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Genesis

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

9And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters he called Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit-trees bearing fruit after their kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth: and it was so. 12And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.

14And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years: 15and let them be for lights in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16And God made the two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17And God set them in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

20And God said, Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 21And God created the great sea-monsters, and every living creature that moves, wherewith the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind: and God saw that it was good. 22And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth. 23And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

24And God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind, cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth after their kind: and it was so. 25And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground after its kind: and God saw that it was good.

26And 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 birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. 27And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.

29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food: 30and to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to everything that creeps upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food: and it was so.

31And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

 

2 And the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it; because that in it he rested from all his work which God had created and made.

4These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven. 5And no plant of the field was yet in the earth, and no herb of the field had yet sprung up; for Jehovah God had not caused it to rain upon the earth: and there was not a man to till the ground; 6but there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 7And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

8And Jehovah God planted a garden eastward, in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9And out of the ground Jehovah God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it was parted, and became four heads. 11The name of the first is Pi-shon: that is it which compasses the whole land of Hav-i-lah, where there is gold; 12and the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. 13And the name of the second river is Gi-hon: the same is it that compasses the whole land of Cush. 14And the name of the third river is Hid-de-kel: that is it which goes in front of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Eu-phre-tes. 15And Jehovah God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

16And Jehovah God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.

18And Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a help mate for him. 19And out of the ground Jehovah God formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the heavens; and brought them unto the man to see what he would call them: and whatsoever the man called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20And the man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the heavens, and to every beast of the field; but for man there was not found a help mate for him.

21And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh thereof: 22and the rib, which Jehovah God had taken from the man, he made a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23And the man said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

 

3 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which Jehovah God had made. And he said unto the woman, Is it true that has God said, that there is any tree of the garden you shall not eat? 2And the woman said unto the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: 3but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, unless you die. 4And the serpent said unto the woman, you shall not surely die: 5for God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil.

6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat. 7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8And they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God amongst the trees of the garden.

9And Jehovah God called unto the man, and said unto him, Where are you? 10And he said, I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11And he said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded you that you should not eat? 12And the man said, The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

13And Jehovah God said unto the woman, What is this you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

14And Jehovah God said unto the serpent, Because you have done this, cursed are you above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life: 15and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed: he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.

16Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your pain and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be to your husband, and he shall rule over you.

17And unto Adam he said, Because you have listened unto the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, you shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil shall you eat of it all the days of your life; 18thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field; 19in the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return unto the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you are, and unto dust shall you return.

20And the man called his wifeís name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.

21And Jehovah God made for Adam and for his wife coats of skins, and clothed them.

22And Jehovah God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, unless he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever-- 23therefore Jehovah God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from where he was taken. 24So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden the Cherubim, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

 

4 And the man knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man with the help of Jehovah. 2And again she bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

3And in the process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto Jehovah. 4And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And Jehovah had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5but unto Cain and to his offering he had no respect. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

6And Jehovah said unto Cain, Why are you angry? And why is your countenance fallen? 7If you do well, shall it not be lifted up? And if you do not well, sin couches at the door: and unto you shall be its desire, but do you rule over it.

8And Cain told 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.

9And Jehovah said unto Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said, I know not: am I my brotherís keeper? 10And he said, What have you done? The voice of your brotherís blood cries unto me from the ground. 11And now cursed are you from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brotherís blood from your hand; 12when you till the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto you its strength; a fugitive and a wanderer shall you be in the earth.

13And Cain said unto Jehovah, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14Behold, you have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; and from your face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer in the earth; and it will come to pass, that whoever finds me will slay me. 15And Jehovah said unto him, Therefore whoever slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And Jehovah appointed a sign for Cain, unless any finding him should strike him.

16And Cain went out from the presence of Jehovah, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. 17And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare E-noch: and he built a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, E-noch. 18And unto E-noch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methishael; and Methishael begat La-mech.

19And La-mech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. 20And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents and have cattle. 21And his brotherís name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and pipe. 22And Zillah, she also bare Tu-bal-cain, the forger of every cutting instrument of brass and iron: and the sister of Tu-bal-cain was Na-a-mah.

23And La-mech said unto his wives: Adah and Zillah, hear my voice; you wives of La-mech, listen unto my speech: For I have slain a man for wounding me, And a young man for bruising me: 24If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, Truly La-mech seventy and sevenfold.

25And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth. For, she said, God has appointed me another seed instead of Abel; for Cain slew him. 26And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name E-nosh. Then began men to call upon the name of Jehovah.

 

5 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 2male and female created he them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. 3And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: 4and the days of Adam after he begat Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters. 5And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

6And Seth lived a hundred and five years, and begat E-nosh: 7and Seth lived after he begat E-nosh eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: 8and all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died. 9And E-nosh lived ninety years, and begat Ke-nan. 10And E-nosh lived after he begat Ke-nan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: 11and all the days of E-nosh were nine hundred and five years: and he died. 12And Ke-nan lived seventy years, and begat Ma-hal-a-leel: 13and Ke-nan lived after he begat Ma-hal-a-leel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters: 14and all the days of Ke-nan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died. 15And Ma-hal-a-leel lived sixty-five years, and begat Je-red: 16And Ma-hal-a-leel lived after he begat Je-red eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters: 17and all the days of Ma-hal-a-leel were eight hundred and ninety-five years: and he died. 18And Je-red lived a hundred sixty-two years, and begat E-noch: 19and Je-red lived after he begat E-noch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 20And all the days of Je-red were nine hundred and sixty-two years: and he died.

21And E-noch lived sixty-five years, and begat Me-thu-se-lah: 22and E-noch walked with God after he begat Me-thu-se-lah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23and all the days of E-noch were three hundred and sixty-five years: 24and E-noch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

25And Me-thu-se-lah lived a hundred and eighty-seven years, and begat La-mech: 26and Me-thu-se-lah lived after he begat La-mech seven hundred and eighty-two years, and begat sons and daughters. 27And all the days of Me-thu-se-lah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years: and he died.

28And La-mech lived a hundred and eighty-two years, and begat a son: 29and he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us in our work and in the toil of our hands, which comes because of the ground which Jehovah has cursed. 30And La-mech lived after he begat Noah five hundred and ninety-five years, and begat sons and daughters: 31And all the days of La-mech were seven hundred and seventy-seven years: and he died. 32And Noah was five hundred years old: And Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Ja-pheth.

 

6 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took to themselves wives of all that they chose.

3And Jehovah said, My spirit shall not strive with man forever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.

4The giants were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them: the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown. 5And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6And it repented Jehovah that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved in him. 7And Jehovah said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and creeping things, and the birds of the heavens; for it repents me that I have made them.

8But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah. 9These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, and perfect in his generations: Noah walked with God. 10And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Ja-pheth.

11And the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12And God saw the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

13And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14Make an ark of gopher wood; rooms you shall make in the ark, and shall pitch it within and without with pitch. 15And this is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. 16A light shall you make to the ark, and to a cubit shall you finish it upward; and the door of the ark shall you set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shall you make it. 17And I, behold, I do bring the flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is in the earth shall die. 18But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, and your sons, and your wife, and your sonsí wives with you. 19And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shall you bring into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20Of the birds after their kind, and of the cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every sort shall come unto you, to keep them alive. 21And take unto you of all food that is eaten, and gather it to you; and it shall be for food for you, and for them.

22Noah did this according to all that God commanded him, so he did.

 

7 And Jehovah said unto Noah, You come and all your house into the ark; for in you I have seen righteousness before me in this generation. 2Of every clean beast you shall take to you seven and seven, the male and his female; and of the beasts that are not clean two, the male and his female: 3of the birds also of the heavens, seven and seven, male and female, to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 4For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the ground.

5And Noah did according unto all that Jehovah commanded him. 6And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. 7And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sonsí wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. 8Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps upon the ground, 9there went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, male and female, as God commanded Noah. 10And it came to pass after the seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

11In the six hundredth year of Noahís life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

13In the selfsame day Noah entered, and Shem, and Ham, and Ja-pheth, the sons of Noah, and Noahís wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; 14they, and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. 15And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh wherein is the breath of life. 16And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God commanded him: and Jehovah shut him in the ark.

17And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and lifted up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth. 18And the waters prevailed, and increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. 19And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high mountains that were under the whole heaven were covered. 20Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

21And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both birds, and cattle, and beasts, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth, and every man: 22all in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, of all that was on the dry land, died. 23And every living thing was destroyed that was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and creeping things, and birds of the heavens; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only was left, and they that were with him in the ark. 24And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days.

 

8 And God remembered Noah, and all the beasts, 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; 2the fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; 3and the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.

4And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ar-a-rat. 5And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

6And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: 7and he sent forth a raven, and it went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. 8And he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; 9but the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him to the ark; for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: and he put forth his hand, and took her, and brought her into the ark. 10And he waited yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; 11and the dove came in to him at eventide; and, lo, in her mouth an olive-leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. 12And he stayed yet another seven days, and sent forth the dove; and she returned not again unto him any more.

13And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dried. 14And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, was the earth dry.

15And God spoke unto Noah, saying, 16Go forth from the ark, you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sonsí wives with you. 17Bring forth with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh, both birds, and cattle, and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. 18And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sonsí wives with him: 19every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, whatsoever moves upon the earth, after their families, went forth out of the ark.

20And Noah built an altar unto Jehovah, and took of every clean beast, and of every clean bird, and offered burnt-offerings on the altar. 21And Jehovah smelled the sweet savor; and Jehovah said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for manís sake, for that the imagination of manís heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again strike any more everything living, as I have done. 22While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

 

9 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 2And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every bird of the heavens; With all wherewith the ground teems, and all the fishes of the sea, into your hand they are delivered. 3Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; As the green herb have I given you all. 4But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat. 5And surely your blood, the blood of your lives, will I require; At the hand of every beast will I require it. And at the hand of man, even at the hand of every manís brother, will I require the life of man. 6whoever sheds manís blood, by man shall his blood be shed: For in the image of God he made man. 7And you, be fruitful, and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

8And God spoke unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you. Of all that go out of the ark, even every beast of the earth. 11And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of the flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

12And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud, 15and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16And 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 creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

18And the sons of Noah, that went forth from the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Ja-pheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19These three were the sons of Noah: and of these was the whole earth overspread. 20And Noah began to be a husbandman, and planted a vineyard: 21and he drank of the wine, and was drunken. And he was uncovered within his tent. 22And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and went out and told his two brethren. 23And Shem and Ja-pheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father. And their faces were backward, and they saw not their fatherís nakedness.

24And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his youngest son had done unto him. 25And he said, Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. 26And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant. 27God enlarge Ja-pheth, And let him dwell in the tents of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.

28And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. 29And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: And he died.

 

10 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, namely, of Shem, Ham, and Ja-pheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. 2The sons of Ja-pheth: Go-mer, and Ma-gog, and Ma-dai, and Ja-van, and Tu-bal, and Me-shech, and Ti-ras. 3And the sons of Go-mer: Ash-ke-naz, and Ri-phas, and To-gar-mah. 4And the sons of Ja-van: E-li-shah, and Tar-shish, Chit-tim, and Do-da-nim. 5Of these were the isles of the nations divided in their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

6And the sons of Ham: Cush, and Miz-ra-im, and Put, and Canaan. 7And the sons of Cush: Se-ba, and Hav-i-lah, and Sabtah, and Ra-a-mah, and Sab-te-ca; and the sons of Ra-a-mah: She-ba, and De-dan. 8And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9He was a mighty hunter before Jehovah: why it is said, Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before Jehovah. 10And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shi-nar. 11Out of that land he went forth into Assyria, and built Nin-e-veh, and Re-ho-both-ir, and Calah, 12and Resen between Nin-e-veh and Calah (the same is the great city). 13And Miz-ra-im begat Lu-dim, and An-a-mim, and Le-ha-bim, and Naph-tu-him, 14and Path-ru-sim, and Cas-lu-him (where went forth the Philistines), and Caph-to-rim.

15And Canaan begat Zi-don his first-born, and Heth, 16and the Jeb-u-site, and the Amorite, and the Gir-gash-ite, 17and the Hi-vite, and the Ar-kite, and the Si-nite, 18and the Ar-va-dite, and the Zem-a-rite, and the Ha-math-ite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanite spread abroad. 19And the border of the Canaanite was from Zi-don, as you go toward Ge-rar, unto Ga-za; as you go toward Sodom and Gomorrah and Ad-mah and Ze-bo-im, unto La-sha. 20These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, in their nations.

21And unto Shem, the father of all the children of E-ber, the elder brother of Ja-pheth, to him also were children born. 22The sons of Shem: E-lam, and Assh-ur, and Ar-phax-ad, and Lud, and Ar-am. 23And the sons of Ar-am: Uz, and Hul, and Ge-ther, and Mash. 24And Ar-phax-ad begat Sa-lah; and Sa-lah begat E-ber. 25And unto E-ber were born two sons: The name of the one was Pe-leg. For in his days was the earth divided. And his brotherís name was Jok-tan. 26And Jok-tan begat Al-mo-dad, and She-leph, and Ha-zar-ma-veth, and Je-rah, 27and Ha-dor-am, and U-zal, and Dik-lah, 28and O-bal, and A-bim-a-el, and She-ba, 29and O-phir, and Hav-i-lah, and Jo-bab: all these were the sons of Jok-tan. 30And their dwelling was from Me-sha, as you go toward Se-phar, the mountain of the east. 31These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations. 32These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and of these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

 

11 And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech. 2And it came to pass, as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shi-nar; and they dwelt there. 3And they said one to another, Come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime they had for mortar. 4And they said, Come, let us build us a city, and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name; unless we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

5And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. 6And Jehovah said, Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is what they begin to do: and now nothing will be withheld from them, which they purpose to do. 7Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one anotherís speech. 8So Jehovah scattered them abroad from there upon the face of all the earth: and they left off building the city. 9Therefore was the name of it called Babel; because Jehovah did there confound the language of all the earth: and from there did Jehovah scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

10These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old, and begat Ar-phax-ad two years after the flood. 11and Shem lived after he begat Ar-phax-ad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters. 12And Ar-phax-ad lived thirty-five years, and begat Sa-lah. 13and Ar-phax-ad lived after he begat Sa-lah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters. 14And Sa-lah lived thirty years, and begat E-ber: 15and Sa-lah lived after he begat E-ber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters. 16And E-ber lived thirty-four years, and begat Pe-leg: 17and E-ber lived after he begat Pe-leg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters. 18And Pe-leg lived thirty years, and begat Re-u: 19and Pe-leg lived after he begat Re-u two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters. 20And Re-u lived thirty-two years, and begat Se-rug: 21and Re-u lived after he begat Se-rug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters. 22And Se-rug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor: 23and Se-rug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters. 24And Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and begat Te-rah: 25and Nahor lived after he begat Te-rah a hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters. 26And Te-rah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Har-an.

27Now these are the generations of Te-rah. Te-rah begat Abram, Nahor, and Har-an. And Har-an begat Lot. 28And Har-an died before his father Te-rah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees. 29And Abram and Nahor took them wives: The name of Abramís wife was Sar-a-i; and the name of Nahorís wife, Mil-cah, the daughter of Har-an, the father of Mil-cah, and the father of Is-cah. 30And Sar-a-i was barren; She had no child. 31And Te-rah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Har-an, his sonís son, and Sar-a-i his daughter-in-law, his son Abramís wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Har-an, and dwelt there. 32And the days of Te-rah were two hundred and five years: and Te-rah died in Har-an.

12 Now Jehovah said unto Abram, Get you out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your fatherís house, unto the land that I will show you: 2and I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you will be a blessing; 3and I will bless them that bless you, and him that curses you will I curse: and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

4So Abram went, as Jehovah had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed out of Har-an. 5And Abram took Sar-a-i his wife, and Lot his brotherís son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Har-an; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

6And Abram passed through the land unto the place of She-chem, unto the oak of Mo-reh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. 7And Jehovah appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto your seed will I give this land: and there he built an altar unto Jehovah, who appeared unto him. 8And he moved from there unto the mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and A-i on the east: and there he built an altar unto Jehovah, and called upon the name of Jehovah. 9And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.

10And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was greatly in the land. 11And it came to pass, when he was come near to entering into Egypt, that he said unto Sar-a-i his wife, Behold now, I know that you are a fair woman to look upon: 12and it will come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see you, that they will say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save you alive. 13Say, I pray you, you are my sister; that it may be well with me for your sake, and that my soul may live because of you.

14And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. 15And the princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaohís house. 16And he dealt well with Abram for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he-asses, and men-servants, and maid-servants, and she-asses, and camels. 17And Jehovah plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sar-a-i, Abramís wife. 18And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that you have done unto me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19Why did you say, She is my sister, so that I took her to be my wife? Now therefore behold your wife, take her, and go your way. 20And Pharaoh gave men charge concerning him: and they brought him on the way, and his wife, and all that he had.

 

13 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the South. 2And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. 3And he went on his journeys from the South even to Beth-el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth-el and A-i, 4unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of Jehovah.

5And Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. 6And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together. 7And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abramís cattle and the herdsmen of Lotís cattle: and the Canaanite and the Pe-riz-zite dwelt then in the land. 8And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray you, between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. 9Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself, I pray you, from me. If you will take the left hand, then I will go to the right. Or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.

10And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the Plain of the Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before Jehovah destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of Jehovah, like the land of Egypt, as you go unto Zo-ar. 11So Lot chose all the Plain of the Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. 12Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the Plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom. 13Now the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners against Jehovah exceedingly.

14And Jehovah said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward: 15for all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed for ever. 16And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth: So that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then may your seed also be numbered. 17Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for unto you will I give it. 18And Abram moved his tent, and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mam-re, which are in He-bron, and built there an altar unto Jehovah.

 

14 And it came to pass in the days of Am-ra-phel king of Shi-nar, Ar-i-och king of El-la-sar, Ched-or-la-o-mer king of E-lam, and Ti-dal king of nations, 2that they made war with Be-ra king of Sodom, and with Bir-sha king of Gomorrah, Shi-nab king of Ad-mah, and Shem-e-ber king of Ze-bo-im, and the king of Be-la (the same is Zo-ar). 3All these joined together in the vale of Sid-dim (the same is the Salt Sea). 4Twelve years they served Ched-or-la-o-mer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5And in the fourteenth year came Ched-or-la-o-mer, and the kings that were with him, and struck the Reph-a-im in Ash-te-roth kar-na-im, and the Zu-zim in Ham, and the E-mim in Sha-veh Kir-i-a-tha-im, 6and the Hor-ites in their mount Se-ir, unto El-par-an, which is by the wilderness. 7And they returned, and came to En-mishpat (the same is Ka-desh), and struck all the country of the A-mal-ek-ites, and also the Am-or-ites, that dwelt in Haz-e-zon-ta-mar. 8And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Ad-mah, and the king of Ze-bo-im, and the king of Be-la (the same is Zo-ar); and they set the battle in array against them in the vale of Sid-dim; 9against Ched-or-la-o-mer king of E-lam, and Ti-dal king of nations, and Am-ra-phel king of Shi-nar, and Ar-i-och king of El-la-sar; four kings against the five. 10Now the vale of Sid-dim was full of slime pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell there, and they that remained fled to the mountain. 11And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their goods, and went their way. 12And they took Lot, Abramís brotherís son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

13And there came one that had escaped, and told ** Abram the Hebrew: now he dwelt by the oaks of Mam-re, the Amorite, brother of Esh-col, and brother of Aner; and these were confederate with Abram. 14And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued as far as Dan. 15And he divided himself against them by night, he and his servants, and struck them, and pursued them unto Ho-bah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. 16And he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

17And the king of Sodom went out to meet him, after his return from the slaughter of Ched-or-la-o-mer and the kings that were with him, at the vale of Sha-veh (the same is the Kingís Vale). 18And Mell-chiz-ed-ek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was priest of the God Most High. 19And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth: 20and blessed be the God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand. And he gave him a tenth of all.

21And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to yourself. 22And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand unto Jehovah, the God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, 23that I will not take a thread nor a shoe-latchet nor anything that is your, unless you should say, I have made Abram rich: 24save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men that went with me, Aner, Esh-col, and Mam-re. Let them take their portion.

 

15 After these things the word of Jehovah came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am your shield, and your exceeding great reward.

2And Abram said, O Lord Jehovah, what will you give me, seeing I go childless, and he that shall be possessor of my house is El-i-e-zer of Damascus? 3And Abram said, Behold, to me you have given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is my heir. 4And, behold, the word of Jehovah came unto him, saying, This man shall not be your heir; But he that shall come forth out of your own bowels shall be your heir. 5And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall your seed be. 6And he believed in Jehovah; and he reckoned it to him for righteousness.

7And he said unto him, I am Jehovah that brought you out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land to inherit it. 8And he said, O Lord Jehovah, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? 9And he said unto him, Take me a heifer three years old, and a she-goat three years old, and a ram three years old, and a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon. 10And he took all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each half over against the other: but the birds he divided not. 11And the birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.

12And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that your seed shall be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14and also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15But you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. 16And in the fourth generation they shall come here again; for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet full.

17And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold, a smoking furnace, and a flaming torch that passed between these pieces. 18In that day Jehovah made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto your seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Eu-phre-tes: 19the Ke-nite, and the Ke-niz-zite, and the Kad-mo-nite, 20and the Hittite, and the Pe-riz-zite, and the Reph-a-im, 21and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Gir-gash-ite, and the Jeb-u-site.

 

16 Now Sar-a-i, Abramís wife, bare him no children: and she had a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 2And Sar-a-i said unto Abram, Behold now, Jehovah has restrained me from bearing; go in, I pray you, unto my handmaid; it may be that I shall obtain children by her. And Abram listened to the voice of Sar-a-i. 3And Sar-a-i, Abramís wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her handmaid, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to Abram her husband to be his wife.

4And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5And Sar-a-i said unto Abram, My wrong be upon you: I gave my handmaid into your bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: Jehovah judge between me and you. 6But Abram said unto Sar-a-i, Behold, your maid is in your hand; do to her that which is good in your eyes. And Sar-a-i dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.

7And the angel of Jehovah found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 8And he said, Hagar, Sar-a-iís handmaid, from where did you come? And where do you go? And she said, I am fleeing from the face of my mistress Sar-a-i. 9And the angel of Jehovah said unto her, Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands.

10And the angel of Jehovah said unto her, I will greatly multiply your seed, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. 11And the angel of Jehovah said unto her, Behold, you are with child, and shall bear a son; and you shall call his name Ish-ma-el, because Jehovah has heard your affliction. 12And he shall be as a wild ass among men; his hand shall be against every man, and every manís hand against him; and he shall dwell over against all his brethren. 13And she called the name of Jehovah that spoke unto her, you are a God that sees: for she said, Have I even here looked after him that sees me? 14Why the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Ka-desh and Be-red.

15And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bare, Ish-ma-el. 16And Abram was eighty-six years old, when Hagar bare Ish-ma-el to Abram.

 

17 And when Abram was ninety-nine years old, Jehovah appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be perfect. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly. 3And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

4As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for the father of a multitude of nations have I made you. 6And I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you.

7And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto you and to your seed after you. 8And I will give unto you, and to your seed after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. 9And God said unto Abraham, And as for you, you shall keep my covenant, you, and your seed after you throughout their generations. 10This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your seed after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. 11And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of a covenant between me and you. 12And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every male throughout your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any foreigner that is not of your seed. 13He that is born in your house, and he that is bought with your money, must be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.

15And God said unto Abraham, As for Sar-a-i your wife, you shall not call her name Sar-a-i, but Sar-ah shall her name be. 16And I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son of her: yes, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be of her. 17Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is a hundred years old? And shall Sar-ah, that is ninety years old, bear? 18And Abraham said unto God, Oh that Ish-ma-el might live before you! 19And God said, Sar-ah your wife shall bear you a son; and you shall call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him and for his seed after him, for an everlasting covenant. 20And as for Ish-ma-el, I have heard you: behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. 21But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sar-ah shall bear unto you at this set time in the next year. 22And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.

(acr At this specific point in time, God had already established the Circumcision of the Flesh Covenant with Abraham. The ďEverlasting CovenantĒ that God is making with Isaac, The Covenant of Promise, is completely different from ďThe Flesh CovenantĒ.)

23And Abraham took Ish-ma-el his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abrahamís house, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him. 24And Abraham was ninety-nine years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 25And Ish-ma-el his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 26In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ish-ma-el his son. 27And all the men of his house, those born in the house, and those bought with money of a foreigner, were circumcised with him.

 

18 And Jehovah appeared unto him by the oaks of Mam-re, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 2and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood over against him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself to the earth, 3and said, My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, pass not away, I pray you, from your servant: 4let now a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: 5and I will bring a morsel of bread, and strengthen your heart; after that you shall pass on: forasmuch as you are come to your servant. And they said, So do, as you have said. 6And Abraham hurried into the tent unto Sar-ah, and said, Quickly make ready three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes. 7And Abraham ran unto the herd, and brought a calf tender and good, and gave it unto the servant; and he hurried to dress it. 8And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

9And they said unto him, Where is Sar-ah your wife? And he said, in the tent. 10And he said, I will certainly return unto you when the season comes round; and, lo, Sar-ah your wife shall have a son. And Sar-ah heard this in the tent door, which was behind him. 11Now Abraham and Sar-ah were old, and well stricken in age; it had ceased to be with Sar-ah after the manner of a women. 12And Sar-ah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 13And Jehovah said unto Abraham, Why did Sar-ah laugh, saying, Shall I who am old truly bear a child? 14Is anything too hard for Jehovah? At the set time I will return unto you, when the season comes round, and Sar-ah shall have a son. 15Then Sar-ah denied, saying, I did not laughed; for she was afraid. And he said, no; but you did laugh.

16And the men rose up from there, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on their way. 17And Jehovah said, Shall I hide from Abraham that which I do; 18seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of Jehovah, to do righteousness and justice; to the end that Jehovah may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him. 20And Jehovah said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 21I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. 22And the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before Jehovah.

23And Abraham drew near, and said, will you consume the righteous with the wicked? 24Peradventure there are fifty righteous within the city: will you consume and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 25That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked, that so the righteous should be as the wicked; that be far from you: shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 26And Jehovah said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sake. 27And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I, who am but dust and ashes, have taken upon myself to speak unto the Lord: 28peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: will you destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, I will not destroy it, if I find there forty-five. 29And he spoke unto him yet again, and said, perhaps there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for the fortyís sake. 30And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: perhaps there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. 31And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: perhaps there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for the twentyís sake. 32And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: perhaps ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for the tenís sake. 33And Jehovah went his way, as soon as he had left off communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.

 

19 And the two angels came to Sodom at evening; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face to the earth; 2and he said, Behold now, my lords, turn aside, I pray you, into your servantís house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and you shall rise up early, and go on your way. And they said, no; but we will abide in the street all night. 3And he urged them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

4But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed around the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter; 5and they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men that came in to you this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them. 6And Lot went out the door unto them, and shut the door after him. 7And he said, I pray you, my brethren, do not this so wickedly. 8Behold now, I have two daughters that have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing, forasmuch as they are come under the shadow of my roof. 9And they said, Stand back. And they said, This one fellow came in to visit, and must he always need to be a judge: now will we deal worse with you, than with them. And they pressed greatly upon the man, even Lot, and drew near to break the door. 10But the men put forth their hand, and brought Lot into the house to them, and shut the door. 11And they struck the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

12And the men said unto Lot, have you any here besides yourself? Son-in-law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whomsoever you have in the city, bring them out of the place: 13for we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxed great before Jehovah: and Jehovah has sent us to destroy it. 14And Lot went out, and spoke unto his sons-in-law, who married his daughters, and said, Up now, get out of this place; for Jehovah will destroy the city. But he seemed unto his sons-in-law as one that mocked.

15And when the morning arose, then the angels hurried Lot, saying, Arise, take your wife, and your two daughters that are here, unless you be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 16But he lingered; and the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters, Jehovah being merciful unto him; and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 17And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth, that he said, Escape for your life; look not behind you, neither stay in all the Plain; escape to the mountain, unless you be consumed. 18And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my lord: 19behold now, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your lovingkindness, which you have showed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, unless evil overtake me, and I die: 20behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one. Oh let me escape there (is it not a little one?), and my soul shall live. 21And he said unto him, See, I have accepted you concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken. 22Hurry, escape there; for I cannot do anything till you get there. Therefore the name of the city was called Zo-ar. 23The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot came unto Zo-ar.

24Then Jehovah rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Jehovah out of heaven; 25and he overthrew those cities, and all the Plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

26But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

27And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he had stood before Jehovah: 28and he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the Plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the land went up as the smoke of a furnace. 29And 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.

30And Lot went up out of Zo-ar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zo-ar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. 31And the first-born said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: 32come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 33And they made their father drink wine that night: and the first-born went in, and lay with her father; and he knew not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 34And it came to pass on the next day, that the first-born said unto the younger, Behold, I lay last night with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and you go in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 35And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he knew not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 36Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. 37And the first-born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. 38And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben-am-mi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

 

20 And Abraham journeyed from there toward the land of the South, and dwelt between Ka-desh and Shur. And he sojourned in Ge-rar. 2And Abraham said of Sar-ah his wife, She is my sister. And A-bim-e-lech king of Ge-rar sent, and took Sar-ah.

3But God came to A-bim-e-lech in a dream of the night, and said to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken. For she is a manís wife. 4Now A-bim-e-lech had not come near her. And he said, Lord, will you slay even a righteous nation? 5Did he not say unto me, She is my sister? And she, even she herself said, He is my brother. In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands have I done this. 6And God said unto him in the dream, yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also withheld you from sinning against me. Therefore I suffered you not to touch her. 7Now therefore restore the manís wife. For he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live. And if you restore her not, know that you shall surely die, you, and all that are your.

8And A-bim-e-lech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears. And the men were greatly afraid. 9Then A-bim-e-lech called Abraham, and said unto him, What have you done unto us? And wherein have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds unto me that ought not to be done. 10And A-bim-e-lech said unto Abraham, What did you see, that you have done this thing? 11And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place. And they will slay me for my wifeís sake. 12And moreover she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife: 13and it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my fatherís house, that I said unto her, This is your kindness which you shall show unto me. At every place where we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.

14And A-bim-e-lech took sheep and oxen, and men-servants and women-servants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored Sar-ah his wife. 15And A-bim-e-lech said, Behold, my land is before you. Dwell where it pleases you. 16And unto Sar-ah he said, Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. Behold, it is for you a covering of the eyes to all that are with you. And in respect of all you are justified. 17And Abraham prayed unto God. And God healed A-bim-e-lech, and his wife, and his maid-servants. And they bare children. 18For Jehovah had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of A-bim-e-lech, because of Sar-ah, Abrahamís wife.

 

21 And Jehovah visited Sar-ah as he had said, and Jehovah did unto Sar-ah as he had spoken. 2And Sar-ah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sar-ah bare to him, Isaac. 4And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. 6And Sar-ah said, God has made me to laugh. Every one that hears will laugh with me. 7And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sar-ah should give children suck? For I have borne him a son in his old age. 8And the child grew, and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.

9And Sar-ah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne unto Abraham, mocking. 10She said unto Abraham, Cast out this handmaid and her son. For the son of this handmaid shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. 11And the thing was very grievous in Abrahamís sight on account of his son. 12And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in your sight because of the lad, and because of your handmaid. In all that Sar-ah says unto you, listen unto her voice. For in Isaac shall your seed be called. 13And also of the son of the handmaid will I make a nation, because he is your seed.

14And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and gave her the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-she-ba. 15And the water in the bottle was spent, and she placed the child under one of the shrubs. 16And she went, and sat down a good way off, as it were a bowshot. For she said, Let me not look upon the death of the child. And she sat over away from him, and lifted up her voice, and wept. 17And God heard the voice of the lad. And the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What ails you, Hagar? Fear not. For God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in your hands. For I will make him a great nation. 19And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad a drink. 20And God was with the lad, and he grew. And he dwelt in the wilderness, and became, as he grew up, an archer. 21And he dwelt in the wilderness of Par-an. And his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

22And it came to pass at that time, that A-bim-e-lech and Phi-col the captain of his host spoke unto Abraham, saying, God is with you in all that you do. 23Now therefore swear unto me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my sonís son. But according to the kindness that I have done unto you, you shall do unto me, and to the land wherein you have sojourned. 24And Abraham said, I will swear. 25And Abraham reproved A-bim-e-lech because of the well of water, which A-bim-e-lechís servants had violently taken away. 26And A-bim-e-lech said, I know not who has done this thing. Neither did you tell me, neither did I hear of it, but today. 27And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto A-bim-e-lech. And these two made a covenant. 28And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. 29And A-bim-e-lech said unto Abraham, What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves? 30And he said, These seven ewe lambs shall you take of my hand, that it may be a witness unto me, that I have dug this well. 31This is why he called that place Beer-she-ba. Because there they swore, both of them. 32So they made a covenant at Beer-she-ba. And A-bim-e-lech rose up, and Phi-col the captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.

33And Abraham planted a Ta-marisk tree in Beer-she-ba, and called on the name of Jehovah, the Everlasting God. 34And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines many days.

 

22 And it came to pass after these things, that God did prove Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham. And he said, Here am I. 2And he said, Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, even Isaac, and go into the land of Mo-ri-ah. And offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you of.

3And 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 split the wood for the burnt-offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. 4On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place far off. 5And Abraham said unto his young men, You abide here with the ass, and I and the lad will go yonder; and we will worship, and come again to you. 6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. And they went both of them together. 7And Isaac spoke unto 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 lamb for a burnt-offering? 8And Abraham said, God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son. So they went both of them together. 9And they came to the place which God had told him of. And Abraham built the altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11And the angel of Jehovah called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham. And he said, Here I am. 12And he said, Lay not your hand upon the lad, neither do anything unto him. For now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me. 13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt-offering in the place of his son. 14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh. As it is said to this day, In the mount of Jehovah it shall be provided.

15And the angel of Jehovah called unto Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16and said, By myself have I sworn, says Jehovah, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17that in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the seashore. And your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. 18And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. Because you have obeyed my voice. 19So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer-she-ba. And Abraham dwelt at Beer-she-ba.

20And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Mil-cah, she also has borne children unto your brother Nahor. 21Uz his first-born, and Buz his brother, and Ke-mu-el the father of Ar-am. 22And Ches-ed, and Ha-zo, and Pil-dash, and Jid-laph, and Be-thu-el. 23And Be-thu-el begat Re-bekah. These eight did Mil-cah bear to Nahor, Abrahamís brother. 24And his concubine, whose name was Re-u-mah, she also bare Te-bah, and Ga-ham, and Tha-hash, and Ma-a-chah.

 

23 And the life of Sar-ah was a hundred and twenty-seven years. These were the years of the life of Sar-ah. 2And Sar-ah died in Kir-jath-ar-ba (the same is He-bron), in the land of Canaan. And Abraham came to mourn for Sar-ah, and to weep for her.

3And Abraham rose up from before his dead, and spoke unto the children of Heth, saying, 4I am a stranger and a sojourner with you. Give me a possession of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight. 5And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him, 6Hear us, my lord. you are a prince of God among us. In the choice of our sepulchres bury your dead. None of us shall withhold from you his sepulchre, but that you may bury your dead. 7And Abraham rose up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. 8And he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and entreat for me to E-phra-in the son of Zo-har, 9that he may give me the cave of Mach-pe-lah, which he has, which is in the end of his field. For the full price let him give it to me in the midst of you for a possession of a burying-place. 10Now E-phra-in was sitting in the midst of the children of Heth. And E-phra-in the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his city, saying, 11no, my lord, hear me. The field I give you, and the cave that is therein, I give it to you. In the presence of the children of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead. 12And Abraham bowed himself down before the people of the land. 13And he spoke unto E-phra-in in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if you will, I pray you, hear me. I will give the price of the field. Take it of me, and I will bury my dead there. 14And E-phra-in answered Abraham, saying unto him, 15My lord, listen unto me. A piece of land worth four hundred shekels of silver, what is that between me and you? Therefore bury your dead.

16And Abraham listened unto E-phra-in. And Abraham weighed to E-phra-in the silver which he had named in the audience of the children of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant. 17So the field of E-phra-in, which was in Mach-pe-lah, which was before Mam-re, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the border thereof round about, were made sure 18unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city. 19And after this, Abraham buried Sar-ah his wife in the cave of the field of Mach-pe-lah before Mam-re (the same is He-bron), in the land of Canaan. 20And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a burying-place by the children of Heth.

 

24 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age. And Jehovah had blessed Abraham in all things. 2And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray you, your hand under my thigh. 3And I will make you swear by Jehovah, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell. 4But you shall go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac. 5And the servant said unto him, perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land. Must I then bring your son again unto the land from where you came? 6And Abraham said unto him, Beware that you bring not my son there again. 7Jehovah, the God of heaven, who took me from my fatherís house, and from the land of my nativity, and who spoke unto me, and who sware unto me, saying, Unto your seed will I give this land. He will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8And if the woman be not willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath. Only you shall not bring my son there again. 9And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning this matter.

10And the servant took ten camels, of the camels of his master, and departed, having all goodly things of his masterís in his hand. And he arose, and went to Mes-o-po-ta-mi-a, unto the city of Nahor. 11And he made the camels to kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time that women go out to draw water. 12And he said, O Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, send me, I pray you, good speed this day, and show kindness unto my master Abraham. 13Behold, I am standing by the fountain of water. And the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down your pitcher, I pray you, that I may drink. And she shall say, Drink, and I will give your camels drink also. Let the same be she that you have appointed for your servant Isaac. And thereby shall I know that you have showed kindness unto my master. 15And it came to pass, before he was done speaking, that, behold, Re-bekah came out, who was born to Be-thu-el the son of Mil-cah, the wife of Nahor, Abrahamís brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. 16And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her. And she went down to the fountain, and filled her pitcher, and came up. 17And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Give me to drink, I pray you, a little water from your pitcher. 18And she said, Drink, my lord. And she hurried, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. 19And when she had given him drink, she said, I will draw for your camels also, until they have finished drinking. 20And she hurried, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw, and drew for all his camels. 21And the man looked stedfastly on her, holding his peace, to know whether Jehovah had made his journey prosperous or not. 22And it came to pass, as the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a golden ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold, 23and said, Whose daughter are you? Tell me, I pray you. Is there room in your fatherís house for us to lodge in? 24And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Be-thu-el the son of Mil-cah, whom she bare unto Nahor. 25She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and fodder enough, and room to lodge in. 26And the man bowed his head, and worshipped Jehovah. 27And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his lovingkindness and his truth toward my master. As for me, Jehovah has led me in the way to the house of my masterís brethren. 28And the damsel ran, and told her motherís house according to these words.

29And Re-bekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the fountain. 30And it came to pass, when he saw the ring, and the bracelets upon his sisterís hands, and when he heard the words of Re-bekah his sister, saying, This spoke the man unto me. That he came unto the man. And, behold, he was standing by the camels at the fountain. 31And he said, Come in, you blessed of Jehovah. Why do you stand without? For I have prepared the house, and room for the camels. 32And the man came into the house, and he ungirded the camels. And he gave straw and fodder for the camels, and water to wash his feet and the feet of the men that were with him. 33And there was set food before him to eat. But he said, I will not eat, until I have told my errand. And he said, Speak on. 34And he said, I am Abrahamís servant. 35And Jehovah has blessed my master greatly. And he is become great. And he has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and men-servants and maid-servants, and camels and asses. 36And Sar-ah my masterís wife bare a son to my master when she was old. And unto him has he has given all that he has. 37And my master made me swear, saying, you shall not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell. 38But you shall go unto my fatherís house, and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son. 39And I said unto my master, perhaps the woman will not follow me. 40And he said unto me, Jehovah, before whom I walk, will send his angel with you, and prosper your way. And you shall take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my fatherís house. 41Then shall you be clear from my oath, when you come to my kindred. And if they do not give her to you, you shall be clear from my oath. 42And I came this day unto the fountain, and said, O Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, if now you do prosper my way which I go. 43Behold, I am standing by the fountain of water. And let it come to pass, that the maiden that comes forth to draw, to whom I shall say, Give me, I pray you, a little water from your pitcher to drink. 44And she shall say to me, Both drink you, and I will also draw for your camels. Let the same be the woman whom Jehovah has appointed for my masterís son. 45And before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Re-bekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder. And she went down unto the fountain, and drew. And I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray you. 46And she was quick, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give your camels drink also. So I drank, and she made the camels drink also. 47And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter are you? And she said, The daughter of Be-thu-el, Nahorís son, whom Mil-cah bare unto him. And I put the ring upon her nose, and the bracelets upon her hands. 48And I bowed my head, and worshipped Jehovah, and blessed Jehovah, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the right way to take my masterís brotherís daughter for his son. 49And now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me. And if not, tell me. That I may turn to the right hand, or to the left. 50Then Laban and Be-thu-el answered and said, The thing proceeds from Jehovah. We cannot speak unto you bad or good. 51Behold, Re-bekah is before you, take her, and go, and let her be your masterís sonís wife, as Jehovah has spoken. 52And it came to pass, that, when Abrahamís servant heard their words, he bowed himself down to the earth unto Jehovah. 53And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Re-bekah. He gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.

54And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night. And they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master. 55And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten. After that she shall go. 56And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing Jehovah has prospered my way. Send me away that I may go to my master. 57And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth. 58And they called Re-bekah, and said unto her, will you go with this man? And she said, I will go. 59And they sent away Re-bekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abrahamís servant, and his men. 60And they blessed Re-bekah, and said unto her, Our sister, be the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let your seed possess the gate of those that hate them. 61And Re-bekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man. And the servant took Re-bekah, and went his way.

62And Isaac came from the way of Beer-lahai-roi. For he dwelt in the land of the South. 63And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, there were camels coming. 64And Re-bekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel. 65And she said unto the servant, What man is this that walks in the field to meet us? And the servant said, It is my master. And she took her veil, and covered herself. 66And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67And Isaac brought her into his mother Sar-ahís tent, and took Re-bekah, and she became his wife. And he loved her. And Isaac was comforted after his motherís death.

 

25 And Abraham took another wife, and her name was Ke-tu-rah. 2And she bare him Zimran, and Jok-shan, and Me-dan, and Mid-i-an, and Ish-bak, and Shu-ah. 3And Jok-shan begat She-ba, and De-dan. And the sons of De-dan were Assh-u-rim, and Le-tu-shim, and Le-um-mim. 4And the sons of Mid-i-an: E-phah, and E-pher, and Ha-noch, and A-bi-da, and El-da-ah. All these were the children of Ke-tu-rah. 5And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. 6But unto the sons of the concubines, that Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts. And he sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country. 7And these are the days of the years of Abrahamís life which he lived, a hundred and seventy-five years. 8And Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years, and was gathered to his people. 9And Isaac and Ish-ma-el his sons buried him in the cave of Mach-pe-lah, in the field of E-phra-in the son of Zo-har the Hittite, which is before Mam-re. 10The field which Abraham purchased of the children of Heth. There was Abraham buried, and Sar-ah his wife.

11And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac dwelt by Beer-lahai-roi.

 

12Now these are the generations of Ish-ma-el, Abrahamís son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sar-ahís handmaid, bare unto Abraham. 13And these are the names of the sons of Ish-ma-el, by their names, according to their generations: the first-born of Ish-ma-el, Ne-ba-joth, and Ke-dar, and Ad-beel, and Mib-sam, 14and Mish-ma, and Du-mah, and Mas-sa, 15Ha-dar, and Te-ma, Je-tur, Na-phish, and Ke-de-mah. 16These are the sons of Ish-ma-el, and these are their names, by their villages, and by their encampments. Twelve princes according to their nations. 17And these are the years of the life of Ish-ma-el, a hundred and thirty-seven years. And he gave up the ghost and died, and was gathered unto his people. 18And they dwelt from Hav-i-lah unto Shur that is before Egypt, as you go toward Assyria. He abode over against all his brethren.

 

19And these are the generations of Isaac, Abrahamís son. Abraham begat Isaac. 20And Isaac was forty years old when he took Re-bekah, the daughter of Be-thu-el the Syrian of Pa-dan-ar-am, the sister of Laban the Syrian, to be his wife. 21And Isaac entreated Jehovah for his wife, because she was barren. And Jehovah was entreated of him, and Re-bekah his wife conceived. 22And the children struggled together within her. And she said, If it be so, why do I live? And she went to inquire of Jehovah. 23And Jehovah said unto her, Two nations are in your womb, And two peoples shall be separated from your bowels. And the one people shall be stronger than the other people. And the elder shall serve the younger. 24And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25And the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment. And they called his name Esau. 26And after that came forth his brother, and his hand had hold on Esauís heel. And his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was sixty years old when she bare them. 27And the boys grew. And Esau was a skilful hunter, a man of the field. And Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents. 28Now Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison. And Re-bekah loved Jacob.

29And Jacob boiled pottage. And Esau came in from the field, and he was faint. 30And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray you, with that same red pottage. For I am faint. Therefore was his name called E-dom. 31And Jacob said, Sell me first your birthright. 32And Esau said, Behold, I am about to die. And what profit shall the birthright do to me? 33And Jacob said, Swear to me first. And he sware unto him. And he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34And Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils. And he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way. So Esau despised his birthright.

 

26 And there was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto A-bim-e-lech king of the Philistines, unto Ge-rar. 2And Jehovah appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt. Dwell in the land which I shall tell you of. 3Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless you. For unto you, and unto your seed, I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I sware unto Abraham your father. 4And I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and will give unto your seed all these lands. And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. 5Because Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

6And Isaac dwelt in Ge-rar. 7And the men of the place asked him of his wife. And he said, She is my sister. For he feared to say, My wife. unless, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Re-bekah. Because she was fair to look upon. 8And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that A-bim-e-lech king of the Philistines looked out a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Re-bekah his wife. 9And A-bim-e-lech called Isaac, and said, Behold, for sure she is your wife. And how say you, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, unless I die because of her. 10And A-bim-e-lech said, What is this you have done unto us? One of the people might easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guiltiness upon us. 11And A-bim-e-lech charged all the people, saying, He that touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

12And Isaac sowed in that land, and found in the same year a hundredfold. And Jehovah blessed him. 13And the man became great, and grew more and more until he became very great. 14And he had possessions of flocks, and possessions of herds, and a great household. And the Philistines envied him. 15Now all the wells which his fatherís servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped, and filled with earth. 16And A-bim-e-lech said unto Isaac, Go from us. For you are much mightier than we. 17And Isaac departed there, and camped in the valley of Ge-rar, and dwelt there. 18And Isaac dug again the wells of water, which they had dug 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. 19And Isaacís servants dug in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. 20And the herdsmen of Ge-rar argued with Isaacís herdsmen, saying, The water is ours. And he called the name of the well E-sek, because they contended with him. 21And they dug another well, and they argued for that also. And he called the name of it Sit-nah. 22And he removed from there, and dug another well. And for that they argued not. And he called the name of it Re-ho-both. And he said, For now Jehovah has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land. 23And he went up from there to Beer-she-ba. 24And Jehovah appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you, and will bless you, and multiply your seed for my servant Abrahamís sake. 25And he built an altar there, and called upon the name of Jehovah, and pitched his tent there. And there Isaacís servants dug a well.

26Then A-bim-e-lech went to him from Ge-rar, and A-huz-zath his friend, and Phi-col the captain of his host. 27And Isaac said unto them, Why are you come unto me, seeing you hate me, and have sent me away from you? 28And they said, We saw plainly that Jehovah was with you. And we said, Let there now be an oath between us, even between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you, 29that you will do us no hurt, as we have not touched you, and as we have done unto you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of Jehovah. 30And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink. 31And they rose up in the morning, and sware one to another. And Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace. 32And it came to pass the same day, that Isaacís servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had dug, and said unto him, We have found water. 33And he called it Shi-bah. Therefore the name of the city is Beer-she-ba unto this day.

34And when Esau was forty years old he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beer-i the Hittite, and Bas-math the daughter of E-lon the Hittite. 35And they were a sorrow of mind unto Isaac and to Re-bekah.

 

27 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his elder son, and said unto him, My son. And he said unto him, Here am I. 2And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death. 3Now therefore take, I pray you, your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and get me venison. 4And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat. That my soul may bless you before I die. 5And Re-bekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

6And Re-bekah spoke unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard your father speak unto Esau your brother, saying, 7Bring me venison, and make me savory food, that I may eat, and bless you before Jehovah before my death. 8Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you. 9Go now to the flock, and bring me from there two good kids of the goats. And I will make them savory food for your father, such as he loves. 10And you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, so that he may bless you before his death. 11And Jacob said to Re-bekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. 12My father perhaps will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver. And I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing. 13And his mother said unto him, Your curse be upon me, my son. Only obey my voice, and go bring me them. 14And he went, and brought them to his mother. And his mother made savory food, such as his father loved. 15And Re-bekah took the goodly garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son. 16And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck. 17And she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

18And he came unto his father, and said, My father. And he said, Here am I. Who are you, my son? 19And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau your first-born; I have done according as you asked me: arise, I pray you, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me. 20And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because Jehovah your God sent me good speed. 21And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray you, that I may feel you, my son, whether you be my very son Esau or not. 22And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father. And he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacobís voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau. 23And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esauís hands. So he blessed him. 24And he said, are you my very son Esau? And he said, I am. 25And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my sonís venison, that my soul may bless you. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat. And he brought him wine, and he drank. 26And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. 27And he came near, and kissed him. And he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which Jehovah has blessed. 28And God give you of the dew of heaven, And of the fatness of the earth, And plenty of grain and new wine. 29Let peoples serve you, And nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brethren, And let your motherís sons bow down to you. Cursed be every one that curses you, And blessed be every one that blesses you.

30And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31And he also made savory food, and brought it unto his father. And he said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his sonís venison, that your soul may bless me. 32And Isaac his father said unto him, Who are you? And he said, I am your son, your first-born, Esau. 33And Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, Who then is he that has taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed. 34When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceeding great and bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. 35And he said, your brother came with guile, and has taken away your blessing. 36And he said, Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two time. He took away my birthright. And, behold, now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, have you not reserved a blessing for me? 37And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants. And with grain and new wine have I sustained him. And what then shall I do for you, my son? 38And Esau said unto his father, have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. 39And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, of the fatness of the earth shall be your dwelling, And of the dew of heaven from above. 40And by your sword shall you live, and you shall serve your brother. And it shall come to pass, when you shall break free, That you shall shake his yoke from off your neck.

41And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him. And Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand. Then will I slay my brother Jacob. 42And the words of Esau her elder son were told to Re-bekah. And she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, your brother Esau, as touching you, does comfort himself, purposing to kill you. 43Now therefore, my son, obey my voice. And arise, flee to Laban my brother to Har-an. 44And stay with him a few days, until your brotherís fury turn away. 45Until your brotherís anger turn away from you, and he forget that which you have done to him. Then I will send, and bring you back from there. Why should I be bereaved of you both in one day? 46And Re-bekah 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 shall my life do me?

 

28 And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, you shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 2Arise, go to Pa-dan-ar-am, to the house of Be-thu-el your motherís father. And take a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your motherís brother. 3And God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a company of peoples. 4And give the blessing of Abraham, to you, and to your seed with you. That you may inherit the land of your sojournings, which God gave unto Abraham. 5And Isaac sent away Jacob. And he went to Pa-dan-ar-am unto Laban, son of Be-thu-el the Syrian, the brother of Re-bekah, Jacobís and Esauís mother.

6Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Pa-dan-ar-am, to take him a wife from there. And that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, you shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 7And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Pa-dan-ar-am. 8And Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father. 9And Esau went unto Ish-ma-el, and took, besides the wives that he had, Ma-ha-lath the daughter of Ish-ma-el Abrahamís son, the sister of Ne-ba-joth, to be his wife.

10And Jacob went out from Beer-she-ba, and went toward Har-an. 11And he came upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set. And he took one of the stones of the place, and put it under his head, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12And he dreamed. And behold, a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And beheld, the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13And, behold, Jehovah stood above it, and said, I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac. The land whereon you lay, to you will I give it, and to your seed.  14And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. And in you and in your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you, wherever you go, and will bring you again into this land. For I will not leave you, until I have done that which I have spoken of to you.

16And Jacob awakening out of his sleep, said, Surely Jehovah is in this place. And I knew it not. 17And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. 18And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. 19And he called the name of that place Beth-el. But the name of the city was Luz at the first. 20And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in the way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21so that I come again to my fatherís house in peace, and Jehovah will be my God, 22then this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be Godís house. And of all that you shall give me I will surely give the tenth unto you. (tithing)

 

29 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the children of the east. 2And he looked, and behold, a well in the field, and, lo, three flocks of sheep lying there by it. For out of that well they watered the flocks. And the stone upon the wellís mouth was great. 3And all the flocks were gathered there. And they rolled the stone from the wellís mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the wellís mouth in its place. 4And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, where are you from? And they said, We are of Har-an. 5And he said unto them, Do you know Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him. 6And he said unto them, Is it well with him? And they said, It is well. And, behold, Rachel his daughter comes with the sheep. 7And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together. Water the sheep, and go and feed them. 8And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and they roll the stone from the wellís mouth. Then we water the sheep.

9While he was yet speaking with them, Rachel came with her fatherís sheep. For she kept them. 10And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his motherís brother, and the sheep of Laban his motherís brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the wellís mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his motherís brother. 11And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept. 12And Jacob told Rachel that he was her fatherís brother, and that he was Re-bekahís son. And she ran and told her father. 13And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sisterís 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. 14And Laban said to him, Surely you are my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.

15And Laban said unto Jacob, Because you are my brother, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be? 16And Laban had two daughters. The name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17And Leahís eyes were tender. But Rachel was beautiful and well favored. 18And Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter. 19And Laban said, It is better that I give her to you, than that I should give her to another man. Abide with me. 20And Jacob served seven years for Rachel. And they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had for her. 21And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her. 22And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast. 23And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him. And he went in unto her. 24And Laban gave Zilpah his handmaid unto his daughter Leah for a handmaid. 25And it came to pass in the morning that, behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban, What is this you have done unto me? Did not I serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you beguiled me? 26And Laban said, It is not so done in our place, to give the younger before the first-born. 27Fulfil the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you shall serve with me yet seven other years. 28And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week. And he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife. 29And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bil-hah his handmaid to be her handmaid. 30And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.

31And Jehovah saw that Leah was hated, and he opened her womb. But Rachel was barren. 32And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben. For she said, Because Jehovah has looked upon my affliction. For now my husband will love me. 33And she conceived again, and bare a son: and said, Because Jehovah has heard that I am hated, he has therefore given me this son also. And she called his name Simeon. 34And she conceived again, and bare a son. And said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have borne him three sons. Therefore was his name called Levi. 35And she conceived again, and bare a son. And she said, This time will I praise Jehovah. Therefore she called his name Judah. And she left off bearing.

 

30 And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and she said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. 2And Jacobís anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in Godís stead, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb? 3And she said, Behold, my maid Bil-hah, go in unto her; that she may bear upon my knees, and I also may obtain children by her. 4And she gave him Bil-hah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her. 5And Bil-hah conceived, and bare Jacob a son. 6And Rachel said, God has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son: therefore she called his name Dan. 7And Bil-hah Rachelís handmaid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son. 8And Rachel said, With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed: and she called his name Naph-ta-li. 9When Leah saw that she had left off bearing, she took Zilpah her handmaid, and gave her to Jacob to wife. 10And Zilpah Leahís handmaid bare Jacob a son. 11And Leah said, Fortunate! And she called his name Gad. 12And Zilpah Leahís handmaid bare Jacob a second son. 13And Leah said, Happy am I! For the daughters will call me happy: and she called his name Asher.

14And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray you, of your sonís mandrakes. 15And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? And would you take away my sonís mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with you to-night for your sonís mandrakes. 16And Jacob came from the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, you must come in unto me; for I have surely hired you with my sonís mandrakes. And he lay with her that night. 17And God listened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob a fifth son. 18And Leah said, God has given me my hire, because I gave my handmaid to my husband: and she called his name Is-sa-char. 19And Leah conceived again, and bare a sixth son to Jacob. 20And Leah said, God has endowed me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons: and she called his name Ze-bu-lun. 21And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah. 22And God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her, and opened her womb. 23And she conceived, and bare a son: and said, God has taken away my reproach: 24and she called his name Joseph, saying, Jehovah has added to me another son.

25And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto my own place, and to my country. 26Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go: for you know my service wherewith I have served you. 27And Laban said unto him, If now I have found favor in your eyes, tarry: for I have preceived that Jehovah has blessed me for your sake. 28And he said, Appoint me your wages, and I will give it. 29And he said unto him, you know how I have served you, and how your cattle have fared with me. 30For it was little which you had before I came, and it has increased unto a multitude; and Jehovah has blessed you wherever I turned: and now when shall I provide for my own house also? 31And he said, What shall I give you? And Jacob said, you shall not give me anything: if you will do this thing for me, I will again feed your flock and keep it. 32I will pass through all your flock today, removing from there every speckled and spotted one, and every black one among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire. 33So shall my righteousness answer for me hereafter, when you shall come concerning my hire that is before you: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and black among the sheep, that if found with me, shall be counted stolen. 34And Laban said, Behold, I would that it might be according to your word. 35And he removed that day the he-goats that were ringstreaked and spotted, and all the she-goats that were speckled and spotted, every one that had white in it, and all the black ones among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons; 36and he set three daysí journey between himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Labanís flocks.

37And Jacob took him rods of fresh poplar, and of the almond and of the plane-tree. And peeled white streaks in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. 38And he set the rods which he had peeled over against the flocks in the gutters in the watering-troughs where the flocks came to drink; and they conceived when they came to drink. 39And the flocks conceived before the rods, and the flocks brought forth ringstreaked, speckled, and spotted. 40And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstreaked and all the black in the flock of Laban: and he put his own droves apart, and put them not unto Labanís flock. 41And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger of the flock did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the flock in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods; 42but when the flock were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Labanís, and the stronger Jacobís. 43And the man increased exceedingly, and had large flocks, and maid-servants and men-servants, and camels and asses.

 

31 And he heard the words of Labanís sons, saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our fatherís; and of that which was our fatherís has he gotten all this glory. 2And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as at the beginning. 3And Jehovah said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of your fathers, and to your kindred; and I will be with you. 4And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock, 5and said unto them, I see your fatherís countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me. 6And you know that with all my power I have served your father. 7And your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me. 8If he said this, The speckled shall be your wages; then all the flock bare speckled: and if he said this, The ringstreaked shall be your wages; then all the flock bare ringstreaked. 9Thus God has taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me. 10And it came to pass at the time that the flock conceive, that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the he-goats which leaped upon the flock were ringstreaked, speckled, and grizzled. 11And the angel of God said unto me in the dream, Jacob: and I said, Here am I. 12And he said, Now lift up your eyes, and see, all the he-goats which leap upon the flock are ringstreaked, speckled, and grizzled: for I have seen all that Laban has done unto you. 13I am the God of Beth-el, where you anointed a pillar, where you vowed a vow unto me: now arise, get out from this land, and return unto the land of your nativity. 14And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our fatherís house? 15Are we not accounted by him as foreigners? For he has sold us, and has also entirely devoured our money. 16For all the riches which God has taken away from our father, that is ours and our childrenís: now then, whatsoever God has said unto you, do.

17Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon the camels; 18and he carried away all his cattle, and all his substance which he had gathered, the cattle he had gotten, which he had gathered in Pa-dan-ar-am, to go to Isaac his father unto the land of Canaan. 19Now Laban was gone to shear his sheep: and Rachel stole the images that were her fatherís. 20And Jacob slipped away unwittingly to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he was leaving. 21So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the River, and set his face toward the mountain of Gil-e-ad. 22And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob had left. 23And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven daysí journey; and he overtook him in the mountain of Gil-e-ad. 24And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream of the night, and said unto him, Take heed to yourself that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

25And Laban came up with Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mountain: and Laban with his brethren camped in the mountain of Gil-e-ad. 26And Laban said to Jacob, What have you done, that you have sneaked away unwittingly from me, and carried away my daughters as captives of the sword? 27Why did you flee secretly, and steal away from me, and did not tell me, that I might have sent you away with joy and with songs, with tabret and with harp; 28and did not suffer me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now have you done foolishly. 29It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spoke unto me last night, saying, Take heed to yourself that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad. 30And now, though you would desire to be gone, because you sorely longed after your fatherís house, yet why have you stolen my gods? 31And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid: for I said, Unless you should take your daughters from me by force. 32With whomsoever you find your gods, he shall not live: before our brethren discern what is yours that is with me, and take it. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them. 33And Laban went into Jacobís tent, and into Leahís tent, and into the tent of the two maid-servants; but he did not find them. And he went out of Leahís tent, and entered into Rachelís tent. 34Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camelís saddle, and sat upon them. And Laban felt about all the tent, but found them not. 35And she said to her father, Let not my lord be angry that I cannot rise up before you; for the manner of women is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.

36And Jacob was angry, and contended with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? What is my sin, that you have hotly pursued after me? 37Whereas you have felt about all my things, what have you found of all your household things? Set it here before my brethren and your brethren, that they may judge between us two. 38These twenty years have I been with you; your ewes and your she-goats have not cast their young, and the rams of your flocks have I not eaten. 39That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto you; I bare the loss of it; of my hand did you require it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. 40This I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep fled from my eyes. 41These twenty years have I been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your flock: and you have changed my wages ten times. 42Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now had you sent me away empty. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.

43And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine: and what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children whom they have borne? 44And now come, let us make a covenant, I and you; and let it be for a witness between me and you. 45And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar. 46And Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made a heap: and they did eat there by the heap. 47And Laban called it Jegar-saha-dutha: but Jacob called it Galeed. 48And Laban said, This heap is witness between me and you this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed: 49and Miz-pah, for he said, Jehovah watch between me and you, when we are absent one from another. 50If you shall afflict my daughters, and if you shall take wives besides my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness between me and you. 51And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold the pillar, which I have set between me and you. 52This heap be a witness, and the pillar be a witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and that you shall not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm. 53The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us. And Jacob sware by the Fear of his father Isaac. 54And Jacob offered a sacrifice in the mountain, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mountain. 55And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed and returned unto his place.

 

32 And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. 2And Jacob said when he saw them, This is Godís host: and he called the name of that place Ma-ha-na-im.

3And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Se-ir, the field of E-dom. 4And he commanded them, saying, This shall you say unto my lord Esau: This says your servant Jacob, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now: 5and I have oxen, and asses, and flocks, and men-servants, and maid-servants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favor in your sight. 6And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to your brother Esau, and moreover he comes to meet you, and four hundred men with him. 7Then Jacob was greatly afraid and was distressed: and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks, and the herds, and the camels, into two companies; 8and he said, If Esau come to the one company, and strike it, then the company which is left shall escape.

9And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, O Jehovah, who said unto me, Return unto your country, and to your kindred, and I will do you good: 10I am not worthy of the least of all the lovingkindnesses, and of all the truth, which you have showed unto your servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two companies. 11Deliver me, I pray you, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, unless he come and strike me, the mother with the children. 12And you said, I will surely do you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for the multitude.

13And he lodged there that night, and took of that which he had with him a present for Esau his brother: 14two hundred she-goats and twenty he-goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15thirty milk camels and their colts, forty cows and ten bulls, twenty she-asses and ten foals. 16And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by itself, and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put a space between drove and drove. 17And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, saying, Whose are you? And where are you going? And whose are these before you? 18Then you shall say They are your servant Jacobís; it is a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, he also is behind us. 19And he commanded also the second, and the third, and all the droves that followed, saying, On this manner shall you speak unto Esau, when you find him; 20and you shall say, Moreover, behold, your servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me. 21So the present passed over before him: and he himself lodged that night in the company. 22And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two handmaids, and his eleven children, and passed over the ford of the Jab-bok. 23And he took them, and sent them over the stream, and sent over that which he had.

24And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacobís thigh was strained, as he wrestled with him. 26And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me. 27And he said unto him, What is your name? And he said, Jacob. 28And he said, your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed. 29And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray you, your name. And he said, Why is it that you ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30And Jacob called the name of the place Pen-i-el: for, said he, I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. 31And the sun rose upon him as he passed over Pen-u-el, and he limped upon his thigh. 32Therefore the children of Israel eat not the sinew of the hip which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacobís thigh in the sinew of the hip.

 

33 And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau was coming, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids. 2And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3And he himself passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 4And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

5And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are these with you? And he said, The children whom God has graciously given your servant. 6Then the handmaids came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves. 7And Leah also and her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after Joseph came near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves. 8And he said, What do you mean by all this company which I met? And he said, To find favor in the sight of my lord. 9And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; let that which you have be your. 10And Jacob said, no, I pray you, if now I have found favor in your sight, then receive my present at my hand; forasmuch as I have seen your face, as one sees the face of God, and you were pleased with me. 11Take, I pray you, my gift that is brought to you; because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it. 12And he said, Let us take our journey and go, and I will go before you. 13And he said unto him, My lord knows that the children are tender, and that the flocks and herds with me have their young: and if they overdrive them one day, all the flocks will die. 14Let my lord, I pray you, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on gently, according to the pace of the cattle that are before me and according to the pace of the children, until I come unto my lord unto Se-ir. 15And Esau said, Let me now leave with you some of the folk that are with me. And he said, What is the need for it? Let me find favor in the sight of my lord.

16So Esau returned that day on his way unto Se-ir. 17And Jacob journeyed to Suc-coth, and built him a house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Suc-coth. 18And Jacob came in peace to the city of She-chem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Pa-dan-ar-am; and camped before the city. 19And he bought the parcel of ground, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Ha-mor, She-chemís father, for a hundred pieces of money. 20And he erected there an altar, and called it El-elohe-israel.

 

34 And Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she bare unto Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. 2And She-chem the son of Ha-mor the Hi-vite, the prince of the land, saw her; And he took her, and lay with her, and humbled her. 3And his soul cleaved unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke kindly unto the damsel. 4And She-chem spoke unto his father Ha-mor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife. 5Now Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter; and his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they came.

6And Ha-mor the father of She-chem went out unto Jacob to commune with him. 7And the sons of Jacob came in from the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very angry, because he had worked folly in Israel in lying with Jacobís daughter; which thing ought not to be done. 8And Ha-mor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son She-chem longs for your daughter: I pray you, give her unto him to wife. 9And make marriages with us; give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you. 10And you shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade therein, and get possessions therein. 11And She-chem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find favor in your eyes, and what you shall say unto me I will give. 12Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as you shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife. 13And the sons of Jacob answered She-chem and Ha-mor his father with guile, and spoke, because he had defiled Dinah their sister, 14and said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is ** uncircumcised; for that is a reproach unto us. 15Only on this condition will we consent unto you: if you will be as we are, that every male of you be circumcised; 16then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people. 17But if you will not listen unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.

18And their words pleased Ha-mor, and She-chem Ha-morís son. 19And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacobís daughter: and he was honored above all the house of his father. 20And Ha-mor and She-chem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying, 21These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for, behold, the land is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters. 22Only on this condition will the men consent unto us to dwell with us, to become one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised. 23Shall not their cattle and their substance and all their beasts be ours? Only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us. 24And unto Ha-mor and unto She-chem his son listened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.

 

35 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, who appeared unto you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother. 2Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the foreign gods that are among you, and purify yourselves, and change your garments: 3and let us arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. 4And they gave unto Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hand, and the rings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by She-chem. 5And they journeyed: and a terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

6So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan (the same is Beth-el), he and all the people that were with him. 7And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth-el; because there God was revealed unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother. 8And Deb-o-rah Re-bekahís nurse died, and she was buried below Beth-el under the oak: and the name of it was called Al-lon-bacuth. 9And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came from Pa-dan-ar-am, and blessed him. 10And God said unto him, your name is Jacob: your name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be your name: and he called his name Israel. 11And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of you, and kings shall come out of your loins; 12and the land which I gave unto Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed after you will I give the land. 13And God went up from him in the place where he spoke with him. 14And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he spoke with him, a pillar of stone: and he poured out a drink-offering thereon, and poured oil thereon. 15And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Beth-el.

16And they journeyed from Beth-el; and there was still some distance to come to E-phrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor. 17And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; for now you shall have another son. 18And it came to pass, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-o-ni: but his father called him Benjamin. 19And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to E-phrath (the same is Beth-lehem). 20And Jacob set up a pillar upon her grave: the same is the Pillar of Rachelís grave unto this day.

21And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of A-der. 22And it came to pass, while Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bil-hah his fatherís concubine: and Israel heard of it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: 23The sons of Leah: Reuben, Jacobís first-born, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Is-sa-char, and Ze-bu-lun; 24the sons of Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin; 25and the sons of Bil-hah, Rachelís handmaid: Dan and Naph-ta-li; 26and the sons of Zilpah, Leahís handmaid: Gad and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, that were born to him in Pa-dan-ar-am. 27And Jacob came unto Isaac his father to Mam-re, to Kir-jath-ar-ba (the same is He-bron), where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. 28And the days of Isaac were a hundred and eighty years. 29And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, old and full of days: and Esau and Jacob his sons buried him.

 

36 Now these are the generations of Esau (the same is E-dom). 2Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan: Adah the daughter of E-lon the Hittite, and A-hol-i-ba-mah the daughter of A-nah, the daughter of Zib-e-on the Hi-vite, 3and Bas-math Ish-ma-elís daughter, sister of Ne-ba-joth. 4And Adah bare to Esau E-li-phaz; and Bas-math bare Re-u-el; 5and A-hol-i-ba-mah bare Je-hush, and Ja-lam, and Kor-ah: these are the sons of Esau, that were born unto him in the land of Canaan. 6And 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, which he had gathered in the land of Canaan; and went into a land away from his brother Jacob. 7For their substance was too great for them to dwell together; and the land of their sojournings could not bear them because of their cattle. 8And Esau dwelt in mount Se-ir: Esau is E-dom.

9And these are the generations of Esau the father of the E-dom-ites in mount Se-ir: 10these are the names of Esauís sons: E-li-phaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Re-u-el the son of Bas-math the wife of Esau. 11And the sons of E-li-phaz were Te-man, Omar, Ze-pho, and Ga-tam, and Ke-naz. 12And Tim-na was concubine to E-li-phaz Esauís son; and she bare to E-li-phaz Am-a-lek: these are the sons of Adah, Esauís wife. 13And these are the sons of Re-u-el: Na-hath, and Ze-rah, Sham-mah, and Miz-zah: these were the sons of Bas-math, Esauís wife. 14And these were the sons of A-hol-i-ba-mah the daughter of A-nah, the daughter of Zib-e-on, Esauís wife: and she bare to Esau Je-hush, and Ja-lam, and Kor-ah. 15These are the chiefs of the sons of Esau: the sons of E-li-phaz the first-born of Esau: chief Te-man, chief Omar, chief Ze-pho, chief Ke-naz, 16chief Kor-ah, chief Ga-tam, chief Am-a-lek: these are the chiefs that came of E-li-phaz in the land of E-dom; these are the sons of Adah. 17And these are the sons of Re-u-el, Esauís son: chief Na-hath, chief Ze-rah, chief Sham-mah, chief Miz-zah: these are the chiefs that came of Re-u-el in the land of E-dom; these are the sons of Bas-math, Esauís wife. 18And these are the sons of A-hol-i-ba-mah, Esauís wife: chief Je-hush, chief Ja-lam, chief Kor-ah: these are the chiefs that came of A-hol-i-ba-mah the daughter of A-nah, Esauís wife. 19These are the sons of Esau, and these are their chiefs: the same is E-dom.

20These are the sons of Se-ir the Horite, the inhabitants of the land: Lo-tan and Sho-bal and Zib-e-on and A-nah, 21and Di-shon and E-zer and Di-shan: these are the chiefs that came of the Hor-ites, the children of Se-ir in the land of E-dom. 22And the children of Lo-tan were Hor-i and He-mam. And Lo-tanís sister was Tim-na. 23And these are the children of Sho-bal: Al-van and Man-a-has and E-bal, She-pho and O-nam. 24And these are the children of Zib-e-on: A-jah and A-nah; this is A-nah who found the hot springs in the wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zib-e-on his father. 25And these are the children of A-nah: Di-shon and A-hol-i-ba-mah the daughter of A-nah. 26And these are the children of Di-shon: Hem-dan and Esh-ban and Ith-ran and Che-ran. 27These are the children of E-zer: Bilhan and Za-a-van and Akan. 28These are the children of Di-shan: Uz and Ar-an. 29These are the chiefs that came of the Hor-ites: chief Lo-tan, chief Sho-bal, chief Zib-e-on, chief A-nah, 30chief Di-shon, chief E-zer, chief Di-shan: these are the chiefs that came of the Hor-ites, according to their chiefs in the land of Se-ir.

31And these are the kings that reigned in the land of E-dom, before there reigned any king over the children of Israel. 32And Be-la the son of Be-or reigned in E-dom; and the name of his city was Din-ha-bah. 33And Be-la died, and Jo-bab the son of Ze-rah of Boz-rah reigned in his stead. 34And Jo-bab died, and Hu-sham of the land of the Te-man-ites reigned in his stead. 35And Hu-sham died, and Ha-dar the son of Be-dad, who struck Mid-i-an in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was A-vith. 36And Ha-dar died, and Sam-lah of Mas-re-kah reigned in his stead. 37And Sam-lah died, and Saul of Re-ho-both by the River reigned in his stead. 38And Saul died, and Ba-al-ha-nan the son of Ach-bor reigned in his stead. 39And Ba-al-ha-nan the son of Ach-bor died, and Ha-dar reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Pau; and his wifeís name was Me-het-a-bel, the daughter of Ma-tred, the daughter of Me-za-hab. 40And these are the names of the chiefs that came of Esau, according to their families, after their places, by their names: chief Tim-na, chief Al-vah, chief Je-theth, 41chief A-hol-i-ba-mah, chief E-lah, chief Pi-Nun, 42chief Ke-naz, chief Te-man, chief Mib-zar, 43chief Mag-di-el, chief I-ram: these are the chiefs of E-dom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession. This is Esau, the father of the E-dom-ites.

 

37 And Jacob dwelt in the land of his fatherís sojournings, in the land of Canaan. 2These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and he was a lad with the sons of Bil-hah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his fatherís wives: and Joseph brought the evil report of them unto their father. 3Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors. 4And his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren; and they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

5And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren: and they hated him yet even more. 6And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 7for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves came round about, and bowed themselves to my sheaf. 8And his brethren said to him, shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet even more for his dreams, and for his words. 9And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet another dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed themselves to me. 10And he told it to his father, and to his brethren; and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brethren indeed come to you to bow down ourselves to the earth? 11And his brethren envied him; but his father kept the saying in mind.

12And his brethren went to feed their fatherís flock in She-chem. 13And Israel said unto Joseph, Are not your brethren feeding the flock in She-chem? Come, and I will send you unto them. And he said to him, Here am I. 14And he said to him, Go now, see whether it is well with your brethren, and well with the flock; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of He-bron, and he came to She-chem. 15And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What do you seek? 16And he said, I am seeking my brethren: tell me, I pray you, where they are feeding the flock. 17And the man said, They are departed away; for I heard them say, Let us go to Do-than. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Do-than. 18And they saw him afar off, and before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. 19And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer comes. 20Come now, and let us slay him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, An evil beast has devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. 21And Reuben heard it, and delivered him out of their hand, and said, Let us not take his life. 22And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood; cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but lay no hand upon him: that he might deliver him out of their hand, to restore him to his father.

23And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph of his coat, the coat of many colors that was on him; 24and they took him, and cast him into the pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. 25And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a caravan of Ish-ma-e-lites was coming from Gil-e-ad, with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. 26And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? 27Come, and let us sell him to the Ish-ma-e-lites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother, our flesh. And his brethren listened unto him. 28And there passed by Mid-i-a-nites, merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ish-ma-e-lites for twenty pieces of silver. And they brought Joseph into Egypt. 29And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. 30And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not there; and I, where shall I go?

31And they took Josephís coat, and killed a he-goat, and dipped the coat in the blood; 32the coat of many colors, and they brought it to their father, and said, This have we found: do you know whether it is your sonís coat or not. 33And he knew it, and said, It is my sonís coat: an evil beast has devoured him; Joseph is without a doubt torn in pieces. 34And Jacob rent his garments, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 35And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down to Sheol to my son mourning. And his father wept for him. 36And the Mid-i-a-nites sold him into Egypt unto Pot-i-phar, an officer of Pharaohís, the captain of the guard.

 

38 And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hi-rah. 2And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shu-a. And he took her, and went in unto her. 3And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er. 4And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name O-nan. 5And she yet again bare a son, and called his name She-lah: and he was at Che-zib, when she bare him. 6And Judah took a wife for Er his first-born, and her name was Ta-mar. 7And Er, Judahís first-born, was wicked in the sight of Jehovah. And Jehovah slew him. 8And Judah said unto O-nan, Go in unto your brotherís wife, and perform the duty of a husbandís brother unto her, and raise up seed to your brother. 9And O-nan knew that the seed would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brotherís wife, that he spilled it on the ground, unless he should give seed to his brother. 10And the thing which he did was evil in the sight of Jehovah: and he slew him also. 11Then said Judah to Ta-mar his daughter-in-law, Remain a widow in your fatherís house, till She-lah my son be grown up; for he said, unless he also die, like his brethren. And Ta-mar went and dwelt in her fatherís house.

12And in process of time the daughter of Shu-ah, the wife of Judah, died; and Judah was comforted, and went up unto his sheep-shearers to Tim-nah, he and his friend Hi-rah the Adullamite. 13And it was told Ta-mar, saying, Behold, your father-in-law goes up to Tim-nah to shear his sheep. 14And she put off from her the garments of her widowhood, and covered herself with her veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the gate of E-na-im, which is by the way to Tim-nah; for she saw that She-lah was grown up, and she was not given unto him to wife. 15When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot; for she had covered her face. 16And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Come, I pray you, let me come in unto you: for he knew not that she was his daughter-in-law. And she said, What will you give me, that you may come in unto me? 17And he said, I will send you a kid of the goats from the flock. And she said, will you give me a pledge, till you send it? 18And he said, What pledge shall I give you? And she said, your signet and your cord, and your staff that is in your hand. And he gave them to her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him. 19And she arose, and went away, and put off her veil from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood. 20And Judah sent the kid of the goats by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive the pledge from the womanís hand: but he found her not. 21Then he asked the men of her place, saying, Where is the prostitute, that was at E-na-im by the wayside? And they said, There has been no prostitute here. 22And he returned to Judah, and said, I have not found her; and also the men of the place said, There has been no prostitute here. 23And Judah said, Let her take it to her, unless we be put to shame: behold, I sent this kid, and you have not found her.

24And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Ta-mar your daughter-in-law has played the harlot; and moreover, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. 25When she was brought forth, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray you, whose are these, the signet, and the cords, and the staff. 26And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She is more righteous than I; forasmuch as I gave her not to She-lah my son. And he knew her again no more. 27And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb. 28And it came to pass, when she travailed, that one put out a hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. 29And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, Why have you made a breach for yourself? Therefore his name was called Pe-rez. 30And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Ze-rah.

 

39 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Pot-i-phar, an officer of Pharaohís, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him out of the hand of the Ish-ma-e-lites, that had brought him down there. 2And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3And his master saw that Jehovah was with him, and that Jehovah made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 4And Joseph found favor in his sight, and he ministered unto him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. 5And it came to pass from the time that he made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that Jehovah blessed the Egyptianís house for Josephís sake; and the blessing of Jehovah was upon all that he had, in the house and in the field. 6And he left all that he had in Josephís hand; and he knew not anything that was with him, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was handsome, and well-favored.

7And it came to pass after these things, that his masterís wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 8But he refused, and said unto his masterís wife, Behold, my master knows not what is with me in the house, and he has put all that he has into my hand: 9there is none greater in this house than I; neither has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? 10And it came to pass, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he listened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. 11And it came to pass about this time, that he went into the house to do his work; and there was none of the men of the house there within. 12And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got himself out of that place.

13And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, as he fled, 14that she called unto the men of her house, and spoke unto them, saying, See, he has brought in a Hebrew unto us to mock us: he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice: 15and it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment by me, and fled, and got himself out. 16And she laid up his garment by her, until his master came home. 17And she spoke unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: 18and it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment by me, and fled out of this place.

19And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke unto him, saying, After this manner did your servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. 20And Josephís master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the kingís prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. 21But Jehovah was with Joseph, and showed kindness unto him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22And the keeper of the prison committed to Josephís hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was responsible for it. 23The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand, because Jehovah was with him; and that which he did, Jehovah made it prosper.

 

40 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker offended their lord the king of Egypt. 2And Pharaoh was angry against his two officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. 3And he put them inward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. 4And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he ministered unto them: and they continued a season in the prison.

5And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream, in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were bound in the prison. 6And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and saw them, and, behold, they were sad. 7And he asked Pharaohís officers that were with him inward in his masterís house, saying, Why do you look so sad today? 8And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me, I pray you. 9And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; 10and in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and its blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes: 11and Pharaohís cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaohís cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaohís hand. 12And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; 13within yet three days shall Pharaoh lift up your head, and restore you unto your office: and you shall give Pharaohís cup into his hand, after the former manner when you were his butler. 14But have me in your remembrance when it shall be well with you, and show kindness, I pray you, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: 15for indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. 16When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, three baskets of white bread were on my head: 17and in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of baked food for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head. 18And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: the three baskets are three days; 19within yet three days shall Pharaoh lift up your head from off you, and shall hang you on a tree; and the birds shall eat your flesh from off you.

20And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaohís birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and the head of the chief baker among his servants. 21And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaohís hand: 22but he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but did forget him.

 

41 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. 2And, behold, there came up out of the river seven cows, well-favored and fat-fleshed; and they fed in the reed-grass. 3And, behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ill-favored and lean-fleshed, and stood by the other cows upon the brink of the river. 4And the ill-favored and lean-fleshed cows did eat up the seven well-favored and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke. 5And he slept and dreamed a second time: and, behold, seven ears of grain came up upon one stalk, rank and good. 6And, behold, seven ears, thin and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them. 7And the thin ears swallowed up the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream. 8And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

9Then the chief butler spoke unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day: 10Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me inward in the house of the captain of the guard, me and the chief baker: 11and we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream. 12And there was with us there a young man, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret. 13And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto my office, and him he hanged. 14Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. 15And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it. 16And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

17And Pharaoh spoke unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the brink of the river: 18and, behold, there came up out of the river seven cows, fat-fleshed and well-favored: and they fed in the reed-grass: 19and, behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ill-favored and lean-fleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness: 20and the lean and ill-favored cows did eat up the first seven fat cows: 21and when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill-favored, as at the beginning. So I awoke. 22And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up upon one stalk, full and good: 23and, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them: 24and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears: and I told it unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me. 25And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: what God is about to do he has declared unto Pharaoh. 26The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. 27And the seven lean and ill-favored cows that came up after them are seven years, and also the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind; they shall be seven years of famine. 28That is the thing which I spoke unto Pharaoh: what God is about to do he has showed unto Pharaoh. 29Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: 30and there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; 31and the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine which follows; for it shall be very grievous. 32And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh, it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

33Now therefore let Pharaoh select a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint overseers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. 35And let them gather all the food of these good years that come, and lay up grain under the hand of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. 36And the food shall be for a store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine. 37And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants. 38And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom the spirit of God is? 39And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God has showed you all of this, there is none so discreet and wise as you: 40you shall be over my house, and according unto your word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than you. 41And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt. 42And Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand, and put it upon Josephís hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; 43and he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without you shall no man lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt. 45And Pharaoh called Josephís name Zaph-nath-pa-a-ne-ah; and he gave him to wife As-e-nath, the daughter of Po-ti-pher-ah priest of On. And Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.

46And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. 47And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. 48And he gathered up all the food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, he laid up in the same. 49And Joseph laid up grain as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left off numbering; for it was without number. 50And unto Joseph were born two sons before the year of famine came, whom As-e-nath, the daughter of Po-ti-pher-ah priest of On, bare unto him. 51And Joseph called the name of the first-born Ma-nas-seh: For, said he, God has made me forget all my toil, and all my fatherís house. 52And the name of the second he called E-phra-im: For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction. 53And the seven years of plenty, that was in the land of Egypt, came to an end. 54And the seven years of famine began to come, according as Joseph had said: and there was famine in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he says to you, do. 56And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the store-houses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine was great in the land of Egypt. 57And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was great in all the earth.

 

42 Now Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, and Jacob said unto his sons, Why do you look one upon another? 2And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt: you go down there, and buy for us from there; that we may live, and not die. 3And Josephís ten brethren went down to buy grain from Egypt. 4But Benjamin, Josephís brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, unless perhaps harm befall him. 5And the sons of Israel came to buy among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan. 6And Joseph was the governor over the land; it was he that sold to all the people of the land. And Josephís brethren came, and bowed down themselves to him with their faces to the earth.

7And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spoke roughly with them; and he said unto them. From where do you come? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food. 8And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. 9And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, you are spies; to see the nakedness of the land you are come. 10And they said unto him, no, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. 11We are all one manís sons; we are true men, your servants are not spies. 12And he said unto them, no, but to see the nakedness of the land you are come. 13And they said, We, your servants, are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not. 14And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spoke unto you, saying, you are spies: 15by this you shall be proved: by the life of Pharaoh you shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come here. 16Send one of you, and let him bring your brother, and you shall be bound, that your words may be proved, whether there be truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely you are spies. 17And he put them all together into ward for three days. 18And Joseph said unto them on the third day, This do, and live: for I fear God: 19if you be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in your prison-house; but you go, carry grain for the famine of your houses: 20and bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and you shall not die. And they did so.

21And they said one to another, We are truly guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us. 22And Reuben answered them, saying, did I not speak unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and you would not hear? Therefore also, behold, his blood is required. 23And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for there was an interpreter between them. 24And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and he returned to them, and spoke to them, and took Simeon from among them, and bound him before their eyes. 25Then Joseph commanded to fill their vessels with grain, and to restore every manís money into his sack, and to give them provisions for the way: and in this way was it done unto them. 26And they loaded their asses with their grain, and departed. 27And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass feed in the lodging-place, he spied his money; and, behold, it was in the mouth of his sack. 28And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they turned trembling one to another, saying, What is this that God has done unto us?

29And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that had befallen them, saying, 30The man, the lord of the land, spoke roughly with us, and took us for spies of the country. 31And we said unto him, We are true men; and we are not spies: 32we are twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan. 33And the man, the lord of the land, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that you are true men: leave one of your brethren with me, and take grain for the famine of your houses, and go your way; 34and bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that you are not spies, but that you are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and you shall travel in the land. 35And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every manís bundle of money was in his sack: and when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid. 36And Jacob their father said unto them, You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and you will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me. 37And Reuben spoke unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to you: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to you again. 38And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he only is left: if harm befall him by the way in which you go, then will you bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to Sheol.

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43 And the famine was greatly in the land. 2And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the grain which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food. 3And Judah spoke unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, you shall not see my face, except your brother be with you. 4If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food: 5but if you will not send him, we will not go down; for the man said unto us, you shall not see my face, except your brother be with you. 6And Israel said, Why deal you so ill with me, as to tell the man whether you had yet a brother? 7And they said, The man asked straitly concerning ourselves, and concerning our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? Have you another brother? And we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we in any way know that he would say, Bring your brother down? 8And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and you, and also our little ones. 9I will be surety for him; of my hand shall you require him: if I bring him not unto you, and set him before you, then let me bear the blame for ever: 10for except we had lingered, we surely would by now returned a second time.

11And their father Israel said unto them, If it be so now, do this: take of the choice fruits of the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spicery and myrrh, nuts, and almonds; 12and take double money in your hand; and the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks carry again in your hand; perhaps it was an oversight: 13take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man: 14and God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release unto you your other brother and Benjamin. And if I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.

15And the men took the present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. 16And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, Bring the men into the house, and slay, and make ready; for the men shall dine with me at noon. 17And the man did as Joseph said; and the man brought the men to Josephís house. 18And the men were afraid, because they were brought to Josephís house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses. 19And they came near to the steward of Josephís house, and they spoke unto him at the door of the house, 20and said, Oh, my lord, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food: 21and it came to pass, when we came to the lodging-place, that we opened our sacks, and, behold, every manís money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand. 22And other money have we brought down in our hand to buy food: we know not who put our money in our sacks. 23And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them. 24And the man brought the men into Josephís house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet. And he gave their asses feed. 25And they made ready the present against Josephís coming at noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.

26And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down themselves to him to the earth. 27And he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he yet alive? 28And they said, your servant our father is well, he is yet alive. And they bowed the head, and made homage. 29And he lifted up his eyes, and saw Benjamin his brother, his motherís son, and said, Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto you, my son. 30And Joseph began to hurry; for his heart yearned over his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there. 31And he washed his face, and came out; and he refrained himself, and said, Set on bread. 32And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, that did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians. 33And they sat before him, the first-born according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one with another. 34And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjaminís mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.

 

44 And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the menís sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every manís money in his sackís mouth. 2And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sackís mouth of the youngest, and his grain money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. 3As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. 4And when they were gone out of the city, and were not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when you do overtake them, say unto them, why have you rewarded evil for good? 5Is not this that in which my lord drinks, and whereby he indeed divines? You have done evil in so doing. 6And he overtook them, and he spoke unto them these words. 7And they said unto him, Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants that they should do such a thing. 8Behold, the money, which we found in our sacksí mouths, we brought again unto you out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of your lordís house silver or gold? 9With whomsoever of your servants it be found, let him die, and we also will be my lordís bondmen. 10And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my bondman; and you shall be blameless. 11Then they hurried, and took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. 12And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left off at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjaminís sack. 13Then they rent their clothes, and loaded every man his ass, and returned to the city. 14And Judah and his brethren came to Josephís house; and he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground. 15And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that you have done? Know you not that such a man as I can indeed divine? 16And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? What shall we speak? Or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants: behold, we are my lordís bondmen, both we, and he also in whose hand the cup is found. 17And he said, Far be it from me that I should do so: the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my bondman; but as for you, get you up and go in peace unto your father.

18Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh, my lord, let your servant, I pray you, speak a word in my lordís ears, and let not your anger burn against your servant; for you are even as Pharaoh. 19My lord asked his servants, saying, Have you a father, or a brother? 20And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother; and his father loves him. 21And you said unto your servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set my eyes upon him. 22And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die. 23And you said unto your servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, you shall see my face no more. 24And it came to pass when we came up unto your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. 25And our father said, Go again, buy us a little food. 26And we said, We cannot go down: but if our youngest brother is with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the manís face, except our youngest brother is with us. 27And your servant my father said unto us, you know that my wife bare me two sons: 28and the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I have not seen him since: 29and if you take this one also from me, and harm befall him, you will bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to Sheol. 30Now therefore when I come to your servant my father, and the lad is not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the ladís life; 31it will come to pass, when he sees that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and your servants will bring down the gray hairs of your servant our father with sorrow to Sheol. 32For your servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto you, then shall I bear the blame to my father forever. 33Now therefore, let your servant, I pray you, abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. 34For how shall I go up to my father, if the lad be not with me? Unless I see the evil that shall come on my father.

 

45 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood before him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. 2And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians heard, and the house of Pharaoh heard. 3And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; does my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. 4And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5And now be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me here: for God did send me before you to preserve life. 6For these two years has the famine been in the land: and there are yet five years, in which there shall be neither plowing nor harvest. 7And God sent me before you to preserve you a remnant in the earth, and to save you alive by a great deliverance. 8So now it was not you that sent me here, but God: and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9You must hurry, and go up to my father, and say unto him, This says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not; 10and you shall dwell in the land of Go-shen, and you shall be near unto me, you, and your children, and your childrenís children, and your flocks, and your herds, and all that you have: 11and there will I nourish you; for there are yet five years of famine; unless you come to poverty, you, and your household, and all that you have. 12And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaks unto you. 13And you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen: and you shall hurry and bring down my father to here. 14And he fell upon his brother Benjaminís neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15And he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.

16And the report thereof was heard in Pharaohís house, saying, Josephís brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants. 17And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto your brethren, This do: load your beasts, and go unto the land of Canaan; 18and take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and you shall eat the fat of the land. 19Now you are commanded, this do: take wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. 20Also regard not your things; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours. 21And the sons of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. 22To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment. 23And to his father he sent after this manner: ten asses loaded with the good things of Egypt, and ten she-asses loaded with grain and bread and provision for his father by the way. 24So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that you fall not out by the way.

25And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father. 26And they told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt. And his heart fainted, for he believed them not. 27And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived: 28and Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.

 

46 And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beer-she-ba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac. 2And God spoke unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. 3And he said, I am God, the God of your father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will make of you a great nation there: 4I will go down with you into Egypt; and I will also surely bring you up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon your eyes.

5And Jacob rose up from Beer-she-ba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 6And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him: 7his sons, and his sonsí sons with him, his daughters, and his sonsís daughters, and all his seed he brought with him into Egypt. 8And these are the names of the children of Israel, who came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacobís first-born. 9And the sons of Reuben: Ha-noch, and Pal-lu, and Hez-ron, and Car-mi. 10And the sons of Simeon: Je-mu-el, and Ja-min, and O-had, and Ja-chin, and Zo-har, and Saul the son of a Canaanitish woman. 11And the sons of Levi: Ger-shon, Ko-hath, and Me-rar-i. 12And the sons of Judah: Er, and O-nan, and She-lah, and Pe-rez, and Ze-rah; but Er and O-nan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pe-rez were Hez-ron and Ham-ul. 13And the sons of Is-sa-char: To-la, and Pu-vah, and Job, and Shim-ron. 14And the sons of Ze-bu-lun: Se-red, and E-lon, and Jah-leel. 15These are the sons of Leah, whom she bare unto Jacob in Pa-dan-ar-am, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three. 16And the sons of Gad: Ziph-i-on, and Hag-gi, Shu-ni, and Ez-bon, E-ri, and A-ro-di, and A-re-li. 17And the sons of Asher: Jim-nah, and Ish-u-ah, and Is-u-i, and Be-ri-ah, and Se-rah their sister; and the sons of Be-ri-ah: He-ber, and Mal-chi-el. 18These are the sons of Zil-pah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter; and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls. 19The sons of Rachel Jacobís wife: Joseph and Benjamin. 20And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Ma-nas-seh and E-phra-im, whom As-e-nath, the daughter of Poti-phera priest of On, bare unto him. 21And the sons of Benjamin: Be-la, and Be-cher, and Ash-bel, Ge-ra, and Na-a-man, E-hi, and Rosh, Mup-pim, and Hup-pim, and Ard. 22These are the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob: all the souls were fourteen. 23And the sons of Dan: Hu-shim. 24And the sons of Naph-ta-li: Jah-zeel, and Gu-ni, and Je-zer, and Shil-lem. 25These are the sons of Bil-hah, whom Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob: all the souls were seven. 26All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, that came out of his loins, besides Jacobís sonsí wives, all the souls were sixty and six; 27and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, that came into Egypt, were sixty and ten.

28And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to show the way before him unto Go-shen; and they came into the land of Go-shen. 29And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Go-shen; and he presented himself unto him, and fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while. 30And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen your face, that you are yet alive. 31And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his fatherís house, I will go up, and tell Pharaoh, and will say unto him, My brethren, and my fatherís house, who were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me; 32and the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have. 33And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation? 34that you shall say, your servants have been keepers of cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and our fathers: that you may dwell in the land of Go-shen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.

 

47 Then Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Go-shen. 2And from among his brethren he took five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh. 3And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, your servants are shepherds, both we, and our fathers. 4And they said unto Pharaoh, To sojourn in the land are we come; for there is no pasture for your servantsí flocks; for the famine is greatly in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray you, let your servants dwell in the land of Go-shen. 5And Pharaoh spoke unto Joseph, saying, your father and your brethren are come unto you: 6the land of Egypt is before you; in the best of the land make your father and your brethren to dwell; in the land of Go-shen let them dwell: and if you know any able men among them, then make them rulers over my cattle. 7And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 8And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How many are the days of the years of your life? 9And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty years: few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. 10And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from the presence of Pharaoh. 11And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. 12And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his fatherís household, with bread, according to their families.

13And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very greatly, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine. 14And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the grain which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaohís house. 15And when the money was all spent in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in your presence? for our money fails. 16And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail. 17And they brought their cattle unto Joseph; and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for the horses, and for the flocks, and for the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread in exchange for all their cattle for that year. 18And when that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide from my lord, how that our money is all spent; and the herds of cattle are my lordís; there is nothing left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands: 19why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, and that the land be not desolate. 20So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine was greatly upon them: and the land became Pharaohís. 21And as for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of the border of Egypt even to the other end thereof. 22Only the land of the priests bought he not: for the priests had a portion from Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them; why they sold not their land. 23Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land. 24And it shall come to pass at the ingatherings, that you shall give a fifth unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones. 25And they said, you have saved our lives: let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaohís servants. 26And Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests alone became not Pharaohís.

27And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the land of Go-shen; and they got them possessions therein, and were fruitful, and multiplied exceedingly. 28And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the days of Jacob, the years of his life, were a hundred forty and seven years. 29And the time drew near that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found favor in your sight, put, I pray you, your hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me: bury me not, I pray you, in Egypt; 30but when I sleep with my fathers, you shall carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying-place. And he said, I will do as you have said. 31And he said, Swear unto me: and he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bedís head.

 

48 And it came to pass after these things, that one said to Joseph, Behold, your father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Ma-nas-seh and E-phra-im. 2And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, your son Joseph comes unto you: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed. 3And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, 4and said unto me, Behold, I will make you fruitful, and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples, and will give this land to your seed after you for an everlasting possession. 5And now your two sons, who were born unto you in the land of Egypt before I came unto you into Egypt, are mine; E-phra-im and Ma-nas-seh, even as Reuben and Simeon, shall be mine. 6And your issue, that you get after them, shall be yours; they shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance. 7And as for me, when I came from PAd-dan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when there was still some distance to come unto E-phrath: and I buried her there in the way to E-phrath (the same is Beth-lehem).

8And Israel beheld Josephís sons, and said, Who are these? 9And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God has given me here. And he said, Bring them, I pray you, unto me, and I will bless them. 10Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them. 11And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see your face: and, lo, God has let me see your seed also. 12And Joseph brought them out from between his knees; and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. 13And Joseph took them both, E-phra-im in his right hand toward Israelís left hand, and Ma-nas-seh in his left hand toward Israelís right hand, and brought them near unto him. 14And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon E-phra-imís head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Ma-nas-sehís head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Ma-nas-seh was the first-born. 15And he blessed Joseph, and said, The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God who has fed me all my life long unto this day, 16the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. 17And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of E-phra-im, it displeased him: and he held up his fatherís hand, to remove it from E-phra-imís head unto Ma-nas-sehís head. 18And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father; for this is the first-born; put your right hand upon his head. 19And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: howbeit his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. 20And he blessed them that day, saying, In you will Israel bless, saying, God make you as E-phra-im and as Ma-nas-seh: and he set E-phra-im before Ma-nas-seh. 21And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God will be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. 22Moreover I have given to you one portion above your brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.

 

49 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said: gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the latter days. 2Assemble yourselves, and hear, you sons of Jacob; And listen unto Israel your father. 3Reuben, you are my first-born, my might, and the beginning of my strength; The pre-eminence of dignity, and the pre-eminence of power. 4Boiling over as water, you shall not have the pre-eminence; Because you went up to your fatherís bed; Then you defiled it: he went up to my couch.

5Simeon and Levi are brethren; Weapons of violence are their swords. 6O my soul, come not into their council; Unto their assembly, my glory, be not united; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their self-will they hocked an ox. 7Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; And their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, And scatter them in Israel.

8Judah, you shall your brethren praise: your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your fatherís sons shall bow down before you. 9Judah is a lionís whelp; From the prey, my son, you are gone up: He stooped down, he couched as a lion, And as a lioness; who shall rouse him up? 10The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, Nor the rulerís staff from between his feet, Until Shi-loh come: And unto him shall the obedience of the peoples be. 11Binding his foal unto the vine, And his assís colt unto the choice vine; He has washed his garments in wine, And his vesture in the blood of grapes: 12His eyes shall be red with wine, And his teeth white with milk.

13Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; And he shall be for a haven of ships; And his border shall be upon Zi-don. 14Issachar is a strong ass, Couching down between the sheepfolds: 15And he saw a resting-place that it was good, And the land that it was pleasant; And he bowed his shoulder to bear, And became a servant under taskwork. 16Dan shall judge his people, As one of the tribes of Israel. 17Dan shall be a serpent in the way, An adder in the path, That bites the horseís heels, So that his rider falls backward. 18I have waited for your salvation, O Jehovah. 19Gad, a troop shall press upon him; But he shall press upon their heel. 20Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, And he shall yield royal dainties. 21Naphtali is a hind let free: He gives goodly words.

22Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a fountain; His branches run over the wall. 23The archers have sorely grieved him, And shot at him, and persecuted him: 24But his bow abode in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong, By the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, (From there is the shepherd, the stone of Israel), 25Even by the God of your father, who shall help you, And by the Almighty, who shall bless you, With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that couches beneath, Blessings of the breasts, and of the womb. 26The blessings of your father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren. 27Benjamin is that raveneth wolf: In the morning he shall devour the prey, And at even he shall divide the spoil.

28All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spoke unto them and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them. 29And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of E-phra-in the Hittite, 30in the cave that is in the field of Mach-pe-lah, which is before Mam-re, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from E-phra-in the Hittite for a possession of a burying-place. 31there they buried Abraham and Sar-ah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Re-bekah his wife; and there I buried Leah: 32the field and the cave that is therein, which was purchased from the children of Heth. 33And when Jacob made an end of charging his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.

 

50 And Joseph fell upon his fatherís face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. 2And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel. 3And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of embalming: and the Egyptians wept for him three-score and ten days. 4And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found favor in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, 5My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have dug for me in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray you, and bury my father, and I will come again. 6And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury your father, according as he made you swear.

7And Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8and all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his fatherís house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Go-shen. 9And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company. 10And they came to the threshing-floor of A-tad, which is beyond the Jordan, and there they lamented with a very great and greatly lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of A-tad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: why the name of it was called Abel-Miz-ra-im, which is beyond the Jordan. 12And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them: 13for his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Mach-pe-lah, which Abraham bought with the field, for a possession of a burying-place, of E-phra-in the Hittite, before Mam-re. 14And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.

15And when Josephís brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, It may be that Joseph will hate us, and will fully requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16And they sent a message unto Joseph, saying, your father did command before he died, saying, 17So shall you say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray you now, the transgression of your brethren, and their sin, for that they did unto you evil. And now, we pray you, forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father. And Joseph wept when they spoke unto him. 18And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we are your servants. 19And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20And as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21Now therefore fear not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly unto them.

22And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his fatherís house: and Joseph lived a hundred and ten years. 23And Joseph saw E-phra-imís children of the third generation: the children also of Ma-chir the son of Ma-nas-seh were born upon Josephís knees. 24And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die; but God will surely visit you, and bring you up out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 25And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here. 26So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

  

 

 

 

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