name Zebulun.
21 And afterwards she bore a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
22 And God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her, and opened her womb.
23 And she conceived, and bore a son, and said, God has taken away my reproach.
24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, Jehovah will add to me another son.
25 And it came to pass when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, Send me away, that I may go to my place and to my country.
26 Give [me] my wives for whom I have served thee, and my children; that I may go away, for thou knowest my service which I have served thee.
27 And Laban said to him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes -- I have discovered that Jehovah has blessed me for thy sake.
28 And he said, Appoint to me thy wages, and I will give it.
29 And he said to him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and what thy cattle has become with me.
30 For it was little that thou hadst before me, and it is increased to a multitude, and Jehovah has blessed thee from the time I came; and now, when shall I also provide for my house?
31 And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me anything. If thou doest this for me, I will again feed [and] keep thy flock:
32 I will pass through all thy flock to-day, to remove thence all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and [that] shall be my hire.
33 And my righteousness shall answer for me hereafter, when thou comest about my hire, before thy face: all that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the lambs, let that be stolen with me.
34 And Laban said, Well, let it be according to thy word.
35 And he removed that day the he-goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she-goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white in it, and all the brown among the lambs, and gave [them] into the hand of his sons.
36 And he put three days' journey between himself and Jacob. And Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flock.
37 And Jacob took fresh rods of white poplar, almond-tree, and maple; and peeled off white stripes in them, uncovering the white which was on the rods.
38 And he set the rods
which he had peeled before the flock, in the troughs at the watering-places where the flock came to drink, and they were ardent when they came to drink.
39 And the flock was ardent before the rods; and the flock brought forth ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
40 And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flock toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he made himself separate flocks, and did not put them with Laban's flock.
41 And it came to pass whensoever the strong cattle were ardent, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the flock in the gutters, that they might become ardent among the rods;
42 but when the sheep were feeble, he put [them] not in; so the feeble were Laban's, and the strong Jacob's.
43 And the man increased very, very much, and had much cattle, and bondwomen, and bondmen, and camels, and asses.


Chapter 31
1 And he
heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our father's, and of what was our father's he has acquired all this glory.
2 And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban, and behold, it was not toward him as previously.
3 And Jehovah said to Jacob, Return into the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.
4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the fields to his flock,
5 and said to them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as previously; but the God of my father has been with me.
6 And you know that with all my power I have served your father.
7 And your father has mocked me, and has changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
8 If he said thus; The speckled shall be thy hire, then all the flocks bore speckled; and if he said thus: The ringstraked shall be thy hire, then all the flocks bore ringstraked.
9 And God has taken away the cattle of your father, and given [them] to me.
10 And it came to pass at the time of the ardour of the flocks, that
I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and behold, the rams that leaped upon the flocks were ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
11 And the Angel of God said to me in a dream, Jacob! And I said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see: all the rams that leap upon the flock are ringstraked, speckled, and spotted; for I have seen all that Laban does to thee.
13 I am the ùGod of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, where thou vowedst a vow to me. Now arise, depart out of this land, and return to the land of thy kindred.
14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?
15 Are we not reckoned of him strangers? for he has sold us, and has even constantly devoured our money.
16 For all the wealth that God has taken from our father is ours and our children's; and now whatever God has said to thee do.
17 And Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels,
18 and carried away all his cattle, and all his property that he had acquired -- the cattle of his possessions that he had acquired in Padan-Aram, to go to Isaac his father, into the land of Canaan.
19 And Laban had gone to shear his sheep. And Rachel stole the teraphim that [belonged] to her father.
20 And Jacob deceived Laban the Syrian, in that he did not tell him that he fled.
21 And he fled with
all that he had; and he rose up and passed over the river, and set his face [toward] mount Gilead.
22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had fled.
23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey, and overtook him on mount Gilead.
24 And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said to him, Take care thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
25 And Laban came up with Jacob; and Jacob had pitched his tent on the mountain; Laban also with his brethren pitched on mount Gilead.
26 And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast deceived me, and hast carried away my daughters as captives of war?
27 Why didst thou flee away covertly, and steal away from me, and didst not tell me, that I might have conducted thee with mirth and with songs, with tambour and with harp;
28 and hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now thou hast acted foolishly.
29 It would be in the power of my hand to do you hurt; but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, Take care that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
30 And now that thou must needs be gone, because thou greatly longedst after thy father's house, why hast thou stolen my gods?
31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, I was afraid; for I said, Lest thou shouldest take by force thy daughters from me.
32 With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, he shall not live. Before our brethren discern what is thine with me, and take [it] to thee. But Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them.
33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two handmaids' tents, and found nothing; and he went out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.
34 Now Rachel had taken the teraphim and put them under the camel's saddle; and she sat upon them. And Laban explored all the tent, but found nothing.
35 And she said to her father, Let it not be an occasion of anger in the eyes of my lord that I cannot rise up before thee, for it is with me after the manner of women. And he searched carefully, but did not find the teraphim.
36 And Jacob was angry, and he disputed with Laban. And Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my fault, what my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?
37 Whereas thou hast explored all my baggage, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? Set [it] here before my brethren and thy brethren, and let them decide between us both.
38 These twenty years have I been with thee: thy ewes and thy she-goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock I have not eaten.
39 What was torn I have not brought to thee; I had to bear the loss of it: of my hand hast thou required it, [whether] stolen by day or stolen by night.
40 Thus it was with me: in the day the heat consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep fled from mine eyes.
41 I have been these twenty years in thy house: I have served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy flock; and thou hast changed my wages ten times.
42 Had not the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, been with me, it is certain thou wouldest have sent me away now empty. God has looked upon my affliction and the labour of my hands, and has judged last night.
43 And Laban answered and said to Jacob, The daughters are my daughters, and the sons are my sons, and the flock is my flock, and all that thou seest is mine; but as for my daughters, what can I do this day to them, or to their sons whom they have brought forth?
44 And now, come, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be a witness between me and thee.
45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up [for] a pillar.
46 And Jacob said to
his brethren, Gather stones. And they took stones, and made a heap, and ate there upon the heap.
47 And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, and Jacob called it Galeed.
48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed,
49 -- and Mizpah; for he said, Let Jehovah watch between me and thee, when we shall be hidden one from another:
50 if thou shouldest afflict my daughters, or if thou shouldest take wives besides my daughters, -- no man is with us; see, God is witness between me and thee!
51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold the pillar which I have set up between me and thee:
52 [let] this heap be witness, and the pillar a witness, that neither I pass this heap [to go] to thee, nor thou pass this heap and this pillar [to come] to me, for harm.
53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us! And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac.
54 And Jacob offered a sacrifice upon the mountain, and invited his brethren to eat bread: and they ate bread, and lodged on the mountain.
55 And Laban rose early in the morning, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them; and Laban went and returned to his place.


Chapter 32
1 And Jacob went on his way; and
the angels of God met him.
2 And when Jacob saw them he said, This is the camp of God. And he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
3 And Jacob sent messengers before his face to Esau his brother, into the land of Seir, the fields of Edom.
4 And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall ye speak to my lord, to Esau: Thy servant Jacob speaks thus -- With Laban have I sojourned and tarried until now;
5 and I have oxen, and asses, sheep, and bondmen, and bondwomen; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favour in thine eyes.
6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother, to Esau; and he also is coming to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.
7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid, and was distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the sheep and the cattle and the camels, into two troops.
8 And he said, If Esau come to the one troop and smite it, then the other troop which is left shall escape.
9 And Jacob said, God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, Jehovah, who saidst unto me: Return into thy country and to thy kindred, and I will do thee good,
10 -- I am too small for all the loving-kindness and all the faithfulness that thou hast shewn unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan, and now I am become two troops.
11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and smite me, [and] the mother with the children.
12 And thou saidst, I will certainly deal well with thee, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
13 And he lodged there that night; and took of what came to his hand a gift for Esau his brother --
14 two hundred she-goats, and twenty he-goats; two hundred ewes, and twenty rams;
15 thirty milch camels with their colts; forty kine, and ten bulls; twenty she-asses, and ten young asses.
16 And he delivered [them] into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself; and he said to his servants, Go on before me, and put a space between drove and drove.
17 And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meets thee, and asks thee, saying, Whose art thou, and where goest thou, and whose are these before thee?
18 -- then thou shalt say, Thy servant Jacob's: it is a gift sent to my lord, to Esau. And behold, he also is behind us.
19 And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, According to this word shall ye speak to Esau when ye find him.
20 And, moreover, ye shall say, Behold, thy servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will propitiate him with the gift that goes before me, and afterwards I will see his face: perhaps he will accept me.
21 And the gift went over before him; and he himself lodged that night in the camp.
22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two maidservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford of the Jabbok;
23 and he took them and led them over the river, and led over what he had.
24 And Jacob remained alone; and a man wrestled with him until the rising of the dawn.
25 And when he saw that he did not prevail against him, he touched the joint of his thigh; and the joint of Jacob's thigh was dislocated as he wrestled with him.
26 And he said, Let me go, for the dawn ariseth. And he said, I will not let thee go except thou bless me.
27 And he said to him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.
28 And he said, Thy name shall not henceforth be called Jacob, but Israel; for thou hast wrestled with God, and with men, and hast prevailed.
29 And Jacob asked and said, Tell [me], I pray thee, thy name. And he said, How is it that thou askest after my name? And he blessed him there.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel -- For I have seen God face to face, and my life has been preserved.
31 And as he passed over Peniel, the sun rose upon him; and he limped upon his hip.
32 Therefore the children of Israel do not eat of the sinew that is over the joint of the thigh, to this day; because he touched the joint of Jacob's thigh -- the sinew.


Chapter 33
1 And
Jacob lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and with him four hundred men. And he distributed the children to Leah, and to Rachel, and to the two maidservants:
2 and he put the maidservants and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindmost.
3 And he passed on before them, and bowed to the earth seven times, until he came near to his brother.
4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him; and they wept.
5 And he lifted up his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, Who are these with thee? And he said, The children that God has graciously given thy servant.
6 And the maidservants drew near, they and their children, and they bowed.
7 And Leah also, with her children, drew near, and they bowed. And lastly Joseph drew near, and Rachel, and they bowed.
8 And he
said, What [meanest] thou by all the drove which I met? And he said, To find favour in the eyes of my lord.
9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; let what thou hast be thine.
10 And Jacob said, No, I pray thee; if now I have found favour in thine eyes, then receive my gift from my hand; for therefore have I seen thy face,
as though I had seen the face of God, and thou hast received me with pleasure.
11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing which has been brought to thee; because God has been gracious to me, and because I have everything. And he urged him, and he took [it].
12 And he said, Let
us take our journey, and go on, and I will go before thee.
13 And he said to him, My lord knows that the children are tender, and the suckling sheep and kine are with me; and if they should overdrive them only one day, all the flock would die.
14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass on before his servant, and I will drive on at my ease according to the pace of the cattle that is before me, and according to the pace of the children, until I come to my lord, to Seir.
15 And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee [some] of the people that are with me. And he said, What need? Let me find favour in the eyes of my lord.
16 And Esau returned that day on his way to Seir.
17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth
, and built himself a house, and for his cattle he made booths. Therefore the name of the place was called Succoth.
18 And Jacob came safely [to the] city Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-Aram; and he encamped before the city.
19 And he bought the portion of the field where he had spread his tent, of the hand of the sons of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred kesitahs.
20 And there he set up an altar, and called it El-Elohe-Israel.


Chapter 34
1 And Dinah
the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
2 And when Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and humbled her.
3 And his soul fastened on Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the maiden, and spoke consolingly to the maiden.
4 And Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, Take me this girl as wife.
5
And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter; but his sons were with his cattle in the fields, and Jacob said nothing until they came.
6 And Hamor the father of Shechem came out to Jacob, to speak to him.
7 And the sons of Jacob came from the fields when they heard [it]; and the men were grieved, and they were very angry, because he had wrought what was disgraceful in Israel, in lying with Jacob's daughter, which thing ought not to be done.
8 And Hamor spoke to them, saying, My son Shechem's soul cleaves to your daughter: I pray you, give her to him as wife.
9 And make marriages with us: give your daughters to us, and take our daughters to you.
10 And dwell with us, and the land shall be before you: dwell and trade in it, and get yourselves possessions in it.
11 And Shechem said to her father and to her brethren, Let me find favour in your eyes; and what ye shall say to me I will give.
12 Impose on me very much as dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say to me; but give me the maiden as wife.
13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and spoke -- because he had defiled Dinah their sister --
14 and said to them, We cannot do this, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that [were] a reproach to us.
15 But only in this will we consent to you, if ye will be as we, that every male of you be circumcised;
16 then will we give our daughters to you, and take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and be one people.
17 But if ye do not hearken to us, to be circumcised, then will we take our daughter and go away.
18 And their words were good in the eyes of Hamor and Shechem, Hamor's son.
19 And the youth did not delay to do this, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter. And he was honourable above all in the house of his father.
20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and spoke to the men of their city, saying,
21 These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade in it. And the land -- behold, it is of wide extent before them. We will take their daughters as wives, and give them our daughters.
22 But only in this will the men consent to us to dwell with us, to be one people -- if every male among us be circumcised, just as they are circumcised.
23 Their cattle, and their possessions, and every beast of theirs, shall they not be ours? only let us consent to them, and they will dwell with us.
24 And all that went out at the gate of his city hearkened to Hamor and to Shechem his son; and every male was circumcised -- all that went out at the gate of his city.
25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.
26 And Hamor and Shechem his son they slew with the edge of the sword; and took Dinah out of Shechem's house; and went out.
27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister.
28 Their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and what [was] in the city, and what [was] in the field they took;
29 and all their goods, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and plundered them, and all that was in the houses.
30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me, in that ye make me odious among the inhabitants of the land -- among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and I am few men in number, and they will gather themselves against me and smite me, and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.
31 And they said, Should people deal with our sister as with a harlot?


Chapter 35
1
And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there, and make there an altar unto the ùGod that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
2 And Jacob said to his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and cleanse yourselves, and change your garments;
3 and we will arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar to the ùGod that answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way that I went.
4 And they gave to Jacob all the strange gods that were in their hand, and the rings that were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the terebinth that [is] by Shechem.
5 And they journeyed; and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.
6 And Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him.
7 And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el; because there God had appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother.
8 And Deborah, Rebecca's nurse, died; and she was buried beneath Bethel, under the oak; and the name of it was called Allon-bachuth.
9 And God appeared to Jacob again after he had come from Padan-Aram, and blessed him.
10 And God said to him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not henceforth be called Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name. And he called his name Israel.
11 And God said to him, I am the Almighty ùGod: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee; and kings shall come out of thy loins.
12 And the land that I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.
13 And God went up from him in the place where he had talked with him.
14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had talked with him, a pillar of stone, and poured on it a drink-offering, and poured oil on it.
15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God had talked with him, Beth-el.
16 And they journeyed from Bethel. And there was yet a certain distance to come to Ephrath, when Rachel travailed in childbirth; and it went hard with her in her childbearing.
17 And it came to pass when it went hard with her in her childbearing, that the midwife said to her, Fear not; for this also is a son for thee.
18 And it came to pass as her soul was departing -- for she died -- that she called his name Benoni; but his father called him Benjamin.
19 And Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Ephrath, which [is] Bethlehem.
20 And Jacob erected a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave to [this] day.
21 And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent on the other side of Migdal-Eder.
22 And it came to pass when
Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah, his father's concubine; and Israel heard of it. And the sons of Jacob were twelve.
23 The sons of Leah: Reuben -- Jacob's firstborn -- and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun.
24 The sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maidservant: Dan and Naphtali.
26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maidservant: Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob that were born to him in Padan-Aram.
27 And Jacob came to Isaac his father to Mamre -- to Kirjath-Arba, which is Hebron; where Abraham had sojourned, and Isaac.
28 And the days of Isaac were a hundred and eighty years.
29 And Isaac expired and died, and was gathered to his peoples, old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.


Chapter 36
1 And these
are the generations of Esau, that is Edom.
2 Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, daughter of Zibeon the Hivite,
3 and Basmath Ishmael's daughter, the sister of Nebaioth.
4 And Adah bore to Esau Eliphaz; and Basmath bore Reuel.
5 And Oholibamah bore Jeush and Jaalam and Korah. These are the sons of Esau that were born to him in the land of Canaan.
6 And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters, and all the souls of his house, and his cattle, and all his beasts, and all his possessions, that he had acquired in the land of Canaan, and went into a country away from his brother Jacob.
7 For their property was too great for them to dwell together, and the land where they were sojourners could not bear them, because of their cattle.
8 Thus Esau dwelt in mount Seir; Esau is Edom.
9 And these are the generations of Esau, the father of Edom, in mount Seir.
10 These are the names of Esau's sons: Eliphaz, the son of Adah the wife of Esau; Reuel, the son of Basmath the wife of Esau.
11 -- And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam, and Kenaz.
12 And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau's son, and she bore Amalek to Eliphaz. These are the sons of Adah Esau's wife.
13 -- And these are the sons of Reuel: Nahath and Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These are the sons of Basmath Esau's wife.
14 -- And these are the sons of Oholibamah, the daughter of Anah, daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife: and she bore to Esau Jeush and Jaalam and Korah.
15 These are the chiefs of the sons of Esau. The sons of Eliphaz, the firstborn of Esau: chief Teman, chief Omar, chief Zepho, chief Kenaz,
16 chief Korah, chief Gatam, chief Amalek. These are the chiefs of Eliphaz in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Adah.
17 And these are the sons of Reuel Esau's son: chief Nahath, chief Zerah, chief Shammah, chief Mizzah: these are the chiefs of Reuel in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Basmath Esau's wife.
18 -- And these are the sons of Oholibamah Esau's wife: chief Jeush, chief Jaalam, chief Korah; these are the chiefs of Oholibamah the daughter of Anah, Esau's wife.
19 These are the sons of Esau, and these their chiefs: he is Edom.
20 These are the sons of Seir the Horite, the inhabitant of the land: Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah,
21 and Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan. These are the chiefs of the Horites, the sons of Seir in the land of Edom.
22 -- And the sons of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and Lotan's sister was Timna.
23 -- And these are the sons of Shobal: Alvan, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shepho and Onam.
24 -- And these are the sons of Zibeon: both Ajah and Anah. This is the Anah
that found the warm springs in the wilderness as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father.
25 -- And these are the sons of Anah: Dishon, and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah.
26 -- And these are the sons of Dishon: Hemdan, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran.
27 -- These are the sons of Ezer: Bilhan, and Zaavan, and Akan.
28 -- These are the sons of Dishan: Uz and Aran.
29 These are the chiefs of the Horites: chief Lotan, chief Shobal, chief Zibeon, chief Anah,
30 chief Dishon, chief Ezer, chief Dishan
. These are the chiefs of the Horites, according to their chiefs in the land of Seir.
31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom before there reigned a king over the children of Israel.
32 And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom; and the name of his city was Dinhabah.
33 And Bela died; and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his stead.
34 And Jobab died; and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his stead.
35 And Husham died; and Hadad the son of Bedad, who smote Midian in the fields of Moab
, reigned in his stead. And the name of his city was Avith.
36 And Hadad died; and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his stead.
37 And Samlah died; and Saul of Rehoboth on the river reigned in his stead.
38 And Saul died; and Baal-hanan
the son of Achbor reigned in his stead.
39 And Baal-hanan the son of Achbor died; and Hadar reigned in his stead; and the name of his city was Pau; and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred daughter of Mezahab.
40 And these are the names of the chiefs of Esau, according to their families, after their places, with their names: chief Timna, chief Alvah, chief Jetheth,
41 chief Oholibamah, chief Elah, chief Pinon,
42 chief Kenaz, chief Teman, chief Mibzar,
43 chief Magdiel, chief Iram. These are the chiefs of Edom, according to their dwelling-places
in the land of their possession. This is Esau, the father of Edom.


Chapter 37
1
And Jacob dwelt in the land where his father sojourned -- in the land of Canaan.
2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, fed the flock with his brethren; and he was doing service with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. And Joseph brought to his father an evil report of them.
3 And Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was son of his old age; and he made him a vest of many colours.
4 And his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, and they hated him, and could not greet him with friendliness.
5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and told [it] to his brethren, and they hated him yet the more.
6 And he said to them, Hear, I pray you, this dream, which I have dreamt:
7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the fields, and lo, my sheaf rose up, and remained standing; and behold, your sheaves came round about and bowed down to my sheaf.
8 And his brethren said to him, Wilt thou indeed be a king over us? wilt thou indeed rule over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams and for his words.
9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamt another dream, and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me.
10 And he told [it] to his father and to his brethren. And his father rebuked him, and said to him, What is this dream which thou hast dreamt? Shall we indeed come, I and thy mother and thy brethren, to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
11 And his brethren envied him; but his father kept the saying.
12 And his brethren went to feed their father's flock at Shechem.
13 And Israel said to Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed [the flock] at Shechem? Come, that I may send thee to them. And he said to him, Here am I.
14 And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see after the welfare of thy brethren, and after the welfare of the flock; and bring me word again. And he sent him out of the vale of Hebron; and he came towards Shechem.
15 And a man found him, and behold, he was wandering in the country; and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?
16 And he said, I am seeking my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed [their flocks].
17
And the man said, They have removed from this; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them at Dothan.
18 And when they saw him from afar, and before he came near to them, they conspired against him to put him to death.
19 And they said one to another, Behold, there comes that dreamer!
20 And now come and let us kill him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, An evil beast has devoured him; and we will see what becomes of his dreams.
21 And Reuben heard [it], and delivered him out of their hand, and said, Let us not take his life.
22 And Reuben said to them, Shed no blood: cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness; but lay no hand upon him -- in order that he might deliver him out of their hand, to bring him to his father again.
23 And it came to pass when Joseph came to his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his vest, the vest of many colours, which he had on;
24 and they took him and cast him into the pit; now the pit was empty -- there was no water in it.
25 And they sat down to eat bread; and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and behold, a caravan of Ishmaelites came from Gilead; and their camels bore tragacanth, and balsam, and ladanum -- going to carry [it] down to Egypt.
26 And Judah said to his brethren, What profit is it that we kill our brother and secrete his blood?
27 Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites; but let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brethren hearkened [to him].
28 And Midianitish men, merchants, passed by; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty silver-pieces; and they brought Joseph to Egypt.
29 And Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph [was] not in the pit; and he rent his garments,
30 and returned to his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, where shall I go?
31
And they took Joseph's vest, and slaughtered a buck of the goats, and dipped the vest in the blood;
32 and they sent the vest of many colours and had it carried to their father, and said, This have we found: discern now whether it is thy son's vest or not.
33 And he discerned it, and said, [It is] my son's vest! an evil beast has devoured him: Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces!
34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted, and said, For I will go down to my son into Sheol mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt, to Potiphar, a chamberlain of Pharaoh, the captain of the life-guard.


Chapter 38
1 And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down
from his brethren, and turned in to a man of Adullam whose name was Hirah.
2 And Judah saw there the daughter of a Canaanitish man whose name was Shua; and he took her, and went in to her.
3 And she conceived and bore a son; and he called his name Er.
4 And she again conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Onan.
5 And again she bore a son, and she called his name Shelah; and he was at Chezib when she bore him.
6 And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.
7 And Er, Judah's firstborn,
was wicked in the sight of Jehovah, and Jehovah slew him.
8 Then Judah said to Onan, Go in to thy brother's wife, and fulfil to her the brother-in-law's duty, and raise up seed to thy brother.
9 But when Onan knew that the seed should not be his own, it came to pass when he went in to his brother's wife, that he spilled [it] on the ground, in order to give no seed to his brother.
10 And the thing which he did was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and he slew him also.
11 And Judah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, Remain a widow in thy father's house, until Shelah my son is grown; for he said, Lest he die also, as his brethren. And Tamar went and remained in her father's house.
12 And as the days were multiplied, Judah's wife, the daughter of Shua, died. And Judah was comforted, and he went up to his sheep-shearers, to Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.
13 And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep.
14 And she put the garments of her widowhood off from her, and covered herself with a veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the entry of Enaim, which is on the way to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given to him as wife.
15 And Judah saw her, and took her for a harlot; because she had covered her face.
16 And he turned aside to her by the way, and said, Come, I pray thee, let me go in to thee; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in to me?
17 And he said, I will send [thee] a kid of the goats from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give [me] a pledge, until thou send it?
18 And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy lace, and thy staff which is in thy hand. And he gave [it] her, and went in to her; and she conceived by him.
19 And she arose and went away; and she laid by her veil from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.
20 And Judah sent the kid of the goats by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive the pledge from the woman's hand; but he found her not.
21 And he asked the men of her place, saying, Where is the prostitute that was at Enaim, by the way-side? And they said, There was no prostitute here.
22 And he returned to Judah, and said, I have not found her; and also the men of the place said, No prostitute has been here.
23 Then Judah said, Let her take [it] for herself, lest we be put to shame. Behold, I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.
24
And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter-in-law has committed fornication, and behold, she is also with child by fornication. And Judah said, Bring her forth, that she may be burned.
25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, By the man to whom these [belong] am I with child; and she said, Acknowledge, I pray thee, whose are this signet, and this lace, and this staff.
26 And Judah acknowledged [them], and said, She is more righteous than I, because I have not given her to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.
27 And it came to pass at the time of her delivery, that behold, twins were in her womb.
28 And it came to pass when she brought forth, that one stretched out [his] hand,
and the midwife took it and bound round his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.
29 And it came to pass as he drew back his hand, that behold, his brother came out; and she said, How hast thou broken forth! on thee be the breach! And they called his name Pherez.
30 And afterwards came out his brother, round whose hand was the scarlet thread; and they called his name Zerah.


Chapter 39
1 And
Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, a chamberlain of Pharaoh, the captain of the life-guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hand of the Ishmaelites who had brought him down thither.
2 And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
3 And his master saw that Jehovah was with him, and that Jehovah made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
4 And Joseph found favour in his eyes, and attended on him; and he set him over his house, and all that he had he gave into his hand.
5 And it came to pass from the time he had set him over his house and all that he had, that Jehovah blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of Jehovah was on all that he had in the house and in the field.
6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand, and took cognizance of nothing with him, save the bread that he ate. And Joseph was of a beautiful form and of a beautiful countenance.
7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph, and said, Lie with me!
8 But he refused, and said to his master's wife, Behold, my master takes cognizance of nothing with me: what is in the house, and all that he has, he has given into my hand.
9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither has he withheld anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife; and how should I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
10 And it came to pass as she spoke to Joseph day by day and he hearkened not to her, to lie with her [and] to be with her,
11 that on a certain day he went into the house to do his business, and there was none of the men of the house there in the house.
12 Then she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me! But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran out.
13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled forth,
14 that she called to the men of her house, and spoke to them, saying, See, he has brought in a Hebrew man to us, to mock us: he came in to me, to lie with me; and I cried with a loud voice;
15 and it came to pass when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went out.
16 And she laid his garment by her until his lord came home.
17 And she spoke to him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew bondman that thou hast brought to us came in to me to mock me;
18 and it came to pass as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled forth.
19 And it came to pass when his lord heard the words of his wife which she spoke to him, saying, After this manner did thy bondman to me, that his wrath was kindled.
20 And Joseph's lord took him and put him into the tower-house, [the] place where the king's prisoners were confined; and he was there in the tower-house.
21 And Jehovah was with Joseph, and extended mercy to him, and gave him favour in the eyes of the chief of the tower-house.
22 And the chief of the tower-house committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the tower-house; and whatever they had to do there he did.
23 The chief of the tower-house looked not to anything under his hand, because Jehovah was with him; and what he did, Jehovah made it prosper.


Chapter 40
1 And it came to pass after these things, [that] the cup-bearer
of the king of Egypt and the baker offended their lord the king of Egypt.
2 And Pharaoh was wroth with his two chamberlains -- with the chief of the cup-bearers and with the chief of the bakers;
3 and he put them in custody into the house of the captain of the life-guard, into the tower-house, into the place where Joseph was imprisoned.
4 And the captain of the life-guard appointed Joseph to them, that he should attend on them. And they were [several] days in custody.
5 And they dreamed a dream, both of them in one night, each his dream, each according to the interpretation of his dream, the cup-bearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were imprisoned in the tower-house.
6 And Joseph came in to them in the morning, and looked on them, and behold, they were sad.
7 And he asked Pharaoh's chamberlains that were with him in custody in his lord's house, saying, Why are your faces [so] sad to-day?
8 And they said to him, We have dreamt a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said to them, [Do] not interpretations [belong] to God? tell me [your dreams], I pray you.
9 Then the chief of the cup-bearers told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;
10 and in the vine were three branches; and it was as though it budded: its blossoms shot forth, its clusters ripened into grapes.
11 And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.
12 And Joseph said to him, This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days.
13 In yet three days will Pharaoh lift up thy head and restore thee to thy place, and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his cup-bearer.
14 Only bear a remembrance with thee of me when it goes well with thee, and deal kindly, I pray thee, with me, and make mention of me to Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house;
15 for indeed I was stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.
16 And when the chief of the bakers saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, I also was in my dream, and behold, three baskets of white bread were on my head.
17 And in the uppermost basket there were all manner of victuals for Pharaoh that the baker makes, and the birds ate them out of the basket upon my head.
18 And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation of it: the three baskets are three days.
19 In yet three days will Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and hang thee on a tree; and the birds will eat thy flesh from off thee.
20 And it came to pass the third day -- Pharaoh's birthday -- that he made a feast to all his bondmen. And he lifted up the head of the chief of the cup-bearers, and the head of the chief of the bakers among his bondmen.
21 And he restored the chief of the cup-bearers to his office of cup-bearer again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.
22 And he hanged the chief of the bakers, as Joseph had interpreted to them.