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THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES CALLED

Genesis



  
   
 
Chapter 1

  In the beginning, God Created the heavens and the Earth.
    2.And 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 ot the waters.
    3.And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
    4. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
    5. And God called the light "day", and the darkness he called "night". And the evening and the morning were the first day.
    6. And God said, "Let there be a world in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters."
    7. And God made the world, and divided the waters which were underground from the waters which were aboveground: and it was so.
    8. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
    9. And God said, "Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear": and it was so.
    10. And God called the dry land "Earth"; and the gathering together of the waters called the "seas": and God saw that it was good.
    11. And God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, and the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit:, whose seed is in itself, after its kind," and God saw that it was good.
    12. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
    13. And the evening and the morning were the third day.
    14. And God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.
    15. And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth": and it was so.
    16. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
    17. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
    18. And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
    19. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
    20. And God said, "Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that has life, and birds that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven."
    21. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every flying bird after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
    22. And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply in the world."
    23. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
    24. And God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind," and it was so.
    25. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creeps upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
    26. And God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."
    27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
    28. And 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 air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."
    29. And God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing 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.
    30. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creeps upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food," and it was so.
    31. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

 
 
 
Chapter 2

  1. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
  2. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
  3. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
  4. These are the generations of the heavens and of the Earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made Earth and the heavens,
  5. And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
  6. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
  7. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
  8. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
  9. And out of the ground made the LORD God 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 knowledge of good and evil.
  10. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it was parted, and became into four heads.
  11. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasses the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
  12. And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium for perfume, and the onyx stone.
  13. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasses the whole land of Ethiopia.
  14. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goes toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
  15. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
  16. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat:
  17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat from it, for in the day that you eat it you shall surely die.
  18. And the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper for him."
  19. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every bird of the air; and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them: and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name.
  20. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the birds in the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper for him.
  21. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
  22. And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, he made into a woman, and brought her to the man.
  23. And Adam 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.
  24. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be one flesh."
  25. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

 
 
 
Chapter 3

  1. Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God said 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
  2. And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden,
  3. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden God has said, 'You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, or you will die'."
  4. And the serpent said to the woman, "You shall not surely die,
  5. For God knows that in the day you eat from it, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
  6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit and ate, and gave it also to her husband, and he ate.
  7. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
  8. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
  9. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said to him, "Where are you?"
  10. And he said, "I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself."
  11. And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree that I commanded you that you shouldn't eat?"
  12. And the man said, "The woman whom you gave to me to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I did eat it.
  13. And the LORD God said to the woman, What is this that you have done?" And the woman said, "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat."
  14. And the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life,
  15. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."
  16. To the woman he said, "I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in sorrow you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be to your husband, and he shall rule over you.
  17. And to Adam he said, "Because you have hearkened 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 sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life;
  18. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field.
  19. In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, until you return unto the ground; for out of it you were: for dust you are, and unto dust shall you return."
  20. And Adam called his wife's name "Eve" because she was the mother of all living.
  21. To Adam and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
  22. And the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, unless he puts forth his hand and takes also of the tree of life, and eats, and lives for ever,"
  23. Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from where he was taken.
  24. So he drove out the man; and he placed Cherubims at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

 
 
 
Chapter 4

  1. And Adam knew Eve, his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, "I have gotten a man from the LORD."
  2. And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
  3. And it came to pass that Cain brought an offering to the LORD of the fruit of the ground.
  4. And Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering,
  5. But to Cain and his offering he had no respect. And Cain was very angry, and his face fell.
  6. And the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? and why has your countenance fallen?
  7. If you do well, shall you not be accepted? And if you don't do not well, sin lies at the door, and to you shall be his desire, and you shall rule over him."
  8. And Cain talked with Abel his brother, and it came to pass when they were in the field that Cain rose up against Abel, his brother, and murdered him.
  9. And the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel?" And he said, "I don't know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
  10. And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries to me from the ground.
  11. And now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.
  12. When you till the ground, from now on it shall not yield to you her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth you shall be."
  13. And Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is greater than I can bear.
  14. Behold, you have driven me out from the face of the earth this day; and from your face I shall be hidden; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that finds me will slay me."
  15. And the LORD said to him, "Therefore whoever slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold." And the LORD set a mark on Cain, to prevent anyone finding him from killing him.
  16. And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
  17. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bore Enoch: and he built a city, and called the city after the name of his son, Enoch.
  18. And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael: and Mehujael begat Methusael: and Methusael begat Lamech.
  19. And Lamech took two wives to himself: the name of one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
  20. And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle.
  21. And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
  22. And Zillah, she also bore Tubal-cain, an instructer of every artisan of brass and iron; and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.
  23. And Lamech said to his wives, Adah and Zillah, "Hear my voice; you wives of Lamech, listen to my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.
  24. If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold."
  25. And Adam knew his wife again; and she bore a son, and called named him Seth. "For God," said she, "has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."
  26. And to Seth, to him also was born a son; and he called him Enos: then men began to call on the name of the LORD.

 
 
 
Chapter 5

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

 
 
 
Chapter 6
  1. And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
  2. That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose.
  3. And the LORD said, "My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years."
  4. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, they became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
  5. And GOD 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.
  6. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
  7. And the LORD said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for I regret making them."
  8. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
  9. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
  10. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
  11. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
  12. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
  13. And 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.
  14. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make rooms in the ark, and shall pitch it within and without with pitch.
  15. And this is the fashion which you shall make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
  16. You shall make a window to the ark, and shall finish it a cubit above; and the door of the ark you shall set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories you shall make it.
  17. And, behold, I, even I, will bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
  18. But with you will I establish my covenant; and you shall come into the ark, you, and your sons, and your wife, and your sons' wives with you.
  19. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort you shall bring into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.
  20. Of birds after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto you, to keep them alive.
  21. And take all of the food that is eaten, and you shall gather it; and it shall be for food for you, and for them."
  22. As a result, Noah did it all according to what God commanded him.

 
 
 
Chapter 7
  1. And the LORD said to Noah, "Come with all your household into the ark; for I have I seen you as righteous before me in this generation.
  2. Of every clean beast you shall take by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
  3. Also birds of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
  4. For after seven days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made I will destroy from off the face of the earth."
  5. And Noah did it all according to what the LORD commanded him.
  6. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
  7. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
  8. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of birds, and of every thing that creeps upon the earth,
  9. There they went in, two by two with Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. Noah's Ark (1846), by the American folk painter Edward Hicks
  10. And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
  11. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
  12. And it rained on the earth for forty days and forty nights.
  13. In the same day that Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, entered into the ark;
  14. They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that crept on the earth after his kind, and every bird after his kind, every bird of every sort.
  15. And they went in with Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, where there is the breath of life.
  16. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
  17. And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it was lifted up above the earth.
  18. And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
  19. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
  20. Fifteen cubits upward the waters prevailed; and the mountains were covered.
  21. And all flesh died that moved on the earth, both of bird, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man:
  22. All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
  23. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the bird of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
  24. And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

 
 
 
Chapter 8
  1. And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark; and God made a wind pass over the earth, and the waters evaporated.
  2. The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.
  3. And the waters receded steadily: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
  4. And the ark rested on the mountains of Ararat in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month,.
  5. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
  6. And it came to pass at the end of forty days that Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made,
  7. And he sent a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
  8. Also he sent forth a dove to see if the waters were dried from off the face of the ground;
  9. But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned to him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and pulled her into the ark.
  10. And he stayed yet another seven days, and again sent forth the dove out of the ark.
  11. And the dove came in to him in the evening; and lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off! so Noah knew that the waters were gone from off the earth.
  12. And he stayed yet another seven days, and sent the dove, which did not return to him any more.
  13. And it came to pass in the six hundredth 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 from the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was dry.
  14. And in the second month, on the twenty seventh day of the month the earth was dry.
  15. And God spoke to Noah, saying,
  16. "Go forth from the ark, you and your wife and sons, and your sons' wives with you.
  17. Bring with you every living thing that is with you now, of all flesh, both of fowl and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply upon the earth."
  18. And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
  19. Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatever creped on the earth after their kinds, went out of the ark.
  20. And Noah built an altar to the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
  21. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
  22. While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

 
 
 
Chapter 9
  1. And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
  2. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, and on every bird in the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fishes of the sea; they are delivered into your hand.
  3. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; even as the green herb have I given you: all things.
  4. But flesh with life, which is the blood, you shall not eat.
  5. And surely I will require your blood of your lives; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
  6. Whoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for God made man in the image.
  7. And you, be fruitful and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein."
  8. And God spoke to Noah, and to his sons, saying,
  9. "And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
  10. And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
  11. And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth."
  12. And 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:
  13. I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
  14. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
  15. And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
  16. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth."
  17. And God said to Noah, "This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth."
  18. And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
  19. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
  20. And Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
  21. And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
  22. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
  23. And Shem and Japheth 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 didn't see their father's nakedness.
  24. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him.
  25. And he said, "Canaan is Cursed; a servant of servants he shall be to his brothers."
  26. And he said, "Blessed is the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
  27. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant."
  28. And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
  29. And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

 
 
 
Chapter 10
  1. Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and sons were born unto them after the flood.
  2. The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
  3. And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
  4. And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
  5. By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his language, after their families, in their nations.
  6. And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
  7. And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
  8. And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.
  9. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
  10. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
  11. Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
  12. And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
  13. And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
  14. And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.
  15. And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,
  16. And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,
  17. And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
  18. And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.
  19. And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as tou come to Gerar, to Gaza; as you go, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
  20. These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their languages, in their countries, and in their nations.
  21. Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.
  22. The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.
  23. And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.
  24. And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.
  25. And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.
  26. And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazar-maveth, and Jerah,
  27. And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,
  28. And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,
  29. And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.
  30. And their dwelling was from Mesha, as you go to Sephar, which is a mountain of the east.
  31. These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their languages, in their lands, after their nations.
  32. These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

 
 
 
Chapter 11
  1. And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
  2. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
  3. And they said to one another, "Let us make bricks, and fire them throughly." And they had brick for stone, and they had slime for morter.
  4. And they said, "Let's build a city and a tower, whose top may reach to heaven; and let's make a name, so we won't be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth."
  5. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.
  6. And the LORD said, "Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
  7. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."
  8. So the LORD scattered them abroad from there upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
  9. Therefore the name of it is called Babel; because the LORD there confounded the language of all the earth: and from there the LORD scattered them abroad upon the face of all the earth. Pieter Bruegel the Elder
  10. These are the generations of Shem: Shem was a hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:
  11. And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
  12. And Arphaxad lived thirty five years and begat Salah:
  13. And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
  14. And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:
  15. And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
  16. And Eber lived thirty four years and begat Peleg:
  17. And Eber lived four hundred and thirty years after he begat Peleg, and begat sons and daughters.
  18. And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:
  19. And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.
  20. And Reu lived thirty two years and begat Serug,
  21. And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
  22. And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:
  23. And Serug lived two hundred years after he begat Nahor, and begat sons and daughters.
  24. And Nahor lived twenty nine years, and begat Terah:
  25. And Nahor lived after he begat Terah a hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.
  26. And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
  27. Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
  28. And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
  29. And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
  30. But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
  31. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai, his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and lived there.
  32. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.

 
 
 
Chapter 12
  1. Now the LORD had said to Abram, "Get out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you:
  2. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing:
  3. And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curse you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed."
  4. So Abram departed as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
  5. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the people that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
  6. And Abram passed through the land to the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
  7. And the LORD appeared to Abram, and said, "Unto your seed will I give this land," and there he built an altar to the LORD, who appeared to him.
  8. And he moved from there to a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he built an altar to the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
  9. And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
  10. And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
  11. And it came to pass, when he had come close to entering into Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, "Behold now, I know that you are a fair woman to look upon:
  12. Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see you, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save you alive.
  13. Say, I pray you, you are my sister: that it may be well with me for your sake; and my soul shall live because of you."
  14. And it came to pass, that, when Abram had come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
  15. The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
  16. And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
  17. And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.
  18. And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that you have done to me? Why didn't you tell me that she was your wife?
  19. Why did you say, 'She is my sister'?" so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold your wife, take her, and go your way.
  20. And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

 
 
 
Chapter 13
  1. And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
  2. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
  3. And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai,
  4. to the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first. And there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
  5. And Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
  6. And 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.
  7. And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
  8. And Abram said to Lot, "Let there be no strife, I pray to you, between me and you, and between my herdmen and your herdmen; for we are brothers.
  9. Isn't 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 depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left."
  10. And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as you come unto Zoar.
  11. Then Lot chose all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east, and they separated themselves from each other.
  12. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
  13. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
  14. And the LORD said to Abram, After Lot was separated from him, "Now lift up your eyes, and look northward from the place where you are, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
  15. For all the land that you see, to you I will I give it, and to your descendents forever.
  16. And I will make your descendents as the dust of the earth, so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then your descendents shall also be numbered.
  17. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to you."
  18. Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar to the LORD.

 
 
 
Chapter 14
  1. And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel, king of Shinar; Arioch, king of Ellasar; Chedorlaomer, king of Elam; and Tidal, king of nations,
  2. that these made war with Bera, king of Sodom, and with Birsha, king of Gomorrah; Shinab, king of Admah; and Shemeber, king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, who is Zoar.
  3. All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.
  4. Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
  5. And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and struck the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,
  6. And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto El-paran, which is by the wilderness.
  7. And they returned, and came to En-mishpat, which is Kadesh, and struck all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites that dwelt in Hazezon-tamar.
  8. And there the king of Sodom went out, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar), and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim,
  9. with Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.
  10. And the vale of Siddim was full of slime pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and died there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.
  11. And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their food, and went their way.
  12. And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
  13. And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eschol, and brother of Aner: and these were associates of Abram.
  14. And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
  15. And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and struck them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.
  16. And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
  17. And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale.
  18. And Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought bread and wine. And he was the priest of the most high God.
  19. And he blessed him, and said, "Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
  20. And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand." And he gave him tithes of all.
  21. And the king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the persons, and take the goods to yourself."
  22. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have lift up my hand to the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
  23. That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is yours, lest you should say "I have made Abram rich:
  24. Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion."

 
 
 
Chapter 15
  1. After these things, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Don't Fear, Abram. I am your shield, and your exceeding great reward."
  2. And Abram said, "LORD GOD, what will you give me, seeing I am childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?"
  3. And Abram said, "Behold, to me you have given no seed, and, lo, one born in my house is my heir."
  4. And, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This shall not be your heir; but he that shall come forth out of your own bowels shall be your heir."
  5. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, "Look now towards heaven, and ask the stars if you are able to number them." and he said to him, "So shall your seed be."
  6. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
  7. And he said to him, "I am the LORD that brought you out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land, to inherit it."
  8. And he said, "LORD GOD, how shall I know that I will inherit it?"
  9. And he said unto him, "Take a heifer of three years old for me, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon."
  10. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but he didn't divide the birds.
  11. And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.
  12. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him.
  13. And he said to Abram, "Know for sure that your seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
  14. And also that nation, whom they shall serve, I will judge. And afterward they shall come out with great substance.
  15. And you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.
  16. But in the fourth generation they shall come here again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full."
  17. And it came to pass that when the sun went down, and it was dark, he beheld a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
  18. In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, "Unto your seed I have given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates"
  19. The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
  20. And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
  21. And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites."

 
 
 
Chapter 16
  1. Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bore him no children. She had a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
  2. And Sarai said to Abram, "Look now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing. I pray of you, go in to my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her." And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
  3. And Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar, her Egyptian maid, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
  4. And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
  5. And Sarai said to Abram, "My wrong is upon you. I have given my maid to your bosom, and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD will judge between me and you."
  6. But Abram said to Sarai, "Look, your maid is in your hand. Do to her whatever pleases you." And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from her face.
  7. And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
  8. And he said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid, where did you come from? And where will you go?" And she said, "I flee from the face of my mistress, Sarai."
  9. And the angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands."
  10. And the angel of the LORD said to her, "I will multiply your seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for a multitude."
  11. And the angel of the LORD said to her, "Behold, you are with child, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Ishmael; because the LORD has heard your affliction.
  12. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren."
  13. And she called the name of the LORD that spoke to her, "You, God, see me; for she said, Have I also here looked after him that sees me?
  14. Why the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered."
  15. And Hagar bore Abram a son. And Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bore, Ishmael.
  16. And Abram was eighty six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael.

 
 
 
Chapter 17
  1. And when Abram was ninety nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, "I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be perfect.
  2. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly."
  3. And Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying,
  4. "As for me, look, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.
  5. Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.
  6. And I will make you exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you.
  7. And I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your seed after you, in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto you, and to your seed after you.
  8. And I will give to you, and to your seed after you, the land where you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."
  9. And God said to Abraham, "Therefore you shall keep my covenant, you and your seed after you in their generations.
  10. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your seed after you; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
  11. And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and you.
  12. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of your seed.
  13. He 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.
  14. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant."
  15. And God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.
  16. And I will bless her, and also give you a son of her: yes, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her."
  17. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, "Shall a child be born to him that is a hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear?"
  18. And Abraham said to God, "O that Ishmael might live before you!"
  19. And God said, "Sarah, your wife, shall bear you a son indeed; and you shall call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
  20. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes he shall beget, and I will make him a great nation.
  21. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto you at this set time in the next year."
  22. And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.
  23. And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the same day, as God had said to him.
  24. And Abraham was ninety nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
  25. And Ishmael, his son, was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
  26. In the same day Abraham was circumcised, and Ishmael his son.
  27. And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.

 
 
 
Chapter 18
  1. And the LORD appeared to him in the plains of Mamre, and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day.
  2. And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him. And when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
  3. And said, "My Lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, don't pass away, I pray you, from your servant:
  4. Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
  5. And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that you shall pass on: for therefore you have come to your servant." And they said, "So do it, as you have said."
  6. And Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, "Quickly make ready three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth."
  7. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a tender and good calf, and gave it to a young man; and he hastened to dress it.
  8. And 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 ate.
  9. And they said to him, "Where is Sarah, your wife?" And he said, "Behold, in the tent."
  10. And he said, "I will certainly return to you according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah, your wife, shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
  11. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
  12. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?"
  13. And the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'Shall I of a surety bear a child, when I am old?'
  14. Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."
  15. Then Sarah denied, saying, "I didn't laugh;" for she was afraid. And he said, "No; but you did laugh."
  16. And the men rose up from there, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
  17. And the LORD said, "Shall I hide that thing which I do from Abraham,
  18. Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
  19. For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him."
  20. And the LORD said, "Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
  21. I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know."
  22. And the men turned their faces from there and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
  23. And Abraham drew near, and said, "Will you also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
  24. You doubt there are fifty righteous within the city? Will you also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are there?
  25. That is far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked. And that the righteous should be as the wicked, that is far from you. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
  26. And the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes."
  27. And Abraham answered and said, "Look, now, I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord, to whom I am but dust and ashes.
  28. What if there lacks five of the fifty righteous, will you destroy all the city for lack of five?" And he said, "If I find there forty five, I will not destroy it."
  29. And he spoke to him yet again, and said, Maybe there shall are forty found there." And he said, "I will not do it for forty's sake."
  30. And he said to him, "Oh, let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak; maybe thirty shall be found there." And he said, "I will not do it, if I find thirty there."
  31. And he said, "Look, now, I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord. Maybe there shall be twenty found there." And he said, "I will not destroy it for twenty's sake."
  32. And he said, "Oh, don't let the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Maybe ten shall be found there." And he said, "I will not destroy it for ten's sake."
  33. And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned to his place.

 
 
 
Chapter 19
  1. And there came two angels to Sodom in the evening; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom. Lot, seeing them, rose up to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.
  2. And he said, "Look, now, my lords, I pray you turn in your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and you shall rise up early, and go on your ways." And they said, "No, we will abide in the street all night."
  3. And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned to him and entered into his house. He made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
  4. But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both old and young, all the people from every quarter.
  5. And they called to Lot, and said to him, "Where are the men which came in to you this night? bring them out to us so that we may know them."
  6. And Lot went out at the door to them, and shut the door after him,
  7. And said, "I pray you, brethren, do not do such wickedness.
  8. Look, now, I have two daughters who have not known men; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and you do to them as is good in your eyes, only to these men do nothing; for they came under the shadow of my roof."
  9. And they said, "Stand back." And they said again, "This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will need a judge: now will we deal worse with you, than with them." And they pressed sorely upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
  10. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut the door.
  11. And they struck the men that were at the door of the house, both small and great, with blindness, so that it was hard for them to find the door.
  12. And the angels said to Lot, "Do you have anyone else? Son in law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whatever you have in the city, bring them out of this place.
  13. For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD has sent us to destroy it."
  14. And Lot went out, and spoke to his sons in law and said, "Up, get out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city." But he seemed as one that mocked to his sons in law.
  15. And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, "Arise, take your wife, and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city."
  16. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful to him. And they brought him forth, and set him outside the city.
  17. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, "Run for your life; don't look behind you, or stay in any of the plain. Escape to the mountain, or you will be consumed."
  18. And Lot said to them, "Oh, not so, my Lord:
  19. look now, your servant has found grace in your sight, and you have magnified your mercy, which you have showed me in saving my life; and I can't escape to the mountain, or some evil will take me, and I'll die.
  20. Look, now, this city is near to run to, and it is a little one. Oh, let me escape there, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live."
  21. And he said to him, "See, I have accepted you concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow that city, for the one which you have spoken.
  22. Escape there; for I can't do anything until you go there." Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
  23. The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
  24. Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah, from the LORD out of heaven;
  25. And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
  26. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
  27. And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:
  28. And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and saw, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
  29. And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the middle of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities where Lot dwelt.
  30. And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.
  31. And the firstborn 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:
  32. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father."
  33. And they made their father drink wine that night, and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he didn't perceive when she lay down, nor when she arose.
  34. And it came to pass in the morning that the firstborn said unto the younger, "Behold, I laid last night with my father: let us make him drink wine tonight also; and you go, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our Father."
  35. And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
  36. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
  37. And the firstborn bore a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites to this day.
  38. And the younger, she also bore a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon to this day.

 
 
 
Chapter 20
  1. And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
  2. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
  3. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man�s wife.
  4. But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
  5. Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
  6. And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
  7. Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
  8. Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.
  9. Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.
  10. And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
  11. And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife�s sake.
  12. And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
  13. And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father�s house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.
  14. And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
  15. And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
  16. And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.
  17. So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
  18. For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham�s wife.

 
 
 
Chapter 21
  1. And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had spoken.
  2. For Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
  3. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.
  4. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac, being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
  5. And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born to him.
  6. And Sarah said, "God has made me laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me."
  7. And she said, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah should have given children suck? For I have born him a son in his old age."
  8. And the child grew, and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.
  9. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.
  10. As a result she said to Abraham, "Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac."
  11. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son.
  12. And God said to Abraham, "Let it not be grievous in your sight because of the lad, and because of your bondwoman; in all that Sarah has said to you, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall your seed be called.
  13. And also of the son of the bondwoman I will make a nation, because he is your seed."
  14. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
  15. And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
  16. And she went, and sat down over against him a good way off, as it were an arrow shot: for she said, "Let me not see the death of the child." And she sat over against him, and lifted up her voice, and wept.
  17. And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called Hagar from heaven, and said to her, "What ails you, Hagar? fear not; for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.
  18. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in your hands; for I will make him a great nation."
  19. And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
  20. And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
  21. And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
  22. And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, "God is with you in all that you do:
  23. Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me, or with my son, or with my son's son: but according to the kindness that I have done to you, you shall do to me, and to the land where you have journeyed."
  24. And Abraham said, "I will swear."
  25. And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.
  26. And Abimelech said, "I don't know who has done this thing: neither did you tell me, neither yet have I heard of it, but today."
  27. And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them to Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
  28. And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
  29. And Abimelech said to Abraham, "What do these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves mean?"
  30. And he said, "For these seven ewe lambs you shall take from my hand, that they may be a witness to me, that I have dug this well."
  31. Why did he call that place Beer-sheba? Because there is where they both swore,
  32. because they made a covenant at Beer-sheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.
  33. And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called on the name of the LORD there, the everlasting God.
  34. And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.

 
 
 
Chapter 22
  1. And it came to pass after these things, that God tempted Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham": and he said, "Behold, here I am."
  2. And he said, "Now take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you of.
  3. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and split the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place where God had told him.
  4. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place far off.
  5. And Abraham said to his young men, "Abide here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you."
  6. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
  7. And Isaac spoke to Abraham, and said, "My father": and he said, "Here I am, my son." And he said, "I see the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"
  8. And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering." So they went together.
  9. And they came to the place that God had told him of, and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
  10. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
  11. And the angel of the LORD called to him out of heaven, and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" and he said, "Here I am."
  12. And he said, "Don't lay your hand on the lad, neither do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me."
  13. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and saw behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
  14. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh; as it is said to this day, "In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen."
  15. And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham out of heaven the second time,
  16. And said, "By myself I have sworn," said the LORD, "for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son,
  17. That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is on the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
  18. And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice.
  19. So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.
  20. And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, "Behold, Milcah, she has also born children to your brother Nahor."
  21. Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram,
  22. And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.
  23. And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham's brother.
  24. And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bore also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.

 
 
 
Chapter 23
  1. And Sarah was a hundred and twenty seven years old; these were the years of the life of Sarah.
  2. And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan. And Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
  3. And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,
  4. "I am a stranger and a sojourner with you. Give me possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight."
  5. And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,
  6. "Hear us, my lord, you are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choice of our sepulchres. None of us shall withhold from you his sepulchre, but that you may bury your dead."
  7. And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.
  8. And he communed with them, saying, "If it is in your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,
  9. That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he has, which is in the end of his field. As much money as it is worth I shall give him for a possession of a burying place amongst you."
  10. And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and Ephron 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,
  11. "No, my lord, hear me. I give you the field, and the cave that is therein, I give it to you; in the presence of the sons of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead."
  12. And Abraham bowed down before the people of the land.
  13. And he spoke to Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, "But if you will give it, I pray to you, hear me: I will give you money for the field. Take it from me, and I will bury my dead there."
  14. And Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him,
  15. "My lord, hearken to me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that between me and you? Therefore bury your dead."
  16. And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant.
  17. And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was there, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made legally
  18. Abraham's for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city.
  19. And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre, the same as Hebron in the land of Canaan.
  20. And the field, and the cave that is there, were made legally Abraham's for a possession of a burying place by the sons of Heth.

 
 
 
Chapter 24
  1. And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age. The LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
  2. And Abraham said to his eldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, "Put, I pray you, your hand under my thigh,
  3. And I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that you shall not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell,
  4. But you shall go unto my country, and to my kin, and take a wife for my son Isaac."
  5. And the servant said to him, "Maybe the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I bring your son again to the land from where you came?"
  6. And Abraham said to him, "Beware that you don't bring my son there again.
  7. The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house, and from the land of my kin, and which spoke to me, and that swore to me, saying, 'I will give this land to your seed,' he shall send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.
  8. And if the woman will not be willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this, my oath; only don't bring my son there again."
  9. And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham, his master, and swore to him concerning that matter.
  10. And the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand. And he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor.
  11. And he made his camels kneel down outside the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.
  12. And he said, "O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray to you, send me good speed this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.
  13. Behold, I stand here by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water.
  14. Let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, 'Let down thy pitcher, I pray to you, that I may drink,' and she shall say, 'Drink, and I will give your camels water, as well.' Let the same be the one that you have appointed for your servant Isaac; and thereby I shall know that you have showed kindness to my master."
  15. And it came to pass, before he had finished speaking, that Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder.
  16. And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, no man had known her. And she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
  17. And the servant ran to meet her, and said, "Let me, I pray to you, drink a little water from your pitcher."
  18. And she said, "Drink, my lord." And she hastened, and let down her pitcher on her hand, and gave it to him to drink.
  19. And when she had done giving him a drink, she said, "I will draw water for your camels also, until they have done drinking."
  20. And she hastened, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again to the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
  21. And the man, wondering at her, held his peace, to see whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not.
  22. And it came to pass, as the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;
  23. And said, "Whose daughter are you? tell me, I pray you. Is there room in your father's house for us to lodge in?"
  24. And she said to him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bore unto Nahor."
  25. She said moreover to him, "We have both straw and animal feed enough, and room to lodge in."
  26. And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.
  27. And he said, "Blessed is the LORD God of my master Abraham, who has not left my master destitute of his mercy and his truth. I being on my way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brother."
  28. And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things.
  29. And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban. And Laban ran out to the man, to the well.
  30. And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, "Thus the man spoke to me; that he came to the man, and he stood by the camels at the well."
  31. And he said, "Come in, you blessed of the LORD; why do you stand outside? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels."
  32. And the man came into the house and ungirded his camels, and gave straw and feed to them, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him.
  33. And food was set there before him to eat, but he said, "I will not eat, until I have told you my errand." And he said, "Speak on."
  34. And he said, "I am Abraham's servant.
  35. And the LORD has blessed my master greatly; and he has become great; and he has given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.
  36. And Sarah, my master's wife, bore a son to my master when she was old. And to him he has given all that he has.
  37. And my master made me swear, saying, 'You shall not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell:
  38. But you shall go to my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife to my son.'
  39. And I said unto my master, 'Maybe the woman will not follow me.'
  40. And he said to me, 'The LORD, 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 kin, and of of my father's house,
  41. Then you shall be clear from this, my oath, when you come to my kindred; and if they don't give you one, you shall be clear from my oath.'
  42. And I came to the well today, and said, 'O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now you prosper my way which I go;
  43. Behold, I stand by the well of water'. And it shall come to pass, that when the virgin comes forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray of you, a little water from your pitcher to drink;'
  44. And she says to me, 'Both drink, and I will also draw for your camels.' Let her be the same be the woman whom the LORD has appointed for my master's son.
  45. And before I had finished speaking in my heart, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down to the well, and drew water: and I said to her, 'Let me drink, I pray you.'
  46. And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, 'Drink, and I will give your camels water also.' so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.
  47. And I asked her, and said, 'Whose daughter are you?' And she said, 'The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him.' And I put the earring on her face, and the bracelets on her hands.
  48. And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the LORD, and blessed the LORD God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter to his son.
  49. And 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, or to the left."
  50. Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, "The thing proceedes from the LORD: we cannot speak to you bad or good.
  51. Behold, Rebekah is before you, take her, and go, and let her be your master's son's wife, as the LORD has spoken."
  52. And it came to pass, that when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
  53. And the servant brought forth jewelery of silver, and jewelry of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.
  54. And they ate and drank, 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 to my master."
  55. And her brother and her mother said, "Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go."
  56. And he said to them, "Don't slow me down, seeing the LORD has prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master."
  57. And they said, "We will call the damsel, and ask her personally."
  58. And they called Rebekah, and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" And she said, "I will go."
  59. And they sent Rebekah, their sister and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men, away.
  60. And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, "You are our sister, who will be the mother of thousands of millions, and let your seed possess the gate of those which hate them."
  61. And Rebekah rose, and her damsels, and they rode on the camels, and followed the man. The servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
  62. And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahai-roi; for he dwelt in the south country.
  63. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the evening. He lifted up his eyes, and saw that the camels were coming.
  64. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she got off the camel.
  65. For she had said to the servant, "What man is this that walks in the field to meet us?" And the servant had said, "It is my master." So she tipped her hat, and covered herself.
  66. And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
  67. And Isaac brought her to his mother's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her. And Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

 
 
 
Chapter 25
  1. Then Abraham took a wife again, and her name was Keturah.
  2. And she bore to him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
  3. And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.
  4. And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.
  5. And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac.
  6. But to the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.
  7. And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, a hundred seventy five years.
  8. Then 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.
  9. And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;
  10. The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there Abraham was buried, and Sarah his wife.
  11. And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi.
  12. Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bore to Abraham:
  13. And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,
  14. And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,
  15. Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:
  16. These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.
  17. And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.
  18. And they dwelled from Havilah to Shur, that is before Egypt, as you go toward Assyria. He died in the presence of all his brothers.
  19. And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham begat Isaac:
  20. And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
  21. And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
  22. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If it is so, why am I like this?" And she went to inquire of the LORD.
  23. And the LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two manners of people shall be separated from your bowels. The one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
  24. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
  25. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
  26. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
  27. And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.
  28. And Isaac loved Esau, because he ate his venison, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
  29. And Jacob was eating thick stew when Esau came from the field, and he was weak from hunger.
  30. And Esau said to Jacob, "Feed me, I pray you, with that same stew; for I am faint." Therefore was his name called Edom.
  31. And Jacob said, "Sell me your birthright today."
  32. And Esau said, "look, I am at the point of death, and what profit shall this birthright do to me?"
  33. And Jacob said, "Swear to me today." And he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
  34. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentile stew, and he ate and drank, and rose up, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

 
 
 
Chapter 26
  1. There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.
  2. And the LORD appeared to him, and said, "Don't go down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell you of.
  3. Stay in this land a while, and I will be with you, and will bless you. For to you and your descendents, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham, your father,
  4. And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give to your seed all these countries; and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.
  5. Because Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws."
  6. And Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
  7. And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, "She is my sister." for he feared to say "She is my wife" or, he said, "the men of the place would kill me for Rebekah", because she was fair to look at.
  8. And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac and his wife were cuddling and caressing.
  9. And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, "Look, surely she is your wife, why did you say 'She is my sister'?" And Isaac said to him, "Because I said, 'Lest I die for her'."
  10. And Abimelech said, "What is this you have done to us? One of the people might lightly have had sex with your wife, and you would have brought guilts upon us."
  11. And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, "He that touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."
  12. Then Isaac planted crops in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold. And the LORD blessed him.
  13. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great,
  14. For he had possession of flocks, and possessions of herds, and a great store of servants, and the Philistines envied him.
  15. For all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham, his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.
  16. And Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go from us; for you are much mightier than we are."
  17. And Isaac left there, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
  18. And Isaac again dug the water wells, which they had dug in the days of Abraham, his father; for the philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham. And he named the wells after the names by which his father had called them.
  19. And Isaac's servants dug in the valley, and found a well of springing water.
  20. And the herdsmen of Gerar argued with Isaac's herdmen, saying, "The water is ours!" And he named the well Esek; because they strove with him.
  21. And they dug another well, and strove for that, too, and he called it Sitnah.
  22. And he left there and dug another well, and for that they didn't quarrel. He called it Rehoboth; and he said, "For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land."
  23. And he went up from there to Beer-sheba.
  24. And the LORD appeared to him the same night, and said, "I am the God of Abraham, your father. Do not fear, for I am with you, and will bless you, and multiply your seed for my servant Abraham's sake."
  25. And he built an altar there, and called on the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac's servants dug a well.
  26. Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.
  27. And Isaac said to them, Why do you come to me, seeing as you hate me, and have sent me away from you?"
  28. And they said, "We saw certainly that the LORD 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
  29. that you will do us no harm, as we have not touched you, and as we have done to you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace.' You are now the blessed of the LORD."
  30. And he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
  31. And they rose up some time in the morning, and swore one to another. And Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
  32. And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had dug, and said to him, "We have found water."
  33. And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day.
  34. And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite,
  35. Which were a grief of mind to Isaac and to Rebekah.

 
 
 
Chapter 27
  1. 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 eldest son and said to him, "My son, look, here I am."
  2. And he said, "Look, now, I am old. I don't know the day of my death.
  3. Now therefore take, I pray you, your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and take some venison for me,
  4. And make me a savoury meal like I love, and bring it to me so I may eat; that my soul may bless you before I die.
  5. And Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.
  6. And Rebekah spoke to Jacob, her son, saying, "Look, I heard your father speak to Esau, your brother, saying,
  7. 'Bring me venison, and make me savoury meal, that I may eat, and bless you before the LORD before my death.'
  8. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command you.
  9. Go now to the flock, and fetch me from there two good kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meal for your father, such as he loves,
  10. And you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat, and that he may bless you before his death."
  11. And Jacob said to Rebekah, his mother, "Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.
  12. My father may feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon myself, and not a blessing."
  13. And his mother said to him, "Upon me will be your curse, my son. Only obey my voice, and go fetch them."
  14. And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother; and his mother made a savoury meal such as his father loved.
  15. And Rebekah took good clothing of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob, her younger son.
  16. And she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands, and on the smooth of his neck.
  17. And she gave the savoury meal and the bread, that she had prepared into the hand of her son, Jacob.
  18. And he came to his father and said, "My father." And he replied, "Here I am; who are you, my son?"
  19. And Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau, your firstborn; I have done according as you asked me. Arise, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me."
  20. And Isaac said to his son, "How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?" And Jacob said, "Because the LORD your God brought it to me."
  21. And Isaac said to Jacob, "Come near, I pray you, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are my very son Esau or not."
  22. And Jacob went near to Isaac his father; and Isaac felt him, and said, "The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau."
  23. And he didn't notice because Jacob's hands were hairy, like his brother Esau's hands, so he blessed him.
  24. And he said, "Are you my very son Esau?" And he replied, "I am."
  25. And he said, "Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless you." And he brought it near to him, and he ate, and he brought him wine, and he drank.
  26. And his father Isaac said to him, "Come near now, and kiss me, my son."
  27. And he came near, and kissed him. 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 the LORD has blessed.
  28. Therefore God give you of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine.
  29. Let people serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brethren, and let your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed is every one that curses you, and blessed is he that blesses you."
  30. And it came to pass that 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.
  31. And he also had made savoury food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, "Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that your soul may bless me."
  32. And Isaac his father said to him, "Who are you?" And he said, "I am your son, your firstborn, Esau."
  33. And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, "Who? Where is he that has taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have blessed him? Yea, and he shall be blessed."
  34. And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said to his father, "Bless me, even me also, O my father."
  35. And he said, "Your brother came with subtilty, and has taken away your blessing."
  36. And he said, "Isn't he rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, look, now he has taken away my blessing. Haven't you reserved a blessing for me?"
  37. And Isaac answered and said to Esau, "Look, I have made him your lord, and all his brethren I have given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now to you, my son?"
  38. And Esau said to 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.
  39. And Isaac his father answered and said to him, "Behold, your dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;
  40. And by your sword you shall live, and shall serve your brother; and it shall come to pass when you shall have the dominion, that you shall break his yoke from off your neck."
  41. And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing that 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."
  42. And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah, and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, "Look, your brother Esau, as touching you, comforts himself, planning to kill you.
  43. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee to Laban, to my brother Haran;
  44. And tarry with him a few days, until your brother's fury turns away;
  45. Until your brother's anger turns away from you, and he forgets that which you have done to him. I will then send, and fetch you from there. Why should I be deprived of you both in one day?"
  46. And Rebekah said to Isaac, "I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth. If Jacob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?"

 
 
 
Chapter 28
  1. And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him, "You shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
  2. Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel, your mother's father, and take a wife of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother, from there.
  3. And God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply, that you may be a multitude of people;
  4. And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you, and to your seed with you; that ou may inherit the land where you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham."
  5. And Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Padan-aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
  6. When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padan-aram, to take 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."
  7. And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padan-aram;
  8. And Esau, seeing that the daughters of Canaan did not please Isaac his father;
  9. Then Esau went to Ishmael, and took to the wives, which he had Mahalath, the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.
  10. And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran.
  11. And he lighted upon a certain place, and stayed there all night, because the sun was set. He took of the stones of that place, and used them for his pillow, and lay down in that place to sleep. Jacob's Dream, William Blake, 1805
  12. And he dreamed, and saw a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven, and saw the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
  13. And saw the LORD stood above it, and said, "I am the LORD God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac: the land wher you lay, I will give it to you, and to your seed;
  14. And 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.
  15. And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where you go, and will bring you again to this land; for I will not leave you, until I have done that which I have spoken to you of."
  16. And Jacob awakened out of his sleep, and he said, "Surely the LORD is in this place; and I didn't know it."
  17. And he was afraid, and said, "How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."
  18. And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
  19. And he named that place Bethel, but the name of that city was called Luz at first.
  20. And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and clothing to put on,
  21. So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
  22. And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house, and of all that you shall give me I will surely give the tenth to you."

 
 
 
Chapter 29
  1. Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east.
  2. And he looked, and saw a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well's mouth.
  3. And all the flocks were gathered there with their keepers, and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.
  4. And Jacob said to them, "My brethren, where are you from?" And they said, "Of Haran are we."
  5. And he said to them, "Do you Know Laban, the son of Nahor?" And they said, "We know him."
  6. And he said to them, "Is he well?" And they said, "He is well." And, behold, Rachel his daughter came with the sheep.
  7. And 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."
  8. And they said, "We can't, until all the flocks are gathered together, and until they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we will water the sheep."
  9. And while he yet spoke with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she kept them.
  10. And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban, his mother's brother.
  11. And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
  12. And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's son, and she ran and told her father.
  13. And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.
  14. And Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh." And he abode with him the space of a month.
  15. And Laban said to Jacob, "Because you are my brother, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?"
  16. And Laban had two daughters. The name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
  17. Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.
  18. And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, "I will serve you seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter."
  19. And Laban said, It is better that I give her to you, than that I should give her to another man. Abide with me.
  20. And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but a few days, for the love he had for her.
  21. And Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her."
  22. And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
  23. And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah, his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in to her.
  24. And Laban gave to his daughter Leah Zilpah, his maid for an handmaid.
  25. And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban, "What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you beguiled me?"
  26. And Laban said, "It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
  27. Fulfill her week, and we will give you this also for the service which you shall serve with me yet seven more years."
  28. And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week. And he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife, as well.
  29. And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
  30. And he went in also to Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven more years.
  31. And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
  32. And Leah conceived, and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, "Surely the LORD has looked on my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me."
  33. And she conceived again, and bore a son, and said, "Because the LORD has heard that I was hated, he has therefore given me this son also." And she called his name Simeon.
  34. And she conceived again, and bore a son, and said, "Now this time my husband will be joined to me, because I have born him three sons." Therefore was his name called Levi.
  35. And she conceived again, and bore a son, and she said, "Now will I praise the LORD." Therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

 
 
 
Chapter 30
  1. And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, "Give me children, or else I will die."
  2. And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel, and he said, "Am I in God's stead, who has withheld the fruit of the womb from you?"
  3. And she said, "Behold my maid Bilhah, go in to her and she shall bear, upon my knees, that I may also have children by her."
  4. And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife, and Jacob went in to her.
  5. And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.
  6. And Rachel said, God has judged me, and has also heard my voice, and has given me a son." Therefore she named him Dan.
  7. And Bilhah, Rachel's maid, conceived again, and bore Jacob a second son.
  8. And Rachel said, "With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed." And she named him Naphtali.
  9. When Leah saw that she had finished bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.
  10. And Zilpah Leah's maid bore Jacob a son.
  11. And Leah said, "A troop comes" and she named him Gad.
  12. And Zilpah Leah's maid bore Jacob a second son.
  13. And Leah said, "Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed." And she named him Asher.
  14. And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me one of your son's mandrakes."
  15. And she said to her, "Is it a small matter that you have taken my husband? And would you take away my son's mandrakes also?" And Rachel said, "Therefore he shall lie with you tonight for your son's mandrakes."
  16. And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, "You must come in unto me; for surely I have hired you with my son's mandrakes." And he laid with her that night.
  17. And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bore Jacob the fifth son.
  18. And Leah said, "God has given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband." and she named him Issachar.
  19. And Leah conceived again, and bore Jacob the sixth son.
  20. And Leah said, "God has endued me with a good dowry. Now my husband will dwell with me, because I have born him six sons." And she called him Zebulun.
  21. And afterwards she bore a daughter, and nameed her Dinah.
  22. And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
  23. And she conceived, and bore a son, and said, "God has taken away my reproach."
  24. And she named him Joseph; and said, "The LORD shall add to me another son."
  25. And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, "Send me away, that I may go to my own place, and to my country.
  26. Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served you, and let me go. For you know my service which I have done for you."
  27. And Laban said to him, "I pray if I have found favour in your eyes, stay a while. For I have learned by experience that the LORD has blessed me for your sake."
  28. And he said, "Appoint me your wages, and I will give it."
  29. And he said to him, "You know how I have served you, and how your cattle were with me.
  30. For it was little which you had before I came, and it is now increased to a multitude; and the LORD has blessed you since my coming. And now when shall I provide for my own house, too?"
  31. And 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 and keep your flock.
  32. I will pass through all your flock today, removing all the speckled and spotted cattle from there, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats, and of such shall be my hire.
  33. So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before your face. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me."
  34. And Laban said, "Look, I would want it to be according to your word."
  35. And that day he removed the he goats that were marked with rings and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.
  36. And he set three days' journey between himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.
  37. And Jacob took rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chestnut tree; and piled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.
  38. And he set the rods which he had piled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.
  39. And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
  40. And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the wood, and all the brown in the flock of Laban, and he put his own flocks by themselves, and didn't put them with Laban's cattle.
  41. And it came to pass, whenever the stronger cattle conceived, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.
  42. But when the cattle were feeble, he didn't put them in, so the feeble were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.
  43. And the man increased exceedingly, and had many cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.

 
 
 
Chapter 31
  1. And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, "Jacob has taken away all that was our father's; and of that which was our father's has he gotten all this glory."
  2. And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it was not toward him as before.
  3. And the LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers, and to your kindred; and I will be with you."
  4. And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock,
  5. And said to them, "I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me.
  6. And you know that with all my power I have served your father.
  7. And your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
  8. If he said this, 'The speckled shall be your wages,' then all the cattle bore speckles. And if he said "The ones with rings shall be your hire' then all the cattle had rings.
  9. Thus God has taken away the cattle of your father, and given them to me.
  10. And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and, look, the rams which leaped upon the cattle had were rings, speckled, and grisled.
  11. And the angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, 'Jacob.' And I said, 'Here I am.'
  12. And he said, 'now lift up now your eyes and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled; for I have seen all that Laban has done to you.
  13. I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar, and where you vowed a vow to me. Now arise, get out from this land, and return to the land of your kindred'."
  14. And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, "Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?
  15. Are we not counted of him as strangers? For he has sold us, and also has quite devoured our money.
  16. For all the riches which God has taken from our father, that is ours, and our children's. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do it."
  17. Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels,
  18. And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padan-aram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.
  19. And Laban went to shear his sheep, and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's.
  20. And Jacob stole away unaware to Laban the Syrian, in that he didn't tell him that he fled.
  21. So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward mount Gilead.
  22. And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.
  23. And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey, and they overtook him in mount Gilead.
  24. And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said to him, "Take heed that you don't speak either good or bad to Jacob."
  25. Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount. And Laban, with his brethren, pitched in the mount of Gilead.
  26. And Laban said to Jacob, "What have you done, that you have stolen away, with me unaware, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?
  27. Where did you flee to secretly, and steal away from me, and did not tell me, that I might have sent you away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?
  28. And have you not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? You have now done foolishly in so doing.
  29. It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt, but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, 'Take heed that you don't speak either good or bad to Jacob.'
  30. And now, though you need to be gone, because you sorely longed after your father's house, yet why have thou stolen my goods?"
  31. And Jacob answered and said to Laban, "Because I was afraid. For I said, maybe you would take your daughters from me by force.
  32. With whomever you find your goods, don't let him live. Before our brethren discern what is yours with me, and take it to you." For Jacob didn't know that Rachel had stolen them.
  33. And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maidservants' tents; but he didn't fiund them. Then he went out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.
  34. Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat on them. And Laban searched all the tent, but didn't find them.
  35. And she said to her father, "Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before you; for the custom of women is upon me." And he searched, but didn't find the images.
  36. And Jacob was enraged, and chided Laban. And Jacob answered and said to Laban, "What is my trespass? What is my sin, that you have so hotly pursued after me?"
  37. Where you have searched all my stuff, what have you found of all your household stuff? Set it here before my brethren and your brethren, that they may judge between us both.
  38. This twenty years I have been with you. Your ewes and your she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of your flock I have not eaten.
  39. That which was torn by beasts I didn't bring to you; I bore the loss of it; of my hand did you require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night.
  40. Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from my eyes.
  41. Thus I have been twenty years in your house. I served you fourteen years for your two daughters, and six years for your cattle, and you have changed my wages ten times.
  42. Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely you had now sent me away empty. God has seen my affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked you last night."
  43. And Laban answered and said to Jacob, "These daughters are my daughters, and these children are my children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that you see is mine. And what can I do this day to these, my daughters, or to their children which they have born?
  44. Now therefore come, let us make a covenant, I and you; and let it be for a witness between me and you."
  45. And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.
  46. And Jacob said to his brethren, "Gather stones." And they took stones, and made a heap, and they ate there on the heap.
  47. And Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed.
  48. And Laban said, "This heap is a witness between me and you this day. Therefore it was called Galeed.
  49. And Mizpah said, "The LORD watches between me and you, when we are absent one from another.
  50. If you shall afflict my daughters, or if you shall take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see, God is witness between me and you."
  51. And Laban said to Jacob, "Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast between me and you;
  52. This heap is witness, and this pillar is witness, that I will not pass over this heap to you, and that you shall not pass over this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.
  53. The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, will judge between us." And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac.
  54. Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread, and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.
  55. And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them. Then Laban departed, and returned to his place.

 
 
 
Chapter 32
  1. And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
  2. And when Jacob saw them, he said, "This is God's host," and he named that place Mahanaim.
  3. And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother to the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
  4. And he commanded them, saying, "This is how you shall speak to my lord Esau; 'Thy servant Jacob says this, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now,
  5. And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants. I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in your sight'."
  6. And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and also he comes to meet you, and four hundred men with him."
  7. Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed, and he divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands,
  8. And said, "If Esau comes to the one company, and attacks it, then the other company which is left shall escape."
  9. And Jacob said, "Oh, God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which said to me, 'Return to your country, and to your kindred, and I will deal well with you',
  10. I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which you have showed to your servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
  11. I pray that you deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau. For I fear him, lest he will come and kill me, and the mother with the children.
  12. And you said, 'I will surely do you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude'."
  13. And he lodged there that same night; and took a present for Esau his brother of that which came to his hand;
  14. Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,
  15. Thirty milk camels with their colts, forty cows, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.
  16. And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every herd by themselves; and said unto his servants, "Pass over before me, and put a space between herdsmen and the driven herds."
  17. And he commanded the foremost, saying, "When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, saying, 'Who are you? And where are you going? And who are these before you?'
  18. Then you shall say, 'They are your servant Jacob's; it is a present sent to my lord Esau. And, see, also he is behind us'."
  19. And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the herds, saying, 'In this manner you shall speak to Esau, when you find him.
  20. And say, moreover, 'look, 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; maybe he will accept them from me'."
  21. So the present went over before him, and he lodged that night in the company.
  22. And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
  23. And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over what he had.
  24. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until daybreak.
  25. And when he saw that he hadn't prevailed against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
  26. And he said, "Let me go, for the day breaks." And he said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me."
  27. And he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob."
  28. And he said, "Your name shall not be called Jacob any more, but Israel: for as a prince you have power with God and with men, and have prevailed."
  29. And Jacob asked him, "Tell me, I pray you, your name." And he said, "Why is it that you ask after my name?" And he blessed him there.
  30. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
  31. And as he passed over Penuel, the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.
  32. Therefore the children of Israel don't eat from the sinew which shrank, which is on the hollow of the thigh, to this day, because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.

 
 
 
Chapter 33
  1. And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, beheld Esau coming, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children to Leah, and to Rachel, and to the two handmaids.
  2. And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
  3. And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
  4. And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him, and they wept.
  5. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children, and said, "Who are those with you?" And he said, "The children which God has graciously given your servant."
  6. Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.
  7. And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves. And afterwards Joseph and Rachel came near, and they bowed themselves.
  8. And he said, "What do you mean by all this cattle which I met?" And he said, "These are to find grace in the sight of my lord."
  9. And Esau said, "I have enough, my brother. Keep what you have to yourself."
  10. And Jacob said, "No, I pray you, if now I have found grace in your sight, then receive my present at my hand. For therefore I have seen your face, as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me.
  11. Take, I pray, my blessing 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.
  12. And he said, "Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before you."
  13. And he said to him, "My lord knows that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me. And if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.
  14. Let my lord, I pray you, pass over before his servant, and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goes before me and the children are able to endure, until I come to my lord, to Seir."
  15. And Esau said, "Let me now leave with you some of the folk that are with me." And he replied, "What needs it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord."
  16. So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.
  17. And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built himself a house, and made booths for his cattle. Therefore, the name of the place is called Succoth.
  18. And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram; and pitched his tent before the city.
  19. And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for a hundred pieces of money.
  20. And he erected an altar there, and called it El-elohe-Israel.

 
 
 
Chapter 34
  1. And Dinah, the daughter of Leah, which she bore to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
  2. And when Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her and raped her, defiling her.
  3. And his soul stuck to Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spoke kindly to her.
  4. And Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, Get this damsel for me to marry.
  5. And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah, his daughter. Now his sons were with his cattle in the field, and Jacob held his peace until they had come.
  6. And Hamor, the father of Shechem, went out to Jacob to talk with him.
  7. And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it. And the men were grieved, and they were furious, because he had worked folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; a thing that ought to not be done.
  8. And Hamor spoke with them, saying, "The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter. I pray you give her to him to marry.
  9. And make marriages with us, and give your daughters to us, and take our daughters to you.
  10. And you shall dwell with us. And the land shall be before you; dwell and trade there, and get yourselves possessions there."
  11. And Shechem said to her father and to her brothers, "Let me find grace in your eyes, and what you shall say to me I will give.
  12. Ask me never so much as a dowry and gift, and I will give according as you shall say to me, but give me the damsel to marry."
  13. And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully, and said that because he had defiled Dinah their sister.
  14. And they said to them, "We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that is a reproach to us.
  15. But in this will we consent to you: If you will be as we are, that every male of you be circumcised,
  16. Then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.
  17. But if you will not hearken to us, to be circumcised, then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone."
  18. And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.
  19. And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter. He was more honourable than all the house of his father.
  20. And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and spoke with the men of their city, saying,
  21. "These men are peaceful with us. Therefore, let them dwell in the land, and trade there; for the land, see, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.
  22. Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.
  23. Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of theirs be ours? Only let us consent to them, and they will dwell with us."
  24. his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city to Hamor and unto Shechem; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.
  25. And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took each man his sword, and came on the city boldly, and slew all the males.
  26. And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.
  27. The sons of Jacob came on the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.
  28. They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,
  29. And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and they took their wives captive, and spoiled all that was in the house.
  30. And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites. And I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me, and I shall be destroyed, I and my house."
  31. And they said, "Should he deal with our sister as with a whore?"

 
 
 
Chapter 35
  1. And God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there. Make an altar to God there, that appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau, your brother."
  2. Then Jacob said to his household, and to all that were with him, "Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your clothes,
  3. And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar to God there, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went."
  4. And they gave Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.
  5. And they journeyed. And the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.
  6. So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him.
  7. And he built an altar there, and called the place El-beth-el, because there God appeared to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.
  8. But Deborah, Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak; and the name of it was Allon-bachuth.
  9. And God appeared to Jacob again, when he came out of Padan-aram, and blessed him.
  10. And God said to 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.
  11. And God said to 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.
  12. And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, and to your seed after you I will give the land.
  13. And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.
  14. And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone. And he poured a drink offering it there, and he poured oil of it on.
  15. And Jacob called the place where God spoke with him, "Bethel".
  16. And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath. Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.
  17. And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said to her, "Fear not; you shall have this son also."
  18. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she named him Ben-oni, but his father called him Benjamin.
  19. And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.
  20. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave. That is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day.
  21. And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.
  22. And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine, and Israel heard it. Now there were twelve sons of Jacob.
  23. The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun,
  24. The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin,
  25. And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali,
  26. And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid; Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padan-aram.
  27. And Jacob came to Isaac his father, to Mamre, to the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.
  28. And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.
  29. And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days, and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

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

 
 
 
Chapter 37
  1. And Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
  2. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers, and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives. Joseph brought their evil report to his father.
  3. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. He made him a coat of many colours.
  4. And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peacefully to him.
  5. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brothers, and they hated him even more.
  6. And he said to them, Hear, I pray, this dream that I have dreamed.
  7. For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and saw your sheaves stood round about, and made deferential respect to my sheaf.
  8. And his brothers said to him, "Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?" And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
  9. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brothers, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, saw the sun and the moon and the eleven stars showed respect to me.
  10. And he told it to his father, and to his brothers. His father rebuked him, and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow down ourselves to the earth to you?
  11. And his brothers envied him, but his father observed the saying.
  12. And his brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
  13. And Israel said to Joseph, "Aren't your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them." And he said to him, "Here I am."
  14. And he said to him, "Please go and see whether it is well with your brothers, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again." So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
  15. And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field. And the man asked him, "What do you seek?"
  16. And he said, "I seek my brothers. Tell me, please, where they feed their flocks?"
  17. And the man said, "They are gone from here; for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan'." And Joseph went after his brothers, and found them in Dothan.
  18. And when they saw him from far off, and even before he came near to them they conspired to kill him.
  19. And they said one to another, "Look, this dreamer comes.
  20. Come now therefore, and let us kill him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, 'Some evil beast has devoured him,' and we shall see what will become of his dreams."
  21. And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, "Let's not kill him."
  22. And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him," that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
  23. And it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they striped Joseph of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him.
  24. And they took him, and cast him into a pit. The pit was empty, there was no water in it.
  25. And they sat down to eat bread. They lifted up their eyes and looked, and saw a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels, bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
  26. And Judah said to his brothers, "What good is it if we slay our brother, and hide his blood?
  27. Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and don't let our hand be on him; for he is our brother and our flesh." And his brothers were content.
  28. Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver, and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
  29. And Reuben returned to the pit; and saw that Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
  30. And he returned to his brothers, and said, "The child is not; and I, where shall I go?"
  31. And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood.
  32. And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, "We have found this. Do you know whether it is your son's coat or not?"
  33. And he knew it, and said, "It is my son's coat; an evil beast has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces."
  34. And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sack cloth on his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
  35. And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, "For I will go down into the grave mourning my son." Thus, his father wept for him.
  36. And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.

 
 
 
Chapter 38
  1. And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brothers, and turned to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.
  2. And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her.
  3. And she conceived, and bore a son. He named him Er.
  4. And she conceived again, and bore a son; and she called him Onan.
  5. And yet again she conceived, and bore a son, and named him Shelah. He was at Chezib, when she bore him.
  6. And Judah took a wife for Er, his firstborn, whose name was Tamar.
  7. And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD killed him.
  8. And Judah said to Onan, Go in to your brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to your brother.
  9. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
  10. And the thing which he did displeased the LORD, so he slew him, too.
  11. Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter in law, "Remain a widow at your father's house, until Shelah my son is grown. For he said, 'Lest maybe he will die also, as his brothers did'." And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.
  12. And in the process of time, the daughter of Shuah, Judah's wife died; and Judah was comforted, and went up to his sheep shearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.
  13. And it was told Tamar, saying, "Look, your father in law goes up to Timnath to shear his sheep."
  14. And she took off her widow's garments, and covered her face with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
  15. When Judah saw her, he thought she was a whore; because she had covered her face.
  16. And he turned to her by the wayside, and said, "Please, let me come in unto you (for he didn't know that she was his daughter in law). And she said, "What will you give me, that you may come in to me?"
  17. And he said, "I will send you a kid from the flock." And she said, "Will you give me a pledge, until you send it?"
  18. And he said, "What pledge shall I give you?" And she said, "Your signet, and your bracelets, and your staff that is in your hand." And he gave it to her, and came in to her, and she conceived by him.
  19. And she arose, and went away, and took off her vail, and put on the garments of her widowhood.
  20. And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman's hand, but he didn't find her.
  21. Then he asked the men of that place, saying, "Where is the whore that was openly by the way side?" And they said, "There was no harlot in this place."
  22. And he returned to Judah, and said, "I can't find her." The men of the place also said that there was no whore in this place.
  23. And Judah said, "Let her take it to her, lest we are shamed. Look, I sent this kid, and you have not found her."
  24. And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, "Tamar, your daughter in law has played the harlot; and also, see, she is with child by whoredom." And Judah said, "Bring her forth, and let her be burned."
  25. When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, "By the man, whose these are, I am with child." And she said, "Discern, please, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff?"
  26. And Judah acknowledged them, and said, "She has been more righteous than I, because I didn't give her to Shelah my son." And he knew her again no more.
  27. And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.
  28. And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, "This came out first."
  29. And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out. And she said, "How have you broken forth? this breach is upon you." therefore his name was called Pharez.
  30. And afterward his brother came out, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand. He was named Zarah.

 
 
 
Chapter 39
  1. Joseph was brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmeelites, who had brought him down there.
  2. And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
  3. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
  4. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him. He made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
  5. And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
  6. And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he didn't know not what he had, save the bread which he ate. And Joseph was a good person, and well favoured.
  7. And it came to pass after these things that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me."
  8. But he refused, and said to his master's wife, "Look, my master doesn't know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand.
  9. There 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?"
  10. And it came to pass, as she spoke to Joseph every day that he didn't hearken to her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
  11. And it came to pass about this time that Joseph went into the house to do his business, and there were none of the men of the house there inside.
  12. And she caught him by his garment, saying, "Lie with me!" and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got out.
  13. And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and had fled,
  14. That she called to the men of her house, and spoke to them, saying, "See, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to mock us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice.
  15. And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got out."
  16. And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
  17. And she spoke to him according to these words, saying, "The Hebrew servant, which you have brought to us, came in to me to mock me.
  18. And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled."
  19. And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, "After this manner your servant did to me," that his wrath was kindled.
  20. And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound. He was there in the prison.
  21. But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
  22. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatever they did there, he was the one who did it.
  23. The keeper of the prison didn't look to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.

 
 
 
Chapter 40
  1. And it came to pass after these things that the baker and the butler of the king of Egypt had offended their lord, the king of Egypt.
  2. And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.
  3. And he put them in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
  4. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them. And they continued a season in prison.
  5. And 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, which were bound in the prison.
  6. And Joseph came in to them in the morning, and looked at them, and, saw they were sad.
  7. And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the jail of his lord's house, saying, "Why do you look so sad today?"
  8. And they said to him, "We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it." And Joseph said to them, "Don't interpretations belong to God? Tell me them, please."
  9. And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, "In my dream, I saw a vine was before me;
  10. And in the vine were three branches. It was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters brought forth ripe grapes,
  11. And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand. I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand."
  12. And Joseph said to him, "This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days.
  13. Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up your head, and restore you to your place. And you shall deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when you were his butler.
  14. But think of me when it shall be well with youe, and show kindness, I pray you, to me, and make mention of me to Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house.
  15. For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.
  16. When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, I was also in my dream, and saw that I had three white baskets on my head.
  17. In the uppermost basket there was all manner of bakery goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head."
  18. And Joseph answered and said, "This is the interpretation: The three baskets are three days.
  19. Yet within three days Pharaoh shall lift up your head, and hang you on a tree, and the birds shall eat your flesh from off of you."
  20. And it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants, and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.
  21. And he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he gave the cup to Pharaoh's hand.
  22. But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.
  23. Yet the chief butler didn't remember Joseph, but forgat him.

 
 
 
Chapter 41
  1. And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed, and looked as he stood by the river.
  2. He saw there seven fat, well favoured cows coming up out of the river, and they fed in a meadow.
  3. And he saw seven other cows coming up out of the river after them, ill favoured and skinny; and stood by the other cows on the brink of the river.
  4. And the ill favoured, skinny cows ate up the seven well favoured and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke.
  5. And he slept, and dreamed the second time, and saw seven ears of corn coming up upon one stalk, rank and good.
  6. And saw seven thin ears, blasted with the east wind that sprang up after them.
  7. And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and saw that it was a dream.
  8. And 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 there. Pharaoh told them his dream, but there were none that could interpret them to Pharaoh.
  9. Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying, "I do remember my faults this day.
  10. Pharaoh was furious with his servants, and put me in jail in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker.
  11. And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream.
  12. And there was there with us 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.
  13. And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; he restored me to my office, and him he hanged."
  14. Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. He shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in to Pharaoh.
  15. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have dreamed a dream, and there are none that can interpret it. And I have heard said of you, that you can understand a dream to interpret it.
  16. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace."
  17. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "In my dream, see, I stood upon the bank of the river.
  18. And there came up out of the river seven cows, fat-fleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:
  19. And, behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and skinny, such as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt for badness.
  20. And the lean and the ill favoured cows ate up the first seven fat cows.
  21. And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke.
  22. And I saw in my dream seven ears came up in one cornstalk, full and good.
  23. And seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them.
  24. And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears. I told this to the magicians, but there were none that could declare it to me."
  25. And Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dream of Pharaoh is one where God has showed Pharaoh what he is about to do.
  26. The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.
  27. And the seven thin and ill favoured cows that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.
  28. This is the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh: 'What God is about to do, he shows to Pharaoh.'
  29. See, there will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt.
  30. And 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;
  31. And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.
  32. And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.'
  33. Now therefore let Pharaoh look for a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
  34. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years.
  35. And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
  36. And that food shall be stored for the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land doesn't perish through the famine."
  37. And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
  38. And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?"
  39. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "For as much as God has showed you all this, there is none so discreet and wise as you are.
  40. You shall be over my house, and according to your word shall all my people be ruled. Only in the throne will I be greater than you."
  41. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt."
  42. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it on Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck.
  43. And he made him ride in the second chariot which he had, and they cried before him, "Bow the knee!" And he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
  44. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and without you shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."
  45. And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnath-paaneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Poti-pherah, priest of On, to marry. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
  46. And 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.
  47. And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.
  48. And 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, laid he up in the same way.
  49. And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.
  50. And two sons were born to Joseph before the years of famine came, which Asenath, the daughter of Poti-pherah, priest of On, bore to him.
  51. And Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh: "For God," said he, "has made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house."
  52. And the name of the second he called Ephraim: "For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction."
  53. And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.
  54. And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said. And the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
  55. And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread, and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, do it."
  56. And the famine was over all the face of the earth. And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sorely in the land of Egypt.
  57. And all countries came to Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.

 
 
 
Chapter 42
  1. Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, "Why do you look at each another?"
  2. And he said, "Look, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt. Get down there and buy for us from there that we may live, and not die."
  3. And Joseph's ten brothers went down to buy corn in Egypt.
  4. But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob didn't send with his brothers, for he said, "Because maybe mischief will befall him."
  5. And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
  6. And Joseph was the governor over the land, and it was he that sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brothers came, and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth.
  7. And Joseph saw his brothers, and he knew them, but made himself a stranger to them, and spoke roughly to them. He said to them, "Where do you come from?" And they said, "From the land of Canaan to buy food."
  8. And Joseph knew his brothers, but they didn't know him.
  9. And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said to them, "You are spies, to see the nakedness of the land you is why you have come."
  10. And they said to him, "No, my lord, but to buy food are your servants come.
  11. We are all one man's sons; we are true men, your servants are not spies."
  12. And he said to them, "No, but to see the nakedness of the land you have come."
  13. And they said, "Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan. And look, the youngest is with our father today, and one is not.
  14. And Joseph said to them, "That is what I said to you, saying, 'You are spies.
  15. Hereby you shall be proved. By the life of Pharaoh you shall not go forth as a consequence, unless your youngest brother comes here.
  16. Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and you shall be kept in prison, so that your words may be proved, whether there is any truth in you, or else by the life of Pharaoh surely you are spies."
  17. And he put them all together in jail for three days.
  18. And Joseph said to them on the third day, "Do this, and live; for I fear God.
  19. If you are true men, let one of your brothers be bound in the house of your prison. You go and carry corn for the famine of your houses.
  20. But bring your youngest brother to me, so your words shall be verified, and you shall not die." And they did so.
  21. And they said to one another, "We are truly guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he asked us urgently, and we would not hear; therefore this distress has come upon us."
  22. And Reuben answered them, saying, "Didn't I say to you, 'Don't sin against the child,' and you wouldn't hear? Therefore, look, also his blood is required."
  23. And they didn't know that Joseph understood them; for he spoke to them by an interpreter.
  24. And he turned himself away from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and spoke with them, and took Simeon from them, and bound him before their eyes.
  25. Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, and to restore every man's money into his sack, and to give them provision for the way. And this he did to them.
  26. And they laded their asses with the corn, and left there.
  27. And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass food in the inn, he saw his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth.
  28. And he said to his brothers, "My money is returned; and, lo, it is even in my sack!" and their courage failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, "What is this that God has done to us?"
  29. And they came to Jacob their father to the land of Canaan, and told him all that happened to them; saying,
  30. "The man, who is the lord of the land, spoke roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.
  31. And we said to him, We are true men; we are not spies.
  32. We are twelve brothers, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is with our father today in the land of Canaan.
  33. And the man, the lord of the country, said to us, 'Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brothers here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone.
  34. And bring your youngest brother to me. Then I shall know that you are not spies, but that you are true men. So I will deliver you your brother, and you shall traffic in the land'."
  35. And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, look, every man's bundle of money was in his sack. And when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.
  36. And Jacob their father said to them, "I am bereaved of my children. Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and you will take Benjamin away. All these things are against me."
  37. And Reuben spoke to his father, saying, "Kill my two sons, if I don't bring him to you. Deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to you again."
  38. And he said, "My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone. If mischief befalls him by the way you go, then you shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

 
 
 
Chapter 43
  1. And the famine was terrible in the land.
  2. And it came to pass, when they had eaten the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said to them, "Go again and buy us a little food."
  3. And Judah said to him, "The man solemnly protested to us, saying, 'You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you.'
  4. If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food.
  5. But if you will not send him, we will not go down, for the man said to us, 'You shall not see my face, unless your brother is with you'."
  6. And Israel said, "Why did you deal so ill with me, as to tell the man whether you had yet a brother?"
  7. And they said, "The man asked us directly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, 'Is your father yet alive? Do you have another brother?' And we told him, according to the tone of his words. Could we certainly know that he would say, 'Bring your brother down'?"
  8. And Judah said to 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."
  9. I will be surety for him; you shall require him of my hand. If I don't bring him back to you, and set him before you, then let me bear the blame forever.
  10. If we had not lingered, surely we would have returned this second time by now."
  11. And their father Israel said to them, "If it must be so now, do this: take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down a present for the man; a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds.
  12. And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; maybe it was an oversight.
  13. Take your brother as well, and arise. Go again to the man,
  14. And may God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send your other brother away, and Benjamin. If I will be bereaved of my children, I will be bereaved."
  15. And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
  16. And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, "Bring these men home, and butcher an animal, and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon."
  17. And the man did as Joseph said, and the man brought the men into Joseph's house.
  18. And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house, and they said, "It is 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."
  19. And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and they spoke with him at the door of the house,
  20. And said, "O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food.
  21. And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and saw that every man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we have brought it again in our hand.
  22. And we have brought other money down in our hands to buy food. We can't tell who put our money in our sacks."
  23. And 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 to them.
  24. And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses donkey feed.
  25. And they made the present ready against when Joseph came at noon, for they heard that they should eat there.
  26. And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.
  27. And he asked them of their welfare, and said, "Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?"
  28. And they answered, "Your servant our father is in good health, he is still alive. And they bowed down their heads, and showed their respect.
  29. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, "Is this your younger brother, of whom you spoke to me?" And he said, "God be gracious to you, son."
  30. And Joseph made haste; for his heart yearned for his brother. He sought a place where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there.
  31. And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, "Set on bread."
  32. And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which ate with him, by themselves, because the Egyptians were not allowed to eat with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination to the Egyptians.
  33. And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth. And the men marvelled at one another.
  34. And he took and sent portions to them from before him, Benjamin's portion was five times as much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.

 
 
 
Chapter 44
  1. And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, "Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth.
  2. And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money." And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken.
  3. As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.
  4. And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said to his steward, "Up, follow after those men, and when you overtake them, say unto them, 'Why have ye rewarded evil for good?
  5. Is this not it in which my lord drinks, and how indeed he divines? You have done evil in so doing'."
  6. And he overtook them, and he said to them these same words.
  7. And they said to him, "Why do you say these words my lord? God forbid that your servants should do according to this thing.
  8. Look, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought back to you out of the land of Canaan. How, then, should we steal out of your lord's house silver or gold?"
  9. With whomever of your servants it is found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.
  10. And he said, "Now let it also be according to your words. He with whom it is found shall be my servant, and you shall be blameless."
  11. Then they speedily took down every man's sack to the ground, and opened every man's sack.
  12. And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
  13. Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city.
  14. And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house. He was still there, and they fell before him on the ground.
  15. And Joseph said to them, "What deed is this that you have done? Don't you know that such a man as I can certainly understand?"
  16. And Judah said, "What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? Or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants. Look, we are your servants, both we, and also he with whom the cup is found."
  17. And he said, "God forbid that I should do so, but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, go up in peace to your father."
  18. Then Judah came near to him, and said, "Oh my lord, let your servant, I pray to you, speak a word in my lord's ears, and don't let your anger burn against your servant; for you are even as Pharaoh.
  19. My lord asked his servants, saying, 'Have you a father, or a brother?'
  20. And we said to 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.'
  21. And you said to your servants, 'Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes on him.'
  22. And we said to my lord, 'The lad cannot leave his father, for if he should leave his father, his father would die.'
  23. And you said to your servants, 'Except your youngest brother come down with you, you shall see my face no more.'
  24. And it came to pass when we came up to your servant, my father, we told him the words of my lord.
  25. And our father said, 'Go again, and buy us a little food.'
  26. And we said, 'We cannot go down. If our youngest brother is with us, then we will go down, for we may not see the man's face, unless our youngest brother is with us.'
  27. And your servant, my father, said to us, 'You know that my wife bore me two sons.
  28. And the one went out from me, and I said, 'Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since.
  29. And if you take this from me also, and mischief befalls him, you shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.'
  30. Now, therefore, when I come to your servant my father, and the lad isn't with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;
  31. It shall come to pass that when he sees that the lad is not with us, that he will die, and your servants shall bring down the gray hairs of your servant, our father, with sorrow to the grave.
  32. For your servant became bail for the lad to my father, saying, 'If I don't bring him to you, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.'
  33. Now therefore, I pray you, let your servant abide instead of the lad as a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brothers.
  34. For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad is not with me? Unless maybe I will see the evil that shall come on my father.

 
 
 
Chapter 45
  1. Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all his staff that stood by him; and he cried to tem "All of you leave." And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
  2. And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.
  3. And Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph; does my father yet live?" And his brothers could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
  4. And Joseph said to his brothers, "Come near to me, I pray you." And they came near. And he said, "I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.
  5. Now therefore don't be grieved, nor angry with yourselves for selling me here. For God sent me before you to preserve life.
  6. For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are yet five years, in the which there shall neither be plowing nor harvesting.
  7. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
  8. So 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 a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
  9. Make haste, and go up to my father, and say to him, 'Your son Joseph says that God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me, don't tarry.'
  10. And you shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to me, you, and your children, and your grandchildren, and your flocks, and your herds, and all that you have.
  11. And there I will nourish you; for there are still five years of famine; otherwise you, and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty.
  12. And, look, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaks to you.
  13. And you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that you have seen; and you shall make haste and bring my father down here."
  14. And he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept on his neck.
  15. Moreover, he kissed all his brothers, and wept on them. And after that, his brothers talked with him.
  16. And the fame was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, "Joseph's brothers have come." And it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.
  17. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your brothers, 'Do this; lade your beasts, and go, get to the land of Canaan,
  18. And take your father and your households, and come to me, and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and you shall eat the fat of the land.'
  19. Now you are commanded, Do this; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come back.
  20. Also don't regard your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours."
  21. And the children of Israel did so. Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.
  22. To all of them he gave each man changes of clothing; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of clothing.
  23. And to his father he sent after this manner: ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.
  24. So he sent his brothers away, and they departed. And he said to them, "See that you don't fall not by the way."
  25. And they went up out of Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to Jacob their father,
  26. And told him, saying, "Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt." And Jacob's heart fainted, for he didn't believe them.
  27. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them. When he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.
  28. And Israel said, "It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive. I will go and see him before I die."

 
 
 
Chapter 46
  1. And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beer-sheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
  2. And God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, "Jacob, Jacob." And he said, "Here I am."
  3. And God said, "I am God, the God of your father. Don't fear going down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there.
  4. I will go down with you into Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again. Joseph shall put his hand upon your eyes and close them when you die."
  5. Jacob rose up from Beer-sheba. 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.
  6. And 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:
  7. His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed he brought with him into Egypt.
  8. And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came to Egypt: Jacob and his sons Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.
  9. And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi.
  10. And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman.
  11. And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
  12. And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zerah. But Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.
  13. And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.
  14. And the sons of Zebulun; Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel.
  15. These are the sons of Leah, which she bore to Jacob in Padan-aram, with his daughter Dinah. All the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty three.
  16. And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.
  17. And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister. The sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel.
  18. These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter, and these she bore to Jacob, even sixteen souls.
  19. The sons of Rachel Jacob's wife; Joseph, and Benjamin.
  20. And to Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah priest of On bore to him.
  21. And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.
  22. These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob. There were were fourteen souls altogether.
  23. And the son of Dan; Hushim.
  24. And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem.
  25. These are the sons of Bilhah, who Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, and she bore these to Jacob. All the souls totaled seven.
  26. All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, there were a total of sixty six.
  27. And the sons of Joseph, which were born to him in Egypt, were two souls. All the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were seventy souls.
  28. And he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to direct his face to Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.
  29. And Joseph made his chariot ready, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself to him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
  30. And Israel said to Joseph, "Now let me die, since I have seen your face, because you are still alive."
  31. And Joseph said to his brothers, and to his father's house, "I will go up, and show Pharaoh, and say to him, 'My brothers, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, have come to me;
  32. And the men are shepherds, for their trade has been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.'
  33. And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?
  34. That you shall say, 'Your servants' trade has been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers.' That you may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians."

 
 
 
Chapter 47
  1. Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, "My father and my brothers, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, have come out of the land of Canaan. And see, they are in the land of Goshen."
  2. And he took five of his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh.
  3. And Pharaoh said to his brothers, "What is your occupation?" And they said to Pharaoh, "Your servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers."
  4. They said moreover to Pharaoh, "For to sojourn in the land we have come; for your servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan. Now therefore, we pray you, let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen."
  5. And Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying, "Your father and your brothers have come to you.
  6. The land of Egypt is before you. Make your father and brothers to dwell in the best of the land. Let them dwell in the land of Goshen, and if you know any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle."
  7. So Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh. Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
  8. And Pharaoh asked Jacob, "How old are you?"
  9. And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "I have traveled a hundred and thirty years. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the travels of my fathers."
  10. And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and left.
  11. And Joseph placed his father and his brothers, 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.
  12. And Joseph nourished his father, and his brothers, and all his father's household with bread, according to their families.
  13. And there was no bread in all the land, because the famine was very bad, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.
  14. And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought. Joseph brought the money to Pharaoh's house.
  15. And when the economy failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph, and said, "Give us bread. Why should we die in your presence? For the economy has crashed!"
  16. And Joseph said, "Give your cattle; and I will pay you for your cattle, if the economy has failed."
  17. And they brought their cattle to Joseph, and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses. He fed them for all their cattle for that year.
  18. When that year ended, they came to him the second year, and said to him, "We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also has our herds of cattle. There are none left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands.
  19. Why 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 to Pharaoh, and give us seed, that we may live, that the land is not desolate."
  20. And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them, so the land became Pharaoh's.
  21. And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt to the other end.
  22. He didn't buy the land of the priests, because the priests had a portion assigned to them from Pharaoh, and ate their portion which Pharaoh gave them, so they didn't sell their lands.
  23. Then Joseph said to the people, "Behold, I have bought you and your land for Pharaoh today. Here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land.
  24. And it shall come to pass that in the increase, you shall give a fifth of it to 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."
  25. And they said, "You have saved our lives. Let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants."
  26. And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which didn't become Pharaoh's.
  27. And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions there, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.
  28. And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. The whole age of Jacob was a hundred forty seven years.
  29. And the time drew near that Israel must die, and he called his son Joseph, and said to him, "If now I have found grace in your sight, put, I pray you, your hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; don't bury me, I pray you, in Egypt.
  30. But I will lie with my fathers, and you shall carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their cemetary." And he replied, "I will do as you have said."
  31. And he answered, "Swear to me." And he swore to him. And Israel bowed in thanks on the bed's head.

 
 
 
Chapter 48
  1. And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, "Look, your father is sick." He took his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, with him.
  2. And one told Jacob, "look, your son Joseph is coming to you." and Israel strengthened himself, and sat up on the bed.
  3. And Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
  4. And said to me, 'Behold, I will make you fruitful, and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people; and will give this land to your seed after you for an everlasting possession.
  5. And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
  6. And your issue, which you begot after them, shall be yours, and shall be called after the name of their brothers in their inheritance.'
  7. And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath. I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem."
  8. And Israel looked at Joseph's sons, and said, "Who are these?"
  9. And Joseph said to his father, "They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place." And he said, "Bring them, I pray you, to me, and I will bless them."
  10. Now 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.
  11. And Israel said to Joseph, "I had not thought to see your face. And, lo, God has showed me your seed as well!
  12. And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
  13. And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near to him.
  14. And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
  15. And he blessed Joseph, and said, "God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God which fed me all my life long to this day,
  16. The Angel which 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."
  17. And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.
  18. And Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father. For this is the firstborn; put your right hand upon his head."
  19. And his father refused, and said, "I know it, my son, I know it. He shall also become a people, and he shall also be great. But truly his younger brother shall be greater than him, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations."
  20. And he blessed them that day, saying, "In you shall Israel bless, saying, 'God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh'." And he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
  21. And Israel said to Joseph, "Look, I die. But God shall be with you, and bring you again to the land of your fathers.
  22. Moreover 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."

 
 
 
Chapter 49
  1. And Jacob called to his sons, and said, "Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.
  2. Gather yourselves together, and hear, you sons of Jacob; and hearken to Israel your father.
  3. Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power.
  4. Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father's bed; then defiled it. he went up to my couch.
  5. Simeon and Levi are brothers; instruments of cruelty are where they live.
  6. O my soul, don't you come into their secret; to their assembly, my honor, you are not united. For in their anger they slew a man, and in their self centeredness they dug down a wall.
  7. Cursed was their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel. I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
  8. Judah, you are he whom your brethren shall praise. Your hand shall be in the neck of your enemies, your father's children shall bow down before you.
  9. Judah is a lion's cub. From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
  10. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to him shall be the gathering of the people.
  11. Tying his foal to the vine, and his ass's colt to the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes.
  12. His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
  13. Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be to Zidon.
  14. Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens.
  15. And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant to tribute.
  16. Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
  17. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse's heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
  18. I have waited for your salvation, O LORD.
  19. Gad, a troop shall overcome him, but he shall overcome at last.
  20. Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
  21. Naphtali is a red doe let loose. He gives good words.
  22. Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over the wall.
  23. The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him.
  24. But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from there is the shepherd, the stone of Israel).
  25. Even 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 lies under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb.
  26. The blessings of your father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors to 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 brothers.
  27. Benjamin shall plunder as a wolf. In the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil."
  28. All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spoke to them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.
  29. And he charged them, and said to them, "I am to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
  30. In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a grave.
  31. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.
  32. The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth."
  33. And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.

 
 
 
Chapter 50
  1. And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept on him, and kissed him.
  2. And Joseph commanded his servants, the physicians, to embalm his father, and the physicians embalmed Israel.
  3. And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed. The Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.
  4. And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke to the house of Pharaoh, saying, "If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
  5. My father made me swear, saying, 'Lo, I die. In my grave which I have dug for myself in the land of Canaan, you shall bury me there.' Now therefore let me go up, I pray you, and bury my father, and I will come back."
  6. And Pharaoh said, "Go up, and bury your father, since he made you swear."
  7. And 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,
  8. And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house. Only their children and their flocks and herds did they leave in the land of Goshen.
  9. And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen, and it was a very great company.
  10. And they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation. And he made a mourning for his father seven days.
  11. And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, "This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians!" Therefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond Jordan.
  12. And his sons did to him as he had commanded them.
  13. For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a grave of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.
  14. And Joseph returned to Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
  15. And when Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "Maybe Joseph will hate us, and will certainly repay all the evil which we did unto him."
  16. And they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, "Your father commanded before he died, saying,
  17. 'So shall you say to Joseph, Forgive, I pray you now, the trespass of your brethren, and their sin; for they did evil to you.' and now, we pray you, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father." And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
  18. And his brothers also went and fell down before his face; and they said, "Behold, we are your servants."
  19. And Joseph said to them, "Fear not. For am I in the place of God?
  20. But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it to be good, to bring to pass as it is today, to save many people alive.
  21. Now therefore don't fear. I will nourish you, and your little ones." And he comforted them, and spoke kindly to them.
  22. And Joseph dwelt in Egypt; he, and his father's house. Joseph lived a hundred and ten years.
  23. And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation, also the children of Machir, the son Manasseh was brought up on Joseph's knees.
  24. And Joseph said to his brethren, I am dying. God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."
  25. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, "God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here."
  26. So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

 
 
 

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