GENESIS


Fred Miller's Revised King James' Version

GENESIS


CHAPTERS:  [1]  [2]  [3]  [4]  [5]  [6]  [7]  [8]  [9]  [10]  [11]  [12]  [13]  [14]  [15]  [16]  [17]  [18]  [19]  [20]  [21]  [22]  [23]  [24]  [25]  [26]  [27]  [28]  [29]  [30]  [31]  [32]  [33]  [34]  [35]  [36]  [37]  [38]  [39]  [40]  [41]  [42]  [43]  [44]  [45]  [46]  [47]  [48]  [49]  [50]

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Genesis 1

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was shapeless and formless and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.

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

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

9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together into one place and let the dry land appear and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth and he called the gathering together of the waters Seas and God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed and the fruit tree yielding fruit on the earth after its kind, whose seed is in itself and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after its kind and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after its kind and God saw that it was good. 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

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

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth the moving creature that has life abundantly and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open expanse of heaven. 21 And God created great fish 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. 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas and let fowl multiply in the earth. 23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after its kind, cattle and creeping things and the animal of the earth after its kind and it was so. 25 And God made the animal of the earth after its kind and cattle after their kind and every thing that creeps on the earth after its kind and God saw that it was good.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, he created him in the image of God, he created them male and female. 28 And God blessed them and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply and fill up 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 on the earth.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every seed bearing herb, which is on the face of all the earth and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed, it shall be for food for you. 30 And I have given every green herb for food to every animal of the earth and to every fowl of the air and to every thing that creeps on the earth, in which there is life and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

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Genesis 2

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

4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that The LORD God made the earth and its heavens 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth and every herb of the field before it grew for The LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth and there was no man to till the ground. 6 But a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. 7 And The LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul.

8 And The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden and he put the man whom he had formed there. 9 And The LORD God made every tree to grow out of the ground that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, also the tree of life in the midst of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. 10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden and from there it was parted and became four heads. 11 The name of the first is Pison, that is that which encircles the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold 12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 And the name of the second river is Gihon, the same is that which encircles the whole land of Ethiopia. 14 And the name of the third river is Tigris, that which goes toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. 15 And The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

16 And The LORD God commanded the man, saying, you may freely eat of every tree of the garden 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

18 And The LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone, I will make him a helper fit for him. 19 And The LORD God formed every animal of the field and every fowl of the air out of the ground and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them and whatever Adam called every living creature that was its name. 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle and to the fowl of the air and to every animal of the field but there was not found a helper fit for Adam.

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

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Chapter 3

1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any animal of the field which The LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, yes, has God said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat of it neither shall you touch it lest you die. 4 And the serpent said to the woman, you shall not surely die 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes shall be opened and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil.

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate and also gave to her husband with her and he ate. 7 And the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew that they were naked and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of The LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day and Adam hid himself and his wife did the same, among the trees of the garden from the presence of The LORD God.

9 And The LORD God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you? 10 And he said, I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid, because I was naked and I hid myself.

11 And he said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree, which I commanded you that you should not eat? 12 And the man said, The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate. 13 And The LORD God said to the woman, What is this that you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me and I ate.

14 And The LORD God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle and above every animal of the field, you shall go on your belly and you shall eat dust all the days of your life 15 And I will put a hatred between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed, he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel.

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

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

20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. 21 The LORD God made coats of skins for Adam and also for his wife and clothed them.

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

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Chapter 4

1 And Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived and bore Cain and said, I have gotten a man from The LORD. 2 And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

3 And in process of time Cain brought an offering to The LORD from the fruit of the ground. 4 And Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of its fat. And The LORD had respect to Abel and to his offering 5 But he did not have respect to Cain and to his offering. And Cain was very angry and his countenance fell.

6 And The LORD said to Cain, Why are you angry and why is your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, shall it not be lifted up? and if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And you shall desire it, but you can rule over it.

8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother and when they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

9 And The LORD said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said, I do not know Am I my brother's keeper? 10 And he said, What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries to me from the ground. 11 And now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened her mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand, 12 When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield to you her strength, A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be in the earth.

13 And Cain said to The LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, you have driven me out this day from the face of the earth and I shall be hidden from your face and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth and it shall be that every one who finds me shall kill me. 15 And The LORD said to him, Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him seven times. And The LORD set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.

16 And Cain went out from the presence of The LORD and dwelled in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. 17 And Cain knew his wife and she conceived and bore Enoch and he built a city and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch. 18 And to Enoch was born Irad and to Irad was born Mehujael and to Mehujael was born Methusael and to Methusael was born Lamech.

19 And Lamech took two wives to himself, the name of one was Adah and the name of the other Zillah. 20 And Adah bore Jabal, he was the father of such as dwell in tents and of such as have cattle. 21 And his brother's name was Jubal, he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. 22 And Zillah, also bore Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.

23 And Lamech said to his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice, you wives of Lamech, listen to my speech for I have killed a man for wounding me and a young man for hurting me. 24 If Cain should be avenged seven times, truly Lamech seventy seven times.

25 And Adam knew his wife again and she bore a son and called his name Seth for she said, God has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain killed. 26 And there was also born a son to Seth and he called his name Enos, then men began to call on the name of The LORD.

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Chapter 5

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

6 And Seth lived one hundred five years and Enos was born to him 7 And Seth lived eight hundred seven years, after Enos was born to him and had sons and daughters 8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred twelve years and he died. 9 And Enos lived ninety years and Cainan was born to him 10 And Enos lived eight hundred fifteen years after Cainan was born to him and had sons and daughters 11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred five years and he died. 12 And Cainan lived seventy years and Mahalaleel was born to him. 13 And Cainan lived eight hundred forty years after Mahalaleel was born to him and he had sons and daughters. 14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred ten years and he died. 15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty five years and Jared was born to him 16 And Mahalaleel lived eight hundred thirty years after Jared was born to him and had sons and daughters. 17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety five years and he died. 18 And Jared lived one hundred sixty two years and Enoch was born to him. 19 And Jared lived eight hundred years after Enoch was born to him and had sons and daughters. 20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty two years and he died.

21 And Enoch lived sixty five years and Methuselah was born to him 22 And Enoch walked with God three hundred years after Methuselah was born to him and had sons and daughters 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty five years 24 And Enoch walked with God and he was not for God took him.

25 And Methuselah lived one hundred eighty seven years and Lamech was born to him 26 And Methuselah lived seven hundred eighty two years after Lamech was born to him and had sons and daughters 27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty nine years and he died.

28 And Lamech lived one hundred eighty two years and a son was born to him 29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This one shall comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands because of the ground which The LORD has cursed. 30 And Lamech lived five hundred ninety five years after Noah was born to him and had sons and daughters 31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy seven years and he died. 32 And Noah was five hundred years old and to Noah were born Shem, Ham and Japheth.

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Chapter 6

1 And when men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born to them 2 The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair and they took wives to themselves of all whom they chose.

3 And The LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man for he is also flesh, yet his days shall be one hundred twenty years.

4 There were nephiliym in the earth in those days and also after the sons of God came into the daughters of men and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which of old, were men of renown. 5 And The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6 And The LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And The LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and animal and the creeping thing and the fowls of the air for I have been caused to regret that I made them. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of The LORD.

9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations and Noah walked with God. 10 And three sons were born to Noah, Shem, Ham and Japheth.

11 The earth also was corrupt before God and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked on the earth and behold, it was corrupt for all flesh had corrupted his way on the earth.

13 And God said to 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. 14 Make an ark of gopher wood, you shall make rooms in the ark and shall pitch it inside and outside with pitch. 15 And this is the form in which you shall make it, The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, its height thirty cubits. 16 You shall make a window in the ark and shall finish it above in a cubit and you shall set the door of the ark in its side and you shall make it with lower, second and third stories 17 and behold, I, even I, bring a flood of waters on the earth, to destroy all flesh from under heaven, in which is the breath of life and every thing that is in the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you and you shall come into the ark, you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you. 19 And you shall bring into the ark two of every kind of every living thing of all flesh, to keep them alive with you, they shall be male and female. 20 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 to you to keep them alive. 21 And take of all food that is eaten and you shall gather it to you and it shall be for food for you and for them. 22 Noah did according to all that God commanded him, so he did.

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Chapter 7

1 And The LORD said to Noah, Come, you and all your house into the ark for I have seen you righteous before me in this generation. 2 You shall take of every clean animal to you by sevens, the male and his female and of animals that are not clean by two, the male and his female. 3 Also fowls of the air by sevens, the male and the female, to keep seed alive on the face of all the earth. 4 For yet seven days and I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights and I will destroy every living substance that I have made from off the face of the earth.

5 And Noah did according to all that The LORD commanded him. 6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was on the earth. 7 And Noah went in and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him, into the ark because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals and of animals that are not clean and of fowls and of every thing that creeps on the earth, 9 They went in two by two to Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood were on the earth.

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

13 In the selfsame day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered into the ark, 14 They and every animal after his kind and all the cattle after their kind and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after his kind and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. 15 And they went in to Noah into the ark, two by two of all flesh, in which is the breath of life. 16 And those that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him and The LORD shut him in.

17 And the flood was forty days on the earth and the waters increased and bore up the ark and it was lifted up above the earth. 18 And the waters prevailed and were increased greatly on the earth and the ark went on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth and all the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered. 20 The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward and the mountains were covered.

21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth, both of fowl and of cattle and of animals and of every creeping thing that creeps on the earth and every man. 22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land died. 23 And every living substance was destroyed which was on 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 only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. 24 And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred fifty days.

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Genesis 8

1And God remembered Noah and every living thing and all the cattle that were with him in the ark and God made a wind to pass over the earth and the waters subsided, 2The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped and also the rain from heaven was restrained, 3And the waters returned from off the earth continually and after the end of the hundred fifty days the waters were abated.

4And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. 5And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. The tops of the mountains were seen in the tenth month, on the first day of the month.

6And at the end of forty days, Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made 7And he sent out a raven, which went out to and fro, until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8Also he sent a dove out from him, to see if the waters were abated from the face of the ground 9But the dove did not find any rest for the sole of her foot and she returned to him into the ark for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. Then he put out his hand and took her and pulled her in to him into the ark. 10And he waited yet another seven days and again he sent out the dove out of the ark 11And the dove came in to him in the evening and, lo, an olive leaf plucked off was in her mouth. So Noah knew that the waters were abated from the earth. 12And he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him any more.

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

15And God spoke to Noah, saying, 16Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons' wives with you. 17Bring out 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 on the earth so that they may breed abundantly in the earth and be fruitful and multiply on the earth. 18And Noah went out and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him. 19Every animal, every creeping thing and every fowl and whatever creeps on the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

20And Noah built an altar to The LORD and took of every clean animal and of every clean fowl and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21And The LORD smelled a sweet savor and The LORD said in his heart, I will not curse the ground again any more for man's sake for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth, neither will I strike every living thing any more again, as I have done. 22While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest and cold and heat and summer and winter and day and night shall not cease.

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Chapter 9

And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every animal of the earth and on every fowl of the air, on all that moves on the earth and on all the fish of the sea, they are delivered into your hand. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you, even as the green herb I have given you all things. 4 But you shall not eat the flesh with its life, which is its blood. 5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require, I will require it at the hand of every animal and at the hand of man, I will require the life of man at the hand of every man's brother. 6 Whoever sheds man's blood, his blood be shall shed by man for in the image of God he made man. 7 And be fruitful and multiply, bring forth abundantly in the earth and multiply on it.

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

12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you for perpetual generations. 13 I set my bow in the cloud and it shall be a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14 And when I bring a cloud over the earth the bow shall be seen in the cloud 15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh and the waters shall not become a flood to destroy all flesh again. 16 And the bow shall be in the cloud and I will look to it so that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth. 17 And God said to Noah, This is the token of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.

18 And the sons of Noah, who went out of the ark, were Shem and Ham and Japheth and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19 These are the three sons of Noah and of them the whole earth was overspread. 20 And Noah began to be a husbandman and he planted a vineyard 21 And he drank of the wine and was drunk and he was uncovered within his tent. 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. 23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it on both their shoulders and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father and their faces were backward and they did not see their father's nakedness.

24 And Noah woke from his wine and knew what his younger son had done to him. 25 And he said,

"Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers. 26 And he said, Blessed be The LORD God of Shem and Canaan shall be his servant. 27 God shall enlarge Japheth and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem and Canaan shall be his servant."

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

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Chapter 10

Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham and Japheth and to them sons were born after the flood.

2 The sons of Japheth,

Gomer and Magog and Madai and Javan and Tubal and Meshech and Tiras. 3 And the sons of Gomer, Ashkenaz and Riphas and Togarmah. 4 And the sons of Javan, Elishah and Tarshish, Kittim and Dodanim. 5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands, every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

6 And the sons of Ham,

Cush and Mizraim and Phut and Canaan.

7 And the sons of Cush, Seba and Havilah and Sabtah and Raamah and Sabtecha and the sons of Raamah, Sheba and Dedan. 8 And Nimrod was born to Cush, he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before The LORD. Therefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before The LORD. 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Asshur is a descendant of Shem and not a descendant of Cush

11 Asshur went forth out of that land and built Nineveh and the city Rehoboth and Calah 12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah, the same is a great city.

13 And Mizraim begat Ludim and Anamim and Lehabim and Naphtuhim, 14 And Pathrusim and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.

15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn and Heth, 16 And the Jebusite and the Amorite and the Girgasite, 17 And the Hivite and the Arkite and the Sinite, 18 And the Arvadite and the Zemarite and the Hamathite and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad. 19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as you come to Gerar to Gaza, as you go to Sodom and Gomorrah and Admah and Zeboim, even to Lasha. 20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries and in their nations.

21 To Shem:

also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born. 22 The children of Shem, Elam and Asshur and Arphaxad and Lud and Aram. 23 And the children of Aram, Uz and Hul and Gether and Mash. 24 And Salah was born to Arphaxad and Eber was born to Salah. 25 And two sons were born to Eber. The name of one was Peleg for in his days the earth was divided and his brother's name was Joktan. 26 And to Joktan was born Almodad and Sheleph and Hazarmaveth and Jerah, 27 And Hadoram and Uzal and Diklah, 28 And Obal and Abimael and Sheba, 29 And Ophir and Havilah and Jobab. All these were the sons of Joktan. 30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as you go to Sephar a mount of the east. 31 These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations. 32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations and by these the nations were divided in the earth after the flood.

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Chapter 11

And the whole earth was of one language and of one speech. 2 And as they journeyed from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and they dwelled there. 3 And they said to one another, Come, let us make bricks and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone and they had slime for mortar. 4 And they said, Come, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach to heaven and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad on the face of the whole earth.

5 And The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built 6 And The LORD said, Behold, the people are one and they all have one language and they begin to do this and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Come, let us go down there and confound their language so that they may not understand one another's speech. 8 So The LORD scattered them abroad from there on the face of all the earth and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because The LORD confounded the language of all the earth there and from there The LORD scattered them abroad on the face of all the earth.

10 These are the generations of Shem. Shem was one hundred years old and Arphaxad was born to him two years after the flood 11 And Shem lived five hundred years after Arphaxad was born to him and had sons and daughters. 12 And Arphaxad lived thirty five years and Salah was born to him 13 And Arphaxad lived four hundred three years after Salah was born to him and he had sons and daughters. 14 And Salah lived thirty years and Eber was born to him 15 And Salah lived four hundred three years after Eber was born to him and he had sons and daughters. 16 And Eber lived thirty four years and Peleg was born to him 17 And Eber lived four hundred thirty years after Peleg was born to him and he had sons and daughters. 18 And Peleg lived thirty years and Reu was born to him 19 And Peleg lived two hundred nine years after Reu was born to him and he had sons and daughters. 20 And Reu lived thirty two years and Serug was born to him 21 And Reu lived two hundred seven years after Serug was born to him and he had sons and daughters. 22 And Serug lived thirty years and Nahor was born to him 23 And Serug lived two hundred years after Nahor was born to him and he had sons and daughters. 24 And Nahor lived twenty nine years and Terah was born to him 25 And Nahor lived one hundred nineteen years after Terah was born to him and he had sons and daughters. 26 And Terah lived seventy years and Abram, Nahor and Haran were born to him

27 Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah sired Abram, Nahor and Haran and Haran sired Lot. 28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity in Ur of the Chaldees. 29 And Abram and Nahor took wives, the name of Abram's wife was Sarai and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah. 30 And Sarai was barren, she had no child. 31 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 out with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan and they came to Haran and lived there. 32 And the days of Terah were two hundred five years and Terah died in Haran.

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Chapter 12

Now The LORD had said to Abram,

"Get out of your country and from your kindred and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you 2 And I will make a great nation of you and I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing 3 And I will bless those who bless you and curse him who curses you and in you all families of the earth shall be blessed."

4 So Abram departed, as The LORD had spoken to him and Lot went with him and Abram was seventy five years old when he departed out of Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother's son and all their substance that they had gathered and the souls that they had got in Haran and they went out to go into the land of Canaan and into the land of Canaan they came.

6 And Abram passed through the land to the place of Sichem, to the plain of Moreh and the Canaanites were then in the land.

7 And The LORD appeared to Abram and said, I will give this land to your seed and he built an altar there to The LORD, who had appeared to him. 8 And he removed from there to a mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west and Hai on the east and he built an altar there to The LORD and called on the name of The LORD. 9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the Negev.

10 And there was a famine in the land and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there for the famine was grievous in the land. 11 And when he was near to entering into Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that you are a fair woman to look on. 12 Therefore it shall be, when the Egyptians shall see you that they shall say, This is his wife and they will kill me but they will save you alive. 13 I beseech you, say you are my sister so that it may be well with me for your sake and my soul shall live because of you.

14 And when Abram had come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. 15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her and commended her before Pharaoh and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. 16 And he treated Abram well for her sake and he had sheep and oxen and male asses and menservants and maidservants and female asses and camels. 17 But The LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife. 18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, What is this that you have done to me? why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me as a wife. Now therefore behold your wife, take her and go your way. 20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him and they sent him and his wife and all that he had away.

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Chapter 13

And Abram went up out of Egypt into the Negev, he and his wife and all that he had and Lot with him. 2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver and in gold. 3 And he went on his journey from the Negev even to Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai, 4 To the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first and there Abram called on the name of The LORD.

5 And Lot who went with Abram also had flocks and herds and tents. 6 And the land was not able to bear them, so that they might dwell together for their substance was great so that they could not dwell together. 7 And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and the herdsmen of Lot's cattle and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled in the land then. 8 And Abram said to Lot, I beseech you, let there be no strife between me and you and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen for we are brothers. 9 Is not the whole land before you? I beseech you, separate yourself from me, if you will take the left hand, then I will go to the right or if you go to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld all the plain of the 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 to Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose all the plain of Jordan and Lot journeyed east and they separated themselves from one another. 12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent toward Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinners before The LORD.

14 And after Lot was separated from him, The LORD said to Abram, Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are northward and southward and eastward and westward. 15 For I will give all the land which you see to you and to your seed for ever. 16 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 your seed shall also be numbered. 17 Arise, walk through the land in its length and in its breadth for I will give it to you. 18 Then Abram removed his tent and came and lived in the plain of Mamre which is in Hebron and built an altar there to The LORD.

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Chapter 14

And in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of nations, 2 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. 3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea. 4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer and in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5 And in the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him came and struck the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim and the Zuzim in Ham and the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim 6 And the Horites in their Mount Seir, to Elparan, which is by the wilderness 7 And they returned and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh and struck all the country of the Amalekites and also the Amorites, who lived in Hazezontamar. 8 And the king of Sodom went out and the king of Gomorrah and the king of Admah and the king of Zeboiim and the king of Bela (which is Zoar) and they joined the battle with them in the vale of Siddim, 9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam and with Tidal king of nations and Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar, four kings with five. 10 And the vale of Siddim was full of slime pits and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled and fell there and those who remained fled to the mountain. 11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food stores and went their way. 12 And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who lived in Sodom and his goods and departed.

13 And one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew for he lived in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner and these were confederate with Abram. 14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred eighteen trained servants, born in his own house and pursued them to Dan. 15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants and struck them by night and pursued them to Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. 16 And he brought back all the goods and also brought again his brother Lot and his goods and the women also and the people.

17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale. 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine and he was the priest of the most high God. 19 And he blessed him and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth 20 And blessed be the most high God, who has delivered your enemies into your hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

21 And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the people and take the goods to yourself. 22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand to The LORD the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, 23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoe latchet and that I will not take any thing that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich, 24 Except only that which the young men have eaten and the portion of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol and Mamre, let them take their portion.

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Chapter 15

After these things the word of The LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram, I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward.

2 And Abram said, Lord, LORD, what will you give me, seeing I go childless and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold you have given no seed to me and lo, one born in my house is my heir. 4 And, behold, the word of The LORD came to him, saying, This shall not be your heir but he who shall come forth out of your own bowels shall be your heir. 5 And he brought him out abroad and said, Look now toward heaven and tell the stars, if you are able to number them and he said to him, So shall your seed be. 6 And he believed The LORD and he counted it to him for righteousness.

7 And he said to him, I am The LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give you this land to inherit. 8 And he said, Lord GOD, How shall I know that I shall inherit it? 9 And he said to him, Take a heifer of three years old for me and a female goat of three years old and a ram of three years old and a turtledove and a young pigeon. 10 And he took all these and divided them in the midst and laid each piece one against the other but he did not divide the birds. 11 And when the fowls came down on the carcases, Abram drove them away.

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

17 And when the sun went down and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day The LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, To your seed I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 19 The Kenites and the Kenizzites and the Kadmonites 20 And the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Rephaims 21 And the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Girgashites and the Jebusites.

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Chapter 16

Now Sarai Abram's wife bore him no children and she had a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar 2 And Sarai said to Abram, Behold now, The LORD has restrained me from bearing, I beseech you, go in to my maid, it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai 3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar, her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelled ten years in the land of Canaan and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

4 And he went in to Hagar and she conceived and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5 And Sarai said to Abram, My wrong is on 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. 6 But Abram said to Sarai, Behold, your maid is in your hand, do to her as it pleases you. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

7 And the angel of The LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur 8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, where did you come from and where will you go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. 9 And the angel of The LORD said to her, Return to your mistress and submit yourself under her hands.

10 And the angel of The LORD said to her, I will multiply your seed exceedingly so that it shall not be numbered for multitude. 11 And the angel of The LORD said to her, Behold, you are with child and shall bear a son and shall call his name Ishmael because The LORD has heard your affliction. 12 And he will be a wild man, his hand will be against every man and every man's hand against him and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brothers. 13 And she called the name of The LORD who spoke to her, (Atah Elraiy) you God see me for she said, I have also here looked after him who sees me? 14 Therefore the well was called Beerlahairoi, (The well of the living one who sees me) behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

15 And Hagar bore Abram a son and Abram called his son's name, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 And Abram was eighty six years old, when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.

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Chapter 17

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

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

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

15 And God said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai but her name shall be Sarah. 16 And I will bless her and give you a son also of her. Yes, I will bless her and she shall be a mother of nations, kings of people shall be of her. 17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said in his heart, Shall a child be born to him who is one hundred years old and shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear? 18 And Abraham said to God, O that Ishmael might live before you! 19 And God said, Sarah your wife shall indeed bear you a son and you shall call his name Isaac and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his seed after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly, he shall sire twelve princes and I will make him a great nation. 21 But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year. 22 And he left off talking with him and God went up from Abraham.

23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son and all who were born in his house and all who were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said to him. 24 And Abraham was ninety nine years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 26 In the selfsame day Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised 27 And all the men of his house, born in the house and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.

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Chapter 18

And The LORD appeared to him in the plains of Mamre as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day 2 And he lifted up his eyes and looked and lo, three men stood by him and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself toward the ground, 3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, I beseech you, do not pass away from your servant. 4 I beseech you, let a little water be fetched and wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree 5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread and comfort your hearts, after that you shall pass on for therefore you have come to your servant. And they said, So do as you have said. 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it and make cakes on the hearth. 7 And Abraham ran to the herd and fetched a tender and good calf and gave it to a young man and he hurried to dress it. 8 And he took butter and milk and the calf which he had dressed and set it before them and he stood by them under the tree and they ate.

9 And they said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. 10 And he said, I will certainly return to you according to the time of life and lo, Sarah your wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am grown old shall I have pleasure, my Lord being old also? 13 And The LORD said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, who is old? 14 Is any thing too hard for The LORD? At the time appointed I will return to you, according to the time of life and Sarah shall have a son. 15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I did not laugh for she was afraid. And he said, No but you did laugh.

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

23 And Abraham drew near and said, Will you also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24 Perhaps there are fifty righteous in the city, will you also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Let that be far from you to do after this manner, to kill the righteous with the wicked and that the righteous should be as the wicked, let that be far from you. Should not the Judge of all the earth do right? 26 And The LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous in the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. 27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken on me to speak to The LORD, who is dust and ashes. 28 Perhaps 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 five, I will not destroy it. 29 And he spoke to him yet again and said, Perhaps there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake. 30 And he said to him, Oh let not The LORD be angry and I will speak. Perhaps there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. 31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken on me to speak to The LORD. Perhaps there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake. 32 And he said, Oh let not The LORD be angry and I will speak yet but this once. Perhaps ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. 33 And The LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham and Abraham returned to his place.

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Chapter 19

And two angels came to Sodom at evening and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom and seeing them Lot rose up to meet them and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground, 2 And he said, Behold now, my lords I beseech you turn into your servant's house and tarry all night and wash your feet and you shall rise up early and go on your ways. And they said, No but we will abide in the street all night. 3 And he pressed on them greatly and they turned in to him and entered into his house and he made a feast for them and baked unleavened bread and they ate.

4 But before they lay down, the men of the city both old and young, even the men of Sodom, surrounded the house. All the people from every quarter 5 And they called to Lot and said to him, Where are the men who came in to you this night? Bring them out to us so that we may know them. 6 And Lot went out at the door to them and shut the door after him, 7 And said, I beseech you, brothers, do not so wickedly. 8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man, I beseech you, let me bring them out to you and do to them as is good in your eyes. Only do nothing to these men for therefore they came under the shadow of my roof. 9 And they said, Stand back. And they spoke saying, This one came in to sojourn and he wants to be a judge. Now we will deal worse with you than with them. And they pressed sore on the man, even Lot and came near to break the door. 10 But the men put out their hand and pulled Lot into the house to them and shut the door. 11 And they struck the men who were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

12 And the men said to Lot, Have you here any beside, son in law and your sons and your daughters? and whoever you have in the city, bring them out of this place 13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is grown great before the face of The LORD and The LORD has sent us to destroy it. 14 And Lot went out and spoke to his sons in law, who had married his daughters and said, Up, get you out of this place for The LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one who mocked to his sons in law.

15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hurried Lot, saying, Arise, take your wife and your two daughters, who are here, lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold on his hand and on the hand of his wife and on the hand of his two daughters, The LORD being merciful to him and they brought him out and set him outside the city. 17 And when they had brought them out abroad, he said, Escape for your life, do not look behind you, neither stay in all the plain, escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed. 18 And Lot said to them, Oh, not so, my lord, 19 Behold now, your servant has found grace in your sight and you have magnified your mercy, which you have shown to me in saving my life and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me and I die. 20 Behold now, this city is near to flee to and it is a little one. Oh, let me escape there, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. 21 And he said to him, See, I have accepted you concerning this thing also so that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken. 22 Hurry, escape there for I cannot do any thing till you have come there. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar (little, insignificant). 23 The sun was risen on the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

24 Then The LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from The LORD out of heaven 25 And he overthrew those cities and all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities and that which grew on the ground.

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

27 And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before The LORD 28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the plain and beheld and lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. 29 And when God destroyed the cities of the plain, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelled.

30 And Lot went up out of Zoar and dwelled in the mountain and his two daughters with him for he feared to dwell in Zoar and he lived in a cave, he and his two daughters. 31 And the firstborn said to the younger, Our father is old and there is not a man in the earth to come in to us after the manner of all the earth. 32 Come, let us make our father drink wine and we will lie with him so that we may preserve seed of our father. 33 And they made their father drink wine that night and the firstborn went in and lay with her father and he did not perceive when she lay down nor when she arose. 34 And on the next morning, the firstborn said to the younger, Behold, I lay last night with my father, let us make him drink wine this night also and you go in and lie with him so that we may preserve seed of our father. 35 And they made their father drink wine that night also and the younger arose and lay with him and he did not perceive when she lay down nor when she arose. 36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. 37 And the firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab (from his father) the same is the father of the Moabites to this day. 38 And the younger also bore a son and called his name Benammi son of my people, the same is the father of the children of Ammon to this day.

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Chapter 20

And Abraham journeyed from there toward the Negev and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur and sojourned in Gerar. 2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister and Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.

3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman which you have taken for she is a man's wife. 4 But Abimelech had not come near her and he said, LORD, will you kill also a righteous nation? 5 Did he not say to me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother. In the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands I have done this. 6 And God said to him in a dream, Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart for I also withheld you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not allow you to touch her. 7 Now therefore restore to the man his wife for he is a prophet and he shall pray for you and you shall live and if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.

8 Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his servants and told all these things in their ears and the men were sore afraid. 9 Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, What have you done to us and how have I offended you so that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that should not be done. 10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, What did you see that you have done this thing? 11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place and they will kill me for my wife's sake. 12 And yet indeed she is my sister, she is the daughter of my father but not the daughter of my mother and she became my wife. 13 And when God caused me to wander from my father's house, I said to her, This is your kindness which you shall show to me, at every place where we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.

14 And Abimelech took sheep and oxen and menservants and women servants and gave them to Abraham and restored Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before you, dwell where it pleases you. 16 And to Sarah he said, Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. Behold, it is a covering of the eyes for you and to all who are with you and with all others. Thus she was reproved. 17 So Abraham prayed to God and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maidservants and they bore children. 18 For The LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

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Chapter 21

And The LORD visited Sarah as he had said and The LORD did to Sarah as he had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. 4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 And Abraham was one hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 And Sarah said, God has made me to laugh so that all who hear will laugh with me. 7 And she said, Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age. 8 And the child grew and was weaned and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had born to Abraham, mocking. 10 Therefore she said to Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. 11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son. 12 And God said to Abraham, Do not let it be grievous in your sight because of the lad and because of your bondwoman. In all that Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice for in Isaac your seed shall be called. 13 And I will also make a nation of the son of the bondwoman because he is your seed.

14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning and took bread and a bottle of water and gave it and the child to Hagar, putting the bread and water on her shoulder and sent her away and she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. 15 And the water in the bottle was spent and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. 16 And she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, even as a bowshot for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat opposite him and lifted up her voice and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the lad and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven and said to her, What troubles you, Hagar? Do not fear for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18 Arise, lift up the lad and strengthen him by your hand for I will make him a great nation. 19 And God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water and she went and filled the bottle with water and gave drink to the lad. 20 And God was with the lad and he grew and dwelled in the wilderness and became an archer. 21 And he dwelled in the wilderness of Paran and his mother took a wife for him out of the land of Egypt.

22 And at that time Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spoke to Abraham, saying, God is with you in all that you do. 23 Now therefore swear here to me 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 to you, you shall do to me and to the land where you have sojourned. 24 And Abraham said, I will swear. 25 And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away. 26 And Abimelech said, I did not know who did this thing neither did you tell me nor have I heard it until today. 27 And Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech and both of them made a covenant. 28 And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. 29 And Abimelech said to Abraham, What do these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves mean? 30 And he said, Because you shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that they may be a witness to me that I dug this well. 31 Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because both of them swore there (Sheva means both Oath and Seven). 32 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.

33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba and there called on the name of The LORD, the everlasting God. 34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.

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Chapter 22

And after these things God tested Abraham and said to him, Abraham and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.

3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning and saddled his ass and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son and split the wood for the burnt offering and rose up and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, Stay here with the ass and I and the lad will go yonder and worship and come again to you. 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son and he took the fire in his hand and a knife and they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, My father and he said, Here I am my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering. So both of them went together. 9 And they came to the place of which God had told him and Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar on the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to kill his son.

11 And the angel of The LORD called to him out of heaven and said, Abraham, Abraham and he said, Here I am. 12 And he said, Do not lay your hand on the lad neither do any thing to him for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked and behold behind him a ram was caught in a thicket by his horns and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh (The LORD will see), as it is said to this day, In the mount of The LORD it shall be seen.

15 And the angel of The LORD called to Abraham out of heaven the second time 16 And said, I have sworn by myself says The LORD for because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 That in blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the sea shore and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies 18 And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed because you have obeyed my voice. 19 So Abraham returned to his young men and they rose up and went together to Beersheba and Abraham dwelled at Beersheba.

Rebekah is introduced into the narrative.

20 And after these things Abraham was told, saying, Behold, Milcah, has also born children to your brother Nahor, 21 Huz his firstborn and Buz his brother and Kemuel the father of Aram 22 And Chesed and Hazo and Pildash and Jidlaph and Bethuel. 23 And Bethuel begat Rebekah. These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother. 24 And his concubine, whose name was Reumah also bore Tebah and Gaham and Thahash and Maachah.

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Chapter 23

And Sarah was one hundred twenty seven years old, these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 And Sarah died in Kirjath Arba (Villiage of four), the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.

3 And Abraham stood up from the presence of his dead and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying, 4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you. Give me a possession of a burying place with you so that I may bury my dead out of my sight. 5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him, 6 Hear us, my lord, you are a mighty prince among us. In the choice of our sepulchres bury your dead, none of us shall withhold from you his sepulcher so that you may bury your dead. 7 And Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth. 8 And he communed with them, saying, If it is your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me and entreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar 9 That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he has, which is in the end of his field. For as much money as it is worth he shall give it to me for a possession of a burying place among you. 10 And Ephron dwelled among the children of Heth and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, even all who went in at the gate of his city, saying, 11 No, my lord, hear me, I give the field to you and the cave that is in it, I give it to you, in the presence of the sons of my people I give it to you. Bury your dead. 12 And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of the land. 13 And he spoke to Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying but if you will give it, I beseech you, hear me. I will give you money for the field, take it from me and I will bury my dead there. 14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, 15 My Lord, hear me, the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver, what is that between me and you? Therefore bury your dead.

16 And Abraham heard Ephron and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant. 17 And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field and the cave which was in it and all the trees that were in the field that were in all the borders around it, were made sure 18 to Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all who went in at the gate of his city. 19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre, the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan. 20 And the field and the cave that is in it, were made sure to Abraham for a possession of a burying place by the sons of Heth.

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Chapter 24

And Abraham was old, having come to many days and The LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 And Abraham said to his oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, I beseech you, put your hand under my thigh 3 And I will make you swear by The LORD the God of heaven and the God of the earth that you shall not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell. 4 But you shall go to my country and to my kindred and take a wife for my son Isaac. 5 And the servant said to him, Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I bring your son again to the land from where you came? 6 And Abraham said to him, Beware that you do not bring my son there again. 7 The LORD God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my kindred and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, I will give this land to your seed, he shall send his angel before you and you shall take a wife for my son from there. 8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow you, then you shall be clear from this my oath. Only do not bring my son there again. 9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning that matter.

10 And the servant took ten 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, to the city of Nahor. 11 And he made his camels to kneel down outside the city by a well of water at evening time, even the time that women go out to draw water. 12 And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I beseech you, send me good speed this day and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water 14 And let it be that the maiden to whom I shall say, Let down your pitcher, I beseech you so that I may drink and she shall say, Drink and I will give your camels drink also, let the same be she whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac and by this I shall know that you have shown kindness to my master. 15 And behold, before he had finished speaking, Rebekah who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder. 16 And the maiden was very fair to look on, a virgin, neither had any man known her and she went down to the well and filled her pitcher and came up. 17 And the servant ran to meet her and said, Let me, I beseech you, drink a little water of your pitcher. 18 And she said, Drink, my Lord and she hurried and let down her pitcher on her hand and gave him drink. 19 And when she had finished giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking. 20 And she hurried and emptied her pitcher into the trough and ran again to the well to draw water and drew for all his camels. 21 And the man wondering at her held his peace, to know whether The LORD had made his journey prosperous or not. 22 And when the camels had finished drinking, the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold, 23 And said, Whose daughter are you? tell me, I beseech you. Is there room in your father's house for us to lodge in? 24 And she said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor. 25 Moreover she said to him, We have both straw and provender enough and room to lodge in. 26 And the man bowed down his head and worshiped The LORD. 27 And he said, Blessed be The LORD God of my master Abraham, who has not left my master destitute of his mercy and his truth, I being in the way, The LORD led me to the house of my master's brothers. 28 And the maiden ran and told these things to her mother's household.

29 And Rebekah had a brother and his name was Laban and Laban ran out to the man to the well. 30 And when he saw the earring and bracelets on his sister's hands and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus the man spoke to me, then he came to the man and behold, he stood by the camels at the well 31 And he said, Come in, you blessed of The LORD, why do you stand outside? for I have prepared the house and room for the camels. 32 And the man came into the house and he ungirded his camels and gave straw and provender for the camels and water to wash his feet and the men's feet who were with him. 33 And food to eat was set before him but he said, I will not eat, until I have told my errand. And he said, Speak on. 34 And he said, I am Abraham's servant. 35 And The LORD has blessed my master greatly and he has become great and he has given him flocks and herds and silver and gold and menservants and maidservants and camels and asses. 36 And Sarah my master's wife bore a son to my master when she was old and he has given all that he has to him. 37 And my master made me swear, saying, you shall not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell 38 But you shall go to my father's house and to my kindred and take a wife for my son. 39 And I said to my master, Perhaps the woman will not follow me. 40 And he said to me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with you and prosper your way and you shall take a wife for my son from my kindred and from my father's house. 41 Then you shall be clear from this my oath, when you come to my kindred and if they do not give you one, you shall be clear from my oath. 42 And I came this day to the well and said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, if now you prosper my way in which I go, 43 Behold, I stand by the well of water and it shall be that when the virgin comes out to draw water and I say to her, I beseech you, give me a little water from your pitcher to drink, 44 And she says to me, Drink and I will also draw for both you and your camels, let the same be the woman whom The LORD has appointed for my master's son. 45 And before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her pitcher on her shoulder and she went down to the well and drew water and I said to her, I beseech you let me drink. 46 And she hurried and let down her pitcher from her shoulder and said, Drink and I will also give your camels drink, so I drank and she made the camels drink also. 47 And I asked her and said, Whose daughter are you? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to him and I put the earring on her face and the bracelets on her hands. 48 And I bowed down my head and worshiped The LORD and blessed The LORD God of my master Abraham, who had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter for his son. 49 And now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me and if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left. 50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceeds from The LORD. We cannot speak good or bad to you. 51 Behold, Rebekah is before you, take her and go and let her be your master's son's wife, as The LORD has spoken. 52 And when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshiped The LORD, bowing himself to the earth. 53 And the servant brought out jewels of silver and jewels of gold and raiment and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.

54 And they ate and drank, he and the men who were with him and stayed all night and they rose up in the morning and he said, Send me away to my master. 55 And her brother and her mother said, Let the maiden abide with us a few days, at the least ten, after that she shall go. 56 And he said to them, Do not hinder me, seeing The LORD has prospered my way, send me away that I may go to my master. 57 And they said, We will call the maiden and enquire at her mouth. 58 And they called Rebekah and said to her, Will you go with this man? And she said, I will go. 59 And they sent Rebekah their sister and her nurse and Abraham's servant and his men away. 60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, You are our sister, be the mother of thousands of millions and let your seed possess the gate of those which hate them. 61 And Rebekah and her maidens arose and they rode on the camels and followed the man and the servant took Rebekah and went their way.

62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi for he dwelled in the Negev. 63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at evening and he lifted up his eyes and saw and behold, the camels were coming. 64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes and when she saw Isaac she jumped off the camel. 65 For she had said to the servant, What man is this who walks in the field to meet us? And the servant had said, It is my master. Therefore she took a veil and covered herself. 66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. 67 And 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.

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Chapter 25

Then Abraham again took a wife and her name was Keturah. 2 And she bore him Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah. 3 And to Sheba and Dedan were born to Jokshan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim and Letushim and Leummim. 4 And the sons of Midian, Ephah and Epher and Hanoch and Abida and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah. 5 And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. 6 But to the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts and sent them away eastward to the east country from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, 7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, one hundred seventy five years. 8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years and was gathered to his people. 9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre, 10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth. There Abraham and Sarah his wife were buried. 11 And after the death of Abraham, God blessed his son Isaac and Isaac dwelled by the well Lahairoi.

12 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bore to Abraham 13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations, the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth and Kedar and Adbeel and Mibsam, 14 And Mishma and Dumah and Massa, 15 Hadar and Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. 16 These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their towns and by their castles, twelve princes according to their nations. 17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, one hundred thirty seven years and he gave up the ghost and died and was gathered to his people. 18 And they dwelled from Havilah as you go toward Assyria to Shur, which is before Egypt and he died in the presence of all his brothers.

19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son. Isaac was born to Abraham 20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah the sister of Laban the Syrian, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram for a wife. 21 And Isaac entreated The LORD for his wife, because she was barren and The LORD was entreated of him and his wife Rebekah conceived. 22 And the children struggled together within her and she said, If it is so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of The LORD. 23 And The LORD said to her, Two nations are in your womb and two manner of people shall be separated from your bowels and one people shall be stronger than the other people and the older shall serve the younger. 24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb 25 And the first came out red, like a hairy garment all over and they called his name Esau. 26 And after that his brother came out and his hand took hold on Esau's heel and his name was called Jacob and Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them. 27 And the boys grew and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. 28 And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his venison but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 And Jacob boiled a pottage and Esau came from the field and he was faint. 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I beseech you, with that same red pottage for I am faint. Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 And Jacob said, Sell me your birthright today. 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die and what profit shall this birthright do for me? 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day and he swore to him and he sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils and he ate and drank and rose up and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

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Chapter 26

And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines. 2 And The LORD appeared to him and said, Do not go down into Egypt, dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and will bless you for I will give all these countries to you and to your seed and I will perform the oath which I swore to your father Abraham 4 And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of heaven and will give all these countries to your seed and in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed 5 Because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes and my laws.

6 And Isaac dwelled in Gerar. 7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife and he said, She is my sister for he feared to say, She is my wife, lest, he said, the men of the place may kill me for Rebekah because she was fair to look on. 8 And when he had been there a long time Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out a window and saw and behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife. 9 And Abimelech called Isaac and said, Behold, surely she is your wife and how did you say, She is my sister? And Isaac said to him, Because I said, Lest I die for her. 10 And Abimelech said, What is this that you have done to us? one of the people might lightly have laid with your wife and you might have brought guiltiness on us. 11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.

12 Then Isaac sowed in that land and received in the same year one hundredfold and The LORD blessed him. 13 And the man grew great and went forward and grew until he became very great 14 For he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and great store of servants and the Philistines envied him. 15 For all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them and filled them with earth. 16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, Go from us for you are more mighty than we. 17 And Isaac departed from there and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar and dwelled there. 18 And Isaac dug the wells of water again, 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. 19 And Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found a well of springing water there. 20 And the herdsmen of Gerar strove with Isaac's herdsmen, saying, The water is ours and he called the name of the well Esek, because they strove with him. 21 And they dug another well and strove for that also and he called its name Sitnah enmity. 22 And he removed from there and dug another well and they did not strive for that and he called its name Rehoboth a wide place and he said for now The LORD has made room for us and we shall be fruitful in the land. 23 And he went up from there to Beersheba. 24 And The LORD appeared to 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. 25 And he built an altar there and called on the name of The LORD and pitched his tent there and Isaac's servants dug a well there.

26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar and Ahuzzath one of his friends and Phichol the chief captain of his army. 27 And Isaac said to them, Why do you come to me, seeing you hate me and have sent me away from you? 28 And they said, We certainly saw that The LORD was with you and we said, Let there now be an oath between us, even between us and you and let us make a covenant with you 29 That you will not hurt us, as we have not touched you and as we have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of The LORD. 30 And he made a feast for them and they ate and drank. 31 And they rose up early in the morning and swore to each other and Isaac sent them away and they departed from him in peace. 32 And on the same day, Isaac's servants came and told him concerning the well which they had dug and said to him, We have found water. 33 And he called it Sheba, Therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.

34 And Esau was forty years old when he took for a wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite, 35 Which were a grief of mind to Isaac and to Rebekah.

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Chapter 27

And when Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called Esau his oldest son and said to him, My son and he said to him, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I do not know the day of my death, 3 Now therefore I beseech you, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow and go out to the field and take some venison for me, 4 And make savory meat for me, such as I love and bring it to me so that I may eat so that my soul may bless you before I die. 5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison and to bring it.

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

18 And he came to his father and said, My father and he said, Here I am, who are you, my son? 19 And Jacob said to his father, I am Esau your firstborn, I have done as you asked me, arise, I beseech you, sit and eat of my venison so that your soul may bless me. 20 And Isaac said to his son, How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because The LORD your God brought it to me. 21 And Isaac said to Jacob, Come near, I beseech you so that I may feel you, my son, whether you are my very son Esau or not. 22 And Jacob went near to Isaac his father and he felt him and said, The voice is Jacob's voice but the hands are the hands of Esau. 23 And he did not discern him because his hands were hairy as his brother Esau's hands. So he blessed him 24 And he said, Are you my very son Esau? And he said, I am. 25 And he said, Bring it near to me and I will eat of my son's venison so that my soul may bless you. And he brought it near to him and he ate and he brought him wine and he drank. 26 And his father Isaac said to him, Come near now and kiss me, my son. 27 And he came near and kissed him 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 has blessed. 28 Therefore God give you of the dew of heaven and the fatness of the earth and plenty of corn and wine. 29 Let people serve you and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers and let your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be every one who curses you and blessed be he who blesses you.

30 And 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, Esau his brother came in from his hunting. 31 And he also had made savory meat and brought it to his father and said to his father, Let my father rise and eat of his son's venison so that your soul may bless me. 32 And Isaac his father said to him, Who are you? And he said, I am your son, your firstborn Esau. 33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly and said, Who? where is he who has taken venison and brought it to me and I have eaten of all before you came and have blessed him? yes and he shall be blessed. 34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceedingly bitter cry and said to his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. 35 And he said, Your brother came with subtlety and has taken away your blessing. 36 And he said, Is he not 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? 37 And Isaac answered and said to Esau, Behold, I have made him your lord and I given have all his brothers to him for servants and with corn and wine have I sustained him and what shall I do now to you, my son? 38 And Esau said to his father, Have you but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice and wept. 39 And Isaac his father answered and said to him, Behold, your dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth and of the dew of heaven from above, 40 And by your sword you shall live and shall serve your brother and it shall be when you shall have the dominion that you shall break his yoke from off your neck.

41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand, then I will kill my brother Jacob. 42 And these words of her older son Esau were told to Rebekah and she sent and called Jacob her younger son and said to him, Behold, your brother Esau, as touching you, comforts himself, purposing to kill you. 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice and arise, flee to Laban my brother to Haran, 44 And tarry with him a few days, until your brother's fury turns away, 45 Until your brother's anger turns away from you and he forgets that which you have done to him. Then I will send and fetch you from there. Why should I be deprived also of you both in one day? 46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth. If Jacob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do me?

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Chapter 28

And Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and charged him and said to him, you shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 2 Arise, go to Padanaram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father and take a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother. 3 And God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you so that you may be a multitude of people, 4 And give you the blessing of Abraham to you and to your seed with you, that you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham. 5 And Isaac sent Jacob away and he went to Padanaram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Padanaram, to take a wife from there and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying, you shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan, 7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Padanaram 8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan did not please Isaac his father, 9 Then Esau went to Ishmael and added to the wives which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham's son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.

10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted on 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. 12 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 were ascending and descending on it. 13 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 where you lie, I will give to you and to your seed 14 And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 and behold, I am with you and will keep you in all places where ever 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.

16 And Jacob wakened out of his sleep and he said, Surely The LORD is in this place and I did not know it. 17 And he was afraid and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other than the house of God and this is the gate of heaven. 18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning and took the stone that he had put for his pillows and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. 20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me and will keep me in the way that I go and will give me bread to eat and raiment to put on 21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace, then The LORD shall be my God 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house and of all that you shall give me I will surely give the tenth to you.

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Chapter 29

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

9 And while he yet spoke with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep for she kept them. 10 And when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, Jacob went near and rolled the stone from the well's mouth and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother. 11 And Jacob kissed Rachel and lifted up his voice and wept. 12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother and that he was Rebekah's son and she ran and told her father. 13 And when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, he ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house and he told Laban all these things. 14 And Laban said to him, Surely you are my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him about a month.

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

31 And when The LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son and she called his name Reuben for she said, Surely The LORD has looked on my affliction, now therefore my husband will love me. 33 And she conceived again and bore a son and said, Because The LORD has heard that I was hated, he has therefore given me this son also and she called his name Simeon. 34 And she conceived again and bore a son and said, Now this time will my husband be joined to me because I have born him three sons. Therefore his name was called Levi. 35 And she conceived again and bore a son and she said, Now will I praise The LORD. Therefore she called his name Judah and left bearing.

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Chapter 30

And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister and said to Jacob, Give me children or else I die. 2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel and he said, Am I in God's place, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb? 3 And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go in to her and she shall bear on my knees so that I may also have children by her. 4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid for a wife and Jacob went in to her. 5 And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son. 6 And Rachel said, God has judged me and has also heard my voice and has given me a son. Therefore she called his name Dan. 7 And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again and bore Jacob a second son. 8 And Rachel said, With a great wrestling I have wrestled with my sister and I have prevailed and she called his name Naphtali. 9 When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took Zilpah her maid and gave her to Jacob for a wife. 10 And Zilpah Leah's maid bore Jacob a son. 11 And Leah said, A troop comes and she called his name Gad. 12 And Zilpah Leah's maid bore Jacob a second son. 13 And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed and she called his name Asher.

14 And in the days of wheat harvest Reuben went and found mandrakes in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, I beseech you, give me of your son's mandrakes. 15 And she said to her, Is it a small matter that you have taken my husband and would you take away my son's mandrakes too? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with you tonight for your son's mandrakes. 16 And Jacob came out of the field in the evening and Leah went out to meet him and said, you must come in to me for I have surely hired you with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her that night. 17 And God heard Leah and she conceived and bore Jacob the fifth son. 18 And Leah said, God has given me my wages because I have given my maiden to my husband and she called his name Issachar. 19 And Leah conceived again and bore Jacob the sixth son. 20 And Leah said, God has endowed 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. 21 And afterwards she bore a daughter and called her name Dinah. 22 And God remembered Rachel and God heard her and opened her womb. 23 And she conceived and bore a son and said, God has taken away my reproach 24 And she called his name Joseph and said, The LORD shall add to me another son.

25 And when Rachel had born Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, Send me away so that I may go to my own place and to my country. 26 Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you and let me go for you know my service which I have done for you. 27 And Laban said to him, I beseech you, if I have found favor in your eyes, wait for I have learned by experience that The LORD has blessed me for your sake. 28 And he said, Appoint me your wages and I will give it. 29 And he said to him, you know how I have served you and how your cattle were with me. 30 For what you had was little before I came and it is now increased to a multitude and The LORD has blessed you since my coming and now when shall I also provide for my own house? 31 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. 32 I will pass through all your flock today, removing from there 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. 33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before your face. Every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats and brown among the sheep that shall be counted stolen with me. 34 And Laban said, Behold, I would it might be according to your word. 35 And he removed that day the male goats that were ring streaked and spotted and all the female goats that were speckled and spotted and every one that had some white in it and all the brown among the sheep and gave them into the hand of his sons. 36 And he set three days' journey between himself and Jacob and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.

37 And Jacob took rods of green poplar and of the hazel and chestnut tree and pealed white streaks in them and made the white appear which was in the rods. 38 And he set the rods which he had pealed before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink so that they should conceive when they came to drink. 39 And the flocks conceived before the rods and brought forth cattle ring streaked, speckled and spotted. 40 And Jacob separated the lambs and set the faces of the flocks toward the ring streaked and all the brown in the flock of Laban and he put his own flocks by themselves and did not put them with Laban's cattle. 41 And whenever the stronger cattle conceived, Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters so that they might conceive among the rods. 42 But when the cattle were feeble, he did not put them in. So the feebler were Laban's and the stronger Jacob's. 43 And the man increased exceedingly and had much cattle and maidservants and menservants and camels and asses.

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Genesis 31

And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our father's and of that which was our father's has he gotten all this glory. 2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban and behold, it was not toward him as before. 3 And The LORD said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred and I will be with you. 4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field to his flock, 5 And said to them, I see your father's countenance that it is not toward me as before but the God of my father has been with me. 6 And you know that with all my power I have served your father. 7 And your father has deceived me and changed my wages ten times but God did not allow him to hurt me. 8 If he said thus, The speckled shall be your wages, then all the cattle bore speckled and if he said thus, The ring streaked shall be your hire, then all the cattle bore ring streaked. 9 Thus God has taken away the cattle of your father and given them to me. 10 And at the time that the cattle conceived, I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream and behold, the rams which leaped on the cattle were ring streaked, speckled and grizzled. 11 And the angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, Jacob and I said, Here I am. 12 And he said, Lift up your eyes now and see, all the rams which leap on the cattle are ring streaked, speckled and grizzled for I have seen all that Laban does to you. 13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you vowed a vow to me. Now arise, get out of this land and return to the land of your kindred. 14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said to him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house? 15 Are we not counted strangers by him? For he has sold us and has also quite devoured our money. 16 For all the riches which God has taken from our father is ours and our children's. Now then, whatever God has said to you, do.

17 Then Jacob rose up and set his sons and his wives on camels, 18 And he carried away all his cattle and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan. 19 And Laban went to shear his sheep but Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's. 20 And Jacob stole away unaware to Laban the Syrian, because he did not tell him that he fled. 21 So he fled with all that he had and he rose up and passed over the river and set his face toward Mount Gilead. 22 And Laban was told on the third day that Jacob had fled 23 And he took his brothers with him and pursued after him seven days' journey and they overtook him in Mount Gilead. 24 And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night and said to him, Take heed that you do not speak to Jacob either good or bad.

25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount and Laban with his brothers pitched in Mount Gilead. 26 And Laban said to Jacob, What have you done that you have stolen away unaware to me and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword? 27 Why did you flee away secretly and steal away from me and did not tell me because I might have sent you away with mirth and with songs, with tabret and with harp? 28 And you have not allowed me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now you have done foolishly in so doing. 29 It is in the power of my hand to hurt you but the God of your father spoke to me last night, saying, Take heed that you do not speak to Jacob either good or bad. 30 And now, though you would be gone because you have sore longed after your father's house, yet why have you stolen my gods? 31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban Because I was afraid for I said, Perhaps you would take your daughters from me by force. 32 With whoever you find your gods, let him not live. Before our brothers, discern what is yours with me and take it to you. For Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen them. 33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent and into Leah's tent and into the two maidservants' tents but he did not find them. Then he went out of Leah's tent and entered into Rachel's tent. 34 Now Rachel had taken the images and put them in the camel's furniture and sat on them. And Laban searched all the tent but did not find them. 35 And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before you for the custom of women is on me. And he searched but did not find the images.

36 And Jacob was angry and argued 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? 37 Now that you have searched all my stuff, what have you found of all your household stuff? Set it here before my brothers and your brothers so that they may judge between us both. 38 These twenty years I have been with you, your ewes and your she goats have not cast their young and I have not eaten the rams of your flock. 39 I did not bring to you that which was torn of animals, I bore its loss. Of my hand you required it, whether stolen by day or stolen by night. 40 Thus I was, in the day the drought consumed me and the frost by night and my sleep departed from my eyes. 41 Thus I have been twenty years in your house, I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your cattle and you have changed my wages ten times. 42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely you would have now sent me away empty. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands and rebuked you last night.

43 And Laban answered and said to Jacob, These daughters are my daughters and these children are my children and these cattle are my cattle and all that you see is mine and what can I do this day to these my daughters or to their children which they have born? 44 Now therefore come, let us make a covenant, I and you and let it be for a witness between me and you. 45 And Jacob took a stone and set it up for a pillar. 46 And Jacob said to his brothers, Gather stones and they took stones and made a heap and they ate there on the heap. 47 And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha (Aramaic. Pile of witness), but Jacob called it Galead (Heb. heap of witness). 48 And Laban said, This heap is a witness between me and you this day. Therefore its name called was Gilead, 49 And Mizpah (watchtower) for he said, The LORD watch between me and you, when we are absent one from another. 50 If you shall afflict my daughters or if you shall take other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us, see, God is witness between me and you. 51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap and behold this pillar, which I have cast between me and you, 52 This heap is witness and this pillar is witness that I will not pass over this heap to you and that you shall not pass over this heap and this pillar to me for harm. 53 The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us. And Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac. 54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice on the mount and called his brothers to eat bread and they ate bread and tarried all night in the mount. 55 And early in the morning Laban rose up and kissed his sons and his daughters and blessed them and Laban departed and returned to his place.

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Chapter 32

And Jacob went on his way and the angels of God met him. 2 And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God's army and he called the name of that place Mahanaim Heb.(dual) two camps.

3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to the country of Edom to his brother Esau in the land of Seir. 4 And he commanded them, saying, Thus you shall speak to my lord Esau, Your servant Jacob says thus, I have sojourned with Laban and stayed there until now 5 And I have oxen and asses, flocks and menservants and womenservants and I have sent to tell my lord so that I may find grace in your sight. 6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to your brother Esau and also he comes to meet you and four hundred men with him. 7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed and he divided the people who were with him and the flocks and herds and the camels, into two bands, 8 And said, If Esau comes to the one company and strikes it, then the other company which is left shall escape.

9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, The LORD who said to me, Return to your country and to your kindred and I will deal well with you. 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth, which you have shown to your servant for I passed over this Jordan with my staff and now I am become two bands. 11 I beseech you, deliver me 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. 12 And you said, I will surely do you good and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

13 And he lodged there that same night and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother, 14 Two hundred female goats and twenty male goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams, 15 Thirty milk camels with their calves forty cows and ten bulls, twenty female asses and ten foals. 16 And he delivered them into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves and said to his servants, Pass over before me and put a space between each drove. 17 And he commanded the foremost, saying, When my brother Esau meets you and asks you, saying, Whose are you? and where are you going? and whose are these before you? 18 Then you shall say, They are your servant Jacob's, it is a present sent to my lord Esau and, behold, also he is behind us. 19 And so he commanded the second and the third and all who followed the droves, saying, You shall speak to Esau in this manner when you find him. 20 And also say, Behold, your servant Jacob is behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goes before me and afterward I will see his face, perhaps he will accept me. 21 So the present went over before him and he himself lodged that night in the camp. 22 And he rose up that night and took his two wives and his two women servants and his eleven sons and passed over the ford Jabbok. 23 And he took them and sent them over the brook and sent over what he had.

24 And Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him there until the breaking of day. 25 And when he saw that he did not prevail against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let you go, unless you bless me. 27 And he said to him, What is your name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Your name shall not be called Jacob anymore but Israel for as a prince you have power with God and with men and you have prevailed. 29 And Jacob asked him and said, I beseech you, tell me your name. And he said, Why is it that you ask my name? And he blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Penuel for I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved. 31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose on him and he halted on his thigh. 32 Therefore the children of Israel do not eat of the sinew which shrank, which is on the hollow of the thigh, to this day because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.

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Chapter 33

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

5 And he lifted up his eyes and saw the women and the children and said, Who are these with you? And he said, The children which God has graciously given your servant. 6 Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children and they bowed themselves. 7 And Leah also with her children came near and bowed themselves and after Joseph and Rachel came near and they bowed themselves. 8 And he said, What do you mean by all the droves which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord. 9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother, keep what you have for yourself. 10 And Jacob said, No, I beseech you, if I have now found grace in your sight, then receive my present at my hand for therefore I have seen your face, as though I had seen the face of God and you were pleased with me. 11 Take, I beseech 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. 12 And he said, Let us take our journey and let us go and I will go before you. 13 And he said to him, My lord knows that the children are tender and the flocks and herds with young are with me and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die. 14 I beseech you, let my lord pass over before his servant and I will lead on slowly, according as the cattle that go before me and the children are able to endure, until I come to my lord in Seir. 15 And Esau said, Let me now leave with you some of the folk who are with me. And he said, What for? let me find grace in the sight of my Lord.

16 So Esau returned that day on his way to Seir. 17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth (booths or huts) and built a house and made huts for his cattle. Therefore the name of the place is called Succoth. 18 And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram and pitched his tent before the city. 19 And he purchased a parcel of a field where he had spread his tent, from the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father for one hundred pieces of money. 20 And he erected an altar there and called it El Elohey-Yisrael (God the God of Israel).

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Chapter 34

And Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. 2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her and lay with her and defiled her. 3 And his soul linked to Dinah the daughter of Jacob and he loved the maiden and spoke kindly to the maiden. 4 And Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, Get me this maiden for a wife. 5 And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter. Now his sons were with his cattle in the field and Jacob held his peace until they came.

6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to commune with him. 7 And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it and the men were grieved and they were very angry because he had worked folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter, which thing ought not to be done. 8 And Hamor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter. I beseech you give her to him as a wife. 9 And make marriages with us and give your daughters to us and take our daughters to you. 10 And you shall dwell with us and the land shall be before you, dwell and trade in it and get possessions in it. 11 And Shechem said to her father and to her brothers, Let me find grace in your eyes and what you shall say to me I will give. 12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift and I will give it according as you shall say to me but give me the maiden as a wife. 13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor his father deceitfully because he had defiled Dinah their sister. 14 And they said to them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised for that is a reproach to us. 15 But in this will we consent to you. If you will be as we are that every male of you will be circumcised. 16 Then we will give our daughters to you and we will take your daughters to us and we will dwell with you and we will become one people. 17 But if you will not hear us, to be circumcised, then we will take our daughter and we will be gone.

18 And their words pleased Hamor and Shechem Hamor's son. 19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing because he had delight in Jacob's daughter and he was more honorable than all the house of his father. 20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city and communed with the men of their city, saying, 21 These men are peaceable with us, therefore let them dwell in the land and trade in it for behold, the land is large enough for them. let us take their daughters to us for wives and let us give them our daughters. 22 Only in this will the men consent to us to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us is circumcised, as they are circumcised. 23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every animal of theirs be ours? only let us consent to them and they will dwell with us. 24 And all who went out of the gate of his city obeyed Hamor and Shechem his son and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.

25 And on the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, each man took his sword and came on the city boldly and killed all the males. 26 And they killed Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword and took Dinah out of Shechem's house and went out. 27 The sons of Jacob came on the slain and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28 They took their sheep and their oxen and their asses and that which was in the city and that which was in the field 29 And all their wealth and all their little ones and they took their wives captive and spoiled even all that was in the house. 30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, you have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me and kill me and I shall be destroyed, I and my house. 31 And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with a harlot?

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Chapter 35

And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there and make an altar there to God who appeared to you when you fled from the face of your brother Esau. 2 Then Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you and be clean and change your garments 3 And let us arise and go up to Bethel and I will make an altar there to God who answered me in the day of my distress and was with me in the way which I went 4 And they gave all the strange gods which were in their hands to Jacob and all their earrings which were in their ears and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. 5 And they journeyed and the terror of God was on the cities that were around them and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan that is Bethel, he and all the people who were with him. 7 And he built an altar there and called the place Elbethel (God of the house of God) because God appeared to him there, when he fled from the face of his brother. 8 But Deborah Rebekah's nurse died and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak and its name was called Allonbachuth the oak of weeping. 9 And God appeared to Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram and blessed him. 10 And God said to him, Your name is Jacob, your name shall not be called Jacob any more but Israel shall be your name and he called his name Israel. 11 And God said to him, I am God Almighty, be fruitful and multiply, a nation and a company of nations shall be of you and kings shall come out of your loins, 12 And the land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you and I will give the land to your seed after you. 13 And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him. 14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone and he poured a drink offering on it and he poured oil on it. 15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Bethel.

16 And they journeyed from Bethel and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath and Rachel travailed and she had hard labor. 17 And when she was in hard labor, the midwife said to her, Fear not you shall also have this son. 18 And as her soul was departing (for she died) she called his name Benoni but his father called him Benjamin. 19 And Rachel died and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. 20 And Jacob set a pillar on her grave. That is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day.

21 And Israel journeyed and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar. 22 And when Israel dwelled in that land Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve, 23 The sons of Leah, Reuben, Jacob's firstborn and Simeon and Levi and Judah and Issachar and Zebulun. 24 The sons of Rachel, Joseph and Benjamin 25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid, Dan and Naphtali 26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid, Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram. 27 And Jacob came to Isaac his father to Mamre, to the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. 28 And the days of Isaac were one hundred eighty years. 29 And Isaac gave up the ghost and died and was gathered to his people, being old and full of days and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

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Chapter 36

Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom. 2 Esau took wives of the daughters of Canaan, Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite 3 And Bashemath Ishmael's daughter, sister of Nebajoth. 4 And Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau and Bashemath bore Reuel 5 And Aholibamah bore Jeush and Jaalam and Korah. These are the sons of Esau, who were born to him in the land of Canaan. 6 And Esau took his wives and his sons and his daughters and all the persons of his house and his cattle and all his animals and all his substance which he had gotten in the land of Canaan and went into the country from the face of his brother Jacob. 7 For their riches were more than that they might dwell together and the land in which they were strangers could not bear them because of their cattle. 8 Thus Esau dwelled in Mount Seir. Esau is Edom.

9 And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in Mount Seir. 10 These are the names of Esau's sons, Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Bashemath the wife of Esau. 11 And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho and Gatam and Kenaz. 12 And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau's son and she bore Amalek to Eliphaz. These were the sons of Adah Esau's wife. 13 And these are the sons of Reuel, Nahas and Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah. These were the sons of Bashemath Esau's wife. 14 And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon, Esau's wife and she bore Jeush and Jaalam and Korah to Esau. 15 These were dukes of the sons of Esau, the sons of Eliphaz the firstborn son of Esau, duke Teman, duke Omar, duke Zepho, duke Kenaz, 16 Duke Korah, duke Gatam and duke Amalek. These are the dukes who came of Eliphaz in the land of Edom, these were the sons of Adah. 17 And these are the sons of Reuel Esau's son, duke Nahas, duke Zerah, duke Shammah, duke Mizzah. These are the dukes who came of Reuel in the land of Edom, these are the sons of Bashemath Esau's wife. 18 And these are the sons of Aholibamah Esau's wife, duke Jeush, duke Jaalam, duke Korah. These were the dukes who came of Aholibamah the daughter of Anah, Esau's wife. 19 These are the sons of Esau, who is Edom and these are their dukes.

20 These are the sons of Seir the Horite, who inhabited the land, Lotan and Shobal and Zibeon and Anah, 21 And Dishon and Ezer and Dishan. These are the dukes of the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom. 22 And the children of Lotan were Hori and Hemam and Lotan's sister was Timna. 23 And the children of Shobal were these, Alvan and Manahas and Ebal, Shepho and Onam. 24 And these are the children of Zibeon, both Ajah and Anah. This was that Anah who found the mules in the wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father. 25 And the children of Anah were these, Dishon and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah. 26 And these are the children of Dishon, Hemdan and Eshban and Ithran and Cheran. 27 The children of Ezer are these, Bilhan and Zaavan and Akan. 28 The children of Dishan are these, Uz and Aran. 29 These are the dukes who came of the Horites, duke Lotan, duke Shobal, duke Zibeon, duke Anah, 30 Duke Dishon, duke Ezer, duke Dishan. These are the dukes who came of Hori, among their dukes in the land of Seir.

31 And these are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom, before any king reigned over the children of Israel. 32 And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom and the name of his city was Dinhabah. 33 And Bela died and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in stead. 34 And Jobab died and Husham of the land of Temani reigned in stead. 35 And Husham died and Hadad the son of Bedad, who struck Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in stead and the name of his city was Avith. 36 And Hadad died and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in stead. 37 And Samlah died and Saul of Rehoboth by the river reigned in stead. 38 And Saul died and Baalhanan the son of Achbor reigned in stead. 39 And Baalhanan the son of Achbor died and Hadar reigned in stead and the name of his city was Pau and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab. 40 And these are the names of the dukes who came of Esau, according to their families, after their places, by their names, duke Timnah, duke Alvah, duke Jetheth, 41 Duke Aholibamah, duke Elah, duke Pinon, 42 Duke Kenaz, duke Teman, duke Mibzar, 43 Duke Magdiel, duke Iram. These are the dukes of Edom, according to their habitations in the land of their possession. He is Esau the father of the Edomites.

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Chapter 37

And Jacob dwelled in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. 2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives and Joseph brought their evil report to his father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children because he was the son of his old age and he made him a coat of many colors. 4 And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.

5 And Joseph dreamed a dream and he told his brothers and they hated him even more. 6 And he said to them, I beseech you, hear this dream which I have dreamed 7 For, 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 bowed down to my sheaf. Verse 8. bowed down The word "hishtachavey" means to worship.

8 And his brothers said to him, Shall you indeed reign over us or shall you indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams and for his words. 9 And he dreamed yet another dream and told his brothers and said, Behold, I have dreamed another dream and behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars bowed down to me. 10 And he told it to his father and to his brothers and his father rebuked him and said to him, What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow down ourselves to you to the earth? 11 And his brothers envied him but his father observed the saying.

12 And his brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, Don't your brothers feed the flock in Shechem? Come and I will send you to them and he said to him, Here I am. 14 And he said to him, Go, I beseech you, see whether it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron and he came to Shechem. 15 And a certain man found him and behold, he was wandering in the field and the man asked him, saying, What do you seek? 16 And he said, I seek my brothers, tell me, I beseech you, where they feed their flocks. 17 And the man said, They have departed from here for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan. 18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near to them, they conspired against him to kill him. 19 And they said to one another, Behold, the dreamer comes. 20 Come now therefore and let us kill him and cast him into some pit and we will say, Some evil animal has devoured him and we shall see what will become of his dreams. 21 And Reuben heard it and he delivered him out of their hands and said, Let us not kill him. 22 And Reuben said to them, Do not shed blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness and do not lay a hand on him so that he might deliver him out of their hands, to restore him to his father again.

23 And when Joseph came to his brothers they stripped Joseph of his coat, his coat of many colors which was on him, 24 And they took him and cast him into a pit and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. 25 And 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. 26 And Judah said to his brothers, What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites and let not our hand be on him for he is our brother and our flesh and his brothers were content. 28 Then Midianite merchantmen passed by there and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver and they brought Joseph into Egypt. 29 And Reuben returned to the pit and behold, Joseph was not in the pit and he tore his clothes. 30 And he returned to his brothers and said, The child is not there and I, where shall I go?

31 And they took Joseph's coat and killed a kid of the goats and dipped the coat in the blood, 32 And they sent the coat of many colors and they brought it to their father and said, We have found this. Know now whether it is your son's coat or not. 33 And he knew it and said, It is my son's coat, an evil animal has devoured him, Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces. 34 And Jacob tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his loins and mourned for his son many days. 35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him but he refused to be comforted and he said for I will go down mourning into the grave to my son. Thus his father wept for him. 36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard.

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Chapter 38

And at that time, Judah went down from his brothers and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah. 2 And Judah saw a daughter of a certain Canaanite there, whose name was Shuah and he took her and went in to her. 3 And she conceived and bore a son and he called his name Er. 4 And she conceived again and bore a son and she called his name Onan. 5 And she conceived yet again and bore a son and called his name Shelah and he was at Chezib, when she bore him. 6 And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar. 7 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of The LORD and The LORD killed him. 8 And Judah said to Onan, Go in to your brother's wife and marry her and raise up seed for your brother. 9 And Onan knew that the seed would not be his and when he went in to his brother's wife, he spilled it on the ground, lest he should give seed to his brother. 10 And the thing which he did displeased The LORD. Therefore he also killed him. 11 Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at your father's house, till Shelah my son is grown for he said, Lest perhaps he might die also, as his brothers. 11 And Tamar went and dwelled in her father's house.

12 And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Judah's wife died and Judah was comforted and went up to his sheep shearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. 13 And Tamar was told, saying, Behold your father in law is going up to Timnath to shear his sheep. 14 And she put off her widow's garments from her and covered herself with a veil 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 to him as a wife. 15 When Judah saw her, he thought her to be a harlot, because she had covered her face.

Verse 15. Harlot Harlot is from the word "zonah" in this place meaning a promiscuous woman.

16 And he turned to her by the way and said, Come now, I beseech you, let me come into you, (for he did not know that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What will you give me so that you may come into me? 17 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? 18 And he said, What pledge shall I give you? And she said, Your signet and your bracelets and your staff that is in your hand. And he gave it to her and went into her and she conceived by him. 19 And she arose and went away and laid aside her veil from her and put on the garments of her widowhood. 20 And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman's hand but he did not find her. 21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the harlot, who was openly by the way side? And they said, There was no harlot in this place.

Verse 21. Harlot Harlot is from the word "qedeshah" in this verse and verse 22, which means a Temple Priestess, literally "a holywoman." Under ususal circumstances of Canaanite religious practice, if a child would be born of the union, it would be put to death as a sacrifice to an idol.

22 And he returned to Judah and said, I cannot find her and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot (qedeshah) in this place. 23 And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we are shamed. behold. I sent this kid and you have not found her.

24 And about three months after Judah was told, saying, Tamar your daughter in law has played the harlot, [Heb. zantah] and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her out and let her be burned. 25 When she had been brought out, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, I am with child and she said, Discern, I beseech you, whose these are, the signet and bracelets and staff. 26 And Judah acknowledged them and said, She has been more righteous than I, because I did not give Shelah my son to her. And he did not know her again anymore. 27 And in the time of her travail, behold, twins were in her womb. 28 And when she travailed, one put out his hand and the midwife took and bound a scarlet thread on his hand, saying, This came out first. 29 And as he drew back his hand, behold, his brother came out and she said, How have you broken out? This breach (Heb. Pharez) is on you. Therefore his name was called Pharez breach or split. 30 And afterward his brother came out who had the scarlet thread on his hand and his name was called Zarah rising.

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Chapter 39

And Joseph was brought down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, an Egyptian captain of the guard bought him from the hands of the Ishmeelites, who had brought him down there. 2 And The LORD was with Joseph and he was a prosperous man and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that The LORD was with him and that The LORD made all that he did prosper in his hand. 4 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. 5 And from the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had. The LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake and the blessing of The LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field. 6 And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand and he did not know what he had, except the bread which he ate. And Joseph was comley and well favored.

7 And after these things, his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph and she said, Lie with me. 8 But he refused and said to his master's wife, Behold, my master does not know what is with me in the house and he has committed all that he has into my hand. 9 There is no one 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? 10 And as she spoke to Joseph day by day, to lie with her or to be with her, he did not listen to her. 11 And about that time Joseph went into the house to do his business and not one of the men were there in the house. 12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me and he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out.

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

19 And when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, After this manner your servant did to me, his wrath was kindled. 20 And Joseph's master took him and put him in the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound and he was there in the prison. 21 But The LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed all the prisoners that were in the prison to Joseph's hand and whatever they did there, he was the doer of it. 23 The keeper of the prison did not look to any thing that was under his hand because The LORD was with him and The LORD prospered BACK   TOP

Chapter 40

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

5 And both of them dreamed a dream, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were bound in the prison. 6 And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them and behold, they were sad. 7 And he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with him in the prison of his lord's house, saying, Why do you look so sad today? 8 And they said to him, We have dreamed a dream and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said to them, Do not interpretations belong to God? I beseech you tell me. 9 And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me, 10 And in the vine were three branches and it was as though it budded and its blossoms shot forth and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes 11 And 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. 12 And Joseph said to him, This is its interpretation. The three branches are three days. 13 Yet within three days Pharaoh shall lift up your head and restore you to your place and you shall deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when you were his butler. 14 But think on me when it shall be well with you and I beseech you, show kindness to me and make mention of me to Pharaoh and bring me out of this house 15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. 16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, I also was in my dream and behold, I had three white baskets on my head 17 And in the uppermost basket there was all manner of baked goods for Pharaoh and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head. 18 And Joseph answered and said, This is its interpretation. The three baskets are three days. 19 Yet within three days Pharaoh shall lift up your head off you and shall hang you on a tree and the birds shall eat your flesh off you.

20 And the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, he made a feast to all his servants and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. 21 And he restored the chief butler to his butlership again and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand 22 But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23 yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph but forgot him.

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Genesis 41

And at the end of two full years, Pharaoh dreamed and behold, he stood by the river 2 And behold, there came up out of the river seven well favored and fat cows and they fed in a meadow 3 And behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ill favored and thin and stood by the other cows on the brink of the river 4 And the ill favored and thin cows ate up the seven well favored and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke. 5 And he slept and dreamed the second time and behold, seven ears of corn came up on one stalk, full and good 6 And behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprang up after them 7 And the seven thin ears devoured the seven good and full ears and Pharaoh awoke and behold, it was a dream. 8 And in the morning his spirit was troubled and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all the wise men and Pharaoh told them his dreams but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.

9 Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying, This day I do remember my faults. 10 Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me in prison in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker 11 And we dreamed a dream in one night, he and I, we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream. 12 And a young man was with us there, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard and we told him and he interpreted our dreams to us, he interpreted to each man according to his dream. 13 And as he interpreted to us, so it was, me he restored to my office and him he hanged. 14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph and they made him run out of the dungeon and he shaved and changed his raiment and came in to Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I have dreamed a dream and there is no one who can interpret it and I have heard it said of you, that you can understand a dream and interpret it. 16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me. God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Behold in my dream I stood on the bank of the river 18 And behold, seven cows came up out of the river, fat and well favored and they fed in a meadow 19 And behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ill favored and thin, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness 20 And the thin and ill favored cows ate up the first seven fat cows 21 And when they had eaten them, it could not be known that they had eaten them but they were still ill favored, as at the beginning. So I awoke. 22 And I saw in my dream and behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good 23 And behold, seven ears, withered, thin and blasted with the east wind, sprang up after them 24 And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears and I told this to the magicians but there was no one who could declare it to me. 25 And Joseph said to Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one. God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 26 The seven good cows are seven years and the seven good ears are seven years. The dream is one. 27 And the seven thin and ill favored cows that came up after them are seven years and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine. 28 This is the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh. What God is about to do he has shown to Pharaoh. 29 Behold, there will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt 30 And there shall arise after them seven years of famine and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt and the famine shall consume the land 31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of the famine following for it shall be very grievous. 32 And because the dream was doubled to Pharaoh twice, it is because the thing is established by God and God will shortly bring it to be.

33 Now therefore let Pharaoh seek out a man discreet and wise and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh do this and let him appoint officers over the land and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. 35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that come and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh and let them keep food in the cities. 36 And that food shall be stored in the land for the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt so that the land does not perish from the famine. 37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. 38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find such a one as this one is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? 39 And Pharaoh said to Joseph forasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one so discreet and wise as you. 40 You shall be over my house and all my people shall be ruled according to your word. Only in the throne will I be greater than you. 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt. 42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand and dressed him in vestures of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck 43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had and they cried before him, Bow the knee and he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, I am Pharaoh and without you no man shall lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt. 45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnath Paaneah and he gave him Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On for a wife. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

Joseph was 17 when he was sold into Egypt and now 13 years have gone by. When his brothers stood before him after the 7 years of plenty, 20 years would have gone by from their selling him into slavery.

47 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. 48 And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt and laid up the food in the cities, the food of the field, which was around every city, he laid up in the same city. 49 And Joseph gathered very much corn as the sand of the sea, until he left numbering it for it was without number. 50 And two sons were born to Joseph before the famine years came, whom Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bore to him. 51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh made to forget for he said God, has made me forget all my toil and all my father's house. 52 And the name of the second he called Ephraim I am doubly fruitful for God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction. 53 And the seven years of plenty that were in the land of Egypt were ended. 54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said and the dearth was in all lands but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, Go to Joseph, what he says to you, do. 56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth and Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians and the famine grew heavy in the land of Egypt. 57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy food because the famine was so strong in all lands.

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Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, Why do you look at one another? 2 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt, go down there and buy from there for us so that we may live and not die. 3 And Joseph's ten brothers went down to buy corn in Egypt. 4 But Jacob did not send Joseph's brother Benjamin with his brothers for he said, Lest perhaps mischief befall him. 5 And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those who came for the famine was in the land of Canaan. 6 And Joseph was the governor over the land and it was he who sold to all the people of the land and Joseph's brothers came and bowed themselves down before him with their faces to the earth.

7 And Joseph saw his brothers and he knew them but made himself strange to them and spoke roughly to them and he said to them, Where did you come from? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food. 8 And Joseph knew his brothers but they did not know him. 9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them and said to them, you are spies, you have come to see the nakedness of the land. 10 And they said to him, No, my Lord but your servants have come to buy food. 11 We are all one man's sons, we are true men, your servants are not spies. 12 And he said to them, No but you have come to see the nakedness of the land. 13 And they said, Your servants are twelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan and behold, the youngest is this day with our father and one is not. 14 And Joseph said to them, This is that which I spoke to you, saying, you are spies. 15 Hereby you shall be proved. By the life of Pharaoh you shall not go from here except your youngest brother comes here. 16 Send one of you and let him fetch your brother and you shall be kept in prison so that your words may be proved whether there is any truth in you or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you are spies. 17 And he put them all together in prison three days. 18 And Joseph said to them on the third day, This do and live, for I fear God. 19 If you are true men, let one of your brothers be bound in the house of your prison and you go, carry corn for the famine of your houses 20 But bring your youngest brother to me, so shall your words be verified and you shall not die and they did so.

21 And they said to one another, We are truly guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he begged us and we would not hear, therefore is this distress come on us. 22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Did I not speak to you, saying, Do not sin against the child and you would not hear? Therefore, behold, also his blood is required. 23 And they did not know that Joseph understood them for he spoke to them by an interpreter. 24 And he turned himself about from them and wept and returned to them again and communed with them and took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes. 25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn and to restore every man's money in his sack and to give them provision for the way. Thus he did to them 26 And they loaded their asses with the corn and departed from there. 27 And as one of them opened his sack in the inn to give his ass food, he found his money for behold, it was in his sack's mouth. 28 And he said to his brothers, My money is restored and lo, it is even in my sack and their hearts failed them and they were afraid, saying to one another, What is this that God is doing to us?

29 And they came to Jacob their father to the land of Canaan and told him all that befell them, saying, 30 The man, who is Lord of the land, spoke roughly to us and took us for spies of the country. 31 And we said to him, We are true men, we are not spies. 32 We are twelve brothers, sons of our father, one is not and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan. 33 And the man, lord of the country, said to us, Hereby I shall know that you are true men. Leave one of your brothers here with me and take food for the famine of your households and be gone 34 And bring your youngest brother to me. Then I shall know that you are not spies but that you are true men. Yhen I will deliver you your brother and you shall do business in the land. 35 And as they emptied their sacks, 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. 36 And Jacob their father said to them, You have bereaved me of my children. Joseph is not and Simeon is not and you would take Benjamin away. All these things are against me. 37 And Reuben spoke to his father, saying, Kill my two sons if I do not return him to you. Deliver him into my hand and I will bring him to you again. 38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you for his brother is dead and he is left alone. If mischief befalls him by the way in the which you go, then you shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

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And the famine was sore in the land. 2 And when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said to them, Go again, buy us a little food. 3 And Judah spoke to him, saying, The man solemnly protested to us, saying, you shall not see my face, except your brother is with you. 4 If you will send our brother with us, we will go down and buy food for you 5 But if you will not send him, we will not go down for the man said to us, You shall not see my face, except your brother is with you. 6 And Israel said, Why have you dealt so ill with me, to tell the man whether you had another a brother? 7 And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? Have you another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words. Could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down? 8 And Judah said to Israel his father, Send the lad with me and we will arise and go so that we may live and not die, both we and you and also our little ones. 9 I will be surety for him, of my hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame for ever 10 For except that we had lingered, surely now we would have returned the second time.

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

15 And the men took the present and they took double money in their hand and Benjamin and rose up and went down to Egypt and stood before Joseph. 16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home and kill and make ready for these men shall dine with me at noon. 17 And the man did as Joseph asked and the man brought the men into Joseph's house. 18 And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house and they said, we are brought in because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time so that he may seek occasion against us and fall on us and take us for bondmen and our asses. 19 And they came near to the steward of Joseph's house and they communed with him at the door of the house 20 And said, O sir, we indeed came down at the first time to buy food 21 And when we came to the inn, 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. 22 And other money we have brought down in our hands to buy food. We cannot tell who put our money in our sacks. 23 And he said, Peace be to you, fear not, your God and the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks. I had your money. And he brought Simeon out to them. 24 And the man brought the men into Joseph's house and gave them water and they washed their feet and he gave their asses fodder. 25 And they made the present ready for when Joseph came at noon for they heard that they should eat bread there.

26 And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house and bowed themselves to him to the earth. 27 And he asked them of their welfare and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke, Is he yet alive? 28 And they answered, Your servant our father is in good health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads and made obeisance. 29 And he lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son and said, Is this your younger brother of whom you spoke to me? And he said, God be gracious to you, my son. 30 And Joseph made haste for his heart yearned for his brother and he sought a place to weep and he entered into his chamber and wept there. 31 And he washed his face and went out and refrained himself and said, Set on bread. 32 And they set on for him by himself and for them by themselves and for the Egyptians, who ate with him, by themselves because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews for that is an abomination to the Egyptians. 33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth and the men marveled at one another. 34 And he took and sent messes to them from before him but Benjamin's mess was five times as much as any of theirs. And they drank and were merry with him.

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And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry and put every man's money in his sack's mouth. 2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. 3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. 4 And when they had not yet gone far off out of the city, Joseph said to his steward, Up, follow after the men and when you overtake them, say to them, Why have you rewarded evil for good? 5 Is it not that in which my Lord drinks and by which indeed he divines? You have done evil in so doing. 6 And he overtook them and he spoke to them these same words. 7 And they said to him, Why does my lord say these words? God forbid that your servants should do according to this thing. 8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again to you out of the land of Canaan. How then should we steal silver or gold out of your lord's house? 9 With whomever of your servants it is found, both let him die and we also will be my lord's bondmen. 10 And he said, Now also let it be according to your words. He with whom it is found shall be my servant and you shall be blameless. 11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground and opened every man his sack. 12 And he searched and began at the oldest and left at the youngest and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. 13 Then they tore their clothes and loaded every man his ass and returned to the city. 14 And Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house for he was still there and they fell before him on the ground. 15 And Joseph said to them, What deed is this that you have done? Do you not know that such a man as I can certainly divine? 16 And Judah said, What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants. Behold, we are my lord's servants, both we and he also with whom the cup is found. 17 And he said, God forbid that I should do so but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant and as for you, get up in peace to your father.

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

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Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all those who stood by him and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And no man stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 And he wept aloud and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. 3 And Joseph said to his brothers, I am Joseph, does my father yet live? And his brothers could not answer him for they were troubled at his presence. 4 And Joseph said to his brothers, Come near to me, I beseech you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 Now therefore do not be grieved nor be angry with yourselves that you sold me here for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years has the famine been in the land and yet there are five years in which there shall be neither earing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So now it was not you who sent me here but God and he has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. 9 Hurry and go up to my father and say to him, Thus says your son Joseph, God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me, don't delay 10 And you shall dwell in the land of Goshen and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children's children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have 11 And I will nourish you there for there are yet five years of famine, lest you and your household and all that you have, come to poverty. 12 and behold, your eyes see and the eyes of my brother Benjamin that it is my mouth that speaks to you. 13 And you shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt and of all that you have seen and you shall hurry and bring my father down here. 14 And he fell on his brother Benjamin's neck and wept and Benjamin wept on his neck. 15 Moreover he kissed all his brothers and wept on them and after that his brothers talked with him.

16 And the fame of it was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brothers have come and it pleased Pharaoh and his servants well. 17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Say to your brothers, This do, load your animals and go, get you to the land of Canaan, 18 And take your father and your households and come to me and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt and you shall eat the fat of the land. 19 Now you are commanded, this do, take wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives and bring your father and come. 20 Also do not regard your stuff for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours. 21 And the children of Israel did so and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh and gave them provisions for the way. 22 He gave each man changes of raiment to all of them but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of raiment. 23 And to his father he sent after this manner, ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way. 24 So he sent his brothers away and they departed and he said to them, See that you do not fall out by the way.

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

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

5 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. 6 And they took their cattle and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan and came into Egypt, Jacob and all his seed with him, 7 His sons and his sons' sons with him, his daughters and his sons' daughters and he brought all his seed with him into Egypt. 8 And these are the names of the children of Israel, who came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons Reuben, Jacob's firstborn. 9 And the sons of Reuben, Hanoch and Phallu and Hezron and Carmi. 10 And the sons of Simeon, Jemuel and Jamin and Ohad and Jachin and Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman. 11 And the sons of Levi, Gershon, Kohath and Merari. 12 And the sons of Judah, Er and Onan and Shelah and Pharez and Zerah but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul. 13 And the sons of Issachar, Tola and Phuvah and Job and Shimron. 14 And the sons of Zebulun, Sered and Elon and Jahleel. 15 These are the sons of Leah, which she bore to Jacob in Padanaram, with his daughter Dinah. All the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three. 16 And the sons of Gad, Ziphion and Haggi, Shuni and Ezbon, Eri and Arodi and Areli. 17 And the sons of Asher, Jimnah and Ishuah and Isui and Beriah and Serah their sister and the sons of Beriah, Heber and Malchiel. 18 These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter and she bore these to Jacob, even sixteen souls. 19 The sons of Rachel Jacob's wife, Joseph and Benjamin. 20 And Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph in the land of Egypt, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bore to him. 21 And the sons of Benjamin were Belah and Becher and Ashbel, Gera and Naaman, Ehi and Rosh, Muppim and Huppim and Ard. 22 These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob. All the souls were fourteen. 23 And the sons of Dan, Hushim. 24 And the sons of Naphtali, Jahzeel and Guni and Jezer and Shillem. 25 These are the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to Rachel his daughter and she bore these to Jacob. All the souls were seven. 26 All the souls who came with Jacob into Egypt, who came out of his loins, beside Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were sixty six. 27 And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two souls. All the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were seventy.

Verse 27. "All the souls" But there were those who were not numbered. As it says in vs 26, "besides Jacob's sons' wives." So: wives and daughters except those who have had a place in the narrative are not in the number. Thus there were many more than seventy actual descendants of Jacob and his sons' wives who entered Egypt. Almost all the descendants mentioned in the number 70 are men.

28 And he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to direct his face to Goshen and they came into the land of Goshen. 29 And Joseph made his chariot ready and went up to Goshen to meet Israel his father and presented himself to him and he fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while. 30 And Israel said to Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen your face because you are still alive. 31 And Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's house, I will go up and show Pharaoh and say to him, My brothers and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, have come to me, 32 And the men are shepherds for their trade has been to feed cattle and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have. 33 And when Pharaoh shall call you and shall say, What is your occupation? 34 You shall say, Your servants' trade has been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we and also our fathers so that you may dwell in the land of Goshen for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians.

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Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh and said, My father and my brothers and their flocks and their herds and all that they have, have come out of the land of Canaan and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen. 2 And he took some of his brothers, even five men and presented them to Pharaoh. 3 And Pharaoh said to his brothers, What is your occupation? And they said to Pharaoh, Your servants are shepherds, both we and also our fathers. 4 Moreover they said to Pharaoh, We have come to sojourn in the land for your servants have no pasture for their flocks for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan. Now we pray you therefore, let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen. 5 And Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying, Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6 The land of Egypt is before you, make your father and brothers dwell in the best of the land, let them dwell in the land of Goshen and if you know any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle. 7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father and set him before Pharaoh and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 8 And Pharaoh said to Jacob, How old are you? 9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred thirty years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life and have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. 10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from before Pharaoh. 11 And Joseph placed his father and his brothers in the best of the land and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. 12 And Joseph nourished his father and his brothers and all his father's household with bread, according to their families.

13 And there was no bread in all the land for the famine was very sore so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine. 14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan for the corn which they bought and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house. 15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, Give us bread for why should we die in your presence? For the money has failed. 16 And Joseph said, Give your cattle and I will give you food for your cattle, if money fails. 17 And they brought their cattle to Joseph and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses and for the flocks and for the cattle of the herds and for the asses and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year. 18 When that year was ended, they came to him the second year and said to him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent, my Lord also has our herds of cattle, there is not anything left in the sight of my Lord but our bodies and our lands. 19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread and we and our land will be servants to Pharaoh and give us seed so that we may live and not die so that the land will not be desolate. 20 And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh for every one of the Egyptians sold his field because the famine prevailed over them. So the land became Pharaoh's 21 And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end of it. 22 Only he did not buy the land of the priests for the priests had a portion assigned to them from Pharaoh and they ate their portion which Pharaoh gave them. Therefore they did not sell their lands. 23 Then Joseph said to the people, Behold, I have bought you and your land this day for Pharaoh. Lo, here is seed for you and you shall sow the land. 24 And it shall be in the increase that you shall give the fifth part to Pharaoh and four parts shall be your own for seed of the field and for your food and for those of your households and for food for your little ones. 25 And they said, you have saved our lives. Let us find grace in the sight of my Lord and we will be Pharaoh's servants. 26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part, except the land of the priests only, which did not become Pharaoh's.

27 And Israel dwelled in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen and they had possessions there and grew and multiplied exceedingly. 28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the whole age of Jacob was one hundred forty seven years. 29 And the time drew near that Israel would die and he called his son Joseph and said to him, If now I have found grace in your sight, I beseech you, put your hand under my thigh and deal kindly and truly with me, I beseech you, do not bury me in Egypt 30 But I will lie with my fathers and you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burying place. And he said, I will do as you have said. 31 And he said, Swear to me. And he swore to him. And Israel bowed himself on the bed's head.

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Chapter 48

And after these things, someone told Joseph, Behold, your father is sick and he took Manasseh and Ephraim, his two sons with him. 2 And someone told Jacob and said, Behold, your son Joseph comes to you and Israel strengthened himself and sat on the bed. 3 And Jacob said to Joseph, God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me 4 And said to me, Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you and I will make of you a multitude of people and will give this land to your seed after you for an everlasting possession. 5 And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt are mine, as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. 6 And your issue, who shall be born to you after them, shall be yours and shall be called after the name of their brothers in their inheritance. 7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when there was yet but a little way to come to Ephrath and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath, the same is Bethlehem.

8 And Israel beheld Joseph's sons and said, Who are these? 9 And Joseph said to his father, They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place. And he said, I beseech you, bring them, to me and I will bless them. 10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age so that he could not see. And he brought them near to him and he kissed them and embraced them. 11 And Israel said to Joseph, I had not thought to see your face and lo, God has shown me also your seed. 12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand and brought them near to him. 14 And Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim's head, who was the younger and his left hand on Manasseh's head, guiding his hands knowingly for Manasseh was the firstborn. 15 And he blessed Joseph and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who fed me all my life long to this day, 16 The Angel who redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads and let my name be named on them and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. 17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. 18 And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father for this is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head. 19 And his father refused and said, I know, my son, I know. 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. 20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In you shall Israel bless, saying, God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. 21 And Israel said to Joseph, Behold, I die but God shall be with you and bring you again to the land of your fathers. 22 Moreover I have given to you one portion above your brothers, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.

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Chapter 49

And Jacob called to his sons and said, Gather yourselves together so that I may tell you what shall befall you in the latter days. 2 Gather yourselves together and hear, you sons of Jacob and listen to Israel your father. 3 Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. 4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father's bed, then you defiled it. He went up to my couch.

5 Simeon and Levi are brothers, instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. 6 O my soul, do not come into their secret nor to their assembly, do not let my honor be united. For in their anger they killed a man and in their self will they dug down a wall. 7 Cursed is their anger for it was fierce and their wrath for it was cruel. I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.

8 Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise. Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies, your father's children shall bow down before you. 9 Judah is a lion's whelp. My son, you are gone up from the prey, he stooped down, he couched as a lion and as an old lion, who shall rouse him up? 10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh come and the gathering of the people shall be to him. 11 Binding his foal to the vine and his ass's colt to the choice vine, he washes his garments in wine and his clothes in the blood of grapes. 12 His eyes shall be red with wine and his teeth white with milk.

13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea and he shall be for a haven of ships and his border shall be to Sidon. 14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens 15 And he saw that rest was good and the land was pleasant and bowed his shoulder to bear and became a servant to tribute. 16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. 17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path that bites the horse heels so that his rider shall fall backward. 18 I have waited for your salvation, O LORD. 19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him but he shall overcome at the last. 20 Asher's bread shall grow rich and he shall give dainties to kings. 21 Naphtali is a hind let loose. He gives goodly words.

22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well, whose branches run over the wall. 23 The archers have sorely grieved him and shot at him and hated him 24 But his bow abode in strength and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob, (from there is the shepherd, the stone of Israel) 25 Even by the God of your father, who shall help you and by the Almighty, who shall bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lie under, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. 26 The blessings of your father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph and on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers. 27 Benjamin shall tear as a wolf. In the morning he shall devour the prey and at night he shall divide the spoil.

28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel and this is that which their father spoke to them and blessed them, he blessed them every one according to his blessing. 29 And he charged them and said to them, I am to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a burying place. 31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife, there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife and there I buried Leah. 32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is in it was from the children of Heth. 33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed and yielded up the ghost and was gathered to his people.

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Chapter 50

And Joseph fell on his father's face and wept on him and kissed him. 2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father and the physicians embalmed Israel. 3 And forty days were fulfilled for him for so are fulfilled the days of those who are embalmed and the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days. 4 And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke to the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I beseech you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, 5 My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die and you shall bury me in my grave which I have dug for me in the land of Canaan. Now therefore I beseech you, let me go up and bury my father and I will come again. 6 And Pharaoh said, Go up and bury your father, according as he made you swear.

7 And Joseph went up to bury his father. All the servants of Pharaoh and the elders of his house and all the elders of the land of Egypt went up with him 8 And all the house of Joseph and his brothers and his father's house. They only left their little ones and their flocks and their herds in the land of Goshen. 9 And both chariots and horsemen went up with him and it was a very great company. 10 And they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11 And when the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians. Therefore its name was called Abelmizraim, (mourning of Egypt) which is beyond Jordan. 12 And his sons did to him according as he commanded them 13 For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a burying place from Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre. 14 And Joseph returned into Egypt after he had buried his father, he and his brothers and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.

15 And when Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, Perhaps Joseph will hate us and will certainly return to us all the evil which we did to him. 16 And they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, Your father commanded us before he died, saying, 17 You shall say thus to Joseph, I beseech you forgive now the trespass of your brothers and their sin for they did evil to you and now, we ask you forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father. And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 And his brothers also went and fell down before his face and they said, Behold, we are your servants. 19 And Joseph said to them, Fear not for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you thought evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring to be, as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore fear not. I will nourish you and your little ones and he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

22 And Joseph dwelled in Egypt, he and his father's house and Joseph lived one hundred ten years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation, also the children of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up on Joseph's knees. 24 And Joseph said to his brothers, I die and God will surely visit you and bring you out of this land to the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. 25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you and you shall carry my bones up from here. 26 So Joseph died, being one hundred ten years old and they embalmed him and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.