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Genesis 6 -- 50
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    "Continued to live  782 years.   Meanwhile  he became father  to sons  and daughters.   So all the days of  Methuselah  amounted to  969 years and he died.     And  Lamech lived on for 182 years.   Then he  became father to a  son.   And  he proceeded to call his name  Noah, saying -- "This one will bring us comfort  from our work and from the pain of our hands resulting from the ground which God has cursed."    And after fathering Noah Lamech continued to live on for 595 years.    Meanwhile  he  became  father to  sons and daughters.    So  all the days of  Lamech  amounted  to  777 years and he died.   And  Noah got to be  500 years old.   After that   Noah  became father to Shem, Ham and Japheth.       6  Now  it came about  that when  men started to grow in numbers on the surface of the ground and daughters were born to them, then the sons of the true God began to notice  the daughters of men, that  they were good looking,  and they went  taking wives for themselves,  namely,  all whom  they chose.    After  that  God said -- "My spirit shall  not act toward man indefinitely  in that he is also flesh.    Accordingly  his  days  shall  amount  to 120 years."    The Nephilim (giants, larger and stronger beings) proved to be in  the earth in those days,   and also afterward that,  when the sons of true God continued to have relations  with the daughters of  man and  they bore sons to them,  they  were the  mighty ones who were of old, the men of fame.     Consequently, God saw that  the  badness  of  man  was abundant in the earth and every inclination  of the thoughts of his  heart  was only  bad all the time.    And  God  felt regrets  that he had made men in the earth,  and felt hurt in his heart.    So theGod said -- "I am going to wipe men whom I have created off the surface of the ground,  from man to domestic animal, to moving animal and to  flying creature of the heavens,  because I do regret I have made  them.   But  Noah  found favor in the eyes of the Lord.   This is history of Noah.   Noah was righteous man.  He proved himself  faultless among his contemporaries.   Noah walked with the true God.    In time Noah became  father to 3 sons,  Shem, Ham and Japheth.    And the earth came to be  ruined in the sight of the  true God and the earth became filled with violence.   So God  saw the earth  and,  look!  it was ruined,  because  all flesh  had ruined its  way  on the earth.    After that God said to Noah -- "The end  of all flesh has come before me,  because the earth is full of violence and as a result  of them --  and here I am  bringing them to ruin together with  the earth.   Make for yourself an ark out of wood of a resinous tree.  You will make compartments in the ark,  and you must cover it inside and outside with tar.    And this is how you will make it --   300 cubits (450 feet) length of the ark, and  50 cubits (75 feet) its width,  and  30 cubits (45 feet) its height.    You will make  a tsohar (roof or window) for the ark,  and you will  complete it to the extent of a cubit (18 inches)  upward,  and the entrance of the ark you will put  in its side -- you will make it with a lower  story,  a 2nd story and a 3rd story. 

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  "And as for me,  here I am bringing the deluge (flood) of waters  upon  the earth  to bring to ruin all flesh  in which the force of life  is active from  under the heavens.  Everything that is in the earth will expire (die).   And  I do establish  my  covenant (agreement, relationship)  with you --  and you  must  go into the ark,  you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you.   And of every living  creature  of every sort of flesh,  2 of each,  you will bring into the ark to preserve with  you.  Male and female they will be.  Of the flying creatures  according to the their kinds  and of  the domestic animals according to their kinds,  of all moving animals  of the ground according to their kinds,  2 of each will go in there to you to preserve them alive.    And as for you,  take for yourself  every sort of  food that is eaten,  you must gather it to yourself,  and it must serve  as food for you and for them."    And  Noah proceeded to do  according to all that  God had  commanded him.   He did just so.     

After that God said to Noah-- "Go, you  and all your  household,  into the ark,  because you are the one  I have seen  to be  righteous before me  among this generation.   Of every  clean beast  you must take to yourself by 7s,  the sire and its mate (males and its mates ) -- and of every beast that is not clean just  2, the sire and its mate,  also the flying creatures of heavens by 7s, male and female, to preserve offspring alive on the surface of the entire earth.    For in just 7 days  more I am  making  it rain  upon the earth 40 days and 40 nights -- and I will wipe off every existing  thing that I have made off the surface of the ground."     And  Noah proceeded to do according to all that  God had  commanded him.    And  Noah was 600 years old when the deluge of waters  occurred  on  the  earth.     So  Noah went in,  and his sons and his wife  and  his sons' wives  with him,  into the ark  ahead of the waters  of the deluge.   Of  every  clean  beast and of every  beast  that is not clean and of the flying  creatures and everything that moves on the ground,  they  went in by 2s to Noah inside the ark,  male and female, just as God/Lord commanded  Noah.    And  7 days later it turned out that  the waters  of the deluge came upon the earth.     In the  600th year of Noah's life, in the 2nd month, on the 17th day of the month, on this day  all the springs of the vast watery  deep were broken open  and the floodgates of the heavens  were opened.   And the downpour upon  the earth went on  for 40 days and 40 night.     On this very day Noah went in,  and Shem and Ham  and Japheth,  Noah's  sons,  and the wife of Noah  and the 3 wives of his sons with  him, into the ark -- they and  every  wild  beast according  to its kind,  and every domestic animal  of its kind,  and every moving animal that moves on the earth acccording to its kind  and every flying creature  accroding  to its kind,  very  bird,  every winged creature.  And  they kept going into  Noah inside  the ark,  2 by 2,  of every sort  of flesh in which  the force  of life  was active.   And  those going  in,  male and  femle of  every sort of flesh,  went in,  just as God commanded him.    And  the  waters  became

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overwhelming and kept increasing greatly  upon the eaeth, but the ark kept going on the surface of the waters.   And the waters overwhelmed the earth so greatly  that  all the tall mountains that were under the whole heavens came to be covered.   Up to   15 cubits  (22 1/2 feet) the waters overwhelmed them   and the mountains became covered.  So  all flesh that was moving upon the earth expired, among  the flying creatures and among the domestic animals and  among the wild beasts and among all the swarms  that were swarming upon the earth, and all mankind.   Everything  in which  the breath  of the force  of life was active in its nostrils, namely, all that were on the dry ground, died.   Thus he wiped out every existing thing that was on the surface of ground, from man to beast, to moving animal and to flying creature  of the heavens,  and they  were wiped off the earth, and only  Noah and those who were with him in the ark kept on surviving.   And the waters continued overwhelming the earth a  150 days. overwhelming and kept increasing greatly  upon the eaeth, but the ark kept going on the surface of the waters.   And the waters overwhelmed the earth so greatly  that  all the tall mountains that were under the whole heavens came to be covered.   Up to   15 cubits  (22 1/2 feet) the waters overwhelmed them   and the mountains became covered.  So  all flesh that was moving upon the earth expired, among  the flying creatures and among the domestic animals and  among the wild beasts and among all the swarms  that were swarming upon the earth, and all mankind.   Everything  in which  the breath  of the force  of life was active in its nostrils, namely, all that were on the dry ground, died.   Thus he wiped out every existing thing that was on the surface of ground, from man to beast, to moving animal and to flying creature  of the heavens,  and they  were wiped off the earth, and only  Noah and those who were with him in the ark kept on surviving.   And the waters continued overwhelming the earth a  150 days.        8    After that God rememerbered  Noah and every wild beasts and every domestic animal  that was with him in the ark,  and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters began to subside.  And the springs of the watery deep  and the flood gates of heavens became stopped up, so the downpour  from the heavens  was restrained.    And the waters  began receding from off the the earth, prgressviely  receding and at the end of  a 150 days  the waters were lacking.   And in the 7th month, on the 7th day of the month, the ark came to rest  on the moutins of Aarat.   And the waters  kept on progressively lessening  until  the 10th month.  in  the 10th  month, on the 1st of the month,  the tops of the mountains appreared.    So  it occurred that at the end of 40 days Noah  proceeeded to open the window  of the ark that he had made.    After that he sent out a raven, and it continued flying outdoors, going and returning, until  the waters dried off the earth.   Later  he sent out  from him a dove  to  see whether the waters had abated from the surface of the ground.  And  the dove did  not find  any resting-place for the sole of its foot, and so it returned  to him  into the  ark because  the waters were yet upon the surface of the whole earth.   At that he put his hand out and took it  and brought it to himself inside the ark.   And he went on waiting  still another   7 days, and once again he sent out the dove from the ark.    Later on  the dove came to him about the time of evening and, look!   there was an olive leaf freshly plucked in its bill,  and  so Noah got to know that the waters had abated from the earth.   And  he went on waiting still another   7 days.  Then he sent out the dove, but it did not come   back again to him anymore.   Now  in the  601st year, in the  1st month, on the  1st day of the month, it came  about that the waters had drained  from off the earth; and Noah proceeded to remove  the covering  of the ark and to look, and  here the surface of the ground had drained dry.    And   in the    2nd month, on the    27th  day of the month, the earth had dried off.    God   now spoke to Noah, saying -- "Go  out of the ark, you and your wife  and your  sons and yours sons' wives with you.    Every living creature that is 

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 with you every sort of flesh, among the flying creatures and among the beasts and among all the moving animals that move upon the earth, bring out with you, as they swarm in the earth and be fruitful and become many upon the  earth."  At  that  Noah went out, and also his sons and his wife and sons' wives with him.    Every living creature, every moving animal and every flying creature, everything that moves on the earth, according to their families they went out of the ark.      And Noah began to build an altar to God and to take some of all the clean beasts and of all the clean flying creatures and to offer burnt offerings upon the altar. And God began to smell a restful odor, and so God said in his heart -- "Never again, shall I call down evil upon the ground on man's account, because the inclination of heart of man is bad from his youth up -- and never again shall I deal every living thing a blow just as I have done. For all the days the earth continues, seed sowing and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, will never cease."      9   And God went on to bless Noah and his sons and say to them -- "Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth. And a fear of you and a terror of you will continue upon every living creature of the earth and upon every flying creature of the heavens, upon everything that goes  moving on the ground, and upon all the fishes of the sea.   Into jyour hand  they are now given.  Every moving animal that  is alive may serve as food for you. As in the case of green vegetation, I do give it all to you.   Only flesh with its soul --its blood -- you must not eat.   And, besides that, your blood of your souls shall I ask back.   From the hand of every living creature shall I ask it back -- and from the hand of man, from the hand of each one who is his brother, shall I ask back the soul of man.   Anyone shedding man's blood, by man will his own blood be shed, for in God's image HE made man.    And as for you men, be fruitful and become many,  make the earth swarm with you and become many in it."  And God went on to say to   Noah and his sons --  "As for me, here I am establishing   my covenant  with you men and with  your offspring after  you,  and with  every living soul  that is with  you,  and among fowls,  among beasts and among  all living  creatures  of the earth with  you,  from  all those going out of the  ark to every living creature of the earth.  Yes,  I do  establish  my  covenant  with you --No  more  will all flesh  be cut off by waters of a deluge,  and no more  will  there occur  a  deluge to bring  the earth  to ruin."    And  God  added --  "This  is  the sign  of the  the covenant that I am giving between  me and you and every living  soul  that is with you,  for the generations to time  indefinite.   My rainbow  I do  give  in the cloud, and it must serve as a sign of the covenant between me and  the earth.   And it shall occur  when I am bring a  cloud over the earth,  the  rainbow will certainly  appear  in the cloud.   And I shall  certainly remember my covenant which  is between me and you  and every living soul among  all flesh  --  and  no more  will the waters become  a deluge go bring all flesh to ruin.   And  the rainbow must  occur     

in  the  cloud,  and  I shall  certainly  see it to  remember the  covenant to time  indefinite  between  God and every  living  soul  among  all flesh  that is upon  the  earth."   And  God repeated to  Noah --  "This  is the sign  of the covenant that I do  establish  between me and all flesh  that is upon  the earth."  And Noah's  sons  who  came  out the ark  were Shem  and Ham  and Japheth.   Later  Ham  was  the father  of Canaan.   These  3  were Noah's sons,  and from  these  was  all the earth's  population spread  abroad.    Now   Noah  started  off as a farmer and  proceeded to plant  a vineyard.   And he began  drinking  of the wine  and became  intoxicated,  and  so he  uncovered himself  in  the midst of his tent.   Later  Ham  the  father  of Canaan saw his father's nakedness and went  telling  it  to  his  2  brothers outside.    At  that Shem and Japheth  took  a mantle  and put  it upon  both  their  shoulders and walked in backwards.   Thus  they  covered  their father's nakedness,  while their faces were turned away,  and they did not see their father's nakedness.    Finally Noah awoke  from his wine and got to know   what his  youngest son had done to him.     At this he said  --  "Curse  be  Canaan.  Let him become the lowest slave to his brothers."  And he added  -- "Bless be God, Shem's God, and let Canaan become a slave to him.   Let  God  grant ample space to  Japheth,  And  let  him reside  in the tents  of Shem.   Let  Canaan  become  a slave to him  also.    And  Noah continued to  live  350 years after the deluge.    So  all the days  of Noah  amounted  to  950  years old and then he died.        

10    And this is  the history of Noah's sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth.    Now  sons  began to  be born to  them  after the  deluge.   The sons of  Japheth were  Gomer and Magog  and Madai  and Javan  and Tubal and Meshech and Tiras.    And  Sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath and Togar-mah.    And sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim and Dodanim. From these population  of the isles of the nations was spread about  in  their lands,  each  according to its  tongue,  according to their families by   their nations.   And  the sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim and Put and Canaan.  And  the sons of Cush were Seba and Havilah and Sabtah and Raamah and Sabteca.  And the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.  And  Cush  became father to Nimrod. made  the start  in becoming a mighty one  in the earth.   He  displayed  himself a mighty  hunter in opposition to God.   That is why there is a saying -- "Just like Nimrod, a mighty hunter  in opposition to God"  And beginning of his kingdom  came to be  Babel, Erech, Accad and Calneh,  in the land of Shinar.    Out of that land he went  into Assyria and set himself  to building  Nineveh  

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and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah and Resen between  and Nineveh and Calah--this is the great city.    Mizraim became father to Ludim and Anamim and  Lehabim and Naphtuhim  and  Pathrusim and Casluhim  (from among whom the Philistines went forth)  and Caphtorim.     And Canaan became father to   Sidon his firstborn  and  Heth  and the Jebusite  and the Amorite and the  Girgashite, and  the Hivite and the Arkite and  the  Sinite  and the  Arvadite, and  the Zemarite  and the  Hamathite, and afterward  the  families of Canaan were scattered.       So  the boundary of Canaanite came to be from  Sidon  to Gerar near Gaza   to far as Sodom and Gomorrah and Admah and Zeboiim, near Lasha.  These were the sons of Ham according to their families, according  to their  tongues,  in their lands, by  their nations.     And to Shem,   the forefather of all the sons of Eber,  the  brother of Japheth the oldest,  there was also progeny born.   The sons of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad  and  Lud   and Aram.  And the sons of Aram were Uz and Hul  and Gether and Mash.   And  Arpachshad was father of Shelah,  and Shelah   became  father of Eber.    And Eber  there were  sons  born.   The name of one was  Peleg, because in his days, the earth was divided --and the name of his brother  was  Joktan.    And Joktan became  father to Almodad   and  Sheleph  and  Hazarmaveth and Jerah  and  Hadoram  and Uzal  and  Diklah  and  Obal  and  Abimael  and  Sheba  Ophir  and   Havilah and  Jobab -- all these  were  the  sons of Joktan.  And  their  place of dwelling  came  to  extend from  Mesha  as  far  as Sephar,  the mountainous region in the East.    These were   the sons of Shem  according to their families, according to  their tongues, in  their lands,  according to their  nations.  These  were the families  of sons  Noah  according to their descents, by their nations were spread  about in  the earth after the   deluge.   

11  Now  all the earth   continued to be  one language  and of one  set of words.   And it came about  that in their journeying  eastward  they  eventually  discovered  a valley plain  in  the land of Shinar,   and they  took up  dwelling  there.   And they began to say,  each one  to the other --  "Come  on!  Let us make bricks and bake them  with  a burning  process"   So brick  served  as stone  for them,  but  bitumen served  as mortar for  them.    They now  said  --  "Come on!  Let  us build ourselves  a  city  and also a  tower   with its top  in  the  heavens, and let us  make a  celebrated name for ourselves, for fear  we may be scattered  all over the surface of the  earth."  God  proceeded to go down to see  the city and the tower and the sons of men  had built.   After that God said -- "Look!  They are one people and there is  one language what  they  start to do.   Why,  now  there is nothing that they may have in  mind to do that will be unattainable for them.    Come  now!   Let  us go down  and there confuse  language  that they  

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may not listen to one another's language."  Accordingly Jehovah   scattered them  from  there all over all the surface  of the  earth, and they gradually left building the city. This is why its  name was called  Babel, because  there  God had  confused the language of all the earth,  and  God had  scattered them  from  there over all the surface  of the earth. This is history of Shem -- Shem  was a 100 years old when he became father to  Arpachshad Shem  continued  to live 500 years.  Meanwhile  he  became father to sons and daughters.  And Arpachshad  lived 35 years.  Then he became father to Shelah.   And  after his  fathering  Shelah  Arpachshad  continued to live  403  years.   Meanwhile  he became  father to sons and daughters.   And Shelah  lived 30 years.  Then  he  became  father to  Eber.  And after his fathering  Eber Shelah  continued to live 403 years.   Meanwhile  he became father to sons and daughters.  And  Eber lived  on  for  34 years.  Then  he  became father to  Peleg.  and after fathering  Peleg Eber continued to live 430 years.   Meanwhile  he became father to sons  and daughters.   And  Peleg on for 30 years.  live. Then  he  became  father to Reu.  And after his fathering Reu Peleg continued to live 209 years.   Meanwhile  he became father to  sons and daughters.  And Reu lived  on for  32 years.   Then  he became  father to  Serug.    And  after  his  fathering  Serug  Reu  continued to  live 207 years.  Meanwhile  he  became  father  to sons  and daughters.    And Serug  lived on for  30 years.    Then  he became father to Nahor.   And after  his fathering  Nahor  Serug  continued to live for 200 years.   Meanwhile  he  became  father to  sons and daughters.   And Nahor  lived on  for 29 years.   Then he  became to  father to Terah.  And  after  his  fathering Terah  Nahor continued  to live a 119 years.    Meanwhile  he  became father to sons and daughters.  And Terah lived on for 70 years, after which he became father to Abram, Nahor and Haran.  And this is history of Terah.   Terah became father to  Abram,  Nahor and Haran -- and  Haran  became father to  Lot.    Later  Haran  died while  in company  with Terah his  father in the land of his birth,  in  Ur of the Chaldeans.   And  Abram  and  Nahor  proceeded  to  take wives  for themselves.  The  name  of  Abram's  wife  was  Sarai,  while  the name of Nahor's  wife was Milcah,  the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah  and father of Iscah.  But  Sarai continued to be barren,  she had no child.  After that Terah  took Abram  his son and Lot,  the son of Haran,  his  grandson,  and  Sarai  his  daughter  in law,  the wife of Abram  his son,  and they went with him  out of Ur of the Chaldeans  to go to the land of Canaan.  In time they  came to Haran  and took up  dwelling  there.  And the days  of Terah  came  to be 205  

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 years,  Then Terah died in Haran.          12   And God proceeded to say to Abram -- "Go your way out of your country and from your relatives and from the house of your father to the country that I shall show you -- and I shall make a great nation out of you and I shall bless you and I will make your name great -- and prove yourself a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who calls evil upon you I shall curse, and all the families of the ground will certainly bless themselves by means of you." At that Abram went just as God had spoken to him, and Lot went with him.    And Abram was 75 years old when he went out from Haran.    So Abram took his wife Sarai his wife and Lot the son of his brother and all the goods that they had accumulated and the souls whom they had acquired in Haran,  and they got on their way out  to go  the land of  Canaan.    And  Abram went  on through the land as  far as the site of Shechem,  near the big trees of Moreh --and at that  time the Canaanite was in the land.    Godappeared to Abram and said -- "To your seed   I am going  to give this land."     After that  he built an altar (holy table) to God who had appeared to him.    Later he  move  from there to   the  mountainous region  to the east of Bethel and pitched his  tent with Bethel on the west and Aion the east.  Then  he built an altar  there to God and  began  to call on the name of the Lord. Afterward Abram  broke  camp  going them from encampment to encampment  toward Neg'eb.  Now  a  famine arose in the land and Abram made his way down toward Egypt to  reside  there as an alien,  because  the  famine  was severe in the land.   And it came about as soon as he  got near  to  entering Egypt,  then he said to Sarai his wife -- "Please,  now I  well know you are a woman beautiful in appearance.    So it is bound to happen that the Egyptians  will see  you and  will say, 'This is his wife'  and they will certainly kill me,  but you they will preserve alive.    Please say you are my sister,  in order that it may go well  with me on your account, and my soul will be certain to live due to you."    So  it happened   that, as  soon as Abram entered Egypt, the  Egyptians  got to see the woman,  that she was very beautiful.  And the princes of Pharaoh also  got to see her and they began praising her to Pharaoh,  so the woman was taken to the house of Pharaoh.   And they treated Abram well because of her account, and he came to have sheep and cattle and asses (donkeys)  and menservants and maidservants, and she-asses and  camels.   Then God/Jehovah  touched Pharaoh and his household with a great plagues because  of  Sarai,  Abraham's wife.    With  that  Pharaoh called Abram  and said -- "what have you done to me? Why did not  tell me that  she was your wife?  Why did  you say,  'She is my sister,'  so that I was about to take her as my wife?   And now here is your wife.  Take her and go!"  And  Pharaoh issued commands to men concerning him, and they  went escorting him and his wife and all that he had.     13  Following  that  Abram went up  out of  Egypt with all they had, and Lot with him, to the Negeb.     And Abram  was  heavily stocked  with herds and silver and gold.    And he  made  

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his way from encampment to encampment out of the Negeb and to Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at 1st between Bethel and Ai, to the place of the altar that he had made originally -- and Abram proceeded to call there on the name of the Lord.   Now Lot who was going along with Abram, also owned sheep and cattle and tents. So the land did not allow for them to dwell all together, because their goods had become many and they were not able to dwell together.   And a quarrel arose between the herders of Abram's livestock -- and the herders of Lot's livestock -- and at the time Canaanite and Perizzite were dwelling in the land.    Hence Abram said to Lot -- "Please, do not let any quarreling continue between me and you and between my herdsmen, and your herdsmen, for we men are brothers! Is not the whole land available to you? Please, separate from me.     If you go to the left, then I will go to the right -- but if you go to the right-- then I will go to the left."   So  Lot raised his eyes and saw the whole District of Jordan, and all of it was well-watered region before God brought Sodom and Gomorrah to ruin, Like the garden of God, like the land of Egypt as far as Zoar.   Then Lot chose for himself whole District of Jordan, and Lot moved his camp to the east.    So they separated the one from the other.    Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, but Lot dwelt among the cities of the District.    Finally he pitched tent near Sodom.   And the men of Sodom were bad and were gross sinners against Jehovah.    Then God said to Abram after Lot had separated from him -- "Raise your eyes, please, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward to westward, because all of the land at which you are looking, to you and to your seed I am going to give it until time indefinite. And I will constitute your seed like the dust particles of the earth, so that, if a man could be able to count the dust particles of the earth, then your seed could be numbered. Get up, go about in the land through its length and through its breadth, because to you I am going to give it." So Abram continued to live in tents.     Later on he came and dwelt among the big trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron -- and there he proceeded to build an altar to the Lord.       14   Now it came about in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlamer  king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim  that these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and  Shemeber king of Zebhoiim,  and the king of Bela (that is to say, Zoar).    All these marched as allies to the Low Plain of Siddim, that is,  the Salt Sea.    12 years they had served Chedorlaomer, but  the 13th year they rebelled. And the 14th year Chedorlaomer  came, and also the kings who were with him,  and they inflicted defeats  on the Rephaim  in  Horites in Ashterothkarnaim,  and the Zuzim in Ham, and the Emim in Shavehkiriathaim,  and their mountain of Seir,  down to Elparan,  which is at the  wilderness.    Then  they turned about  and came to  Enmishpat,  that is,  Kadesh,  and  defeated the whole field of  

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the Amalekites and  also the Amorites who were dwelling in Hazazontamar.   At this point the  king of Sodom went on  the march, and also the king of Gomorrah  and the king of Admah  and the king Zeboiim and the king of Bela (that is to say, Zoar),  and they drew up in battle  order against them in low plains of Siddim, against Chedolaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goiim and Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king Ellasar -- 4 kings against the 5.   Now  the Low plain of Siddim was pits   upon pits  of bitumen --  and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah   took to flight and went falling into them,  and those who remained fled to the mountainous region.   Then the victors took all the goods of  Sodom and Gomorrah  and all their food and went on their way.  They also took Lot the son  of  Abram's brother  and his goods and continued on their way.   He was then dwelling  in Sodom.    After that a  man  who had escaped came and told  Abram the Hebrew.    He was then  tabermacling among the big trees  in Mamre the Amorite,   the brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner,  and they were confederates (partners)  of Abram.   Thus  Abram got to hear  that his brother  had been taken captive.   With that  he mustered his  trained men -- 318 slaves born his  household and   went in pursuit  up to Dan.   And by  night he  resorted to dividing his forces, he and his slaves, against them,  and  thus he defeated them and kept in  pursuit of  them up to Hobah, which is north of Damascus.     And he   proceeded to recover all the goods, and recovered also Lot his brother, and his goods and also women and the people.     Then the king of Sodom  went out to meet  him after he returned from defeating Chedolaomer and the kings   that were with him,   to the Low Plain of Shaveh,  that is,   the king's Low Plain.   And Melchizedek  king of Salem  brought out bread and  wine,  and he was a priest of Most High God.   Then he blessed him  and said -- " Blessed be Abram of the Most High God,  Producer  of heaven and earth -- And blessed  the Most High God, Who has delivered your oppressors into your hand!"     At that  Abram gave   him a  10th (1/10) of everything.   After that  the king of Sodom said to Abram -- "Give me the souls (people), but  take the goods for yourself." At this Abram  said to the king of Sodom -- "I  do lift up  my hand  in an  oath to God the Most High God,  Producer of heaven and earth, that, from a thread to a sandal lace, no,   I  shall take nothing from anything  that is yours,  in order that you may  not say,  'It was I who  made  Abram rich!   Nothing for me!   Only  what the young men already  eaten,  and the share of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol and Mamre -- let them have their share."         15    After  these things  the word of God came to Abram in a vision,  saying -- "Do not fear,  Abram.   I am a shield for you.   Your reward  will be very great."  At this Abram  said -- "Sovereign Lord God, what will you give me,  seeing  that I am  going childless and  the  one who will possess  my house is man of Damascus, Eliezer?"   And  Abram  added --"Look you have 

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given me no seed, and, look! a son of my household is succeeding me as heir?" But, look! the word of God to him was in these words -- "This man will not succeed you as heir, but one who will come out of your own inward parts will succeed you as heir." He now brought him outside and said -- "Look up, please, to the heavens and count the stars, if you are possibly able to count them." And we went on to say to him -- "So your seed will become. " And he put faith in the Lord and proceeded to count it to him as righteousness. Then he added to him -- " I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take it in possession." To this he said -- "Sovereign Lord  God, by what shall I know that I shall take it in possession?" In turn he said to him -- "Take for me a 3 year old heifer and a 3 year old she-goat and a 3 year old ram and a turtle-dove and a young pigeon."     So he took all these to himself and cut them in 2 and put each part of them so as to match the other, but the birds he did not cut in pieces.     And the birds of prey began to descend upon the carcasses, but Abram kept driving them away.     After a while sun  was  about to set and  deep  sleep fell upon Abram, and, look!   frightfully great darkness  was falling  upon him.  And he began to say to  Abram -- "You may  know for sure that your  seed  will become an alien  resident  in a land not theirs,  and they  will have to serve them, and  they will certainly  afflict  them for  400 years.   But the  nation that they  will serve  I am judging  and after that they will go out with many goods.       As for  you,  you will go to your  forefathers   in peace --  you will be buried  at good old age.      But in  the 4th generation they will return here,  because  the  error of  the Amorites  has not yet  come  to completion."   The sun  was now  setting and a dense darkness came and, look!  a  smoking furnace and a fiery torch  that  passed in  between  these pieces.   On that day Lord concluded with Abram a covenant,  saying -- "To your  seed  I will give this land, from  the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates -- the Kenites and the Kenizzites and the  Kadmonites  and  Hitties  and the Perizzites and the Rephaim  and the  Amorites  and the  Canaanites  and the  Girgashites and the Jebusites."       16   Now  Sarai,  Abram's wife, had  borne to him no children -- but  she had an Egyptian maidservant and  her name  was  Hagar.     Hence Sarai said to Abram -- "Please now!   God has shut  me off from bearing children.   Please, have relations with my maidservant.  Perhaps I may get children from  her."  So  Abram listened  to the voice of Sarai.   Then  Sarai,  Abram's  wife,  took Hagar,  her Egyptian  maidservant,  at the end of 10 years of Abram's dwelling  in the land  of Canaan,  and gave her to  Abram  her husband  as his  wife.   Accordingly  he had relations with  Hagar,  and she became  pregnant.   When  she became  aware that she was  prgnant, then the mistress  began  to be despised  in her eyes.    At this  Sarai  said  to Abram -- "The violence done me be upon  you.  I myself gave  my maidservant over to your bosom,  and she became aware  that she  was pregnant,  and I began to be despised  in  her eyes.   May God  judge between me and you."  

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So Abram said to Sarai -- "Look!   your maidservant is at your disposal.   Do to her what is good in your eyes."     Then Sarai  began to  humiliate her so   that she ran away from  her.    Later Lord/God's angel found her at  a fountain  of waters  in the wilderness,  at the fountain on the way to  Shur.   And he began to say -- "Hagar, maidservant to Sarai,  just where have you come from and where are you going?"   to this she said -- "Why  from Sarai my mistress  I am running  away."   And  God's angel went on to say  to her -- "Return to your mistress and  humble yourself under her hand."   Then  God's angel said to her -- "I shall greatly  multiply your  seed,  so that it  will be numbered  for multitude (many)."  Further  God's angel added to her-- "Here you are pregnant, and  you shall give birth to a son and must call his name Ishmael -- for God has heard your  affliction.   As for  him,  he will become a zebra of a man.   His hand will be against everyone,   and the  hand of everyone  will be against him,  and  before  the face  of all of his brothers he will tabernacle.   Then she began to  call the name of the Lord, who  was speaking  to her  --  "You are a God of sight,"    for she said -- "Have I here actually looked upon  him who sees me?"    That is why the well was called Beerlahairoi.    Here  it is between  Kadesh and Bered.     Later on  Hagar bore to Abram a son  and Abram called the name of his son  whom  Hagar bore to Ishmael.  And Abram  was 86 years old  at Hagar's bearing  Ishmael to Abram.       17   When Abram  got to be 90 years old,  then  God appeared to Abram  and said  to him-- " I am God Almighty.    Walk before  me and prove yourself faultless.   And I will give my covenant (protection, relationship) between me and you, that I may  multiply you very, very much."  At  this  Abram  fell upon  his face,  and God continued  to speak  with him,  saying -- "As for me, look!   my covenant is with you, and you  will certainly  become a father a crowd of  nations.   And your name will not be called  Abram  anymore,  and your  name must become  Abraham, because a father of  crowd  of nations I will make of you.   And I will make you very, very fruitful and make you  become nations,  and kings will come out of you.  "And  I will carry out my covenant between me and you and your seed  after you according to their  generations for a  covenant  to  time  indefinite,  to prove myself God to you and to your seed after you.     And I will give you and to  your seed after you the land of  your alien residences, even the entire Canaan,  for a  possession to time indefinite -- and I will prove myself God to them."   And God said further to  Abraham  --  "As for you, you are to keep my covenant, you and your seed after you  according to  your generations.    This is my covenant  that you men will keep, between me and you men,  even your seed after you --Every male of yours  must get circumcised.  And you must get circumcised  in the flesh of your foreskins and it must serve as sign of the  covenant between me and you. And every male of yours at  8 days  old must  be circumcised,  according to your  generations,  anyone born  in the house and anyone  purchased with money  from any  foreigner who is not from your seed.   Every man born in your house and  every man purchased  

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   with money of yours must without fail get circumcised -- and my covenant in the flesh of you men must serve as covenant to time indefinite.   And an uncircumcised male who will not get the flesh of his foreskin circumcised, even that soul must be cut off from his people.  He has broken my covenant." And God went on to say --"As for Sarai your wife, you must not call her name Sarai, because Sarah is her name. And I will bless her and also give you a son from her -- and I will bless her and she shall become nations -- kings of people will come from her." At this Abraham fell upon his face and began to laugh and to say in his heart -- "Will a man 100 years old born have a child born. and will Sarah, yes, will a woman 90 years old give birth?"    After that Abraham said to true God -- "O that Ishmael might live  before you!"   To this  God said -- "Sarah  your wife  is indeed  bearing you a son,  and must call his name  Isaac.     And  I will establish my covenant with him for  a covenant to time indefinite to his seed  after him.   But  as regards Ishamel I  have heard  you.  Look!  I will bless him and  will make him  fruitful  and will multiply him  very,  very  much.    He  will  certainly will produce 12 chieftains (princes),  and I will make him become a great nation.     However,  my covenant  I shall establish with Isaac,  whom Sarah will  bear to you at this appointed  time next year."   With  that  God  finished speaking with  him and went up from  Abraham. Abraham  then proceeded to take Ishmael his son  and all the men born in his son  and  all the men  born in his house and  everyone purchased  with  money  of his,  of every male  among the men of the household of  Abraham  and he went  to circumcising  the flesh  of their foreskins in this very day,   just as God  had spoken  with him.   And  Abraham was 99 years old  when  he had the flesh of his foreskin  circumcised.    And Ishmael his son  was  13 years old when he had  the flesh of his foreskins circumcised.   In this very day Abraham  got circumcised, and also Ishmael  his son.   And  all the  men of his  household,  anyone born in the house and anyone  purchased  with money from  a foreigner,  got circumcised with him.        18  Afterward God  appeared  to him among  the big trees  of Mamre, while he was sitting  at the  entrance  of the tent about  the heat  of the day.     When he raised  his eyes,  then  he looked  and there  3 men  were standing  some distance  from him.  When  he caught  a sight of them  he began running  to meet them  from the entrance of the tent and proceeded  to bow down to the earth.   Then he  said -- "Lord, if, now, I  have found  favor in your eyes, please do  not pass by your servant.    Let a  little water be taken, please, and you must have your feet washed.    Then  recline under the tree.   And  let me get  a piece of  bread, and  refresh  your hearts.    Following that,  you can pass on, because that is why you have passed  this way to your  servant."    At  this  they said --  "All right.   You  may do  just as you have spoken."    So  Abraham  went  hurrying  to the tent  to Sarah  and said -- "Hurry!   Get 3  seah (1 seah = 7.33 liters, so 3 seah is 21.99 liters) measure of fine flour, knead the dough and bake round cakes."     Next Abraham  ran  to the herd and proceeded to get a tender  and good young bull   and to give  it to  the attendant,  and he went hurrying  to get  it ready.   He

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then took butter and milk and  the young bull  that he had got ready and set it before them.  Then he himself kept standing by them  under the tree as they were eating.     They now said to him -- "Where is Sarah  your wife?"   To this he said -- "Here in the tent!"   So he continued -- "I am surely going  to return to you next year at this time, and, look!  Sarah your wife will have a son."   Now  Sarah was listening at the tent entrance, and it was behind the man.  And Abraham and Sarah were old, being advanced in years.   Sarah had stopped having  menstruation.   Hence  Sarah began to  laugh inside herself, saying -- "After I am  worn out,  shall I really have pleasure, my  lord being old besides?"    Then Godsaid to Abraham -- "Why  was that Sara laughed,  saying, 'Shall I  really and truly give birth  although I have become old?'     Is anything too  extraordinary for Jehovah?    At the appointed  time  I shall return to you,  next year at this  time,  and Sarah will have a son."  But Sarah  began to deny it,  and saying --"I did not laugh!"    For she was afraid.     At this he said, "No!  But you did laugh."      Later the men got up  from there and  looked down toward Sodom, and  Abraham  was walking with them  to escort them.    And  Jehovah said -- "Am I keeping  covered  from Abraham what I am doing?    Why, Abram is surely going to become a  nation great and mighty,  and all the nations of the earth must bless  themselves by means of him.   For I have become acquainted  with him in order that he may  command  his sons and his household  after him so that they shall  keep Lord's way to do righteousness and judgment -- in order that Lord may certainly bring upon Abraham what he has spoken about  him."   Consequently  Jehovah/Lord   said -- "The cry and complaint  about Sodom and Gomorrah,  yes,  it is  loud, and their sin,  yes, it is very  heavy.   I  am quite determined  to go down that   I may see  whether they act altogether according to the outcry over it  that has come to me,  if not,  I  can get to know it."  At this  point  the men turned  from there and got on their way to Sodom  -- but as for Jehovah, he was still standing before Abraham.   Then  Abraham approached and  began to say -- "Will  you really sweep away the righteous with the  wicked?   Suppose there are 50 righteous men in the midst of the  city.  Will you,  then, sweep away  the righteous  with the wicked?   Will you, then, sweep them away  and not  pardon the place for the sake of  the  50 righteous who  are  inside  it?    It is unthinkable of you that you are acting  in manner to put to  death the righteous man with the wicked one  so that it has to occur with  the righteous man  as it does with the wicked!    It  is unthinkable of you.   Is the Judge of all  the earth not going to do what  is  right?"   Then  Lord  said -- "I  shall  find in Sodom  50 righteous men  in midst of the city I will pardon the whole place on their account."   But Abraham went to answer and say -- "Please, I have taken upon myself  to speak to God, whereas I am dust and ashes. Suppose 50 righteous should be lacking  5.   Will you for the 5, bring the whole city to ruin?  To this he said -- "I shall not bring it  to ruin if I find there 45."  But  yet  again he spoke further to him and said -- "Suppose 40 are found there?"   In  turn he said -- "I shall not do it on account of the 40."    But he continued -- "May God, please, not  

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 grow hot with  anger,  but  let me  go on speaking.    Suppose 30 are found there."     In turn he said -- "I  shall  not do it if I find 30 there."  But he  continued on -- "Please,  here I  have  taken  upon  myself  to speak to Jehovah -- Suppose  20 are found there."    In turn he said -- "I shall  not bring  it to ruin on account of 20."   Finally  he  said --"May God, please,  not grow  hot grow hot with  anger,  but  let me speak just this once  -- Suppose  10 are found there."   In turn he said -- "I shall not  bring  it to ruin on account  of the 10."    Then Jehovah went his way when   he finished speaking  to Abraham,  and Abraham returned to his place.       19    Now the 2  angels arrived at Sodom  by evening,  and Lot was  sitting  in the gate of Sodom.   When  Lot caught  sight  of them,  then  he got up to meet  them and bowed down  with his face to the earth.   And  he proceeded to say -- "Please,  now,  my  lords,  turn aside,  please,  into  to the house of your servant and stay overnight and have your feet washed.   Then you must  get up  early and  travel on your way."    To this they said -- "No, but in the public square   is where we  shall  stay overnight."    But  he  was  very insistent with them,  so that they  turned aside  to him and came into  his house.  Then  he made  a feast for them,  and  he  baked  unfermented cakes,  and they  went to eating.      Before  they  could  lie  down,  the men of the city, the men of Sodom,  surrounded the house,  from  boy to old man,  all the people in one mob.    And  they kept calling  out to Lot  and saying  to him -- "Where are the men who came in to you tonight? Bring them out to us  that we may have interc*urse  with them."   Finally   Lot went out to  the entrance,   but he shut  the door behind him.    Then he said -- "Please, my brothers, do not act badly.    Please, here  I have 2 daughters who never had intercourse (virgins) with a man.  Please,  let  me bring them  out to you.   Then  do to them  as is  good  in your eyes.    Only  to  these men do  not do a thing,   because that  is  why they have come  under my roof."       At this they said -- "Stand back there!"   And they  added -- "This lone man here to reside  as an  alien  and  yet he would  actually play the judge!     Now we  are going to  do worse to you than  to them."    And  they  came  pressing heavily in on the man,  on Lot,  and were  getting  near to  break  in  the door. So the men  thrusted  out their hands and brought Lot in  to them,  into the house,  and they  shut the door.     But  they struck with  blindness  the  men  who  were at the entrance of the  house,  from the least  to the greatest,  so  that they were  wearing themselves out trying to  find the entrance.    Then  the  men said to Lot -- "Do you have anyone else here?   Sons-in-law and your sons and your daughters and all who are  yours  in the city,  bring  out the place!    For we  are bringing this place to ruin,  because  the outcry against them  has grown  loud  before God,  so that Jehovah   sent us  to  bring city  to ruin."      Hence  Lot  went  on out and began  to speak to his sons-in-law  who  were to take his daughters and kept on  saying -- "Get up!    Get  out of  this place,  because  God  is bringing the  city to ruin!"      But in  the eyes of his sons-in-law  he seemed like  a man who was joking.     However,  when the dawn  ascended,  then the angels  became  urgent with Lot,  saying -- "Get  up!  Take  your wife and your  2  daughters  who are found 

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   here,  for fear  you may be swept away  in the error  of the city!"   When  he kept lingering,  then in  the  compassion  of God upon  him,  the  men seized hold of his hand and of the hand of his  wife and of the hands  of his  2 daughters and they proceeded to bring him out and to station  him outside the city.   And  it  came about that,  as soon as they  had  brought them  forth  to the  outskirts,  he began  to say -- "Escape for your soul!"    Do  not  look  behind you and do not stand still in all the District!   Escape  to the mountainous  region  for fear you may  be swept away!"   Then  Lot said to them -- "Not that,  please,  God!  Please,  now, your servant has found favor  in  your eyes,  so that you are magnifying your  loving kindness, which  you have exercised  with  me to preserve my soul alive,  but I - I  am not able  to escape  to the mountainous  region for fear  calamity  may  keep close to me and I certainly  die.   Please,  now,  this  city  is  nearby  to flee there and it  is a small thing.   May  I, please  escape  there -- is it not  a small thing? --  and my  soul  will live on."     So  he said to him  -- "Here  I do  show  you  consideration  to this  extent  also,  by my not overthrowing  the city  of  which you have spoken.    Hurry!   Escape  there,  because  I am  not able to do a thing  until  your arriving  there!"    That  is why he called the name of the city  Zoar.   The sun had gone forth over the  land when Lot  arrived  at Zoar.   Then God  made  it rain  sulphur and fire from  God,  from  the heavens, upon  Sodom and upon  Gomorrah.    So he went  ahead overthrowing these cities, even the entire District  and all the inhabitants  of the cities and the plants of the ground.    And  his wife  began to look around from behind  him,  and she  became  a  pillar of salt.      Now Abraham  made his way  early in the morning  to the  place where  he had stood  before God.  Then he  looked  down  toward  all the land of the  District and saw  a sight.   Why,  here  thick  smoke  ascended  from the  land  like the thick  smoke  of a kiln!  And it came about that when  God  brought  the cities of  District to ruin God kept  Abraham  in  mind  in  that  he took steps  to send  Lot  out of the midst  of the overthrow  when  overthrowing  the cities  among  which  Lot  had been dwelling.    Later  Lot went  up  from Zoar  and began  dwelling in  the mountainous  region,  and his  2  daughters  along  with him,  because  he got afraid  of dwelling  in  Zoar.   So  he began  dwelling  in  a cave, he and his  2  daughters.  And the 1st  born  proceeded  to say  to the younger  woman  --  "Our father is old and there  is not a man  in the land  to have relations  with us according  to  the way of the whole earth.   Come, let us  give father wine to drink  and let us lie down  with him and preserve offspring  from our father."   So they kept giving their father wine to drink during  that night --  then  the  1stborn   went  in and and lay  down  with our father,  but he did not know when she lay  down and when she got up.    And it came about  on  the next  day  that the  1stborn  then said to the younger  -- "Here  I  lay down with  my father  last night.    Let us give him  wine  to drink  tonight also.   Then  you go in,  lie down with him,  and let us  preserve   offspring from  our father."   So  they  repeatedly gave their  father wine  to drink  during  that 

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 night  also --  then  the younger  got up  and lay  down  with him, but  he did  not  know  when she lay down and she got up.     And  both the daughters of  Lot  became  pregnant from their own father.   in time  the 1stborn became  mother to a son   and called his name Moab,  to this day.    As  for the younger,  she  too gave birth  to a son  and  then  called  his name  Benammi.    He is  the  father of the sons of Ammon, to this day.         20   Now Abraham   moved camp  from there to  the land  of  the  Negeb and   took up dwelling between Kadesh and Shur and  residing  as  an alien at Gerar.   And  Abraham  repeated concerning   Sarah  his  wife -- ""She  is  my sister that  Abimelech  in  a dream  by  night and said  to  him -- "Here  you  are as  good  as  dead  because of the woman   whom  you  have  taken,  since she  is  owned by  another owner  as his wife."   However,  Abimelech  had  not  gone  near her.  Hence he said  -- "God,  will you  kill  a nation did not go near her, so he said to God, "Jehovah, will you kill a nation  that is really  righteous?      Did  not  say to me, 'She is my sister?'   and  she  --  did  not  too  say,   'He is  my brother'?  In  the honesty  of my heart  and with  innocency  of my hands I have done this."   At that the  true God  said to him  in  the dream -- "I too  have  known  that  in  the honesty  of  your  heart you have done this,  and I was also  holding you back from sinning against me.   That  is why I did not allow you to touch her.     But  now return the man's wife,   for he  is  a prophet,  and  he will make  supplication (beg, entreaty, plea) for you.   So  keep  living.    But  if you  are not  returning her,  know that you will positively  die,  you  and all who  are yours."  So  Abimelech   got up  early  in the morning  and  proceeded  to  call all his  servants  and  to speak  of all these things  in their ears.   And  the  men  got  very much  afraid.   Then  Abimelech  called  Abraham and said to him  -- "What have you done to us,  and what  sin  have  I  committed  against you,  in  that you  have brought upon me and my kingdom, a great sin?    Deeds  that should  not have been done  you have done in  connection with me."   And Abimelech  went on to say  to Abraham --  "What did you  have  in view  in  that you  have done this thing?"   To  this  Abraham  said -- "It  was because  I said to myself,   'Doubtless  there is no  fear of God  in this place,  and they will certainly will kill  me because of my wife."     And  besides,  she is truly  my sister,  the daughter of my father -- only  not the daughter of my mother,  and she became my wife.    Adn it came about  that,  when  God caused me to wander  from the house of my father,  then  I said to her,  'This is your loving kindness  which  you  may  exercise  toward me --  At  every  place  where we shall  come  say  of me  -- "He is my brother."'"   Following  that  Abimelech  took  sheep and cattle and menservants  and maidservants  and gave them to Abraham  and returned  to him  Sarah  his wife.   Further  Abimelech  said -- "Here my land is available to you.   Dwell  where  good in  your eyes."     And to Sarah  he said -- "Here I  do give a 1,000 silver pieces of money to your brother.    Here it is for you a covering  of the eyes to all who  are  with you,  and before everybody,  and you  are cleared  of  reproach."    And Abraham   began to  make supplication  to the  true God -- and God  proceeded to heal   Abimelech  and  his  wife and his slave girl,   and they 

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  began  bearing children.   For  God  had tightly shut up every womb of  the house of  Abimelech  because of Sarah,   Abraham's wife.          21   And  Lord turned his attention  to Sarah  just as he said,  and  God now did to Sarah  just as he had spoken.   And  Sarah became pregnant and then bore  a son  to Abraham  in  his old age at the appointed  time of which  God had spoken of him.    According  Abraham  called the name of his son who had been borne  to him,  Isaac.   And  Abraham proceeded to  circumcise  Isaac  his son when  8 days old,  just as God had commanded him.    And Abraham  was a 100 years old when Isaac  his son was born to him.  Then Sarah  said -- "God has prepared a laughter for me -- everybody  hearing of it  will laugh at me."     And  she added --  "Who would have  uttered to Abraham,  'Sarah  will certainly  suckle (nurse) children,'  whereas  I have given  birth   to a son  in his old age!"      Now  the child kept growing and  came to be weaned -- And Abraham then  prepared  a big feast  on the day of Isaac's  being weaned.  And  Sarah kept noticing the  son of Hagar  the Egyptian,  whom she  had borne  to Abraham,  poking him.   So  she began  to say to  Abraham,  poking fun.  So she began  to say to Abraham -- "Drive  out his slave girl and her son, for the son  this slave girl  and  her son,  with Isaac!"   But the thing proved to be  very displeasing  to Abraham  as regards his son.     Then  God said to Abraham -- "Do  not let anything  that  Sarah  keeps  saying  to you be displeasing  to you about the boy and  about  the slave girl.   Listen  to her voice,  because it is by means of Isaac that what will be  called your seed will be.    And  as for the son  of the slave girl, I shall also  constitute a nation, because  he  is your offspring."    So  Abraham got up early in the morning and took bread and skin water bottle and  gave it to Hagar, set it  upon her shoulder, and the child, and then dismissed  her.  And she went her way  and  wandered about  in the wilderness  of Beersheba.  Finally the water  became exhausted    in  the skin bottle and she threw  the child  under the one of  bushes. Then she  went on  and sat down by herself, about the distance  of a bowshot  away, because she said -- "Let me not see  it  when  the child dies."    So  she sat down  at a distance and began to raise her voice and  weep.     At that God  heard the voice of  the boy,  and God's angel called  to Hagar  out of the heavens and said to her, "What is the matter with you,  Hagar?    Do  not  be afraid,  because God has listened to the  voice  of the boy there where he is.    Get up, lift  up the boy  and take  hold of him  with your hand, because I shall  constitute him  a  great nation."      Then  God opened  her  eyes so  that she caught sight  of a  well of water -- and she went  and began to fill the skin bottle with water and give the boy a drink.     And God continued to be with the boy,  and he kept growing  and dwelling in  the wilderness --  and he became an archer.    And he  took up  dwelling in the wilderness of Paran,   and his  mother proceeded to take a wife for him  from the land of Egypt.     Now  it  came about that time, Abimelech together with Phicol  the chief of his army said to Abraham -- "God is with you in everything  you are doing.     So now swear to me  here  by  

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 God that you will not prove false  to me and  to my offspring and to my posterity (future generations) -- that, according to loyal love with  which I have dealt  with you, you will  deal with  me  and with  the  land  in which  you have been residing  as an alien."   So   Abraham said -- "I shall swear."   When Abraham criticized Abimelech severely  as regards the well of water that  the servants of Abimelech  had seized  by violence,  then Abimelech  said -- "I  do  not know  who did this thing, neither did you or yourself  tell it to  me,  and  I myself  have not heard of it  except today."   With  that Abraham took sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech,  and both of them proceeded to conclude a  covenant.   When Abraham  set  7  female  lambs  of the flock by themselves,  Abimelech  went on to say to Abraham -- "What  is the meaning here of these 7  female  lambs that you have set by themselves?"    Then  he said  --  "You are to accept the  7  females lambs at  my hand,  that it  may  serve as  witness for me that I have dug this well."    That  is why he called that place Beersheba, because there  both of them  had taken an oath.     So   they  concluded  a covenant at Beersheba,  after  which Abimelech   got up together with Philcol the chief of his army  returned to  the land of the Philistines.     After  that he planted  a tamarsik  tree  at Beersheba and  called there upon the name of God/Lord  the indefinite lasting  God.   And Abraham  extended  his  residence as an  alien  in the land of  the Philistines many days.       22    Now after these things  it came about that the true God put Abraham to the test.   Accordingly he said to him-- "Abraham!"  to  which  he said -- "Here I am."      And he went  on to say -- "Take, please, your son,  your  only son whom you so love,  Isaac,  and make a trip to  land  of  Moriah and  there offer him  up  as  a burnt offering on one of the mountains  that I shall  designate to you."     So Abraham got up early in the morning and saddled his  ass  and took 2  of his attendants  with him  and Isaac his son --  and  he split the wood for burnt offering.   Then  he rose and went on the trip to the  place that the true God designated  to him.    It was 1st  on the 3rd day  that Abraham  raised  his eyes and began to see the place from a distance.   Abraham  now  said  to his  2 attendants  --  "You  stay  here with the ass,  but  I and  the boy want  to go on there and worship and return to you."    After that   Abraham  took the wood  of the burnt offering and put in on  Isaac  his son  and took  in  his hands  the fire and slaughtering  knife,  and both of them went on together.   And Isaac began to say  to Abraham  his father --  "My father!"    In return  he said -- "Here I am, my son!"    So  he continued -- "Here are the fire and the wood,  but  where  is  the sheep  for the burnt offering?"    To  this Abraham  said -- "God will provide  himself  the sheep for the burnt offering, my son."    And both of them walked together.      Finally they reached  the place that  the true  God had  designated to him, and Abraham built an altar there and set the wood  in order  and bound  Isaac his son  hand  and foot and  put him upon the altar on top of the wood.    Then Abraham put out his hand and took  the slaughtering knife  to kill his son.    But Jehovah's angels calling  to him out of the  

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 heavens and saying --"Abraham, Abraham!"   to which he answered --  

"Here I am!"  And  he went on to say  --"Do  not put out your hands against the boy  and do not do anything at all to him,  for now I do know that you are God-fearing  in that you have not withheld your son, your only one,   from me."   At  that Abraham  raised his eyes and looked and there, deep in the foreground  was ram caught by its horns in a thicket.   So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering in place of his son.  And  Abraham  began to call the name of that place Jehovahjireh.   This  is  why it is  customarily said today -- "In the mountain of Jehovah it will be provided."     And  

Jehovah's Angel proceeded to call  to Abraham   the 2nd  time out of the heavens and to say -- "'By myself I do swear,'   is the utterance  of God, that by the reason of the fact that you have done this thing, you have not withheld your son, your only one.    I shall surely bless you and shall  certainly multiply your offspringas many as stars in the sky and sands on  the shore and your  seed like the stars  of the heavens and like the grains of sand  that are on the seashore --  and your seed will  take possession of the  gate of  his enemies.     And by means  of your seed all nations  of the earth will certainly  bless themselves  due to the fact that you have listened to my  voice.'"   After that Abraham  returned to his  attendants,  and they  got up  and went their way  together to  Beersheba --  and Abraham continued to  dwell  at Beersheba.   Now it came about after these things that the report got through to Abraham -- "Here Milcah herself has also borne sons to  

Nahor  your brother -- Uz  his 1st born and  Buz his  brother and Kemuel  the father of Aram, and Chesed and Hazo  and Pildash  and  Jidlaph and  Bethuel."   And  Bethuel became father  of Rebekah.   These  8   Milcah bore to Nahor the brother of Abraham.      There was  his concubine too, whose name was Reumah.   In time she hersefl also  gave birth to Tebah and   Gaham and Tahash and Maacah.      23   And Sarah's  life got  to be a 127 years  long.   They were the years  of Sarah's life.   So  Sarah died in  Kiriatharba, that is to say,  He'bron,  in the land of Canaan,  and Abraham came in  to bewail Sarah  and to weep over her.   Then Abraham got up  from  before his dead and proceeded to  speak to the sons of Heth, saying -- "An alien resident and settler I am among you.  Give me the possession  of a  burial place among you that I may bury my dead out of my sight."     At this the sons of Heth  answered Abraham, saying to him-- "Hear us, my lord,  a chieftain of  God you are in the midst of us.   In  the choicest of our burial places bury your dead.   None  of us will  hold back his burial place from  you to prevent burying your dead."     Thereupon  Abraham got up and bowed down  to the natives,  to the sons of Heth,  and spoke with them,  saying -- "If  your souls agree to bury my dead out of my sight, listen to me and  urge Ephron the son of  Zohar  for me,  that  he may give me the cave of Machpelah,  which is his,  which is at the extremity of his field.  For the full amount of silver  let him give it to me in the midst of you for the possession  of a burial place."  As it was, Ephron  was sitting among the sons of Heth.  So  Ephron the Hittite answered  Abraham  in  the hearing of  the   

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sons of Heth  with all  those entering the gate of his city, saying --"No,   my lord!  Listen to me.  The field  I do give to  you, and the cave  that is  in it to you  I do give it.  Before  the eyes of the sons of my people  I do  give it to you.   Bury your dead."    At that Abraham  bowed down before the natives,  and spoke to Ephron  in the hearing of the natives,  saying -- "Only if you --  no, listen to me!  I will give  you the amount  of silver for the field.   Take it from  me,  that I  may bury my dead there."     Then  Ephron answered  Abraham, saying to him -- "My lord, listen to me.    A  land plot worth 400 shekels, what is that between me and you?   So bury your dead."  Accordingly Abraham listened to Ephron and Abraham weighed out to Ephron  the amount of silver that he had spoken in the hearing of the sons of Heth,   400  silver  shekels  current with the merchants.    Thus the field of Ephron that was Machpelah,  which  is in  front of Mamre, the field and  the cave that was  in it  and  all the trees  that were in the field, which  were within all its boundaries round  about, became  confirmed  to Abraham  as his purchased  property  before the eyes of the sons  of Heth among  all those entering the gate of his city.    And after that  Abraham  buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of   Machpelah in front of Mamre,  that is to say, Hebron, in the land of  Canaaan.   Thus  the field and the cave that was in it became  confirmed to  Abraham for the possession  of  a  burial place at the hands of the sons  of  Heth.       24   Now Abraham was old, advanced in years --  and Jehovah/Lord had blessed him in everything.     Hence  Abraham said to his  servant, oldest one  of his  household,  who was managing all he had --  "Put  your hand, please, under my thigh,  as I must have you  swear  by God, the Lord of the heavens and  the God of the earth,  that you will not take  a wife  for my son from the  daughters of the Canaanites in among  whom I  am dwelling,  but you will go to my country  and to my relatives,  and  you will certainly  take a wife for my son, for Isaac."   However, the servant said to him -- "What  if the woman  does  not wish  to  come with me to this  land?   Must I  be sure to return  your son to the land  from  where  you   went out?"  At this Abraham  said to him --  "Be on your guard that you do  not return my son there.  God  the Lord  of the heavens,  who took me from my  father's  house  and from the land of my relatives and who  spoke  to me  and who swore to me, saying -- 'To  your seed I am  going to give this land,'  he will send his angel  ahead of you, and you will certainly  take a  wife for  my son from there.     But  if the woman should not wish  to come with you,  you also will have becomeis free from this oath  you gave me.  Only you must not return my son there.'"   With that the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him concerning  this matter.     So the  servant took 10 camels  from  the the camels of his master and  proceeded to go with every sort of good thing of  his master's  in his hand.   Then he rose and  got on his way to Mesopotamia  to the city of Nahor.     Eventually, he had the camels kneel down outside the city at  a  well  of water about evening  time, about the time  that the women who  draw water  were accustomed  to go out.     And      

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he went on to say -- "God the Lord of my master Abraham, cause it to happen, please, before me this day and perform loving kindness with my master Abraham. Here I am stationed at a fountain of water, and the  daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water.  What must occur is that the young woman to whom I shall say -- 'Let water jar down, please, that I may take a drink,' and who will indeed say -- 'Take a drink,  and I shall also water your camels' this is the one you must assign to your servant, to Isaac -- and by this let me know that you have performed loyal love with my master." Well, it came about that before he had finished speaking, why, here coming out was Rebekah, who had been born to Bethuel the son of Milcah the wife Nahor,  Abraham's brother.   And her water jar was upon her shoulder.  Now the young woman was very attractive in appearance, a virgin, and no man had se*ual interc*urse  with her --  and  she made her way down to  fill  her water jar  and then came up.   At once the servant ran to meet her and said -- "Give  me,  please, a  little sip of  water from your jar."   In turn she said -- "Drink,  my lord."   With  that  she quickly lowered her jar  upon her hand and gave him a drink.     When she was finished giving him a drink,  then she said --  "For your camels too  I  shall draw water  until they are  done drinking."    So she quickly emptied her jar into a trough and ran  yet again and again to the well to draw water,  and kept drawing for all of his camels.    All the while the man gazing at  her in wonder,  keeping silent to know whether  God had made his trip  successful or not.    Consequently  it came about that, when the camels had  finished drinking,   then  the man took a gold nose ring of  1/2 shekel in  weight and  2 bracelets for her hands,  10 shekels of gold was their  weight,  and  he went on to say -- "Whose daughter are you?    Tell me, please.    Is  there any  room at the house of your father  for us  to spend the night?"   At that she  said  to him  -- "I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Mil'cah, whom  she bore him to Na'hor."     And she said further to him -- "There is both straw and much fodder  with us, also a place to spend the night."   And the man proceeded to bow down and prostrate (lay face down on the ground his arms stretched out by his sides) before God and say --  "Blessed be Jehovah  the God of my master Abraham, who has not left loving-kindness and  his  trustworthiness toward my master.    I being on the way,  God has led me to  the house of the brothers of my master."  And young woman  went running and telling the  household  of her mother about  these things.    Now Rebekah had a brother and his  name was  Laban.  So  Laban  went running to the man who was outside at the fountain.    And it came about that on seeing  the nose ring and the bracelets  on the hands of sister and on hearing the words of Rebekah his sister saying-- "This  was the way the man spoke to me,"   then he came to the man  and there he was, standing by the camels  at the fountain.  At once  he said --"Come, you  blessed one of God.  Why  do you keep standing out here,   when I myself  had  made the house ready and room for the camels?"     With that the man came  on into the house,  and he went  unharnessed the camels and giving   straw and fodder  to the camels and water   

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 to wash his feet  and the feet of men who were with him.     Then  something to eat was set before  him, but he he said -- "I  shall not eat until I have spoken about my matters."   Hence  he said -- "Speak!"    Then he went on to say -- "I am Abraham's servant.   And God has  blessed  my master very much in that  he goes  on making him greater and  giving him  sheep and cattle and silver and gold and menservants adn maidservants and  camels and  asses.    Further,  Sarah the wife of my master bore  a son to my master after her growing old -- and he will give him everything he has.  So my master made  me  swear,  saying -- 'You must not take  a wife for my   son from the daughters of  the Canaanites  in whose land I am dwelling.  No,  but you will go to the house of my father and to my family  and you must take a wife for my son.'   But  I  said to my master, 'What if  the woman will not  come with me?'   Then he said to me -- 'Jehovah, before whom I have walked, will  send his angel with you  and  wll certainly  give  success to your way  --  and you must take a wife for my son  from my family  and from the house of my  father.  At that time you will be cleared of  obligation  to me by  oath when you get to my  family,  and if  they will  not give her to you, then you shall become  free of  obligation  to me by oath.'    "When  I got to the fountain today, then I said -- 'God the Jehovah of my master Abraham,  if you  are really giving success to my way  on which  I am going,  here I am stationed at a fountatin  of water.  What must occur is that the maiden  coming out to  draw water to whom I shall actually say -- "Please, let  me drink a little water from your  jar.'     and who will indeed say to  me -- "Both you take a drink, and  I shall  also draw water for your camels,'  she is the woman  whom  God has  assigned for the son of my master.'   "Before  I was   finished speaking in my heart, why,  there was  Rebekah  coming out,  with her jar upon her  shoulder --  and she made her way down to the  fountain and began to draw water.  Then  I said to her -- 'Give me a drink, please.'   So she  quickly  lowered her jar from off her and said -- 'Take a drink, and I shall also water your camels.'  Then  I took  a drink, and she also  watered  the camels.  After  that I asked her and said -- 'Whose daughter are you?' to which she said --  'The daughter of Bethuel, the son of Nahor,  whom Milcah bore to him.'   Accordingly  I put  the nose ring on her nostril and bracelets on her  hands.  And  I  proceeded  to bow down and prostrate  myself   before  God and bless God the Lord of my master Abraham,  who had  led me to  in the true way  to take  the daughter of the brother of my master for his son.    And  now  if you are  actually exercising loving-kindness and trustworthiness  toward  my master, tell me, but if not,  tell me, that I  turn to the right hand   or to the left ."   Then  Laban  and Bethuel   answered  and said --"From  God  this thing has  issued.  We  are unable to speak  bad or good to you.   Here is Rebekah  before you.  Take her and go, and  let become a wife  to the son  of your master,  just as God has spoken."    And  it came about that when  Abraham's  servant had heared their  words,  he at once prostrated himself on the earth  before God.   And   the servant  began  to bring  out articles of   silver and articles of gold and garments and  to give  them to  Rebekah -- and he gave

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   choice things  to  her brother  and her mother.  After that they ate and  drank,  he and the  men who were  with  him,  and they spent  the night there and got up in the morning.    Then he said -- "Send me  off to my  master."      To  this her brother and her mother said -- "Let the young  woman stay with us  at least 10 days.  Afterward  she can go"     But he  said to  them -- "Do  not  detain me.  seeing that  God has given success  to my way.  Send me off,  that  I may go  to my master."      So they said --"Let us  call the young woman and inquire at  her mouth."    Then  they called Rebekah  and said  to her -- "Will  you go with this man?"   In turn she said -- "I am willing to  go."       At that  they sent off Rebekah  their sister   and her nurse and  Abrahm's servant and his men.     And  they  began to bless Rebekah   and say to her --"O  you, our sister, may you be blessed 1,000 Xamd 10,000  and let  your seed  take  possession  of the  gate of those  who hate it."     After that  Rebekah and  her lady attendants  rose and they went riding on the camels  and  following the man -- and  the servant took Rebekah and got on their  way.       Now Isaac  had  come from the way  that  goes to Beerlahairoi,   for  he was  dwelling in the land of Negeb.   And Isaac was out walking   in order to  meditate in  the field at about the falling  of evening.   When  he  raised  his eyes  and looked,  why, there  camels were   coming!     When Rebekah  raised her eyes,  she caught sight of  Isaac and she  swung herself down from off the camel.   Then  she said  to the servant -- "Who is that man there walking in the field to meet us?"   and the  servant   said -- "It is  my master."   And  she proceeded to take a headcloth and to  cover herself.     And the servant  went  relating  to Isaac  all the things he had  done.   After  that Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah, his mother.    Thus he took  Rebekah  and  she  became his wife --  and he fell in love with her,  and  Isaac found comfort after the loss of his mother.       25   Furthermore,   Abraham  again  took a wife, her name was Keturah.    In time she gave birth to Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.   And   Jokshan became father to Sheba and Dedan.     And the sons of Dedan became  Asshurim, Letushim, Leummim.     And  the sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida and Eldaah.      All these were the sons of Keturah.   Later  on  Abraham gave everything he had to Isaac, but to the sons of  concubines  that  Abraham had Abraham  gave gifts.     Then he sent  them away from Isaac his son, while he was still alive,  eastward,  to the land of the East.    And these are the days  of the years  of Abraham's  life which he lived, 175 years.    Then Abraham expired and  died  in good old age,   old and satisfied,  and was gathered to his people.   So Isaac and Ishmael  his  sons  buried him in the cave of Machpelah in the field of Ephron the son of  Zohar the Hittite that is in front of Mamre, the field that  Abaham  had  purchased  from sons of Heth.    There Abraham was buried,  and also Sarah his wife.    And it developed that after Abraham's death  God   continued  to  bless Isaac his son, and Isaac 

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   was  dwelling  close by Beerlahairoi.    And  this  is the history of Ishmael   

the son  of Abraham  whom  Hagar  the Egyptian the  maidservant of Sarah   

bore to  Abraham.    Now these are the names of the sons of  Ishmael,  by their names, according  ot their  family  origins -- Ishmael's  1st  born Nebaioth  and Kedar and Adbeel and Mibsam  and Mishma  and Dumah  and  Massa,  Hadad and Tema,  Jetur,  Naphish and Kedemah.   These  are  the sons  of Ishmael, and these are the their names  by their courtyards and by their walled camps --  12  chieftains  according  to their  clans.  And   these are the years of Ishmael's life,  a 137 years.  Then he  expired  and died and was  gathered  to his people.  And  they took up  tabernacling from  Havilah near Shur,  which is in front of Egypt,  as  far as Assyria.  In front of all his brothers  he settled down.  And this is the history  of Isaac the son of Abraham.   Abraham became father to Isaac.   And Isaac  happened to be  40 years old  at  his taking Rebekah  the  daughter  of Bethuel  the Syrian of   Paddana'ram,   the sister of Laban the Syrian, as his wife.    And  Isaac kept on entreating  Jehovah  especially for his wife,  because she was barren, so Jehovah  let  himself be entreated  for him, and  Rebekah  his wife  became pregnant.    And the sons within her began to  struggle   with each other, so   that she said -- "If  this is the way it is, just  why am I alive?"    With  that she  went to inquire of Jehovah.    And  God proceeded to say  to her -- "2  nations are in your belly,   and 2 national groups will be separated  from  your  inward  parts --  and the  one national group will be stronger than the other  national group, and the older  will serve the younger."    Gradually  her days came   to the full for giving birth, and,  look!  twins were in her belly.    Then  the 1st  came out red  all  over like an official garment of hair -- so  they  called his  name Esau.     And  after that his  brother  came out and  his hand was holding onto the heel of Esau, so  he  called  his  name Jacob.   And  Isaac was  60 years  old  at her  giving them  birth.   And  the boys  got bigger,  and Esau became a  man knowing  how  to hunt,  a  man of the field, but Jacob  a blameless  man,  dwelling  in tents.    And   Isaac  had   love for Esau, because it meant  game in his  mouth,  whereas Rebekah  was  lover  of  Jacob.   Once Jacob was  boiling  up some stew,  when Esau  came along  from the field and he was tired.    So  Esau said to Jacob -- "Quick,  please,  give me   a swallow  of the red -- the red there, for I am tired!"  That i is why  his name  was  called Edom.    To  this Jacob said -- "Sell me, 1st of all,  your rights as the 1stborn!"   And Esau continued -- "Here I am simply  going to die,  and  of what benefit to me is a birthright?"   And  Jacob added -- "Swear to  me  1st  of all!"   And  he proceeded to swear to him and   

to sell  his  right  as  right  as 1stborn   to Jacob.   And Jacob gave Esau  bread  

and lentil stew,  and he  went  eating and drinking.   Then he got up and  

went  his way.    So Esau   despised the birthright.       26     Now there arose a famine in the land,  besides   the 1st famine that occurred  in the days  of Abraham,  so that Isaac directed  himself  to  Abimelech,

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    king  of the Philistines,  to Gerar.   Then God appeared  to him  and said -- "Do  not go down to Egypt.   Tabernacle in the land that I designated to you.  Reside as an alien  in this land,  and I shall continue with you and bless you, because to you and to your seed I shall give all these lands,   I  will carry out the sworn statement  which I swore to  Abraham  your father -- 'And multiply your seed like the stars  of the  heavens  and  I will  give to your seed all these lands -- and by means your  seed  all nations  of the earth  will certainly  bless themselves.'   due to the fact that  Abraham  listened to my voice and continued  to keep  his obligations to me, my commands, my  statutes, and my laws."   So Isaac went on dwelling in  Gerar.   Well,  the men of the place  kept asking with respect to his wife,  and  he would say-- "She is my sister"   For he was afraid to say "My wife"  for  fear that,  to quote him -- "the men of the place should kill me because  of Rebekah,"  because she was attractive in appearance.    So it came about that as his days  there extended  themselves Abimelech,  king of the Philistines,  was  looking out  the window and  taking in the sight,  and there was  Isaac having a good time with Rebekah.   At once Abimelech called Isaac and said, "Why, she is no  other than your wife!    So how  is it you said -- "She is my sister?" At  that Isaac said to him -- "I  said  it for fear I should die on her account."  But  Abimelch continued -- "What is this you have  done to us?  A little more and certainly one of the people would have lain down with your wife, and you would have brought  guilt upon  us!"  Then Abimelech commanded  all the people,  saying -- "Anybody  touching  this  man and his wife will surely be put to death!"   After  Isaac began to sow  seed in that land, and in that year  he was getting  up to a 100 measures to one,  as  God  blessed him.   Consequently the man became great  and went on advancing  more and more and growing  greater until  he got to very  great.   And he came to have flocks of sheep and herds of cattle and  a large body of servants,  so that the Philistines began to envy him.    As for the wells that the servants of his father  had dug in the days of Abraham his father,  these  the Philistines  stopped up and they would  fill them  with dry earth.   Finally Abimelech said to Isaac -- "Move  from our neighborhood,  because you have grown  far stronger than we are."   So Isaac moved from there and encamped in the torrent valley of Gerar  and took up dwelling  there.    And Isaac proceeded to dig  again the wells of water  that  they had dug  in the days of  Abraham  his father but which the Philistines  went  stopping  up after Abraham's  death. -- and he resumed calling their names  by the names that his  father had called them.    And  the servants  of Isaac went  on digging  in the torrent valley and so they found  there a well of  fresh water.   But the shepherds of Gerar  fell to quarreling  with shepherds of  Isaac,  saying -- "The water is ours!"    Hence he called name of the well Esek, because they contended with him.  And  they went digging another well, and they fell to quarreling over it also.   Hence he called  its name Sitnah.  Later he moved away from there and dug another well, but they did not quarrel over it.   Hence  he called its name  Rehoboth and said -- "It  

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  is because now  God has given us ample room and has made us fruitful in the earth." Then he went up from there Beersheba.    And God proceeded to appear to him during that night and to say -- "I am the God of Abraham your father.   Do not be afraid, because I am with you  and  will bless you and multiply your seed on account of Abraham my servant."   Accordingly he built an altar there and called on the name of God and pitched his tent there and the servants of Isaac went excavating a well there.   Later on Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his confidential friend and Phicol the chief of his army.    At this Isaac said to them -- "Why have you come to me, seeing that you yourselves hated me  and so sent me away from your neighborhood?"   To this they said -- "We have unmistakably  seen that God has proved to be with you.   Hence we said -- 'Let, please, an oath of obligation occur between us, between us  and you, and let us conclude a covenant with you, that you will do  nothing  bad toward us  just as  we have not touched you and just as we have done only good toward you in that we sent you away in peace.   You   are now the blessed of  God.'"   Then he made a feast for them and they ate and drank.   Next morning they were early in rising and they made sworn statements one to other.   After that Isaac sent them away and they went from him in peace.    Now on that day it occurred that the servants of Isaac proceeded to come and reported to him regarding the well that they had dug, and to say to him -- "We have found water!"   Hence he called its name Shibah.    That is why the name of the city is Beersheba, down to this day.   And Esau grew to be 40 years old.   Then  he took as wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite and also Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.    And they were source of bitterness of spirit to Isaac and Rebekah.        27   Now  it came about that when Isaac was old and  his eyes were too dim to see  he  then called Esau his older son and said to him -- "My son!"  at which  he said to him -- "Here  I am!"  And  he went on to say -- "Here, now,  I have become old.  I  do not  know  the day of my death.   So  at this time  take,  please, your implements, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt some venison (deer) for me.    Then make me a tasty dish such as I am fond  of and bring it to me and, ah, let me eat,  in order that my  soul  may bless you before I die."    However, Rebekah was listening while Isaac spoke to E'sau his son.  And Esau went out into the field to hunt game and bring it in.   And Rebekah said to Jacob her son -- "Here I just heard your father speaking  to Esau  your brother, saying -- "Bring me some game and make me  a tasty  dish and, ah, let me eat,  that I may bless you before God before my death.   And now,  my son, listen to my  voice in what I am commanding you.   Go,  please,  to the herd  and get me from there  2 kids of the goats,  good ones,  that I may make  them  up into a tasty  dish  for your father  such as he is fond of.   Then you must bring it  to your father and he must eat it,  in order that he may bless you before his death."   And  Jacob  proceeded to say to Rebekah  his mother -- 

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 "But Esau my brother is a hairy  man  and I am a smooth man.   What if  my father  feels me?  Then  I shall certainly became  in his eyes like one making a mockery,  and I shall certainly bring  upon  myself  a malediction  and not a blessing."    At this his mother said to him -- "Upon  me be the malediction meant for you, my son.  Only listen  to my voice and go, get them for me."    Accordingly he went and got  them and brought them to his mother,  and his mother made a tasty dish  such  as his father was fond of.   After that  Rebekah took garments of Esau  her older son,  the most desirable ones which  were with  her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son.   And  the skins of the kids of the goats  she put upon his hands and  upon the hairless part of his neck.  Then  she gave the tasty  dish  and the bread that she had made into the hand of Jacob her son.   So  he went on in  to his father and said -- "My father!"  to which he said -- "Here I am!  Who are you, my son?"  And  Jacob went on to say to his father -- "I am Esau your 1stborn.   I  have done just as you have spoken  to me.   Raise yourself up,  please.  Sit down  and eat some of my  game,  in order  that your soul  may bless me."   At that Isaac said to his son -- "How  is it that you have been so quick in finding it, my son?"  In turn  he said -- "Because your God caused it to meet up with me."   Then  Isaac said to Jacob  -- "Come near, please,  that I may  feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not."   So Jacob  came near to  Isaac  his father, and he went feeling him, after  which  he said -- "The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are  the hands of Esau."  And he did not recognize him, because his hands  proved to be hairy like the hands of Esau, his brother.  Hence he  blessed him.  After that he said -- "You are really my son Esau?"   to which he said -- "I am."   Then Isaac said --  "Bring  it  near to me so I may eat some of  the game of my son,  to the end that my soul may bless you."  with that he brought it near to him and he began to eat,  and he brought him wine, and he began to drink.   Then Isaac  his father said to him -- "Come near, please, and  kiss me, my son."   So he came near and kissed him,  and he could smell  the scent of his  garments.   And  he  proceeded to bless him and to say -- "See, the  scent of my son is like the scent of the field which God blessed and may  the true  God give you the dews of the heaven and the fertile  soils of the earth and an abundance of grain and new wine.  Let people serve you and let national groups bow  low to you.  Become master over your brothers,  and  let the sons of your mother in law bow low to you.  Cursed  be each one  of those cursing you, and blessed  be each one of those blessing  you."    Now it came  about as soon  as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, yes, it indeed came about  when  Jacob had barely come out from  before the face of Isaac his father,  that Esau  his brother came back from  his hunting.    And  he too went about making a tasty dish.  Then he brought it to his father and said to his father -- "Let my father  get up and eat some of his son's  game, in order that your soul  may  bless  me."   At this Isaac his father siad to him -- "Who are you?"   to which he said -- "I am your son,  your 1stborn,  Esau."    And Isaac began to shake with  a great trembling  in  extreme  measure,  

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  and so he said -- "Who, then, was it that hunted for game and came bringing  it to  me,  so that  I  ate of everything  before you could  come in and I blessed him?   Blessed too he will become!"     On  hearing his father's  words  Esau began  to cry out in an extremely loud  and bitter manner  and to say  to his  father -- "Bless me, even  me too,  my  father!"    But he went on  to say -- "Your  brother came with  deception that he might get the blessing  meant for you."   At  this he said -- "Is  that not why  his name  is called Jacob,  in that he  should  supplant me these 2 times?    My birthright he has already taken,  and here at this  time he has taken my blessing!"    Then  he added -- "Have  you not  reserved  a blessing  for me?"     But in answer to Esau Isaac  continued -- "Here I have appointed  him  master over you, and all his brothers I have given  to him  as servants,  and grain  and new wine I have bestowed  for his  support, and where is there anything  I can do for you,  my son?"   Then Esau  said to his father -- "Is  there just  one blessing  that you have,  my  father?  Bless me,  even me too,  my  father!"   With  that Esau raised his voice and burst into tears.   So  in  answer Isaac  his father  said to him-- "Behold,  away  from  the fertile soils of the earth  your dwelling  will be found,  and away from the dew of the heavens  above.   And  by your sword you will live,  and your  brother restless,  you will indeed break  his yoke  off your neck."     However,  Esau  harbored  animosity  for Jacob  on account of the blessing with which his father had blessed him,  and Esau  kept saying in his heart --  "The  days of the period of mourning for my father  are getting closer.   After that  I am  going  to kill Jacob my brother."    When the words of Esau her older son  were told to Rebekah,  she at once sent  and called Jacob her younger son  and said  to him -- "Look!  Esau your brother is comforting himself in regard to  you -- to kill you.   Now, then, my son,  listen to my voice and get up,  run  away to Laban my  brother  at Haran.   And you  must  dwell with  him  for some  days until  the rage of your brother calms down,  until  the anger of your brother  turns  away from you and he has forgotten  what you done to him.   And I shall certainly send and get you from there.  Why  should  I bereaved  also  of both  of you in one day?"    After  that  Rebekah kept saying to Isaac -- "I have  come to abhor  this life  of mine  because of the daughters of Heth.  If Jacob ever takes  a wife from the daughters of Heth like these from the daughters of the land, of what good is life to me?"        28    Consequently Isaac called  Jacob and blessed him  and commanded him and said to him -- "You must not take a wife from  the daughters of Canaan.    Get up  go to  Paddanaram to the house of Bethuel   the father of your  mother and from  there  take yourself  a wife   from the daughters of Laban the brother  of your mother.    And  God Almighty will bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and  you will certainly  become a  congregation  of peoples.    And he will  give  to you the blessing of Abraham,  to  you and to your seed with  you,  that you may take possession  of the land of your alien  residences,  which  God has given  to Abraham."

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   So Isaac sent Jacob away, and he struck out for  Paddanaram,   for Laban the son of Bethuel, the Syrian, brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau. When Esau  saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had  sent him away to Paddanaram to take from there a  wife for himself,  and that when  he blessed  him  he laid command upon him, saying -- "Do  not take a wife from  the daughters of  Canaan" --  and that  Jacob was obeying his father and mother and was on his way to Paddanaram  -- Then E'sau saw that  the daughters of Canaan were displeasing in the eyes of Isaac his father.    Hence  Esau went to Ishmael  and took as  wife Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael the son of Abraham,  the sister of Nebaioth, besides his other wives.   And Jacob continued his way out from Beersheba and kept going to Haran.      In time he came  across a place and set about spending  there because the un had set.  So he took  one of the stones of the place and set it as his head supporter  and lay down  in that place.    And he began to dream  and, look!   there was a ladder stationed  upon the earth and its top  reaching up to the heavens,and, look!    there were  God's angels  ascending and descending  on it.   And look!  there was  God stationed above it,  and he proceeded  to say --"I am Jehovah the  God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac.   The land  upon which you are lying , to you I am  going to give  it  and to your  seed.   And your seed  will certainly  become  the dust particles  of the earth,  and you will certainly spread abroad  to the west, to the east and  to the north and to the south,  and by means of you and by means of your  seed all the families of the ground will certainly bless themselves.  And here  I am with you and I will keep you in  all the way  you are going and I return you to this ground, because I am not going to leave you until  I have actually done what I spoken  to you."    Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said - "Truly Jehovah is in this place, but I myself didn't know it."    And  he grew fearful and added -- "How fear inspiring his place is fear inspiring  this place is!   This  is nothing else  but the house  of God and this is the gate of heavens."    So  Jacob got up early in the morning and took the stone  that was  there as his  head supporter  and set it up as a pillar and  poured  oil  on the top of it.     Further, he called the  name of that place Bethel -- but the fact is,  Luz was city's name  formerly.    And  Jacob  went  on to vow a vow,  saying -- "If God will  continue with  me  and will  certainly keep me on this way on which  I am going   and will certainly give me bread to eat and garments to wear and I   shall certainly  return in peace to the house of my father,  then Jehovah will have proved to be my God.   And this stone  I  have set up as a pillar will become a house of God, and as for everything  that you will  give me  I  shall  without fail  give  the 10th  of it to you."        29   After that Jacob  set his feet in motion  and  traveled on to the land of the Orientals.  Now he looked, and here  there was a well in the field and here  3 droves of sheep  were lying down there by it,  because from that well  they were  accustomed to  water the droves -- and there  was a great stone over the mouth of the well.     When all the  droves  had  been  gathered there, 

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  they rolled stone away from off the mouth of the well, and they watered the flocks, after they returned the stone over to the mouth of the well. to its place.    So  Jacob said to them -- "My brothers, from what place  are  you?" to which they said -- "We  are from  Haran."   Then  he said to them --  "Do you know Laban the grandson of Nahor?"   to  which  they said --"We know  him."   At  this he said to them -- "Is it all right with him?" In  turn  they said -- "It  is all right.   And here is Rachel his daughter coming with the sheep."  And he went on to say -- "Why,  is it yet full day.  It is  not the time  for gathering  the herds,   Water the sheep,  then go  feed them." To this they said -- "We are not allowed  to do so until  all  the droves are  gathered and they actually  roll away the stone  from off the mouth of the well.   Then we must water the sheep."     While he was yet  speaking with them, Rachel  came with the sheep that  belonged to her father, for she was a shepherdess.   And  it came  about  that when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother,  Jacob immediately approached and rolled away the stone off the mouth of the well and watered the sheep of Laban his mother's brother.   Then  Jacob  kissed Rachel and raised his voice and burst into tears.    And Jacob began to tell Rachel that he was the brother of her father and that he was son of Rebekah.    And she went  running to telling  her father.   Now it came about that as soon as Laban heard  the report  about Jacob  the son of his sister,  he went running  to meet him.  Then he  embraced  him and kissed him and brought him on  into the house.    And  he began to relate to  Laban all these things.   After  that  Laban said to him -- "You are indeed my bone and my flesh."    So  he went  with him a full month.    After  that Laban said to Jacob -- "Are you my brother?  and must serve me for nothing?  Tell me, What are your wages  to be?   As it was, Laban had 2 daughters.   The name  of the older was Leah  and the name of younger Rachel.  But the eyes of Leah had no luster,  whereas Rachel had become beautiful in form and beautiful of countenance (face, expression).  And Jacob was in love with Rachel.   So he said --"I am willing  to serve you 7 years for Rachel your younger daughter."  To this Laban  said -- "It  is better or me to give her to you than for me to giver her to another man.  Keep dwelling with me."   And  Jacob proceeded to serve 7 years  for Rachel,  but in his eyes they proved to be like some few days because of his love for her.   Then  Jacob  said to Laban -- "Give  over my wife,  because my days are up,  and let me have relations with her."   With that Laban gathered all the men of the place and made a feast.    But it turned out that during the evening  he resorted  to taking Leah his daughter  and bringing her to him that he might have relations with her.   Moreover,  Laban gave to her Zilpah  his maidservant, even to Leah  his daughter, as a maidservant.     So it followed in  the morning  here it was Leah!   Consequently he said to Laban -- "What is this you have done to me?   Was it not for Rachel  that I served with you?   So why have you tricked me?"  To this Laban  said -- "It is not done ordinarily to do this way in our place, to give  the younger  woman  before the 1stborn. Celebrate  to  

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   the full week of this woman.     After that  there shall be given to you also this other woman for the service that you can  serve me for 7 years more."    According  Jacob did so  and celebrated  fully the week of this woman,  after which  he gave him  Rachel  his  daughter as  his wife.    Besides Laban gave Bilhah his maidservant to  Rachel to  his daughter as maidservant.  Then he had relations also with Rachel and  also expressed    more love for Rachel than for Leah,  and he went serving with him for yet 7 years more.   When God  came to see that Leah was hated, HE opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.   And Leah became pregnant and brought  a son to  birth  and then called his name Reuben,  for she said  -- "It is  because God has looked upon my wretchedness, in that my  husband will begin to love me."        And she  became  pregnant again and brought a son and then said --"It is because  God has  listened, in that I was hated so he gave me also this one."     Hence she called his name Simeon.     And she became  pregnant  again brought a son to birth and then said -- "Now this time my husband will join himself to me, because I have borne him 3 sons."    His name therefore was called Levi.   And she became pregnant once more and brought a son to birth and then said --"This time I shall laud (praise)  God."      She therefore called his name Judah.   After that  she  left off giving birth.             30  Then Rachel came to see that she had borne nothing  to Jacob, Rachel  got jealous of her  sister and began to say to Jacob-"Give me children or otherwise I shall be a dead woman."    At this Jacob's anger burned against Rachel and he said -- "Am I in the  place of God?   Who has held back the fruit of belly from you?"   So she said- -"Here is my slave girl Bilhah.   Have relations with her, that she may give birth upon my knees and that I,  even I  may get children from her."     With that she  gave him  Bilhah  her maidservant as wife, and  Jacob   had relations with her.    And  Bilhah  became pregnant and in time bore  Jacob a son.    Then Rachel said -- "God has acted as my judge and  has  listened to my voice,  so that he gave me a son."     That is why she  called his  name Dan.     And Bilhah,  Rachel's  maidservant, became pregnant  once more and in time  bore a 2nd son to Jacob.    Then  Rachel said -- "With strenuous  wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister.   I also come off a winner!"    So she  called his  name Naphtali.     When  Leah  came to see that she had left off giving birth, she proceeded to take Zilpah, her maidservant and give  her to Jacob as wife.   In time  Zilpah, Leah's maidservant, bore a son to Jacob.   Then Leah said -- "With good fortune!"    So she named him Gad.    After that Zilpah, Leah's maidservant, bore a  2nd son to Jacob. then  Leah said-- "With my happiness!   For the daughters will certainly pronounce me happy."     So she  called his  name  Asher.    Now Reuben went walking in the  days of the wheat harvest and got to find mandrakes in the field.    So he brought them to Leah his mother.   Then  Rachel said  to Leah -- "Give me, please, some your son's mandrakes."     At this she said to her -- "Is this a little thing,  your 

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having taken my husband, with your now taking also my son's  in the evening,  Leah went on out to meet him and then  said -"It is with  me you are going  to have relations, because I have  hired  you mandrakes?"   So  Rachel said --"For that reason he is going to lie down with you tonight in exchange for your son's mandrakes."   When  Jacob was coming  from  the field in  the evening, Leah went on out to meet him and then said --"It is with  me are going to have relations, because  I have hired you outright with my son's mandrakes."  Accordingly  he lay down with her that night.   And  God heard and answered  Leah and she became pregnant and in  time bore to Jacob a 5th son.   Then  Leah said -- "God has given me a hireling's (laborer's wages}  because I have given my  maidservant to my husband." So she  called his name  Issachar.   And  Leah became pregnant once more and in time bore a 6th son to Jacob.   Then Leah said -- "God has  endowed me, yes, me,  with  a good endowment.   At last  my husband will tolerate me,  because I have borne him 6 sons."    So she  called  his name  Zebulun.   And after that she  bore a daughter and  then called  her name Dinah.     Finally God remembered Rachel, and God heard and answered  her in that she opened her womb.   And she became pregnant and  brought  a  son to birth.  Then she said -- "God has taken away my reproach!"   So she called his name Joseph, saying -- "God is adding another son to me!"   And it followed that when Rachel  had given birth to Joseph,  Jacob immediately  said to Laban -- "Send me away that I may go to  my place and to my country.  Give over my wives and my children, for whom I have served with you, that I may go -- for you yourself must  know  my service  which I have  rendered you."   Then  Laban  said  to him -- "If, now,  I have found favor in your eyes -- I have taken  the omens to the effect that God is blessing me due to you."   And he added -- "Stipulate  (Specify) your wages to me and  I will give them."   So  he said to him -- "You yourself must  know how I have served you and how your herd has  fared  with me --  that it was little  that you actually had before my coming, and it went expanding  to a  multitude,  in that God blessed  you since I stepped in.    So  now when  am I  to do something for my own house?"    then he said -- "What shall  I  give you?"   And  Jacob went on to say -- "You will give me  nothing  whatsoever!  If you will do this thing for me,  I shall resume shepherding your flock.  I shall continue guarding it.  I will pass among  your whole flock today.   You set aside from there every sheep speckled and with color patches, every dark brown sheep among the young  rams and any color patched and speckled one among  the she goats.   Hereafer such  must be my wages.  And my rightdoing must answer for me on whatever future day you may come to look over my wages  --   every one that is not speckled and color patched among the she goats and dark brown among the young rams is something stolen if it is with me."  To this Laban said -- "Why, that is fine!  Let it be according to your word."   Then he set aside on that day he goats  and striped and color patched and all the she goats speckled  and color patched,  every one in  which  there was any white and every one dark brown among the young rams,  but he gave them over into the hands of his sons.   After that he set  a distance of 3 days journey between himself  and Jacob, and  Jacob

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  was shepherding  the flocks of Laban  that remained over.   Then Jacob took for his  use staffs still moist of the storax  tree  and of the almond  tree and  peeled spots by laying bare white places which  were upon the staffs.  Finally the staffs that he had peeled he placed in front of the flock, in the gutters, in the water drinking  troughs, where the flocks would come to drink, that they might  get into a heat before them when they came to drink.  Consequently, the flock would get in heat before the staffs and the flocks  would  produce striped,  specked and color patched ones.   And  Jacob  separated the young rams and then turned the faces of the flocks ot the striped ones and all the dark ones  among  the flocks of Laban.  And it always occurred that whenever the robust  flocks would  get in heat,  Jacob would  locate the staffs in  the gutters before  the eyes of  the flocks, that they might get in  heat by the staffs.   But when the flocks showed  feebleness  he would not locate them there.  So the feeble ones  always came to be  Laban's,  but the robust  ones Jacob's.    And  the man went on increasing  more and more,  and  great flocks  and maidservants  and menservants  and  camels  and asses came  to be his.        31   In  itme he  got to hear the words  of the sons of  Laban, saying --"Jacob has taken   everything   that belonged to our father -- and  from what belonged to our father  he has amassed  all his wealth."   When Jacob  would  look  at the face  of Laban,  here it was not with  him as formerly.     Finally God said  to Jacob -- "Return to the land of your fathers  and to your  relatives,  and I shall continue  with you."   Then Jacob sent and called Rachel  and Leah, out to the field to his flock,  and he said to them -- "I am seeing the face your father,  that he is not the same toward me  as formerly -- but  the God of my father has proved to be with me.  And  you yourselves  certainly know that with all my power I have served your father.   And your father has trifled with me and he has changed my wages 10 times, but God  has  not allowed  him to do me harm.   If  on the one hand he would say -- "The speckled ones will become your wages,'  then  the whole flock produced speckled ones --but on the other hand, he would say, '   The striped ones will become your wages, then the whole flock produced striped ones.   So  God  kept taking the herd of your father away  and giving it to me.   At last it came about  at the time when  the flock got in heat  that I raised my eyes and  saw a sight in a dream and  here the he goats springing upon  the flock were striped, speckled and spotty.    Then the angel of the true God said to me in the dream, 'Jacob!'  to which I said, 'Here I am.'  And he continued, 'Raise your eyes, please,  and see all the he goats  springing upon  the flock  are striped,  specked and spotty, for I have seen all that Laban  is doing  to you.  I am  the true God of Bethel,  where you anointed a pillar and  where you vowed a vowed a vow to me.   Now get up, go  out of  this land and return  to the land  of your birth.'"    At  this Rachel and Leah answered and  said to him -- "Is there  share  of  inheritance for us anymore  in the house of   

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our father?"    Are we not really considered as foreigners  to him since  he has sold us,  so that he keeps eating continually even from  the money given for  us?   For all  the riches that God  has taken away from our father  are ours and our children's.     So  now everything  God has  said to you do."   Then  Jacob  got up  and lifted his  children and his wives  onto the camels -- and  he began driving  all  his herd and all the goods that  he had  accumulated,  the herd of his acquisition that he had accumulated in Paddanaram,  in order to go to Isaac his father to the land of Canaan.     Now Laban  had gone  to shear his sheep.   Meantime  Rachel stole the  teraphim (shrine) that belonged to her father.   So Jacob outwitted Laban the Syrian,  because he did not told him that he was running away.     And he proceeded to run away and to get up cross the River, he and all he had.   After that he directed his face to the mountainous  region of Gilead.     Later, on the 3rd day, it was told to Laban that Jacob had run away.   With that he took  his brothers with him and went chasing after him for a distance of  7 days' journey and caught up with him in the  mountainous  region of Gilead.   Then God came to Laban the Syrian in  a dream by night and said to him -- "Watch yourself that you do not go speaking either good or  bad with Jacob."    So Laban approached Jacob, as Jacob had pitched his tent in the mountain and Laban had encamped his brothers in the mountainous region of Gilead.   Then  Laban said to Jacob -- "What have you done,  in that you resorted to outwitting  me and driving  my daughters off like captives taken by the sword?   Why did you  have to run away secretly, outwit me and not tell me,  that I might send you away rejoicing and with songs, with tambourine and with harp?   And  you did not give me a  chance to kiss my children and my daughters.   Now you have acted foolishly.    It is in  the  power of my hand to do harm to you people, but the God of your father talked to me last night, saying, 'Watch yourself against speaking either good or bad with Jacob.'   While you have actually gone now because you have been  yearning intensely for the house of your father,  why, though, have you stolen my gods (shrine)?"    In  answer Jacob  proceeded  to say  to Laban -- "It was because I was afraid.  For I said to myself,  'You might tear your daughters away from me.'   Whoever it is with whom you may find your gods, let them not live.    Before our brothers, examine for yourself what is with me and take them for yourself."  But Jacob did  not know Rachel had stolen them.  So Laban went  on  into the tent of Jacob and into the tent of  Leah and into the tent of the  2 slave girls,  but did not  find them.   Finally he went  out of Leah's tent and went on into the Rachel's tent.    Now  Rachel had taken the teraphim,  and  she resorted to putting them in the woman's saddle  basket of the camel, and she kept sitting upon them.   So Laban went feeling through  the whole tent,  but did  not find them.   Then she said to her father -- "Do  not let  anger  glean in the eyes of my lord, because I am not able to get up before you, for customary  thing with women is upon me."   So  he  searched  on carefully, but  did  not find the teraphim.    And Jacob became angry and began to quarrel with  Laban, and in  answer Jacob  went     

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  on  to say  to Laban -- "What is the revolt on my part, what the sin of mine,  as  a reason why  you have hotly pursued after me?   Now that you have felt through  all my goods, what of all the goods of your house have you found?   Put it here  in front of my brothers and your brothers, and let them decide between us  2.    These 20 years I  have been with you.   Your female sheep  and your she goats did not suffer abortions, and the  rams of your flock I never ate.   Any animals torn in pieces I did not bring to you.   I myself would stand the loss of it.  Whether one was stolen by day or was  stolen by night,  you would put in  a claim for it from my hand.    It has  been my experience that by day the heat consumed  me and the cold by night,  and sheep would flee from my eyes.   This makes  20 years  for me in  your house.    I  have served you 14 years for your flock, and you kept changing my wages 10 times.   If  the God of my father,  the  God of Abraham and the Dread of  Isaac, had not proved on my side, you would now have sent me away empty handed!   My  wretchedness  and the toil of my hands God has  seen,  and so he  reproved you last night."    Then  Laban in  answer said to  Jacob -- "The daughters are my daughters and the children  are my children and  the flock my flock, and  everything you are looking at is mine and my daughters.'    What can I do against these today or against their children  whom they have borne?    And now, come,  let us conclude a covenant (relationship, promise),  I and you,  and it must serve as a witness between me and you."     According to  Jacob took  a  stone and set it up as pillar. Then Jacob said to his brothers -- "Pick up the stones!"    And they went taking stones  and making a heap.     After that they ate there on the  heap.    And  Laban  began calling it Jegarsahadutha but  Jacob called it Galeed.     And Laban proceeded to say -- "This heap is a witness between me and you today."    That  is why he called its name  Galeed,  and The Watchtower, because  he said -- "Let Jehovah keep watch between me and you when we are situated unseen the one from the other.    If you go afflicting my daughters and if you  go to taking wives in addition to my daughters, there is  no man with us.    See!   God is a witness between me and you."   And Laban went on to say to Jacob -- "Here is this heap and here is the heap and the pillar that I have erected  between  me and you.    This heap is a witness, and the pillar is something that  bears witness,  that I will not pass this heap against you and that you will not pass this heap and this  pillar against me for harm.   Let the god of Abraham and  the god of Nahor judge between us,  the god of their father."   But Jacob swore by  Dread of  his father  Isaac.    After that Jacob sacrificed a sacrifice in the mountain and invited his brothers to eat bread and passed the night  in the mountain.    However, Laban got up early in the morning and kissed his children and his daughters and blessed them.  Then Laban got on his way that he might  return to his own place.           32   And  as for  Jacob,  he got on his way,  and  the angels of God now  met up with him.     Immediately Jacob said, when he saw them -- "The  camp of God  this is!"   Hence he called  the name of that place  Mahanaim.    Then  Jacob sent messengers  ahead of him to Esau his   

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brother to land of Seir, the field of Edom,  and he commanded them, saying --  "This is what you will say to  my lord,  to Esau.  'This  is what  your servant Jacob  has said -- "With Laban  I have  resided  as an alien and  I  have stayed for  a long time  till now.   And  I have  come to have  bulls and asses, sheep,  and menservants and  maidservants,  and I would like to  send to notify my lord, that I may find  favor  in your eyes."'"    In time the  messengers  returned to Jacob, saying --  "We  got to your brother Esau,  and he is also on his  way to meet you,  and  400 men  with him."   And  Jacob  became  very  much afraid and grew anxious.   So he divided the people  who were with him, and the flocks and the cattle and the camels into 2 camps,  and he said -- "If Esau  should come to the  one camp and assault it,  then  there  is certain  to be a  camp  remaining  to make an escape."     After Jacob said -- "O  God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Jehovah,  you  who are saying to me,  'Return to your land and to your relatives and I will deal with you.'  I am unworthy of all the loving-kindnesses  and of all the faithfulness that you have exercised  toward your servant,  for with but my staff  I crossed  this  Jordan and now I have  become 2 camps.   Deliver me, I pray  you, from  my brother's  hand,  from  Esau's hand,  because  I am afraid of him that he may come and certainly  assault me,  mother together with children.     And you,  you have said --  'Unquestionably  I shall deal well with you and I will constitute  your seed  like the grains of sand of the sea, which cannot  be  numbered for multitude.'"  And he kept lodging  there on that night.  And  from what came to his hand he proceeded to take a gift for Esau his brother -- 200 she- goats, 20  he- goats, 200  female sheep and 20 rams, 30 camels  giving suck and their young ones, 40 cows and 10 bulls, 20  she-asses  and 10 full-grown asses.   Then  he  handed over to his servants  one drove after another  by itself  and repeatedly said to his servants -- "Cross over ahead of me, and you are to set  an interval between drove and drove."   Further  he commanded the 1st  one, saying -- "In case that Esau my brother  should meet you and ask you, saying,  'To whom  do you belong,  and where are you going and to whom do these ahead of you belong?'   Then you must  say,  'To your servant,  to Jacob.   A  Gift it is,   sent to  my lord,  to  Esau,  and look!    he himself is also behind us.'"   And he went on to  command  also the 2nd, also the 3rd,  also all  those following  the droves saying-- "According to this word you are to speak  to Esau  on your encountering him.     And  must say also --  'Here is your servant  Jacob behind us,'"    For  he said to himself -- "I may  appease him by gift going ahead of  me, and afterward  I shall see  his face.   Perhaps he will give a kindly  reception."   So the gift went crossing over ahead of him,  but he himself lodged that night in the camp.     Later during the night he rose and took his  2 wives  and  his  2 maidservants and his 11 young sons and crossed  over the ford of Jabbok.     So he took them  and  brought  them over the torrent valley, and he brought over what he had.     Finally  Jacob was left by himself.  Then  a man  began  to grapple with him  until  the dawn  ascended.   When  he got to       

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see that he had not prevailed over him,  then he  touched socket of his thigh joint -- and the socket of Jacob's thigh joint got out of place during  his grappling  with him.   After that he said-- "Let me go,  for the  dawn has ascended."    To this he said -- "I am not going to let you go until you 1st bless me."   So he  said to him -- "What is your name?"   to which  he said, "Jacob."  Then he said, "Your name will  no longer be called Jacob  but Israel,  for you have  contended with God and  with men so that you  last prevailed."    In turn Jacob inquired and said -- "Tell me, please, your name."   However he said  --  "Why  is it that you inquire for my name?"   With that he  blessed him there.   Hence Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, because  to quote him,  "I have seen God face to face and  yet my soul was  delivered."    And the sun began to flash upon him as soon as he passed  by Penuel, but he was limping upon his thigh.    That  is why sons of Israel are not  accustomed  to eat  the sinew of the thigh nerve, which is on the socket of the thigh joint, down to this day, because he touched the socket of Jacob's thigh joint by the sinew of the thigh nerve.         33    In time Jacob  raised his eyes  and looked,  and here  Esau saw  coming  and with him 400 men.  Consequently he  divided off the  children to Leah and to Rachel and  to 2 maidservants, and he put maidservants and their  children foremost and  Leah and her children after them and Rachel and Joseph  to the rear of them.     And he  himself passed on  ahead of them and proceeded to  bow down to the earth several times until he got near his brother.    And  Esau went  running to meet  him,  and he  began to embrace him  and fall upon  his  neck  and kiss  him,   and they burst into tears.    Then he  raised his eyes and saw  the women and the  children and said -- "Who are these with  you?"  to which he said -- "The  children with whom  God has favored  your servant."   At that  the maidservants  came forward, and her children,  and bowed down --and Leah  too came forward and her children, and they bowed down,  and afterward  Joseph came forward, and Rachel, and they bowed down.    He now said -- "What  do you mean by all this camp of travelers that I have met?"  To this he said -- "In order to find favor in the eyes of my lord."   Then Esau said -- "I have  a great many,  my brother.  Let continue yours what is yours."   However, Jacob  said -- "No, please. If  now,  I have found a favor in your eyes, then  you must take my gift  at my hand, because in harmony with its purpose I have seen your face  as though seeing God's face in that  you received me with pleasure."   Take, please, the gift conveying  my blessing which was brought to you, because God has favored me and because I have everything."   And he continued to urge him, so that he took it.   Later on he said -- "Let us pull out and go, and let me go in advance of you."  But he said to him -- "My lord is aware  that the children are delicate and sheep and cattle that are giving suck in my charge,  and should they drive too quickly for one day, then the whole flock will certainly die.  Let my lord,  please, pass on ahead of his servant,  but may I  myself continue  the journey at my leisure according  to the pace of the livestock that is before me and according to the pace of the children until      

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I shall come to my lord at Seir."   Then Esau said -- "Let me, please, put at your disposal some of the people who are with me."   To  this  he said -- "Why this?  Let   me find favor the eyes  of my lord."    So  on that day Esau turned back  on his way  to Seir.    And Jacob pulled  out  for Succoth,  and he proceeded to build himself  a house  and for his  herd he made booths.   That  was  why he called the name of the place  Succoth.   In time Jacob  came safe and sound to the city of Shechem,  which is in the land of Canaan,  while he was coming from  Paddanaram -- and he pitched camp  in front of the city.   Then  he acquired  tract of the field where he pitched his  tent  at the hand of the sons of  Hamor the father of Shechem,  for a 100 pieces of money.   After  that he set up there an altar  

and called it God  the God of Israel.       34   Now Dinah daughter of Leah,  whom she had borne to  Jacob, used to go out to see  the daughters of the land.    And Shechem   the son of Hamor the Hivite,  a chieftain  of the land,  got to see her and  then took her  lay down with her and violated her.    And  his soul began to cling to  Dinah the daughter of Jacob,  and he fell in love with the young woman and  kept speaking persuasively  to the young woman.    Finally Shechem said to Hamor his  father -- "Get me this young lady as  a wife."   But Jacob heard that he had  defiled Dinah his daughter.    His sons happened to be with  his herd  in the field -- and Jacob kept silent until they came in.    Later Hamor, Shechem's father,  went out to Jacob  to speak with  him.   And the sons of  Jacob came in  from  the field as soon as they  heard of it -- and the men became  hurt  in their feelings  and they grew very angry, because  he had committed a disgraceful  folly against Israel in  lying down with Jacob's daughter,  whereas  nothing like that ought  to be done.   And Hamor proceeded to speak to them,  saying -- "As  for Shechem  my son,  his soul  is attached to your daughter.   Give her, please, to him as a wife, and form marriage alliances with us, and our daughters you are able to  take  for yourselves.   And with us you may dwell,  and the land will become  available for  you.   Dwell  and carry on business in it and get settled in it."   Then Shechem said to her father and  to her brothers, "Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you  will say to me I shall give it.   Raise very high  the marriage money and gift imposed on me,  and I stand willing to give according  to what  you may say to me -- only  give me the young woman as a wife."   And Jacob's sons began to answer Shechem and Hamor  his father with deceit and to speak so because he had defiled Dinah their sister.    And they  went on to say to them -- "We  cannot possibly do such a thing,  to give our sister to a man who has a foreskin,  because that is a reproach to us.   Only on this condition can we give consent to you,  that you become like us,  by every male or yours getting circumcised.   Then we shall certainly  give our daughters to you, and your daughters we  shall take for ourselves, and we  shall certainly dwell with you and become one people.      But if you do not listen to us to get circumcised, then we will take our daughters and go." 

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And  their words seemed  good  in the eyes of  Hamor and  in the eyes of Shechem,  Hamor's son, and the young man did not delay  to perform the condition,  because he  did not find delight  in Jacob's daughter and he was not  the most honorable  of the whole house of his father.    So  Hamor and Shechem   his son went to the gate of their  city and  began  to speak  to the men of their  city, saying -- "These men are peace loving toward us.  Hence  let them  dwell in the land  and  carry on business in it,  as the land is quite  wide  before them.   Only on this  condition will be the men give us  their consent  to dwell with us so as to become one people, that every male of ours  gets circumcised just the way they are circumcised.    Then their possessions and their wealth and all their livestock, will they not  be ours?    Only let us give them our consent so they may dwell with us."    Then all those going out  by the  gate of his city listened to Hamor and to Shechem  his son,  and all  the males got circumcised,  all those going out by the gate of his city.    However,  it came about that  on the 3rd day, when they  got to be acting, the 2 sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi,   brothers of Dinah,  proceeded to take each one  his sword and to go  unsuspectedly to the city and kill every male.   And  Hamor and Shechem  his son they killed with the edge  of sword.   Then they took Dinah  from out of Shechem's house and went on out.     The other sons of Jacob attacked the fatally wounded men and went plundering (ransacking) the city, because they had defiled her sister.   Their  flocks and  their herds and their asses and what was in the city and what  was in the field they took.     And all their means of maintenance and all their  little children and their wives they carried off  captives, so that they  plundered all that  was in the houses.   At this  Jacob said to  Simeon and Levi -- "You have brought ostracism upon me  in making me a stench  to the inhabitants of the land,  with the Canaanites and Perizzites --  whereas  I am  few in mumber, and they will certainly  gather together against me and assault me and I and my house."    In turn they said -- "Ought anyone treat our sister like a prostitute?"        35  After that God said to Jacob -- "Rise,   go  up to Bethel and  dwell there, and  make an altar to the true God who appeared to  you when you were  running away from Esau  your  brother."   Then  Jacob said to his household  ad were with him -- "Put away the foreign gods and cleanse  yourselves and change  your mantles,  and let us rise and go up to Bethel.  And  there I shall  make an altar to  the true God who answered  me in the day of distress  in that he proved to be with  me in the way that i have gone."  So they gave  Jacob all the foreign gods  that were in  their hands and  the earrings  that in their ears,  and Jacob hid them under the big tree  that was close by Shechem.     After that they pulled away,  and the  terror of God came to be upon the cities  that they did not chase after the sons of Jacob.    Eventually Jacob  came to Luz,  which is  in the land of   

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Canaan, that is to say, Bethel, he and all the people who were iwth him. Then he built an altar there and began to call the place Elbethel, because there the true God had revealed himself to him at the time of his running away from his brother. Later Deborah, the nursing woman of Rebekah died and was buried a the foot of Bethel under a massive tree.     Hence he called its name Allonbacuth.    God now appeared to Jacob once again during his coming from Paddanaram and blessed him. And God went on to say to him -- "Your name is Jacob. No longer is your name to be called  Jacob, but Israel will you name become."  And he began to call his name Israel. And God said further to him -- "I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and become many. Nations and a congregation of nations will proceed out of you, and kings will come out of your loins. As for the land that I have given to Abraham and Isaac, to you I  shall give it, and to your seed after you I shall give the land."    Consequently Jacob stationed a pillar in the place where he had spoken to him, a pillar of stone, and he poured a drink offering upon it and poured oil upon it.     And Jacob continued to call the name of the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.    Then they pulled away from Bethel.   And while there was yet a good stretch of land before coming to Ephrath, Rachel proceeded to give birth, and it was going hard with her in making the delivery.    But so it was that while she had difficulty in making the delivery the midwife said to her -- "Do not  be afraid, for you will have this son also."    And the result was that as her soul was going out  (because she died) she called his name Benoni -- but his father called him Benjamin.   Thus Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath, that is to say, Bethlehem.   Hence Jacob stationed a pillar over her grave.   This is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day.   After that Israel pulled away and pitched his tent a distance beyond the tower of Eder.    And it came about while Israel was tabernacling in that land that once Reuben went and lay down with Bilhah his father's concubine, and Israel got to hear of it.    So  there came to be 12 sons of Jacob:     The sons by Leah were Jacob's 1stborn Reuben, and Simeon and Levi and Judah and Issachar and Zebulun.    The sons  by Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin.    And the sons by Bilhah, Rachel's maidservant,  were Dan and Naphtali.    And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maidservant,  were Gad and Asher.     These  are Jacob's sons who  were born to him in  Paddanaram.   At length Jacob came to  Isaac his father in Mamre,  to Kiriatharba,  that is to say Hebron,  where Abraham and  also Isaac had resided as aliens.    And the days of Isaac came to be a 180 years.   And that Isaac expired  and  died and was  gathered to his people, old and satisfied with days,  and Esau and Jacob his son buried him.         36  This is history of Esau,  that is to say, Edom.    Esau took  his wives from the daughters of Canaan --  Adah  the  the daughter of Elon the Hittite and Oholibamah  the  

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daughter of Anah, the granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite,  and Basemath,   

Ishamel's daughter, sister of Nebaioth.  And Jacob proceeded to  bear  Eliphaz to  

Esau, and Basemath  bore Reuel, and Oholibamah bore to Jeush and Jalam and Korah.    These  are the sons of Esau who were born to him in  the land of Canaan.  After that Esau took  his wives and his sons and his  daughters and all the souls  of his house  and his  herd  and  all his other beasts  and all  his wealth,  which  he had  accumulated  in the land of Canaan, and went to a land away from  Jacob  his brother,  because their goods become too great for them to  dwell together and the land  of their alien residences was not able to sustain them as a result of their herds.   So Esau took up dwelling in the  mountainous region of Seir.   Esau is Edom.    And this is history of Esau the father of Edom in the mountain region of Seir.   These are the names of sons of Esau -- Eliphaz  the son of Adah,   Esau's wife -- Reuel  the son of Basemath, Esau's wife.    And the sons of Eliphaz  came to be  Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam  and Kenaz.   And Timna  became the concubine of   Eliphaz,  Esau's son.   In time she bore  to  Eliphaz  Amalek.   These are the  sons of  Adah, Esau's wife.   The Sons of Reuel --  Nahath and  Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah.  These  came to be the sons of Basemath,  Esau's wife.     And these came to be  the sons of  Oholibamah the daughter of Anah,  and granddaughter of Zibeon,  Esau's wife,  in that she  bore to Esau Jeush  and Jalam and Korah.      These were the sheiks (head of the family, tribe) of sons of Esau -- The  sons of Eliphaz, Esau's   1stborn-- sheiks -- Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz, Korah,  Gatam, Amalek.   Thsese are the  sheiks of Eliphaz in  the land of Edom.   These are  the sons by Adah. These  are the sons of  Reuel, Esau's son--  Sheiks-- Nahath,  Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah.   These  are the sheiks of Reuel  in the land of Edom.  These are the sons by Basemath, E'sau's wife.    Finally these are the  sons of Oholibamah,  Esau's wife --  sheiks -- Jeush, Jalam, Korah. These  are the sheiks of Oholibamah  the  daugther of Anah,  Esau's wife.      These  are the sons of Esau,  and these are their sheiks.    He is Edom.    These are the sons of Seir the Horite, the inhabitants of the land -- Lotan and Shobal and Zibeon and Anah  and Dishon and Ezer and Dishan. These  are the  sheiks of  Horite, the sons of Seir in the land of  Edom.   And the sons of Lotan came to be Hori and Hemam  and Lotan's sister was  Timna.   And  these are the sons of Shobal -  Alvan and Manahath  and Ebal,  Shepho and Onam.    And these are the sons of Zibeon  --  Aiah and Anah.   This  is the Anah  who found the  hot springs in the wilderness while  he was  tending the asses  for Zibeon  his father.    And these are the children of Anah -- Dishon and Oholibamah the daughter of Anah.    And  these are the sons of Dishon --  Hemdan  and Eshban  and Ithran  and Cheran.   

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  These  are the sons of Ezer --  Bilhan  and Zaavan  and Akan.   These are the sons of Dishan.   Uz  and Aran.   These  are the  sheiks  of the  Horite  --  Sheiks  --  Lotan,  Shobal,  Zibeon,  Anah,  Dishon,  Ezer,   Dishan.   And these are the sheiks of  the Horite  according  to their  sheiks  in the land of Seir.   Now these are the kings  who reigned in the land of Edom  before any king  reigned  over the sons of Israel.   And  Bela son of Beor procceded to reign in Edom,  and the name city was Dinhabah.   When Bela died,   Jobab son of Zerah from Bozrah began to reign instead of him.    When  Jobab  died,  Husham from  the land of the Temanites  began to reign instead of him.   When Husham died,  Hadad son of Bedad, who defeated the Midianites in the field of Moab,  began to reign instead of him, and the name of his city was Avith.   When  Hadad died, Samlah from Masrekah  began to reign  instead of him.    When Samlah  died, Shaul from Rehoboth by the River began to reign instead of him.   When  Shaul  died,  Baalhanan son of Achbor began  to reign instead