God tells Isaac to visit the land of the Philistines
(And promises to multiply his seed)
And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in
the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines
And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in
the land which I shall tell thee of:
Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for
unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will
perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
(26:1, 7, 14, 15, 18)
Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines.
Isaac visits the king of the Philistines "in the days of Abraham", yet the
Philistines didn't live in the region until around 1200 BCE (800 years after "the days of
(26:2) And the Lord appeared unto him.
Can God be seen?
And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give
unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
Isaac uses his dad's famous "She's my sister" lie
(It worked well for Abraham twice)
And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said,
She is my sister:
for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place
should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.
And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that
Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at
a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.
And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife;
and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I
said, Lest I die for her.
And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people
might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought
guiltiness upon us.
And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or
his wife shall surely be put to death.
He said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah;
because she was fair to look upon.
Isaac uses the same "she's my sister" lie that his father used so effectively with the Pharaoh and the same king Abimelech.
(Genesis 12:13, 20:2). And Isaac grew rich
from the lie, just like his father had. (You'd think Abimelech wouldn't fall for the same
stupid lie twice. But, hey, this is the Bible!)
(26:8) Abimelech ... looked out at a window, and saw ... Isaac ... sporting with Rebekah.
The king looked out his window, and saw Isaac "sporting" with Rebekah.
God blessed Isaac in the land of the Philistines
(until he became very great)
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an
hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.
And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very
For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store
of servants: and the Philistines envied him.
For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of
Abraham his father, the
Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.
And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than
And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar,
and dwelt there.
God blessed Isaac (like his father Abraham before him) with many slaves.
Does God approve of slavery?
(26:12) The LORD blessed him.
(26:14) He had possession of ... great store of servants.
Isaac digs some wells
And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the
days of Abraham his father; for
the Philistines had stopped them after the
death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his
father had called them.
And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of
And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The
water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove
And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the
name of it Sitnah.
And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they
strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the
LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.
(26:18-22) Isaac digged again the wells of water....
Isaac went to Beersheba
(where God promised again to multiply his seed)
And he went up from thence to Beersheba.
And the LORD appeared unto 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.
And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and
pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well.
Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends,
and Phichol the chief captain of his army.
And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and
have sent me away from you?
And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said,
Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us
make a covenant with thee;
That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have
done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art
now the blessed of the LORD.
And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.
And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and
Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him
concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found
And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.
Esau married Judith and Bashemath
(which were a grief of mind to Isaac and Rebekah)
And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of
Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:
Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.