the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
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 of the waters.
God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided
the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called
Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the
waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which
were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it
God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second
God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place,
and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together
of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb
yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is
in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
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.
And the evening and the morning were the third day.
God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day
from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and
let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth:
and it was so.
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.
And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give
light upon the earth,
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.
And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that has life,
and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters
brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind:
and God saw that it was good.
And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply,
and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
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.
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
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
God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and
female created he them.
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 fowl of the air, and over every living thing that
moves upon the earth.
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 the which is
the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.
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.
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.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the
host of them.
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.
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.
are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in
the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
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.
But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the
whole face of the ground.
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.
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LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had
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.
And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from
thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasses
the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and
the onyx stone.
the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasses the whole
land of Ethiopia.
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.
the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and
to keep it.
the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely
of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in
the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should
be alone; I will make him an associated helper for him.
And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of
the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he
would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the
Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast
of the field; but for Adam there was not found an associated helper for him.
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;
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made
he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
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.
shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and
they shall be one flesh.
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were
the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had
made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, has God said, All of you shall not eat
of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit
of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the
garden, God has said, All of you shall not eat of it, neither shall all of you
touch it, lest all of you die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, All of you shall not
God does know that in the day all of you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be
opened, and all of you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
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 thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with
her; and he did eat.
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.
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.
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where
he said, I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked;
and I hid myself.
And he said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you
eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded you that you should not eat?
And the man said, The woman whom you gave to be with me,
she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that
you have done? And the woman said, The serpent misled me, and I did eat.
the LORD God said unto 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 dust shall you eat all the days of your life:
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.
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.
And unto 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;
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and
you shall eat the herb of the field;
In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you
return unto the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you are, and unto
dust shall you return.
And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the
mother of all living.
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats
of skins, and clothed them.
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one
of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also
of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of
Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the
garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep
the way of the tree of life.
And Adam had sexual contact with Eve his wife; and she conceived,
and bare Cain, and said, I have got a man from the LORD.
And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper
of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought
of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock
and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very angry, and
his countenance fell.
And the LORD said unto Cain, Why are you angry? and why
is your countenance fallen?
If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do
not well, sin lies at the door. And unto you shall be his desire, and you shall
rule over him.
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 slew him.
And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel your brother?
And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
And he said, What have you done? the voice of your brother's
blood cries unto me from the ground.
And now are you cursed from the earth, which has opened
her mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand;
When you till the ground, it shall not henceforth yield
unto you her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shall you be in the earth.
Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
Behold, you have driven me out this day from the face of
the earth; and from your face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a
vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that finds me
shall slay me.
the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken
on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should
Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on
the east of Eden.
And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch:
and he built a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son,
unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad brings forth Mehujael: and Mehujael brings
forth Methusael: and Methusael brings forth Lamech.
And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one
was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell
in tents, and of such as have cattle.
And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all
such as handle the harp and organ.
And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructor of every
artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.
And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my
voice; all of you wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a
man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.
If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy
Adam had sexual contact with his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his
name Seth: For God, said she, has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom
to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began
men to call upon the name of the LORD.
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day
that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called
their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and brings forth
a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth:
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days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he brings
forth sons and daughters:
And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty
years: and he died.
And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and brings forth
Seth lived after he brings forth Enos eight hundred and seven years, and brings
forth sons and daughters:
And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years:
and he died.
Enos lived ninety years, and brings forth Cainan:
And Enos lived after he brings forth Cainan eight hundred
and fifteen years, and brings forth sons and daughters:
And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years:
and he died.
Cainan lived seventy years and brings forth Mahalaleel:
And Cainan lived after he brings forth Mahalaleel eight
hundred and forty years, and brings forth sons and daughters:
And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years:
and he died.
Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and brings forth Jared:
And Mahalaleel lived after he brings forth Jared eight hundred
and thirty years, and brings forth sons and daughters:
And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety
and five years: and he died.
And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he brings
Jared lived after he brings forth Enoch eight hundred years, and brings forth
sons and daughters:
And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two
years: and he died.
And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and brings forth Methuselah:
Enoch walked with God after he brings forth Methuselah three hundred years, and
brings forth sons and daughters:
And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five
Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years,
and brings forth Lamech.
And Methuselah lived after he brings forth Lamech seven
hundred eighty and two years, and brings forth sons and daughters:
And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and
nine years: and he died.
And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and brings
forth a son:
he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work
and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed.
Lamech lived after he brings forth Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and
brings forth sons and daughters:
And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and
seven years: and he died.
And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah brings forth
Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face
of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they
were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with
man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
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 bare children to them, the same
became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
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.
it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at
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 it
repents me that I have made them.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and
perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
And Noah brings forth three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted
his way upon the earth.
And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh has come before
me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy
them with the earth.
Make you an ark of gopher wood; rooms shall you make in
the ark, and shall pitch it within and without with pitch.
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.
A window shall you make to the ark, and in a cubit shall
you finish it above; and the door of the ark shall you set in the side thereof;
with lower, second, and third stories shall you make it.
And, behold, I, even I, do 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.
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
of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shall you bring into the
ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.
Of fowls 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.
And take you unto you of all food that is eaten, and you
shall gather it to you; and it shall be for food for you, and for them.
did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come you and all your house
into the ark; for you have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
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clean beast you shall take to you by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts
that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female;
to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the
earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made
will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded
Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
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went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark,
because of the waters of the flood.
Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of
fowls, and of every thing that creeps upon the earth,
There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male
and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of
the flood were upon the earth.
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.
And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
the very same day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah,
and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every
creeping thing that creeps upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after
his kind, every bird of every sort.
And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of
all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh,
as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters
increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon
the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and
all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains
all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of
beast, and of every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth, and every man:
in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both
man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they
were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were
with him in the ark.
And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty
God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with
him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided;
fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain
from heaven was restrained;
And the waters returned from off the earth continually:
and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were decreased.
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ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the
mountains of Ararat.
And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month:
in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains
it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark
which he had made:
And he sent forth a raven, which went forth back and forth,
until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters
were decreased from off the face of the ground;
But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and
she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole
earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into
he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
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 decreased from off the earth.
he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again
unto him any more.
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 of the ark, and looked, and, behold,
the face of the ground was dry.
And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day
of the month, was the earth dried.
And God spoke unto Noah, saying,
Go out of the ark, you, and your wife, and your sons, and
your sons' wives with you.
Bring forth with you every living thing that is with you,
of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creeps
upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful,
and multiply upon the earth.
And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his
sons' wives with him:
Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever
creeps upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
And Noah built an altar unto the LORD; and took of every
clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
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 strike any more every thing living,
as I have done.
the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter,
and day and night shall not cease.
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be
fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every
beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moves upon the
earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
moving thing that lives shall be food for you; even as the green herb have I given
you all things.
flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall all of you not
surely your blood of your lives will I require; 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.
Whoso sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed:
for in the image of God made he man.
And you, be all of you fruitful, and multiply; bring forth
abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
And God spoke unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
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.
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
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:
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token
of a covenant between me and the earth.
And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the
earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
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.
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.
And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant,
which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
the sons of Noah, that went out of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and
Ham is the father of Canaan.
These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole
And Noah began to be an farmer, and he planted a vineyard:
he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren
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 saw not their father's nakedness.
And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger
son had done unto him.
And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall
he be unto his brethren.
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan
shall be his servant.
God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents
of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.
Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem,
Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan,
and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their
lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.
And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and
Raamah, and Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.
And Cush brings forth Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one
in the earth.
was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the
mighty hunter before the LORD.
And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and
Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
Out of that land went forth Asshur, and built Nineveh, and
the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great
Mizraim brings forth Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,
And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,)
Canaan brings forth Sidon his first born, and Heth,
And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,
the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and
afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.
And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as you
come to Gerar, unto Gaza; as you go, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and
Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their
tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.
Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber,
the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.
The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and
Lud, and Aram.
the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.
And Arphaxad brings forth Salah; and Salah brings forth
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.
And Joktan brings forth Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth,
Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,
And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,
And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons
their dwelling was from Mesha, as you go unto Sephar a mount of the east.
are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands,
after their nations.
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.
the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
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.
And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick,
and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and bitumen had they for
they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto
heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of
the whole earth.
the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.
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.
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language,
that they may not understand one another's speech.
So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face
of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD
did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD
scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years
old, and brings forth Arphaxad two years after the flood:
And Shem lived after he brings forth Arphaxad five hundred
years, and brings forth sons and daughters.
And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and brings forth
Arphaxad lived after he brings forth Salah four hundred and three years, and brings
forth sons and daughters.
And Salah lived thirty years, and brings forth Eber:
Salah lived after he brings forth Eber four hundred and three years, and brings
forth sons and daughters.
And Eber lived four and thirty years, and brings forth Peleg:
Eber lived after he brings forth Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and brings
forth sons and daughters.
And Peleg lived thirty years, and brings forth Reu:
Peleg lived after he brings forth Reu two hundred and nine years, and brings forth
sons and daughters.
And Reu lived two and thirty years, and brings forth Serug:
Reu lived after he brings forth Serug two hundred and seven years, and brings
forth sons and daughters.
And Serug lived thirty years, and brings forth Nahor:
Serug lived after he brings forth Nahor two hundred years, and brings forth sons
Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and brings forth Terah:
And Nahor lived after he brings forth Terah an hundred and
nineteen years, and brings forth sons and daughters.
And Terah lived seventy years, and brings forth Abram, Nahor,
these are the generations of Terah: Terah brings forth Abram, Nahor, and Haran;
and Haran brings forth Lot.
And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his
nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
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.
But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his
son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went
forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they
came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and
Terah died in Haran.
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get you out of your country,
and from your kindred, and from your father's house, unto a land that I will show
I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great;
and you shall be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that
curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.
So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and
Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out
Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance
that they had gathered, and the souls that they had got in Haran; and they went
forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh.
And the Canaanite was then in the land.
And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto your seed
will I give this land: and there built he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared
he removed from thence unto 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
unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there;
for the famine was grievous in the land.
And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into
Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that you are a fair
woman to look upon:
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.
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.
And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt,
the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before
Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
And he pleaded Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep,
and oxen, and he asses, and male servants, and maidservants, and she asses, and
the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's
Pharaoh called Abram and said, What is this that you have done unto me? why did
you not tell me that she was your wife?
Why said you, 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.
Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife,
and all that he had.
And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all
that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
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;
Unto the place of the altar, which he had make there at
the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds,
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.
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.
Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray you, between me and you, and
between my herdmen and your herdmen; for we be brethren.
Is not the whole land before you? separate yourself, I pray
you, from me: if you will take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or
if you depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
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
Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated
themselves the one from the other.
Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in
the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the
And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated
from him, Lift up now yours eyes, and look from the place where you are northward,
and southward, and eastward, and westward:
For all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and
to your seed for ever.
And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth: so that
if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall your seed also be numbered.
walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will
give it unto you.
Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain
of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.
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;
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, which is Zoar.
All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which
is the salt sea.
years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and
stroke the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emins
in Shaveh Kiriathaim,
And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which
is by the wilderness.
And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh,
and stroke all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt
there went out the king of Sodom, 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;
With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king
of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings
the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah
fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.
And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all
their victuals, and went their way.
And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom,
and his goods, and departed.
And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the
Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and
brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.
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.
And he divided himself against them, he and his servants,
by night, and stroke them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand
he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his
goods, and the women also, and the people.
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.
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine:
and he was the priest of the most high God.
And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most
high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
And blessed be the most high God, which has delivered yours
enemies into your hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons,
and take the goods to yourself.
And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine
hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
I will not take from a thread even to a shoe lace, and that I will not take any
thing that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich:
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.
these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not,
Abram: I am your shield, and your exceeding great reward.
And Abram said, LORD God, what will you give me, seeing
I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
Abram said, Behold, to me you have given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house
is mine heir.
behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be yours heir;
but he that shall come forth out of yours own bowels shall be yours heir.
he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars,
if you be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall your seed be.
he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought you out
of Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land to inherit it.
And he said, LORD God, whereby shall I know that I shall
he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three
years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece
one against another: but the birds divided he not.
And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove
when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror
of great darkness fell upon him.
And he said unto Abram, Know certainly that your seed shall
be a stranger in a land that is not their's, and shall serve them; and they shall
afflict them four hundred years;
And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge:
and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
And you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be
buried in a good old age.
But in the fourth generation they shall come here again:
for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it
was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those
the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto your seed have
I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian,
whose name was Hagar.
And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD has restrained
me from bearing: I pray you, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children
by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian,
after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband
Abram to be his wife.
And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she
saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon you: I have
given my maid into your bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was
despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and you.
But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, your maid is in yours
hand; do to her as it pleases you. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled
from her face.
the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the
fountain in the way to Shur.
And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence came you? and where
will you go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to your mistress, and submit yourself
under her hands.
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply
your seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, you are
with child and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Ishmael; because the
LORD has heard your affliction.
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
she called the name of the LORD that spoke unto her, You God see me: for she said,
Have I also here looked after him that sees me?
Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is
between Kadesh and Bered.
And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name,
which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare
Ishmael to Abram.
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared
to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be you
I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.
Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall
be a father of many nations.
Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your
name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you.
And I will make you exceeding fruitful, and I will make
nations of you, and kings shall come out of you.
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.
And I will give unto you, and to your seed after you, the
land wherein you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession;
and I will be their God.
And God said unto Abraham, You shall keep my covenant therefore,
you, and your seed after you in their generations.
This is my covenant, which all of you shall keep, between
me and you and your seed after you; Every male child among you shall be circumcised.
all of you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token
of the covenant between me and you.
And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among
you, every male child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought
with money of any stranger, which is not of your seed.
He that is born in your house, and he that is bought with
your money, must essentially be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your
flesh for an everlasting covenant.
And the uncircumcised male child whose flesh of his foreskin
is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he has broken
God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai,
but Sarah shall her name be.
And I will bless her, and give you a son also of her: yea,
I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall
be of her.
Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child
be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety
years old, bear?
And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before
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.
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
shall he brought forth, and I will make him a great nation.
But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah
shall bear unto you at this set time in the next year.
And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.
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 very same day, as God had said unto him.
Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of
Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of
the very same day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son.
And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought
with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.
And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and
he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
And he lift 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,
And said, My LORD, if now I have found favour in your sight,
pass not away, I pray you, from your servant:
Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your
feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort all of you
your hearts; after that all of you shall pass on: for therefore are all of you
come to your servant. And they said, So do, as you have said.
And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said,
Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon
Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto
a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
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
they said unto him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
he said, I will certainly return unto 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.
Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with
Sarah after the manner of women.
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I
am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh,
saying, Shall I certainly bear a child, which am old?
Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed
I will return unto you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a
Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but
you did laugh.
the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them
to bring them on the way.
And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing
which I do;
that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations
of the earth shall be blessed in him?
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.
the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their
sin is very grievous;
I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether
according to the cry of it, which has come unto me; and if not, I will know.
the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood
yet before the LORD.
And Abraham drew near, and said, Will you also destroy the
righteous with the wicked?
Possibly there be fifty righteous within the city: will
you also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
be 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 be far from you: Shall not
the Judge of all the earth do right?
And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within
the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken
upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes:
Possibly there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: will
you destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty
and five, I will not destroy it.
And he spoke unto him yet again, and said, Possibly there
shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake.
he said unto him, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak: Possibly there
shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD: Possibly there
shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.
he said, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Possibly
ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham
returned unto his place.
And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat
in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself
with his face toward the ground;
And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you,
into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and all of
you shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will
abide in the street all night.
And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto
him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened
bread, and they did eat.
But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the
men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from
they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to you
this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door
said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man;
let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do all of you to them as is good
in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the
shadow of my roof.
And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one
fellow came in to sojourn, and he will essentially be a judge: now will we deal
worse with you, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot,
and came near to break the door.
But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the
house to them, and shut to the door.
And they stroke the men that were at the door of the house
with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find
the men said unto Lot, Have you here any besides? son in law, and your sons, and
your daughters, and whatsoever you have in the city, bring them out of this place:
we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is becoming great before the
face of the LORD; and the LORD has sent us to destroy it.
And Lot went out, and spoke unto his sons in law, which
married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will
destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take your
wife, and your two daughters, which are here; lest you be consumed in the iniquity
of the city.
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 unto him: and
they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad,
that he said, Escape for your life; look not behind you, neither stay you in all
the plain; escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed.
And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my LORD:
Behold now, your servant has found grace in your sight,
and you have magnified your mercy, which you have showed unto me in saving my
life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape
thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
And he said unto him, See, I have accepted you concerning
this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which you have spoken.
you, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till you be come thither. Therefore
the name of the city was called Zoar.
The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD
out of heaven;
he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities,
and that which grew upon the ground.
But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became
a pillar of salt.
And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where
he stood before the LORD:
And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all
the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as
the smoke of a furnace.
And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the
plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow,
when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
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.
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
let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve
seed of our father.
And they made their father drink wine that night: and the
firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay
down, nor when she arose.
And it came to pass on the next day, that the firstborn
said unto the younger, Behold, I lay last night with my father: let us make him
drink wine this night also; and go you in, and lie with him, that we may preserve
seed of our father.
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.
were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab:
the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.
And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name
Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.
Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh
and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and
Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said
to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, for the woman which you have taken; for
she is a man's wife.
But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, LORD,
will you slay also a righteous nation?
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 innocence of
my hands have I done this.
And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that you did
this in the integrity of your heart; for I also withheld you from sinning against
me: therefore suffered I you not to touch her.
Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet,
and he shall pray for you, and you shall live: and if you restore her not, know
you that you shall surely die, you, and all that are yours.
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
Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What have you done unto us? and what
have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin?
you have done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What saw you, that you
have done this thing?
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.
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.
it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said
unto her, This is your kindness which you shall show unto me; at every place where
we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.
And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and male servants, and
female servants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before you: dwell where it pleases you.
unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver:
behold, he is to you a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with you, and with
all other: thus she was reproved.
So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and
his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house
of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.
And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD
did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age,
at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto
him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.
And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old,
as God had commanded him.
And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac
was born unto him.
And Sarah said, God has made me to laugh, so that all that
hear will laugh with me.
And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah
should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.
the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that
Isaac was weaned.
And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had
born unto Abraham, mocking.
Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman
and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even
the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son.
And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in your
sight because of the lad, and because of your bondwoman; in all that Sarah has
said unto you, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall your seed be called.
also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is your seed.
Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and
gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away:
and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.
And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the
child under one of the shrubs.
And she went, and sat her down opposite to him a good way
off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child.
And she sat opposite to him, and lift up her voice, and wept.
And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God
called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What disturbs you, Hagar? fear
not; for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in yours hand; for
I will make him a great nation.
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.
And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the
wilderness, and became an archer.
And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother
took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol
the chief captain of his host spoke unto Abraham, saying, God is with you in all
that you do:
therefore swear unto me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me, nor
with my son, nor with my son's son: but according to the kindness that I have
done unto you, you shall do unto me, and to the land wherein you have sojourned.
Abraham said, I will swear.
And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water,
which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.
And Abimelech said, I know not who has done this thing;
neither did you tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.
And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech;
and both of them made a covenant.
And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which you have set
he said, For these seven ewe lambs shall you take of my hand, that they may be
a witness unto me, that I have dug this well.
Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there
they swore both of them.
Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba: then Abimelech rose
up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land
of the Philistines.
And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there
on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.
And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.
it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto
him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
And he said, Take now your son, yours only son Isaac, whom
you love, and get you into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt
offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you of.
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 clave the
wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God
had told him.
on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place far off.
Abraham said unto his young men, Abide all of you here with the ass; and I and
the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
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.
And Isaac spoke unto Abraham his father, and said, My father:
and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but
where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb
for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
And they came to the place which 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.
And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife
to slay his son.
And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven,
and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
And he said, Lay not yours hand upon the lad, neither do
you any thing unto him: for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not
withheld your son, yours only son from me.
And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold 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 position of his son.
And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh:
as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
said, By myself have I sworn, says the LORD, for because you have done this thing,
and have not withheld your son, yours only son:
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 upon
the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
because you have obeyed my voice.
So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up
and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.
And it came to pass after these things, that it was told
Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she has also born children unto your brother
his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram,
And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.
Bethuel brings forth Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham's
his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash,
Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the
life of Sarah.
Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham
came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.
And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spoke unto
the sons of Heth, saying,
I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a possession
of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.
And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him,
us, my lord: you are a mighty prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchers
bury your dead; none of us shall withhold from you his tomb, but that you may
bury your dead.
Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children
he communed with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out
of my sight; hear me, and implore for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,
That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he has,
which is in the end of his field; for as much money as it is worth he shall give
it me for a possession of a buryingplace among you.
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,
Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I you, and the cave
that is therein, I give it you; in the presence of the sons of my people give
I it you: bury your dead.
And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the
he spoke unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if
you will give it, I pray you, hear me: I will give you money for the field; take
it of me, and I will bury my dead there.
And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,
My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred
shekels of silver; what is that between me and you? bury therefore your dead.
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.
And the field of Ephron which was in Machpelah, which was
before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that
were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure
Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that
went in at the gate of his city.
And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave
of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan.
the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession
of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth.
And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD
had blessed Abraham in all things.
And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that
ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray you, your hand under my thigh:
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:
But you shall go unto my country, and to my kindred, and
take a wife unto my son Isaac.
And the servant said unto him, Possibly the woman will not
be willing to follow me unto this land: must I essentially bring your son again
unto the land from whence you came?
And Abraham said unto him, Beware you that you bring not
my son thither again.
The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father's house,
and from the land of my kindred, and which spoke unto me, and that swore unto
me, saying, Unto your seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before
you, and you shall take a wife unto my son from thence.
And if the woman will not be willing to follow you, then
you shall be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him
concerning that matter.
And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master,
and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose,
and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by
a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to
he said O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray you, send me good speed this day,
and show kindness unto my master Abraham.
Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters
of the men of the city come out to draw water:
And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall
say, Let down your pitcher, I pray you, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink,
and I will give your camels drink also: let the same be she that you have appointed
for your servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that you have showed kindness
unto my master.
it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out,
who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother,
with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither
had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher,
and came up.
the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray you, drink a little water
of your pitcher.
And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down
her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will
draw water for your camels also, until they have done drinking.
And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the gutter,
and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.
the man wondering at her held his peace, to know whether the LORD had made his
journey prosperous or not.
And it came to pass, as the camels had done 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;
And said, Whose daughter are you? tell me, I pray you: is
there room in your father's house for us to lodge in?
And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the
son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.
She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and animal
food enough, and room to lodge in.
And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.
he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who has not left destitute
my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the
house of my master's brethren.
And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house
Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man,
unto the well.
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 spoke the man
unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the
he said, Come in, you blessed of the LORD; wherefore stand you without? for I
have prepared the house, and room for the camels.
And the man came into the house: and he unbounded his camels,
and gave straw and animal food for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and
the men's feet that were with him.
And there was set food before him to eat: but he said, I
will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
And he said, I am Abraham's servant.
And the LORD has blessed my master greatly; and he is become
great: and he has given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and male
servants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.
And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when
she was old: and unto him has he given all that he has.
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:
you shall go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my
I said unto my master, Possibly the woman will not follow me.
And he said unto 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 kindred, and of my father's house:
Then shall you be clear from this my oath, when you come
to my kindred; and if they give not you one, you shall be clear from my oath.
I came this day unto the well, and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now
you do prosper my way which I go:
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 you, a little water of your pitcher to drink;
And she say to me, Both drink you, and I will also draw
for your camels: let the same be the woman whom the LORD has appointed out for
my master's son.
And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah
came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well,
and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray you.
And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder,
and said, Drink, and I will give your camels drink also: so I drank, and she made
the camels drink also.
And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter are you? And she
said, the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put
the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.
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 unto his son.
And now if all of you will deal kindly and truly with my
master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to
Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceeds from the LORD: we cannot
speak unto you bad or good.
Behold, Rebekah is before you, take her, and go, and let
her be your master's son's wife, as the LORD has spoken.
And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard
their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels
of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and
to her mother precious things.
And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with
him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send
me away unto my master.
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.
And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD has
prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.
And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her
they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Will you go with this man? And she said,
I will go.
they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and
they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, You are our sister, be you the mother
of thousands of millions, and let your seed possess the gate of those which hate
Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the
man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.
And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he
dwelt in the south country.
And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the evening:
and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.
Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walks in the field to meet
us? And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a vail, and
And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became
his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.
And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian,
and Ishbak, and Shuah.
And Jokshan brings forth Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons
of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.
And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and
Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.
And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.
But unto 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.
And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which
he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.
Then Abraham gave up the spirit, and died in a good old
age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
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
field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and
Sarah his wife.
it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and
Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.
Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son,
whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto Abraham:
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,
And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,
Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:
These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names,
by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.
these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years:
and he gave up the spirit and died; and was gathered unto his people.
they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as you go toward Assyria:
and he died in the presence of all his brethren.
And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son: Abraham
brings forth Isaac:
And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife,
the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
Isaac implored the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was
implored of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
And the children struggled together within her; and she
said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in your womb, and two manner of people
shall be separated from your bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than
the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold,
there were twins in her womb.
And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment;
and they called his name Esau.
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 threescore years
old when she bare them.
And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man
of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.
And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison:
but Rebekah loved Jacob.
And Jacob cook pottage: and Esau came from the field, and
he was faint:
Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray you, with that same red pottage; for I am
faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
And Jacob said, Sell me this day your birthright.
Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright
do to me?
Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he swore unto him: and he sold his birthright
Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose
up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine
that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines
the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land
which I shall tell you of:
Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless
you; for unto you, and unto your seed, I will give all these countries, and I
will perform the oath which I swore unto Abraham your father;
And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of heaven,
and will give unto your seed all these countries; and in your seed shall all the
nations of the earth be blessed;
Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge,
my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said,
She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men
of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.
it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the
Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with
Rebekah his wife.
And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, certainly
she is your wife; and how said you, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him,
Because I said, Lest I die for her.
And Abimelech said, What is this you have done unto us?
one of the people might lightly have lien with your wife, and you should have
brought guiltiness upon us.
And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that touches
this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same
year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.
And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until
he became very great:
For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds,
and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.
For all the wells which his father's servants had dug in
the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them
Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for you are much mightier than we.
Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt
Isaac dug again the wells of water, which they had dug in the days of Abraham
his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and
he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.
Isaac's servants dug in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.
the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours:
and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.
they dug another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it
he removed from thence, and dug another well; and for that they strove not: and
he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD has made room
for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.
And he went up from thence to Beersheba.
And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said,
I am the God of Abraham your father: fear not, for I am with you, and will bless
you, and multiply your seed for my servant Abraham's sake.
And he built an altar there, and called upon the name of
the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants dug a well.
Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol
the chief captain of his army.
And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come all of you to me,
seeing all of you hate me, and have sent me away from you?
And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with you:
and we said, Let there be now an oath between us, even between us and you, and
let us make a covenant with you;
That you will do us no hurt, as we have not touched you,
and as we have done unto you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace:
you are now the blessed of the LORD.
And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.
they rose up early in the morning, and swore one to another: and Isaac sent them
away, and they departed from him in peace.
And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants
came, and told him concerning the well which they had dug, and said unto him,
We have found water.
And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city
is Beersheba unto this day.
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:
were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.
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 unto
him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.
And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of
therefore take, I pray you, your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out
to the field, and take me some venison;
And make me savoury food, such as I love, and bring it to
me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless you before I die.
And Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And
Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.
And Rebekah spoke unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I
heard your father speak unto Esau your brother, saying,
Bring me venison, and make me savoury food, that I may eat,
and bless you before the LORD before my death.
Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which
I command you.
now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats; and I will
make them savoury food for your father, such as he loves:
And you shall bring it to your father, that he may eat,
and that he may bless you before his death.
And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother
is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man:
My father possibly will feel me, and I shall seem to him
as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.
his mother said unto him, Upon me be your curse, my son: only obey my voice, and
go fetch me them.
And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother:
and his mother made savoury food, such as his father loved.
And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau,
which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:
she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth
of his neck:
she gave the savoury food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand
of her son Jacob.
And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he
said, Here am I; who are you, my son?
And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau your first born;
I have done according as you bade me: arise, I pray you, sit and eat of my venison,
that your soul may bless me.
And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that you have found
it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the LORD your God brought it to me.
Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray you, that I may feel you, my son, whether
you be my very son Esau or not.
And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him,
and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands:
so he blessed him.
And he said, Are you my very son Esau? And he said, I am.
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 did eat: and he brought him
wine and he drank.
And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss
me, my son.
he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed
him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which the LORD
God give you of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of
corn and wine:
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 be every one that curses you, and
blessed be he that blesses you.
And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of
blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his
father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.
And he also had made savoury food, and brought it unto his
father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison,
that your soul may bless me.
And Isaac his father said unto him, Who are you? And he
said, I am your son, your firstborn Esau.
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.
And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with
a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me
also, O my father.
And he said, Your brother came with subtlety, and has taken
away your blessing.
And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he has supplanted
me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he has taken
away my blessing. And he said, Have you not reserved a blessing for me?
Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him your lord, and all
his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained
him: and what shall I do now unto you, my son?
And Esau said unto his father, Have you but one blessing,
my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice,
Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, your dwelling shall be the
fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;
And by your sword shall you 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.
And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his
father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father
are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.
And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah:
and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said unto him, Behold, your
brother Esau, as concerning you, does comfort himself, purposing to kill you.
therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee you to Laban my brother to Haran;
tarry with him a few days, until your brother's fury turn away;
Until your brother's anger turn away from you, and he forget
that which you have done to him: then I will send, and fetch you from thence:
why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?
And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because
of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such
as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?
Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, You shall
not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.
Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's
father; and take you a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban your mother's
God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may
be a multitude of people;
And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you, and to your
seed with you; that you may inherit the land wherein you are a stranger, which
God gave unto Abraham.
And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram unto
Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent him away to Padanaram, to take
him a wife from thence; and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying,
You shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was
gone to Padanaram;
And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not
Isaac his father;
Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives which
he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth,
to be his wife.
Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all
night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put
them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth,
and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and
descending on it.
And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the
LORD God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon you lie,
to you will I give it, and to your seed;
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.
behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where you go, and will
bring you again into this land; for I will not leave you, until I have done that
which I have spoken to you of.
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the
LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place!
this is no other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
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.
he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called
Luz at the first.
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 raiment
to put on,
that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
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 unto you.
Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of
the people of the east.
And he looked, and behold 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.
And thither were all the flocks gathered: 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.
And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be all of
you? And they said, Of Haran are we.
And he said unto them, Know all of you Laban the son of
Nahor? And they said, We know him.
And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is
well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter comes with the sheep.
And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time
that the cattle should be gathered together: water all of you the sheep, and go
and feed them.
they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they
roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.
And while he yet spoke with them, Rachel came with her father's
sheep; for she kept them.
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.
And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that he was Rebekah's
son: and she ran and told her father.
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.
And Laban said to him, Surely you are my bone and my flesh.
And he abode with him the space of a month.
And Laban said unto Jacob, Because you are my brother, should
you therefore serve me for nothing? tell me, what shall your wages be?
Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger
was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.
And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven
years for Rachel your younger daughter.
And Laban said, It is better that I give her to you, than
that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed
unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days
are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and
made a feast.
it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her
to him; and he went in unto her.
And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for
it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban,
What is this you have done unto me? did not I serve with you for Rachel? wherefore
then have you misled me?
And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to
give the younger before the firstborn.
Fulfill her week, and we will give you this also for the
service which you shall serve with me yet seven other years.
And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him
Rachel his daughter to wife also.
And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid
to be her maid.
he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served
with him yet seven other years.
And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her
womb: but Rachel was barren.
And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name
Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD has looked upon my affliction; now therefore
my husband will love me.
And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because
the LORD has heard I was hated, he has therefore given me this son also: and she
called his name Simeon.
And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this
time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore
was his name called Levi.
And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now
will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.
when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and
said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.
And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said,
Am I in God's position, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?
she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees,
that I may also have children by her.
And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob
went in unto her.
And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.
And Rachel said, God has judged me, and has also heard my
voice, and has given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.
And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob
a second son.
Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have
prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.
When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah
her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.
And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son.
And Leah said, A troop comes: and she called his name Gad.
Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a second son.
And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me
blessed: and she called his name Asher.
And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found
mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said
to Leah, Give me, I pray you, of your son's mandrakes.
And she said unto 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 to night for your son's mandrakes.
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 lay with her that night.
And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare
Jacob the fifth son.
And Leah said, God has given me my hire, because I have
given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.
And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.
Leah said, God has imbued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with
me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.
afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.
And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and
opened her womb.
And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God has taken
away my reproach:
And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall
add to me another son.
And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob
said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.
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 you.
And Laban said unto him, I pray you, if I have found favour
in yours eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD has blessed
me for your sake.
And he said, Appoint me your wages, and I will give it.
he said unto him, You know how I have served you, and how your cattle was with
it was little which you had before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude;
and the LORD has blessed you since my coming: and now when shall I provide for
mine own house also?
And he said, What shall I give you? And Jacob said, You
shall not give me any thing: if you will do this thing for me, I will again feed
and keep your flock.
I will pass through all your flock to day, removing from
thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the
sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.
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.
And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to
he removed that day the he goats that were striped with bands 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
he set three days' journey between himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of
Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chestnut tree; and stripped
white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.
he set the rods which he had stripped 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.
And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth
cattle striped with bands, speckled, and spotted.
And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the
flocks toward the striped with bands, and all the brown in the flock of Laban;
and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle.
it came to pass, whenever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the
rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among
when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were Laban's,
and the stronger Jacob's.
And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle,
and maidservants, and male servants, and camels, and asses.
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
got all this glory.
And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold,
it was not toward him as before.
And the LORD said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of your
fathers, and to your kindred; and I will be with you.
And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto
said unto 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.
And all of you know that with all my power I have served
your father has deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered
him not to hurt me.
If he said thus, The speckled shall be your wages; then
all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, The striped with bands shall
be your hire; then bare all the cattle striped with bands.
Thus God has taken away the cattle of your father, and given
them to me.
it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes,
and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were striped
with bands, speckled, and greyed.
And the angel of God spoke unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob:
And I said, Here am I.
And he said, Lift up now yours eyes, and see, all the rams
which leap upon the cattle are striped with bands, speckled, and greyed: for I
have seen all that Laban does unto you.
I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar, and
where you vowed a vow unto me: now arise, get you out from this land, and return
unto the land of your kindred.
And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there
yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?
Are we not counted of him strangers? for he has sold us,
and has quite devoured also our money.
For all the riches which God has taken from our father,
that is ours, and our children's: now then, whatsoever God has said unto you,
Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;
And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which
he had got, the cattle of his getting, which he had got in Padanaram, in order
to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.
And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen
the images that were her father's.
And Jacob stole away unexpectedly to Laban the Syrian, in
that he told him not that he fled.
So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed
over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead.
And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.
he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and
they overtook him in the mount Gilead.
And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and
said unto him, Take heed that you speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with
his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.
And Laban said to Jacob, What have you done, that you have
stolen away unexpectedly to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken
with the sword?
did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and did not tell me, that
I might have sent you away with delight, and with songs, with timbrel, and with
have not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? you have now done foolishly
in so doing.
is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spoke unto
me last night, saying, Take you heed that you speak not to Jacob either good or
now, though you would essentially be gone, because you sore longed after your
father's house, yet wherefore have you stolen my gods?
And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was afraid:
for I said, Possibly you would take by force your daughters from me.
With whomsoever you find your gods, let him not live: before
our brethren discern you what is yours with me, and take it to you. For Jacob
knew not that Rachel had stolen them.
And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent,
and into the two maidservants' tents; but he found them not. Then went he out
of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.
Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's
furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them
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 found not the images.
Jacob was angry, and find fault with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban,
What is my trespass? what is my sin, that you have so hotly pursued after me?
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
twenty years have I been with you; your ewes and your she goats have not cast
their young, and the rams of your flock have I not eaten.
That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto you; I
bare the loss of it; of my hand did you require it, whether stolen by day, or
stolen by night.
Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the
frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.
Thus have I 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.
Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the
fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely you had sent me away now empty. God has
seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked you last night.
Laban answered and said unto 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 unto these my daughters, or unto their children
which they have born?
Now therefore come you, let us make a covenant, I and you;
and let it be for a witness between me and you.
And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.
Jacob said unto his brethren, Gather stones; and they took stones, and made an
heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.
And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it
Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and you this day. Therefore was
the name of it called Galeed;
And Mizpah; for he said, The LORD watch between me and you,
when we are absent one from another.
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.
Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold this pillar, which I have cast
between me and you:
This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I
will not pass over this heap to you, and that you shall not pass over this heap
and this pillar unto me, for harm.
The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their
father, judge between us. And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac.
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.
And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons
and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his
Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's host: and
he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother
unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
And he commanded them, saying, Thus shall all of you speak
unto my lord Esau; Your servant Jacob says thus, I have sojourned with Laban,
and stayed there until now:
And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and male servants, and
female servants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in your
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.
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
said, If Esau come to the one company, and strike it, then the other company which
is left shall escape.
And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my
father Isaac, the LORD which said unto me, Return unto your country, and to your
kindred, and I will deal well with you:
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of
all the truth, which you have showed unto your servant; for with my staff I passed
over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.
Deliver me, I pray you, from the hand of my brother, from
the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and strike me, and the mother
with the children.
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.
And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which
came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;
Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred
ewes, and twenty rams,
Thirty milk giving camels with their colts, forty cattle,
and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.
And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every
drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, Pass over before me, and put
a space between drove and drove.
And he commanded the foremost, saying, When Esau my brother
meet you, and asks you, saying, Whose are you? and where go you? and whose are
these before you?
Then you shall say, They be your servant Jacob's; it is
a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he is behind us.
And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that
followed the droves, saying, On this manner shall all of you speak unto Esau,
when all of you find him.
And say all of you moreover, Behold, your servant Jacob
is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goes before
me, and afterward I will see his face; possibly he will accept of me.
went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.
he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two female servants, and
his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent
over that he had.
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with
him until the breaking of the day.
And when he saw that he prevailed not 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.
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said,
I will not let you go, except you bless me.
And he said unto him, What is your name? And he said, Jacob.
he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince
have you power with God and with men, and have prevailed.
And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray you, your
name. And he said, Wherefore is it that you do ask after my name? And he blessed
Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and
my life is preserved.
And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and
he halted upon his thigh.
Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which
shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched
the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.
And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau
came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and
unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.
And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and
Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.
And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the
ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on
his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.
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.
Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children,
and they bowed themselves.
And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves:
and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.
And he said, What mean you by all this drove which I met?
And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.
And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that you
have unto yourself.
And Jacob said, Nay, 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.
I pray you, 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.
he said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before you.
he said unto him, My lord knows that the children are tender, and the flocks and
herds with young are with me: and if men should beat them one day, all the flock
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 be able to endure,
until I come unto my lord unto Seir.
And Esau said, Let me now leave with you some of the folk
that are with me. And he said, What needs it? let me find grace in the sight of
Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.
And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house,
and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.
Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when
he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city.
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 an hundred pieces
he erected there an altar, and called it EleloheIsrael.
And Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob,
went out to see the daughters of the land.
And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of
the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.
his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and
spoke kindly unto the damsel.
And Shechem spoke unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me
this damsel to wife.
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 were come.
Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob to commune with him.
And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard
it: and the men were grieved, and they were very angry, because he had wrought
folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter: which thing ought not to be done.
Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter:
I pray you give her him to wife.
And make all of you marriages with us, and give your daughters
unto us, and take our daughters unto you.
And all of you shall dwell with us: and the land shall be
before you; dwell and trade all of you therein, and get you possessions therein.
Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your
eyes, and what all of you shall say unto me I will give.
Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according
as all of you shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.
And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father
deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Dinah their sister:
And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give
our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:
in this will we consent unto you: If all of you will be as we be, that every male
of you be circumcised;
Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take
your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.
if all of you will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our
daughter, and we will be gone.
And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son.
the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's
daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father.
Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with
the men of their city, saying,
These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell
in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them;
let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.
herein will the men consent unto us in order to dwell with us, to be one people,
if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.
Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast
of their's be our's? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.
unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of
his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his
it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of
Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon
the city boldly, and slew all the males.
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.
The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city,
because they had defiled their sister.
They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses,
and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,
And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their
wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.
And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, All of 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.
And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an
God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an
altar unto God, that appeared unto you when you fled from the face of Esau your
Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange
gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:
And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there
an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me
in the way which I went.
And they gave unto 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.
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.
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came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people
that were with him.
And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel:
because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.
Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak:
and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.
And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram,
and blessed him.
And God said unto him, Your name is Jacob: your name shall
not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be your name: and he called his
God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a
company of nations shall be of you, and kings shall come out of your loins;
the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed
after you will I give the land.
And God went up from him in the place where he talked with
Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of
stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.
Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Bethel.
And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little
way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.
it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her,
Fear not; you shall have this son also.
And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for
she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.
Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.
Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this
Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.
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
the sons of Jacob were twelve:
The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon,
and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:
The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin:
And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali:
the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid: Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob,
which were born to him in Padanaram.
And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the
city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.
And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.
Isaac gave up the spirit, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old
and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.
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;
Bashemath Ishmael's daughter, sister of Nebajoth.
And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz; and Bashemath bare Reuel;
Aholibamah bare Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah: these are the sons of Esau, which
were born unto him in the land of Canaan.
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.
For their riches were more than that they might dwell together;
and the land wherein they were strangers could not bear them because of their
dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom.
And these are the generations of Esau the father of the
Edomites in mount Seir:
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.
And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Gatam,
Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau's son; and she bare to Eliphaz Amalek: these
were the sons of Adah Esau's wife.
And these are the sons of Reuel; Nahath, and Zerah, Shammah,
and Mizzah: these were the sons of Bashemath Esau's wife.
And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah
the daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife: and she bare to Esau Jeush, and Jaalam, and
were dukes of the sons of Esau: the sons of Eliphaz the firstborn son of Esau;
duke Teman, duke Omar, duke Zepho, duke Kenaz,
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.
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.
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.
These are the sons of Esau, who is Edom, and these are their
are the sons of Seir the Horite, who inhabited the land; Lotan, and Shobal, and
Zibeon, and Anah,
And Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan: these are the dukes of
the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom.
And the children of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and Lotan's
sister was Timna.
And the children of Shobal were these; Alvan, and Manahath,
and Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.
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.
And the children of Anah were these; Dishon, and Aholibamah
the daughter of Anah.
And these are the children of Dishon; Hemdan, and Eshban,
and Ithran, and Cheran.
The children of Ezer are these; Bilhan, and Zaavan, and
children of Dishan are these; Uz, and Aran.
These are the dukes that came of the Horites; duke Lotan,
duke Shobal, duke Zibeon, duke Anah,
Duke Dishon, duke Ezer, duke Dishan: these are the dukes
that came of Hori, among their dukes in the land of Seir.
And these are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom,
before there reigned any king over the children of Israel.
And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom: and the name of
his city was Dinhabah.
And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned
in his position.
And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of Temani reigned
in his position.
And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who stroke
Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his position: and the name of his city
Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his position.
And Samlah died, and Saul of Rehoboth by the river reigned
in his position.
And Saul died, and Baalhanan the son of Achbor reigned in
Baalhanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar reigned in his position: and the name
of his city was Pau; and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred,
the daughter of Mezahab.
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,
Duke Aholibamah, duke Elah, duke Pinon,
Duke Kenaz, duke Teman, duke Mibzar,
Duke Magdiel, duke Iram: these be the dukes of Edom, according
to their habitations in the land of their possession: he is Esau the father of
Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the
flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the
sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil
Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his
old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more
than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the
he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also
stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made reverence
to my sheaf.
his brethren 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
he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have
dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made
reverence to me.
And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his
father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that you have dreamed?
Shall I and your mother and your brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to
you to the earth?
And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the
his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not your brethren feed the
flock in Shechem? come, and I will send you unto them. And he said to him, Here
he said to him, Go, I pray you, see whether it be well with your brethren, 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.
And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering
in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seek you?
And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray you, where
they feed their flocks.
And the man said, They are departed behind; for I heard
them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them
when they saw him far off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired
against him to slay him.
And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer comes.
now therefore, and let us slay 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.
Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not
Reuben said unto 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.
And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren,
that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on
they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water
they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold,
a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spices and
balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we
slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not
our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were
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.
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was
not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is
not; and I, where shall I go?
And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats,
and dipped the coat in the blood;
And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought
it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be your
son's coat or no.
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.
And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins,
and mourned for his son many days.
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 unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an
officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.
And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from
his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah.
Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he
took her, and went in unto her.
And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name
she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan.
And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called
his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.
And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was
Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew
Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto your brother's wife, and marry her, and raise
up seed to your brother.
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.
And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore
he slew him also.
Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow
at your father's house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest possibly
he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.
in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah's wife died; and Judah was comforted,
and went up unto his sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.
it was told Tamar, saying, Behold your father in law goes up to Timnath to shear
she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her 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.
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because
she had covered her face.
And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray
you, let me come in unto you; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.)
And she said, What will you give me, that you may come in unto me?
And he said, I will send you a kid from the flock. And she
said, Will you give me a pledge, till you send it?
And he said, What pledge shall I give you? And she said,
Your signet, and your bracelets, and your staff that is in yours hand. And he
gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.
And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from
her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.
And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite,
to receive his pledge from the woman's hand: but he found her not.
Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the
harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in
he returned to Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the place
said, that there was no harlot in this place.
And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed:
behold, I sent this kid, and you have not found her.
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,
behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let
her be burnt.
she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose
these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray you, whose are these,
the signet, and bracelets, and staff.
And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She has been more
righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he had sexual
contact with her again no more.
And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold,
twins were in her womb.
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.
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 be
upon you: therefore his name was called Pharez.
And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet
thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.
And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer
of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the
Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.
And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man;
and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that
the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him:
and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
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.
he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the
bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon
Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold,
my master knows not what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that
he has to my hand;
There is none greater in this house than I; neither has
he kept back any thing from me but you, because you are his wife: how then can
I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
And it came to pass, as she spoke to Joseph day by day,
that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into
the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there
she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in
her hand, and fled, and got him out.
And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment
in her hand, and was fled forth,
That she called unto the men of her house, and spoke unto
them, saying, See, he has brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in
unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
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 him out.
she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
And she spoke unto him according to these words, saying,
The Hebrew servant, which you have brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with
me, and fled out.
And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of
his wife, which she spoke unto him, saying, After this manner did your servant
to me; that his wrath was kindled.
And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison,
a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight
of the keeper of the prison.
And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand
all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was
the doer of it.
keeper of the prison looked not 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.
it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his
baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.
And Pharaoh was angry against two of his officers, against
the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.
And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the
guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and
he served them: and they continued a season in ward.
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.
And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked
upon them, and, behold, they were sad.
And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the
ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look all of you so sadly to day?
they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.
And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them,
I pray you.
the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold,
a vine was before me;
And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though
it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth
Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's
cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.
And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of
it: The three branches are three days:
Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up yours head,
and restore you unto your place: and you shall deliver Pharaoh's cup into his
hand, after the former manner when you were his butler.
But think on me when it shall be well with you, and show
kindness, I pray you, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring
me out of this house:
For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews:
and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.
the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also
was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:
And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of baked
food for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.
Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets
are three days:
within three days shall Pharaoh lift up your head from off you, and shall hang
you on a tree; and the birds shall eat your flesh from off you.
And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday,
that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief
butler and of the chief baker among his servants.
And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again;
and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand:
But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted
did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgotten about him.
And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh
dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured
cattle and well fed; and they fed in a meadow.
And, behold, seven other cattle came up after them out of
the river, ill favoured and thin; and stood by the other cattle upon the brink
of the river.
the ill favoured and thin cattle did eat up the seven well favoured and fat cattle.
So Pharaoh awoke.
And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven
ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind
sprung up after them.
And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full
ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.
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 thereof:
and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them
spoke the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:
was angry with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's
house, both me and the chief baker:
And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed
each man according to the interpretation of his dream.
And there was there with us a young man, an 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.
And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was;
me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.
Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him
hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and
came in unto Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and
there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of you, that you can
understand a dream to interpret it.
And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God
shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood
upon the bank of the river:
And, behold, there came up out of the river seven cattle,
well fed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:
And, behold, seven other cattle came up after them, poor
and very ill favoured and thin, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for
the lean and the ill favoured cattle did eat up the first seven fat cattle:
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.
And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in
one stalk, full and good:
And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with
the east wind, sprung up after them:
And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told
this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.
Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God has showed Pharaoh
what he is about to do.
The seven good cattle are seven years; and the seven good
ears are seven years: the dream is one.
And the seven thin and ill favoured cattle that came up
after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind
shall be seven years of famine.
This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What
God is about to do he shows unto Pharaoh.
Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout
all the land of Egypt:
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;
And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason
of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.
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.
therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land
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 abundant years.
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
that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which
shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.
the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.
Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom
the Spirit of God is?
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God has showed
you all this, there is none so discreet and wise as you are:
You shall be over my house, and according unto your word
shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than you.
Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.
Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed
him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
And he made him to 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
Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without you shall no man lift up his
hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he
gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went
out over all the land of Egypt.
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.
And in the seven abundant years the earth brought forth
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.
And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much,
until he left numbering; for it was without number.
And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine
came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.
Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, has made me
forget all my toil, and all my father's house.
And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God has
caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land
of Egypt, were ended.
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.
And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people
cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph;
what he says to you, do.
And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph
opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed
sore in the land of Egypt.
And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph in order to
buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.
Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said
unto his sons, Why do all of you look one upon another?
And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in
Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and
Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.
But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his
brethren; for he said, Lest possibly mischief befall him.
And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that
came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was
that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed
down themselves before him with their faces to the earth.
And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made
himself strange unto them, and spoke roughly unto them; and he said unto them,
Whence come all of you? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them,
and said unto them, All of you are spies; to see the nakedness of the land all
of you are come.
And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are
your servants come.
We are all one man's sons; we are true men, your servants
are no spies.
he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land all of you are come.
they said, Your servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land
of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.
Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spoke unto you, saying, All of you are
all of you shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh all of you shall not go forth
behind, except your youngest brother come here.
Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and all
of you shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be
any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely all of you are spies.
he put them all together into ward three days.
And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live;
for I fear God:
all of you be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your
prison: go all of you, carry corn for the famine of your houses:
But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words
be verified, and all of you shall not die. And they did so.
And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning
our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and
we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us.
And Reuben answered them, saying, Spoke I not unto you,
saying, Do not sin against the child; and all of you would not hear? therefore,
behold, also his blood is required.
And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spoke
unto them by an interpreter.
And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned
to them again, and communed with them, and took from them Simeon, and bound him
before their eyes.
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 thus did he unto them.
And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence.
as one of them opened his sack to give his ass animal food in the inn, he espied
his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth.
And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and,
lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid,
saying one to another, What is this that God has done unto us?
And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan,
and told him all that befell unto them; saying,
The man, who is the lord of the land, spoke roughly to us,
and took us for spies of the country.
And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:
be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day
with our father in the land of Canaan.
And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby
shall I know that all of you are true men; leave one of your brethren here with
me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone:
And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know
that all of you are no spies, but that all of you are true men: so will I deliver
you your brother, and all of you shall trade in the land.
And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold,
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.
And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have all of you
bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and all of you will
take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.
And Reuben spoke unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons,
if I bring him not to you: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to you
he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is
left alone: if mischief befall him by the way in the which all of you go, then
shall all of you bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
And the famine was sore in the land.
And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which
they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a
Judah spoke unto him, saying, The man did solemnly protest unto us, saying, All
of you shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and
buy you food:
if you will not send him, we will not go down: for the man said unto us, All of
you shall not see my face, except your brother be with you.
And Israel said, Wherefore dealt all of you so ill with
me, as to tell the man whether all of you had yet a brother?
And they said, The man asked us strictly of our state, and
of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have all of you another brother?
and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know
that he would say, Bring your brother down?
And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with
me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and you,
and also our little ones.
I will be guarantor for him; of my hand shall you require
him: if I bring him not unto you, and set him before you, then let me bear the
blame for ever:
except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time.
And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so
now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down
the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts,
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; possibly it was an oversight:
also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:
And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he
may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children,
I am bereaved.
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.
And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler
of his house, Bring these men home, and slay, and make ready; for these men shall
dine with me at noon.
And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the
men into Joseph's house.
And the men were afraid, because they were brought into
Joseph's house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks
at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and
fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.
And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house, and
they communed with him at the door of the house,
And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to
it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we opened our sacks, and, behold,
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.
And other money have we brought down in our hands to buy
food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.
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 unto them.
And the man brought the men into Joseph's house, and gave
them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their asses animal food.
they made ready the present against Joseph came at noon: for they heard that they
should eat bread there.
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.
he asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of
whom all of you spoke? Is he yet alive?
And they answered, Your servant our father is in good health,
he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads, and made reverence.
he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said,
Is this your younger brother, of whom all of you spoke unto me? And he said, God
be gracious unto you, my son.
And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his
brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept
he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread.
they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians,
which did eat with him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread
with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his
birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one
he took and sent portions unto them from before him: but Benjamin's portion was
five times so much as any of their's. And they drank, and were merry with him.
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.
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.
As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away,
they and their asses.
And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far
off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when you do overtake
them, say unto them, Wherefore have all of you rewarded evil for good?
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this it in which my lord drinks, and whereby indeed he divines? all of you have
done evil in so doing.
And he overtook them, and he spoke unto them these same
they said unto him, Wherefore says my lord these words? God forbid that your servants
should do according to this thing:
Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths,
we brought again unto you out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal
out of your lord's house silver or gold?
With whomsoever of your servants it be found, both let him
die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen.
And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words:
he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and all of you shall be blameless.
they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man
he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was
found in Benjamin's sack.
Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass,
and returned to the city.
And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he
was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.
And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that all of
you have done? know all of you not that such a man as I can certainly divine?
Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall
we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants: behold, we
are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found.
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, get you up in peace unto your father.
Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let your servant, I pray you,
speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not yours anger burn against your servant:
for you are even as Pharaoh.
My lord asked his servants, saying, Have all of you a father,
or a brother?
we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age,
a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and
his father loves him.
And you said unto your servants, Bring him down unto me,
that I may set mine eyes upon him.
And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father:
for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
And you said unto your servants, Except your youngest brother
come down with you, all of you shall see my face no more.
And it came to pass when we came up unto your servant my
father, we told him the words of my lord.
And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food.
we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go
down: for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us.
your servant my father said unto us, All of you know that my wife bare me two
the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him
if all of you take this also from me, and mischief befall him, all of you shall
bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
Now therefore when I come to your servant my father, and
the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life;
shall come to pass, 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.
For your servant became guarantor for the lad unto my father,
saying, If I bring him not unto you, then I shall bear the blame to my father
therefore, I pray you, let your servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to
my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.
For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with
me? lest possibly I see the evil that shall come on my father.
Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that
stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood
no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.
And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh
Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; does my father yet live? And his brethren
could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray
you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom all of you
sold into Egypt.
therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that all of you sold me here:
for God did send me before you to preserve life.
For these two years has the famine been in the land: and
yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earring nor harvest.
God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your
lives by a great deliverance.
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.
Haste all of you, and go up to my father, and say unto him,
Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me,
you shall dwell in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near unto me, you, and
your children, and your children's children, and your flocks, and your herds,
and all that you have:
And there will I nourish you; for yet there are five years
of famine; lest you, and your household, and all that you have, come to poverty.
behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth
that speaks unto you.
And all of you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt,
and of all that all of you have seen; and all of you shall haste and bring down
my father here.
he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept; and Benjamin wept upon his
he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked
the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come:
and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto your brethren, This
do all of you; load your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan;
take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the
good of the land of Egypt, and all of you shall eat the fat of the land.
you are commanded, this do all of you; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt
for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt are yours.
the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment
of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.
To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but
to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment.
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 food for his father
by the way.
he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that
all of you fall not out by the way.
And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of
Canaan unto Jacob their father,
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 believed them not.
they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he
saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father
Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before
Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered
sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
And God spoke unto Israel in the visions of the night, and
said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
And he said, I am God, the God of your father: fear not
to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of you a great nation:
I will go down with you into Egypt; and I will also surely
bring you up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon yours eyes.
And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel
carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons
which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they
had got in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with
sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and
all his seed brought he with him into Egypt.
And these are the names of the children of Israel, which
came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.
And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron,
the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul
the son of a Canaanitish woman.
And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zarah: but Er and
Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.
the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.
And the sons of Zebulun; Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel.
be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in Padanaram, with his daughter
Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three.
the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.
the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister:
and the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel.
These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his
daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls.
The sons of Rachel Jacob's wife; Joseph, and Benjamin.
unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath
the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.
And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel,
Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.
These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob:
all the souls were fourteen.
And the sons of Dan; Hushim.
And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer,
are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare
these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven.
All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came
out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and
the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls
of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.
he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they
came into the land of Goshen.
And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel
his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck,
and wept on his neck a good while.
And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have
seen your face, because you are yet alive.
And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's
house, I will go up, and show Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's
house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;
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
it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your
all of you shall say, Your servants' trade has been about cattle from our youth
even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that all of you may dwell in the
land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks,
and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and,
behold, they are in the land of Goshen.
And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented
them unto Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation?
And they said unto Pharaoh, Your servants are shepherds, both we, and also our
said moreover unto Pharaoh, In order to sojourn in the land are we 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
Pharaoh spoke unto Joseph, saying, Your father and your brethren are come unto
land of Egypt is before you; in the best of the land make your father and brethren
to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if you know any men of activity
among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before
Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old are you?
And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my
pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the
years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the
life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land
of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household,
with bread, according to their families.
And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was
very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason
of the famine.
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: and Joseph brought the money into
And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land
of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why
should we die in your presence? for the money fails.
And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for
your cattle, if money fail.
And they brought their cattle unto 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: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for
that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We
will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also has our
herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies,
and our lands:
shall we die before yours eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for
bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that
we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
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.
And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one
end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.
Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests
had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh
gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.
Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought
you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and all of you
shall sow the land.
And it shall come to pass in the increase, that all of you
shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for
seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for
food for your little ones.
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.
And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this
day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part, except the land of the priests only,
which became not Pharaoh's.
And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of
Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.
Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was
an hundred forty and seven years.
And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called
his son Joseph, and said unto 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; bury
me not, I pray you, in Egypt:
But I will lie with my fathers, and you shall carry me out
of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace. And he said, I will do as you have
he said, Swear unto me. And he swore unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the
it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, your father
is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, your son Joseph comes
unto you: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me
at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
And said unto 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.
And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were
born unto you in the land of Egypt before I came unto you into Egypt, are mine;
as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
And your issue, which you brought forth after them, shall
be yours, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.
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: and I buried
her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.
And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?
Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place.
And he said, Bring them, I pray you, unto me, and I will bless them.
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.
Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see your face: and, lo, God has
showed me also your seed.
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and
he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
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 unto him.
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 wisely; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers
Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
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.
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.
And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for
this is the firstborn; put your right hand upon his head.
And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know
it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger
brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
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.
And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall
be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
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.
Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell
you that which shall befall you in the last days.
Gather yourselves together, and hear, all of you sons of
Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.
Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning
of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:
as water, you shall not excel; because you went up to your father's bed; then
defiled you it: he went up to my couch.
Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are
in their habitations.
O my soul, come not you into their secret; unto their assembly,
mine honour, be not you united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their
self-will they dug down a wall.
Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath,
for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
you are he whom your brethren shall praise: your hand shall be in the neck of
yours enemies; your father's children shall bow down before you.
Judah is a lion's offspring: from the prey, my son, you
are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall
rouse him up?
sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until
Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto
the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood
eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall
be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.
Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:
he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder
to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse heels,
so that his rider shall fall backward.
I have waited for your salvation, O LORD.
Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at
of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties.
Naphtali is a hind let loose: he gives goodly words.
is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over
archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:
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 thence is the
shepherd, the stone of Israel:)
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:
blessings of your father have prevailed above the blessings of my conceivers unto
the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph,
and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.
shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he
shall divide the spoil.
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it
that their father spoke unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his
blessing he blessed them.
And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered
unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron
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 buryingplace.
There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they
buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah.
The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein
was from the children of Heth.
And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he
gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the spirit, and was gathered
unto his people.
Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.
Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians
forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which
are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.
when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke unto the house of Pharaoh,
saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears
of Pharaoh, saying,
My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave
which I have dug for me in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me. Now therefore
let me go up, I pray you, and bury my father, and I will come again.
And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury your father, according
as he made you swear.
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,
And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's
house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in
the land of Goshen.
And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and
it was a very great company.
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.
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: wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan.
his sons did unto him according as he commanded them:
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 buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.
Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him
to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead,
they said, Joseph will possibly hate us, and will certainly requite us all the
evil which we did unto him.
And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Your father
did command before he died, saying,
So shall all of you say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray you
now, the trespass of your brethren, and their sin; for they did unto you evil:
and now, we pray you, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your
father. And Joseph wept when they spoke unto him.
And his brethren also went and fell down before his face;
and they said, Behold, we be your servants.
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place
as for you, all of you thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to
bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Now therefore fear all of you not: I will nourish you, and
your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly unto them.
And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and
Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.
And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation:
the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's
Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring
you out of this land unto the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to
Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you,
and all of you shall carry up my bones from behind.
So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and
they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.