New American Standard Bible
Isaac Settles in Gerar
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. 3Sojourn 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. 4I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; 5because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.
6So Isaac lived in Gerar. 7When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, She is my sister, for he was afraid to say, my wife, thinking, the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is beautiful. 8It came about, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out through a window, and saw, and behold, Isaac was caressing his wife Rebekah. 9Then Abimelech called Isaac and said, Behold, certainly she is your wife! How then did you say, She is my sister? And Isaac said to him, Because I said, I might die on account of her. 10Abimelech said, What is this you have done to us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us. 11So Abimelech charged all the people, saying, He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.
12Now Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the LORD blessed him, 13and the man became rich, and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy; 14for he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him. 15Now all the wells which his fathers servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth. 16Then Abimelech said to Isaac, Go away from us, for you are too powerful for us. 17And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar, and settled there.
23Then he went up from there to Beersheba.
24The LORD appeared to him the same night and said,
25So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaacs servants dug a well.