Genesis 26:2
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New International Version
The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live.

New Living Translation
The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, "Do not go down to Egypt, but do as I tell you.

English Standard Version
And the LORD appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you.

King James Bible
And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt. Live in the land that I tell you about;

International Standard Version
That's when the LORD appeared to Isaac. "You are not to go down to Egypt," he said. "Instead, you are to settle down in an area within this land where I'll tell you.

NET Bible
The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; settle down in the land that I will point out to you.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD appeared to him, and said, "Do not go down into Egypt. Live in the land I will tell you about.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, "Don't go to Egypt. Stay where I tell you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD appeared unto him, and said: 'Go not down unto Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of.

New American Standard 1977
And the LORD appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD appeared unto him and said, Do not go down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of;

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell you of:

American King James Version
And the LORD appeared to him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell you of:

American Standard Version
And Jehovah appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt. Dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord appeared to him and said: Go not down into Egypt, but stay in the land that I shall tell thee.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah appeared to him and said, Go not down to Egypt: dwell in the land that I shall tell thee of.

English Revised Version
And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD appeared to him, and said, Go not down into Egypt: dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of.

World English Bible
Yahweh appeared to him, and said, "Don't go down into Egypt. Live in the land I will tell you about.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah appeareth unto him, and saith, 'Go not down towards Egypt, tabernacle in the land concerning which I speak unto thee,
Study Bible
God's Promise to Isaac
1Now there was a famine in the land, besides the previous famine that had occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar, to Abimelech king of the Philistines. 2The LORD appeared to him and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; stay in the land of which I shall tell you. 3"Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.…
Cross References
Genesis 12:1
Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you;

Genesis 12:7
The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him.

Genesis 17:1
Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.

Genesis 17:19
But God said, "No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.

Genesis 18:1
Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.

Genesis 26:24
The LORD appeared to him the same night and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham; Do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, For the sake of My servant Abraham."

Exodus 2:24
So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Leviticus 26:42
then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and I will remember also My covenant with Isaac, and My covenant with Abraham as well, and I will remember the land.
Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD appeared to him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell you of:

appeared.

Genesis 12:7 And the LORD appeared to Abram, and said, To your seed will I give …

Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to …

Genesis 18:1,10-20 And the LORD appeared to him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in …

dwell.

Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and …

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and …

(2) The Lord appeared unto him.--Only once besides does Jehovah manifest himself to Isaac (Genesis 26:24), and sixty years had now passed since the revelations recorded in Genesis 22. Excepting to Abraham, it was only at rare and distant intervals that God spake to the patriarchs. The greater part of their lives was spent under the control of the same ordinary Providence as that which governs our actions now; but on special occasions God was pleased to confirm their faith in Him in a way not necessary now that we have had made known to us the whole counsel of God.

Verse 2. - And the Lord (Jehovah, i.e. the God of the covenant and of the promise) appeared unto him, - only two Divine manifestations are mentioned as having been granted to the patriarch. Either the peaceful tenor of Isaac s life rendered more theophanies in his case unnecessary; or, if others were enjoyed by him, the brief space allotted by the historian to the record of his life may account for their omission from the narrative. Though commonly understood as having occurred in Gerar (Keil, Lange, Murphy), this appearance, is perhaps better regarded as having taken place at Lahai-roi, and as having been the cause of Isaac's turning aside into the land of the Philistines (Calvin) - and said, Go not down into Egypt - whither manifestly he had been purposing to migrate, as his father had done on the occasion of the earlier dearth (Genesis 12:10). Jacob in the later famine was instructed to go down to Egypt (Genesis 46:3, 4); Abraham in the first scarcity was left at liberty to think and act for himself. Dwell in the land which I will tell thee of (i.e. Philistia, as appears from the preceding verse). And the Lord appeared unto him,.... In a vision or dream, when he was at Gerar:

and said, go not down into Egypt; as his father had done in the like case, and where Isaac thought to have gone, and the rather, as that was a fruitful country; and so the Targum of Jonathan,"and it was in the heart of Isaac to go down into Egypt, and the Lord appeared unto him, &c.''and charged him not to go thither; partly to try his faith in him, and dependence on his providence for support in this time of famine, and partly lest he should think of continuing there, and be unmindful of the promise of the land of Canaan to Abraham's seed:

dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of; even the land of Canaan, which he was now about to give him on account of the promise of it to Abraham and his seed, and to renew it to him and to his seed. 26:1-5 Isaac had been trained up in a believing dependence upon the Divine grant of the land of Canaan to him and his heirs; and now that there is a famine in the land, Isaac still cleaves to the covenant. The real worth of God's promises cannot be lessened to a believer by any cross providences that may befall him. If God engage to be with us, and we are where he would have us to be, nothing but our own unbelief and distrust can prevent our comfort. The obedience of Abraham to the Divine command, was evidence of that faith, whereby, as a sinner, he was justified before God, and the effect of that love whereby true faith works. God testifies that he approved this obedience, to encourage others, especially Isaac.
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