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the father of the children which are 12 And Abraham said, Because I Annooites; the same which are unto thought assuredly the fear of God this day.

was not in this place, and they would CHAPTER XX.

slay me for my wife's sake; Abrint goeth to Gerar--Abraham and | 13 And yet indeed she was my Seth reproved by Abimelech.

sister; she was the daughter of my AND Abrabam journeyed from father, but not the daughter of my A thence toward the south coun- mother; and she became my wife. try, and dwelt between Kadesh and 14 And it came to pass, when God Shur, and sojourned in Gerar. caused me to wander from my fa

2 And Abraham said again of Sarah ther's house, that I said unto her, his wife, She is ay sister.

This shall be thy kindness which 3 And Abimelech, king of Gerar, thou shalt show unto me, at every sent and took Sarah. But God came place whither we shall come, say of to Abimelech in a dream by night, me, He is my brother. and said unto him, Behold, thou hast 15 And Abimelech took sheep and taken a woman which is not thine oxen, and men servants, and women 070, for she is Abraham's wife. servants, and gave unto Abraham,

4 And the Lord said unto him, Thou and restored unto him Sarah his whalt return her unto Abrahan, for wife. if ihoa do it not thou shalt die.

16 And Abimelech said, Behold, my 5 And Abimelech had not come near land lieth before thee; dwell where her; for the Lord had not sutiered it pleaseth thee.

17 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, 6 And he said, Lord, wilt thou slay I have given thy brother a thousand me, and also a righteous Dation? 1 pieces of silver; behold, he shall give B:bold, said he not upto me, she is unto thee a covering of the eyes, and my sister? And she, even she her- it shall be a token unto all that thou zelt said, He is my brother; and in mayest not be taken again from the integrity of mine heart, and in Abraham thy husband. And thus tbe innocency of my hands have I she was reproved. dole this.

| 18 So Abraham prayed unto God; 7 And God said unto him in a and God healed Abimelech, and his dreau, Tea, I know that thou didst wife, and his maid servants, and they do this in the integrity of thy heart; | bare unto him children. for I also withheld thee from sinning 19 For because of Sarah, Abraham's against me: therefore suffered I not wife, the Lord had tast closed up all thre to touch her.

the wombs of the house of Abimelech. low, therefore, restore the man's

CHAPTER XXI. wife to him, for he is a prophet, and

A son born to Aurtlam-Isaac named he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt

Bond-woman cast out-- Cronunt with Abilise; and if thou return her not to bim, know thou that thou shalt surely! AND the Lord visited Sarah as he die; thou and all that are thine. A had said, and the Lord did unto

9 Therefore, Abimelech arose early Sarah as he had spoken by the mouth in the morning, and called his ser- of his angels : for Sarah conceived vants, and told all these things in and bear Abraham a son in his old their ears; and the men were sore age, at the set tiine of which the afraid.

angels of God had spoken to himn. 10 Then Abimelech called Abraham, 2 And Abraham called the name of and said unto him, What hast thou his son that was born unto him, whoin done unto us? and in what have I Sarah bear unto him, Isaac. offended thee that thou hast brought 3 And Abraham circumcised his son on me and on my kingdom a great sin? | Isaac, he being eight days old, as God

11 Tbou bast done things unto me had commanded him. that ouzbt not to be done. And! And Abraham was an hundred Abimelech said unto Abraham, What years old, when his son Isaac was sa west thou, that thou hast done this born unto him. bing?

I 5 And Sarah said, God has made me to rejoice ; and also all that know went and filled the bottle with water, me will rejoice with ine.

and gave the lad drink. 6 And she said unto Abraham, Who 18 And God was with the lad; and would have said that Sarah should he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, have given children suck? For I and became an archer; and he dwelt was barren, but the Lord promised, in the wilderness of Paran, he and and I have borne unto Abraham a son his mother. in his old age.

19 And he took him a wife out of 7 Audi the child grew, and was the land of Egypt. weaned. And the day that Isaac was 20 And it came to pass at the time, weaned, Abraham made a great feast, that Abimelech and Phicol the chief and Sarah saw the son of Hagar the captain of bis host spake unto AbraEgyptian, which Hagar had borne ham, saying, God is with thee in all unto Abraham, mocking; and she was that thou doest. troubled.

| 21. Now therefore, sware unto me 8 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, bere, that, by the help of God thou Cast out this bond-woman and her wilt not deal falsely wil

i me, nor with son : for the son of this bond-woman my son, nor with my son's son ; but, shall not be heir with my son, Isaac. that according to the kindness that

9 And this thing was very grievous I have shown unto thee, thou shalt unto Abraham because of his son. do unto me, and to the land wherein

10 And God said unto Abraham, thou hast sojourned. Let it not be grievous in thy sight, 22 And Abrabam said, I will swear. because of the lad, and because of 23 And Abraham reproved Abithy bond-woman: in all that Sarahmelech, because of a well of water has said unto thee, hearken unto her which Abimelech's servants had revoice; for in Isanc shall thy seed be cently taken away. called.

24 And Abimelech said, Thou didst 11 And also of the son of the bond- not tell me; and I know not wbo woman will I make a nation, because hath done this thing: neither yet he is thy seed.

have I heard that it was done until 12 And Abraham rose up early in this day. the morning, and took bread, and a 25 And Abraham took sheep and bottle of water, and gave unto Hagar, oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and she took the child, and he sent and both of them made a covenant. her away; and she departed, and 26 And Abraham set seven ewe wandered in the wilderness of Beer-| lambs of the flock by themselves. sheba.

27 And Abimelech said unto Abra13 And it came to pass that the ham, What wilt thou do with these water was spent in the hottle, and she seven ewe lainbs which thou hast set cast the child under one of the shrubs, y themselves? and she went and sat her down over 28 And he said, Seven ewe lambs against the child, a good way off, as it shalt thou take at my hand, that were a bowshot ; for she said, Let me they may be a witness unto me that I not see the death of the child. have digged this well.

14 And she sat over against the 29 And because they sware, both of child, and lifted up her voice and them, wherefore he called that place wept.

Beer-sheba; 15 And God heard the voice of the 30 And thus they made a covenant lad; and the angel of the Lord called there at Beer-sheba. to Hagar out of heaven, and said 31 Then Abimelech, and Phicol, the unto her;

chief captain of his hosts, rose up, 16 Wbat aileth thee, Hagar? fear not, and they planted a grove in Beerfor God hath heard the voice of the sheba, and called there on the name lad where he lieth: arise, lift up the of the Lord ; and they returned unto lad, and hold him in thine hand, for the land of the Philistines. I will make of him a great nation. | 32 And Abraham worshipped the

17 And God opened her eyes, and everlasting God, and sojourned in the she saw a well of water; and she land of the Philistines many days.

CHAPTER XXII.

hand upon the lad, neither do thou Abraham commanded to offer Isaac- His will

anything unto him; mess accepted--Relieved by dirine in- 15 For now I know that thou feartergaitimm- Names of Valor's children. Iest God, seeing thou hast not with AND it came to pass after these held thy son, thine only Isaac from me A things, that God did try Abra- 16 And Abraham lifted up his eyes hain and said unto him, Abraham; and looked, and behold, behind a and Abraham said, Behold, here thicket, there was a ram caught in it am I.

by his horns. 2 And the Lord said, Take now thy 17 And Abraham went and took son, thine only Isaac, whom thou the ram, and offered him up for a lorest, and get thee into the land of burnt offering, in the stead of his Moriah: and offer him there for a son. burnt offering, upon one of the moun- 18 And Abraham called the name tains of which I will tell thee. of that place Jehovah-jireh; as it is

3 And Abrabam rose up early in the said unto this day, In the mounmorning and saddled his ass, and tain of the Lord it shall be seen. took two of his young men with him, 19 And the angel of the Lord calland Isaac his son,

ed unto Abraham out of heaven the And clare the wood for the burnt second time, and said, offering; and rose up, and went onto 20 Thus saith the Lord, I have the place of which God had told sworn by myself, because that thou him.

hast done this thing, and hast not 5 Then on the third day, Abraham withheld thy son, thine only Isaac lifted up his eyes and saw the place from me ; afar oft.

21 That in blessing I will bless thee; 6 And Abraham said unto his young and in multiplying I will multiply men, Abide you here with the ass, thy seed as the stars of heaven, and and I and the lad will go yonder and as the sand upon the sea-shore. worship, and come to you again. 22 And thy seed shall possess the

And Abraham took the wood of gate of bis enemies; and in thy seed the burnt offering, and laid it upon shall all the nations of the earth be bis back: and he took the fire in his blessed; because thou hast obeyed band, and a knife, and Isaac his son ; my voice. end they went both of them together. 23 So Abraham returned unto his

8 And Isaac spake unto Abraham young men, and they rose up and his father, and said, My father! went to Beer-sheba; and Abrabam And he said, Here am I, my son. dwelt at Beer-sheba.

9 And he said. Behold the fire and l 24 And it came to pass after these the wood; but where is the lamb, for things, that it was told Abraham, a burnt offering?

saying, 10 And Abraham said, My son, God 25 Behold, Milcah, she bath also will provide himself a lamh for a borne children unto thy brother Naburnt offering. So they went both hor; Iluz is his first-born, and Buz is of them together; and they came to his brother, the place of which God had told 26 And Kemuel is the father of him.

Aram, and Chesed. and Haza, and 11 And Abraham built an altar Bildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel; there, and laid the wood in order, ! 27 And Bethuel begat Rebekah. and bound Isaac his son, and laid 28 These eight Milcah did bear to him on the altar, upon the wood. Nahor, Abraham's brother; and his

12 And Abraham stretched forth concubine, whose name was Reumah, bis hand and took the knife to slay she bare also. Tebah, and Gaham bis 200.

Thahash, and Maachah. 13 And the angel of the Lord called

CHAPTER XXIII. unto him out of heaven, and said, Sarah's death and burial-Purchase of the Abraha! Abraham! And Abraham

firul of Ephron. said, Here am I.

AND Sarah was an hundred and 14 And the angel said, Lay not thine A twenty-seven years old, and she

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died; and thus ended the years of 1 14 And Ephron answered Abraham, the life of Saralı.

saying unto him, My lord, hearken 2 And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba ; unto me; the land thou shalt have the same is now called llebron, in for four hundred shekels of silver; the land of Canaan.

| what shall that be betwixt me and 3 And Abraham came to mourn for thee? Bury therefore thy dead. Sarah, and to weep for her, his wife 15 And Abraham hearkened unto which was dead.

Ephron; and Abraham weighed unto 4 And Abraham stood up from be- Ephron the silver which he had fore his dead, and spake unto the naned in the audience of the sons sons of Heth, saying, I am a stranger of leth, four hundred shekels of and a sojourner with you ; give me silver, which was current with the a possession of a burying-place with merchant. you, that I may bury my dead out of 16 And the field of Ephron, which my sight.

was in Machpelah, which was before 5 And the children of Heth answer. Mamre; the field, and the cave which ed Abraham, saying unto him, Ilear wis therein, and all the trees that us, my lord; thou art a mighty prince were in the field, and that were in all among us: in the choicest of our se- the borders round about, were inade pulchres bury thou thy dead; none sure unto Abraham for a possession, of us shall withhoidl from thee his in the presence of the children of sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury Heth, before all that went in at the thy dead.

gate of the city. 6 And Abraham stood up, and 17 And after this, Abraham buried bowed himself to the people of the Sarah his wife in the cave of the land, and to the children of Heth: field of Machpelah, which is before and he communed with them, saving. Mamre ; the same is calle

7 If it be your mind that I should in the land of Canaan. bury my dead out of my sight, hear; 1S And the field and the cave that me, and entreat Ephron the son of was therein, were made sure unto Zohar for me, that he inay vive me | Abraham for a possession of a burythe cave of Machpelah, which he hath ing place by the sons of Heth. in the end of his lieli

CHAPTER XXIV. 8 For, as much money as it is worth

Oath of Abraham's servant-History of the he shall have, if he will give it me

beceri ithal and marriage of Isaac and Refor a possession of a burying-place i bekun. among you.

A ND now Abraham was old, being 9 Aud Ephron dwelt among thei A well striken in age; and the children of Heth.

I Lord had blessed Abraham in all 10 And Ephron, the Hittite, answer things. ed Abraham in the audience of the 2 And Abraham said unto his eldest children of Heth, among all of them servant of his house, that ruled over that went in at the gates of the city, all that he had; Put forth I pray saying,

thee thy hand under my hand, and I 11 Hearken, iny lord, and hear me: will make thee swear before the Lord, the field I give ther, and the cave the God of heaven, and the God of that is therein ; I give it thee in the the earth, that thou shalt not take a presence of the song ot' my people; wife unto my son, of the daughters and I give it thee; therefore, bury of the Canaanites among whom I thy dead.

dwell; but thou shalt go unto my 12 And Abraham bowed himself | country, and to my kindred and take down before the people of the land, I a wife unto my son Isaac. and he spake unto Ephron in the 3 And the servant said unto him, audience of the people of the land, Perbaps the woman will not be willsaving, I pray thee, hear me; ing to follow me unto this land, then

13 If thou wilt inke it of me, I will I must necds bring thy son again give thee money for the field, and I unto the land from whence thou will bury my dead there, but I will camest. give thee money for it.

| 4 And Abraham said unto him. Be

Fare thou that thou bring not my 17 And the servant ran to meet her, son thither again.

and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink 5 The Lord God of heaven whicb a little water of thy pitcher. took one from my father's house, and 18 And she said, Drink, my lord ; from the land of my kindred, and and she hasted and let down her wbieb spake unto me, and that swear pitcher upon her hand, and gave him anto me, saying, Unto thee will I drink. give this land;

| 19 And when she had done giving 6 He shall send his angel before him drink, she said, I will draw for thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto thy camels also, until they have done my sou from thence,

drinking And if the woman will not be 20 And she hasted, and emptied willing to follow thee, then thou shalt her pitcher into the trough, and ran be clear from this thine oath, only again unto the well to draw, and drew bring not my son thither again. for all his camels.

8 And the servant put his hand un- | 21 And the man, wondering at her, der the band of Abraham his master, held his peace, pondering in his heart and sware to him concerning that whether the Lord had made his jourmatter.

nev prosperous or not. 9 And the servant took ten camels 22 And it came to pass, as the caof his master, and departed; for all mels had done drinking, that the tbe goods of his master were in his inan took a gold ear-ring of half a handi.

shekel weight, and two bracelets for 10 And he arose and went to Meso- her hands of ten shekels weight of potamia, unto the city of Nahor. gold, and said, Whose daughter art

11 And be made his camels to kneel thou? tell me, I pray thee; and is down without the city, by a well of there room in thy father's house for water, at evening, the time that wous to loize in ? med go out to draw water.

23 And she said unto him, I am the 12 And he said, O Lord God of my daughter of Bethuel, the son of Milmister Abraham, I pray thee this cah, which she bare unto Nahor. day, that thou wouldst show kind- 24 She said moreover, unto him, Dess unto my master Abraham, and we have both straw and provender send me good speed.

enough, and room to lodge in. 13 Behold, I stand by the well of 25 And the man bowed down his water, and the daughters of the men head and worshipped the Lord. of the citr coine out to draw water; | 26 And he said, Blessed is the Lord

14 And let it come to pass, that the God of my master Abrabam, who da mxel to whom I shall say, Let down hath not left my master destitute of thy pitcher I pray thee, that I may bis mercy and his truth; and when drink: and she shall say, Drink, and I was in the way, the Lord led me to I will give thy camels drink also ; let the house of my master's brethren. her be the one whom thou hast ap- 27 And the damsel ran to the house, pointed for thy servant Isaac: and and told her mother these things. itereby shall I know that thou hast 28 And Rebekah had a brother, showed kindness unto my master. whose name was Laban; and Laban

15 And it came to pass, before he ran out to the man, unto the well. bad done speaking, that behold, Re- 29 And it came to pass when he bekah came out, who was born to saw the ear-rings, and bracelets upon Petbuel, son of Milcah, the wife of his sister's bands, and when he heard Nahor, Abrabam's brother, with her the word of Rebekah his sister, saypitcher upon her shoulder.

ing. Thus spake the man unto me, *16 And the damsel being a virgin, and I came unto the man, and bevery fair to look upon, such as the hold, he stood by the camels at the servant of Abraham had not seen, well. neither had any man known the likel 30 And he said, Come in, thou blessanto ber; and she went down to the ed of the Lord; wherefore standest well, and filled her pitcher, and came thou without ? for I have prepared

| the house, and room for the camels.

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