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Matthew 6:9—

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God Almighty and Creator of all this is!



Natural Israelite Bible English Version


Books of the Old Covenant:


 “The Book of the Writings”:


Genesis 1:


1:1 In the beginning Yahweh the Almighty God

created the heavens and the earth.


1:2 Then [by sin] the earth became without form,

and void; and darkness came to the face of the

deep. And as being Spirit, Yahweh hovered over

the face of the waters.


1:3 Then Yahweh said, "Let there be light"; and

there was light.


1:4 And Yahweh saw the light, that it was good;

and Yahweh divided the light from the darkness.


1:5 Yahweh called the light daylight, and the

darkness He called night. So the night and

the daylight were the first day.


1:6 Then Yahweh said, "Let there be a

firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it

divide the waters from the waters."


1:7 Thus Yahweh made the firmament, and

divided the waters which were under the

firmament from the waters which were above the

firmament; and it was so.


1:8 And Yahweh called the firmament Heaven.

So the night and the daylight were the second



1:9 Then Yahweh said, "Let the waters under

the heavens be gathered together into one place,

and let the dry land appear"; and it was so.


1:10 And Yahweh called the dry land Earth, and

the gathering together of the waters He called

Seas. And Yahweh saw that it was good.


1:11 Then Yahweh said, "Let the earth bring

forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit

tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose

seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so.


1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb

that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree

that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according

to its kind. And Yahweh saw that it was good.


1:13 So the night and the daylight were the third


1:14 Then Yahweh said, "Let there be lights in

the firmament of the heavens to divide the day

from the night; and let them be for signs and

seasons, and for days and years;


1:15 "and let them be for lights in the firmament

of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it

was so.

1:16 Then Yahweh made two great lights: the

greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light

to rule the night. He made the stars also.


1:17 Yahweh set them in the firmament of the

heavens to give light on the earth,


1:18 and to rule over the day and over the night,

and to divide the light from the darkness. And

Yahweh saw that it was good.


1:19 So the night and the daylight were the

fourth day.


1:20 Then Yahweh said, "Let the waters abound

with an abundance of living creatures, and let

birds fly above the earth across the face of the

firmament of the heavens."


1:21 So Yahweh created great sea creatures and

every living thing that moves, with which the

waters abounded, according to their kind, and

every winged bird according to its kind. And

Yahweh saw that it was good.


1:22 And Yahweh blessed them, saying, "Be

fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the

seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."


1:23 So the night and the daylight were the fifth


1:24 Then Yahweh said, "Let the earth bring

forth the living creature according to its kind:

cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth,

each according to its kind"; and it was so.


1:25 And Yahweh made the beast of the earth

according to its kind, cattle according to its kind,

and everything that creeps on the earth according

to its kind. And Yahweh saw that it was good.


1:26 Then Yahweh said, "Let Us make mankind

in Our image, according to Our likeness; let

them have dominion over the fish of the sea,

over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over

all the earth and over every creeping thing that

creeps on the earth."


1:27 So Yahweh created mankind in His own

image; in the image of Yahweh He created them;

male and female He created them.


1:28 Then Yahweh blessed them, and Yahweh

said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the

earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish

of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over

every living thing that moves on the earth."


1:29 And Yahweh said, "See, I have given you

every herb that yields seed which is on the face

of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields

seed; to you it shall be for food.

1:30 "Also, to every beast of the earth, to every

bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on

the earth, in which there is life, I have given

every green herb for food"; and it was so.


1:31 Then Yahweh saw everything that He had

made, and indeed it was very good. So the night

and the daylight were the sixth day.


Genesis 2:

2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the

host of them, were finished.

2:2 And on the seventh day Yahweh ended His

work which He had done, and He rested on the

seventh day from all His work which He had


2:3 Then Yahweh blessed the seventh day and

sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His

work which Yahweh had created and made.


2:4 This is the history of the heavens and the

earth when they were created, in the day that

Yahweh the God made the earth and the heavens,


2:5 before any plant of the field was in the earth

and before any herb of the field had grown. For

Yahweh the God had not caused it to rain on the

earth, and there was no mankind to till the


2:6 but a mist went up from the earth and

watered the whole face of the ground.

2:7 And Yahweh the God formed a man of the

dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils

the breath of life; and the man became a living


2:8 Yahweh planted a garden eastward in Eden,

and there He put the man whom He had formed.


2:9 And out of the ground Yahweh the God

made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight

and good for food. The tree of life was also in

the midst of the garden, and the tree of the

knowledge of good and evil.

2:10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the

garden, and from there it parted and became four


2:11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one

which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where

there is gold.

2:12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium

and the onyx stone are there.


2:13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is

the one which goes around the whole land of


2:14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is

the one which goes toward the east of Assyria.

The fourth river is the Euphrates.

2:15 Then Yahweh selected the man and put him

in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

2:16 And Yahweh the God commanded the man,

saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may

freely eat;

2:17 "but of the tree of the knowledge of good

and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you

eat of it you shall surely die."

2:18 And Yahweh said, "It is not good that a

man should be alone; I will make him a helper

comparable to him."

2:19 Out of the ground Yahweh the God formed

every beast of the field and every bird of the air,

and brought them to Adam to see what he would

call them. And whatever Adam called each

living creature, that was its name.

2:20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the

birds of the air, and to every beast of the field.

But for Adam there was not found a helper

comparable to him.

2:21 And Yahweh the God caused a deep sleep

to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of

his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.

2:22 Then the rib which Yahweh the God had

taken from Adam He made into a woman, and

He brought her to the man.

2:23 And Adam said:

"This is now bone of my bones

And flesh of my flesh;

She shall be called Woman,

Because she was taken out of Man."

2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and

mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall

become one flesh.

2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his

wife, and were not ashamed.


Genesis 3:

3:1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any

beast of the field which Yahweh the God had

made. And he said to the woman, "Has Yahweh

indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of

the garden'?"

3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may

eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;

Genesis 3:

3:3 "but of the fruit of the tree which is in the

midst of the garden, Yahweh has said, 'You shall

not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' "

3:4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You

will not surely die.

3:5 "For Yahweh knows that in the day you eat

of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be

like Yahweh, knowing good and evil."

3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was

good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes,

and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took

of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband

with her, and he ate.

3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened,

and they knew that they were naked; and they

sewed fig leaves together and made themselves


3:8 And they heard the sound of Yahweh the

God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,

and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the

presence of Yahweh the God among the trees of

the garden.

3:9 Then Yahweh the God called to Adam and

said to him, "Where are you?"

3:10 So he said, "I heard Your voice in the

garden, and I was afraid because I was naked;

and I hid myself."

3:11 And He said, "Who told you that you were

naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I

commanded you that you should not eat?"

3:12 Then the man said, "The woman whom You

gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and

I ate."

3:13 And Yahweh said to the woman, "What is

this you have done?" The woman said, "The

serpent deceived me, and I ate."

3:14 So Yahweh said to the serpent:

"Because you have done this,

You are cursed more than all cattle,

And more than every beast of the field;

On your belly you shall go,

And you shall eat dust

All the days of your life.

3:15 And I will put enmity

Between you and the woman,

And between your seed and her Seed;

He shall bruise your head,

And you shall bruise His heel."

3:16 To the woman He said:


"I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your


In pain you shall bring forth children;

Your desire shall be for your husband,

And he shall rule over you."

3:17 Then to Adam He said, "Because you have

heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten

from the tree of which I commanded you, saying,

'You shall not eat of it':

"Cursed is the ground for your sake;

In toil you shall eat of it

All the days of your life.

3:18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth

for you,

And you shall eat the herb of the field.

3:19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread

Till you return to the ground,

For out of it you were taken;

For dust you are,

And to dust you shall return."

3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve,

because she was the mother of all living.

3:21 Also for Adam and his wife Yahweh the

God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

3:22 Then Yahweh said, "Behold, the man has

become like one of Us, to know good and evil.

And now, lest he put out his hand and take also

of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"-

3:23 therefore Yahweh the God sent him out of

the garden of Eden to till the ground from which

he was taken.

3:24 So He drove out the man; and He placed

cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a

flaming sword which turned every way, to guard

the way to the tree of life.


Genesis 4:

4:1 Now Adam was intimate with Eve his wife,

and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I

have acquired a man from Yahweh."

4:2 Then she bore again, this time his brother

Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain

was a tiller of the ground.

4:3 And in the process of time it came to pass

that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the

ground to Yahweh.

4:4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock

and of their fat. And Yahweh respected Abel and

his offering,

4:5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering.

And Cain was very angry, and his countenance


4:6 So Yahweh said to Cain, "Why are you

angry? And why has your countenance fallen?

4:7 "If you do well, will you not be accepted?

And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door.

And its desire is for you, but you should rule

over it."

4:8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and

it came to pass, when they were in the field, that

Genesis 4:

Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed


4:9 Then Yahweh said to Cain, "Where is Abel

your brother?" He said, "I do not know. Am I my

brother's keeper?"

4:10 And He said, "What have you done? The

voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me

from the ground.

4:11 "So now you are cursed from the earth,

which has opened its mouth to receive your

brother's blood from your hand.

4:12 "When you till the ground, it shall no longer

yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a

vagabond you shall be on the earth."

4:13 And Cain said to Yahweh, "My punishment

is greater than I can bear!

4:14 "Surely You have driven me out this day

from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden

from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a

vagabond on the earth, and it will happen that

anyone who finds me will kill me."

4:15 And Yahweh said to him, "Therefore,

whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on

him sevenfold." And Yahweh set a mark on

Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.

4:16 Then Cain went out from the presence of

Yahweh and dwelt in the land of Nod on the east

of Eden.

4:17 And Cain was intimate with his wife, and

she conceived and bore Enoch. And he built a

city, and called the name of the city after the

name of his son-Enoch.

4:18 To Enoch was born Irad; and Irad begot

Mehujael, and Mehujael begot Methushael, and

Methushael begot Lamech.

4:19 Then Lamech took for himself two wives:

the name of one was Adah, and the name of the

second was Zillah.

4:20 And Adah bore Jabal. He was the father of

those who dwell in tents and have livestock.

4:21 His brother's name was Jubal. He was the

father of all those who play the harp and flute.

4:22 And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain,

an instructor of every craftsman in bronze and

iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.

4:23 Then Lamech said to his wives:

"Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;

Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech!

For I have killed a man for wounding me,

Even a young man for hurting me.

4:24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold,

Then Lamech seventy-sevenfold."

4:25 And Adam was intimate with his wife

again, and she bore a son and named him Seth,

"For Yahweh has appointed another seed for me

instead of Abel, whom Cain killed."

4:26 And as for Seth, to him also a son was born;

and he named him Enosh. Then men began to

call on the name of Yahweh.


Genesis 5:

5:1 This is the book of the genealogy of Adam.

In the days that Yahweh created mankind, He

made them in the likeness of Yahweh.

5:2 He created them male and female, and

blessed them and called them Mankind in the

day they were created.

5:3 And Adam lived one hundred and thirty

years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after

his image, and named him Seth.

5:4 After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were

eight hundred years; and he had sons and


5:5 So all the days that Adam lived were nine

hundred and thirty years; and he died.

5:6 Seth lived one hundred and five years, and

begot Enosh.

5:7 After he begot Enosh, Seth lived eight

hundred and seven years, and had sons and


5:8 So all the days of Seth were nine hundred

and twelve years; and he died.

5:9 Enosh lived ninety years, and begot Cainan.

5:10 After he begot Cainan, Enosh lived eight

hundred and fifteen years, and had sons and


5:11 So all the days of Enosh were nine hundred

and five years; and he died.

5:12 Cainan lived seventy years, and begot


5:13 After he begot Mahalalel, Cainan lived

eight hundred and forty years, and had sons and


5:14 So all the days of Cainan were nine hundred

and ten years; and he died.

5:15 Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and begot


5:16 After he begot Jared, Mahalalel lived eight

hundred and thirty years, and had sons and


5:17 So all the days of Mahalalel were eight

hundred and ninety-five years; and he died.

5:18 Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two

years, and begot Enoch.

5:19 After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight

hundred years, and had sons and daughters.

5:20 So all the days of Jared were nine hundred

and sixty-two years; and he died.

5:21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot


5:22 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked

with Yahweh three hundred years, and had sons

and daughters.

5:23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred

and sixty-five years.

5:24 And Enoch walked with Yahweh; and then

he died, and Yahweh took him from that place.

5:25 Methuselah lived one hundred and eightyseven

years, and begot Lamech.

5:26 After he begot Lamech, Methuselah lived

seven hundred and eighty-two years, and had

sons and daughters.

5:27 So all the days of Methuselah were nine

hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.

5:28 Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two

years, and had a son.

5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, "This

one will comfort us concerning our work and the

toil of our hands, because of the ground which

Yahweh has cursed."

5:30 After he begot Noah, Lamech lived five

hundred and ninety-five years, and had sons and


5:31 So all the days of Lamech were seven

hundred and seventy-seven years; and he died.

5:32 And Noah was five hundred years old, and

Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.


Genesis 6:

6:1 Now it came to pass, when men began to

multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters

were born to them,

6:2 that the sons of Yahweh saw the daughters of

men, that they were beautiful; and they took

wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

6:3 And Yahweh said, "My Spirit shall not strive

with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his

days shall be one hundred and twenty years."

6:4 There were giants on the earth in those days,

and also afterward, when the sons of Yahweh

came in to the daughters of men and they bore

children to them. Those were the mighty men

who were of old, men of renown.

6:5 Then Yahweh saw that the wickedness of

man was great in the earth, and that every intent

of the thoughts of his heart was only evil


6:6 And Yahweh was sorry that He had made

man on the earth, and He was grieved in His


6:7 So Yahweh said, "I will destroy man whom I

have created from the face of the earth, both man

and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for

I am sorry that I have made them."

6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of


6:9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a

just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked

with Yahweh.

6:10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham,

and Japheth.

6:11 The earth also was corrupt before Yahweh,

and the earth was filled with violence.

6:12 So Yahweh looked upon the earth, and

indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted

their way on the earth.

6:13 And Yahweh said to Noah, "The end of all

flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled

with violence through them; and behold, I will

destroy them with the earth.

6:14 "Make yourself an ark of gopherwood;

make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and

outside with pitch.

6:15 "And this is how you shall make it: The

length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its

width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.

6:16 "You shall make a window for the ark, and

you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set

Genesis 6:

the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it

with lower, second, and third decks.

6:17 "And behold, I Myself am bringing

floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under

the sky all flesh in which is the breath of life;

everything that is on the earth shall die.

6:18 "But I will establish My covenant with you;

and you shall go into the ark-you, your sons,

your wife, and your sons' wives with you.

6:19 "And of every living thing of all flesh you

shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep

them alive with you; they shall be male and


6:20 "Of the birds after their kind, of animals

after their kind, and of every creeping thing of

the earth after its kind, two of every kind will

come to you to keep them alive.

6:21 "And you shall take for yourself of all food

that is eaten, and you shall gather it to yourself;

and it shall be food for you and for them."

6:22 Thus Noah did; according to all that

Yahweh commanded him, so he did.


Genesis 7:

7:1 Then Yahweh said to Noah, "Come into the

ark, you and all your household, because I have

seen that you are righteous before Me in this


7:2 "You shall take with you seven each of every

clean [disease inhibiting] animal, a male and his

female; two each of animals that are unclean

[disease promoting], a male and his female;

7:3 "also seven each of birds of the air, male and

female, to keep the species alive on the face of

all the earth.

7:4 "For after seven more days I will cause it to

rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and

I will destroy from the face of the earth all living

things that I have made."

7:5 And Noah did according to all that Yahweh

commanded him.

7:6 Noah was six hundred years old when the

floodwaters were on the earth.

7:7 So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his

sons' wives, went into the ark because of the

waters of the flood.

7:8 Of clean [disease inhibiting] animals, of

animals that are unclean [disease promoting], of

birds, and of everything that creeps on the earth,

7:9 two by two they went into the ark to Noah,

male and female, as Yahweh commanded Noah.

7:10 And it came to pass after seven days that

the waters of the flood were on the earth.

7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in

the second month, the seventeenth day of the

month, on that day all the fountains of the great

deep were broken up, and the windows of the

sky were opened.

7:12 And the rain was on the earth forty days and

forty nights.

7:13 On the very same day Noah and Noah's

sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah's wife

and the three wives of his sons with them,

entered the ark-

7:14 they and every beast after its kind, all cattle

after their kind, every creeping thing that creeps

on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its

kind, every bird of every sort.

7:15 And they went into the ark to Noah, two by

two, of all flesh in which is the breath of life.

7:16 So those that entered, male and female of

all flesh, went in as Yahweh had commanded

him; and Yahweh shut him in.

7:17 Now the flood was on the earth forty days.

The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it

rose high above the earth.

7:18 The waters prevailed and greatly increased

on the earth, and the ark moved about on the

surface of the waters.

7:19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly on

the earth, and all the high hills under the whole

sky were covered.

7:20 The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward,

and the mountains were covered.

7:21 And all flesh died that moved on the earth:

birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping

thing that creeps on the earth, and every man.

7:22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of the

spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died.

7:23 So He destroyed all living things which

were on the face of the ground: both man and

cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They

were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and

those who were with him in the ark remained


7:24 And the waters prevailed on the earth one

hundred and fifty days.


Genesis 8:

8:1 Then Yahweh remembered Noah, and every

living thing, and all the animals that were with

Genesis 8:

him in the ark. And Yahweh made a wind to pass

over the earth, and the waters subsided.

8:2 The fountains of the deep and the windows

of the sky were also stopped, and the rain from

the sky was restrained.

8:3 And the waters receded continually from the

earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days

the waters decreased.

8:4 Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the

seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains

of Ararat.

8:5 And the waters decreased continually until

the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first

day of the month, the tops of the mountains were


8:6 So it came to pass, at the end of forty days,

that Noah opened the window of the ark which

he had made.

8:7 Then he sent out a raven, which kept going

to and fro until the waters had dried up from the


8:8 He also sent out from himself a dove, to see

if the waters had receded from the face of the


8:9 But the dove found no resting place for the

sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to

him, for the waters were on the face of the whole

earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and

drew her into the ark to himself.

8:10 And he waited yet another seven days, and

again he sent the dove out from the ark.

8:11 Then the dove came to him in the evening,

and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in

her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had

receded from the earth.

8:12 So he waited yet another seven days and

sent out the dove, which did not return again to

him anymore.

8:13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and

first year, in the first month, the first day of the

month, that the waters were dried up from the

earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark

and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground

was dry.

8:14 And in the second month, on the twentyseventh

day of the month, the earth was dried.

8:15 Then Yahweh spoke to Noah, saying,

8:16 "Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and

your sons and your sons' wives with you.

8:17 "Bring out with you every living thing of all

flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every

creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that

they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and

multiply on the earth."

8:18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife

and his sons' wives with him.

8:19 Every animal, every creeping thing, every

bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according

to their families, went out of the ark.

8:20 Then Noah built an altar to Yahweh, and

took of every clean [disease inhibiting] animal

and of every clean [disease inhibiting] bird, and

offered burnt offerings on the altar.

8:21 And Yahweh smelled a soothing aroma.

Then Yahweh said in His heart, "I will never

again curse the ground for man's sake, although

the imagination of man's heart is evil from his

youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing

as I have done.

8:22 "While the earth remains,

Seedtime and harvest,

Cold and heat,

Winter and summer,

And day and night

Shall not cease."


Genesis 9:

9:1 So Yahweh blessed Noah and his sons, and

said to them: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill

the earth.

9:2 "And the fear of you and the dread of you

shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird

of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on

all the fish of the sea. They are given into your


9:3 "Every moving thing that lives shall be food

for you. I have given you all things, even as the

green herbs.

9:4 "But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that

is, its blood.

9:5 "Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a

reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will

require it, and from the hand of man. From the

hand of every man's brother I will require the life

of man.

9:6 "Whoever sheds man's blood,

By man his blood shall be shed;

For in the image of Yahweh He made man.

9:7 And as for you, be fruitful and multiply;

Bring forth abundantly in the earth


Genesis 9:

And multiply in it."

9:8 Then Yahweh spoke to Noah and to his

sons with him, saying:

9:9 "And as for Me, behold, I establish My

covenant with you and with your descendants

after you,

9:10 "and with every living creature that is with

you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the

earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every

beast of the earth.

9:11 "Thus I establish My covenant with you:

Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the

waters of the flood; never again shall there be a

flood to destroy the earth."

9:12 And Yahweh said: "This is the sign of the

covenant which I make between Me and you,

and every living creature that is with you, for

perpetual generations:

9:13 "I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall

be for the sign of the covenant between Me and

the earth.

9:14 "It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the

earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud;

9:15 "and I will remember My covenant which is

between Me and you and every living creature of

all flesh; the waters shall never again become a

flood to destroy all flesh.

9:16 "The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I

will look on it to remember the everlasting

covenant between Yahweh and every living

creature of all flesh that is on the earth."

9:17 And Yahweh said to Noah, "This is the sign

of the covenant which I have established

between Me and all flesh that is on the earth."

9:18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the

ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham

was the father of Canaan.

9:19 These three were the sons of Noah, and

from these the whole earth was populated.

9:20 And Noah began to be a farmer, and he

planted a vineyard.

9:21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk,

and became uncovered in his tent.

9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the

nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers


9:23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid

it on both their shoulders, and went backward

and covered the nakedness of their father. Their

faces were turned away, and they did not see

their father's nakedness.

9:24 So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew

what his younger son had done to him.

9:25 Then he said:

"Cursed be Canaan;

A servant of servants

He shall be to his brethren."

9:26 And he said:

"Blessed be Yahweh,

The God of Shem,

And may Canaan be his servant.

9:27 May Yahweh enlarge Japheth,

And may he dwell in the tents of Shem;

And may Canaan be his servant."

9:28 And Noah lived after the flood three

hundred and fifty years.

9:29 So all the days of Noah were nine hundred

and fifty years; and he died.


Genesis 10:

10:1 Now this is the genealogy of the sons of

Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And sons were

born to them after the flood.

10:2 The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog,

Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.

10:3 The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz,

Riphath, and Togarmah.

10:4 The sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish,

Kittim, and Dodanim.

10:5 From these the coastland peoples of the

Gentiles were separated into their lands,

everyone according to his language, according to

their families, into their nations.

10:6 The sons of Ham were Cush, Mizraim, Put,

and Canaan.

10:7 The sons of Cush were Seba, Havilah,

Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabtechah; and the sons of

Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.

10:8 Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a

mighty one on the earth.

10:9 He was a mighty hunter before Yahweh;

therefore it is said, "Like Nimrod the mighty

hunter before Yahweh."

10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was

Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of


10:11 From that land he went to Assyria and

built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah,

10:12 and Resen between Nineveh and Calah

(that is the principal city).

Genesis 10:

10:13 Mizraim begot Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim,


10:14 Pathrusim, and Casluhim (from whom

came the Philistines and Caphtorim).

10:15 Canaan begot Sidon his firstborn, and


10:16 the Jebusite, the Amorite, and the


10:17 the Hivite, the Arkite, and the Sinite;

10:18 the Arvadite, the Zemarite, and the

Hamathite. Afterward the families of the

Canaanites were dispersed.

10:19 And the border of the Canaanites was from

Sidon as you go toward Gerar, as far as Gaza;

then as you go toward Sodom, Gomorrah,

Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha.

10:20 These were the sons of Ham, according to

their families, according to their languages, in

their lands and in their nations.

10:21 And children were born also to Shem, the

father of all the children of Eber, the brother of

Japheth the elder.

10:22 The sons of Shem were Elam, Asshur,

Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram.

10:23 The sons of Aram were Uz, Hul, Gether,

and Mash.

10:24 Arphaxad begot Salah, and Salah begot


10:25 To Eber were born two sons: the name of

one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was

divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.

10:26 Joktan begot Almodad, Sheleph,

Hazarmaveth, Jerah,

10:27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,

10:28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba,

10:29 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All these were

the sons of Joktan.

10:30 And their dwelling place was from Mesha

as you go toward Sephar, the mountain of the


10:31 These were the sons of Shem, according to

their families, according to their languages, in

their lands, according to their nations.

10:32 These were the families of the sons of

Noah, according to their generations, in their

nations; and from these the nations were divided

on the earth after the flood.


Genesis 11:

11:1 Now the whole earth had one language and

one speech.

11:2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from

the east, that they found a plain in the land of

Shinar, and they dwelt there.

11:3 Then they said to one another, "Come, let

us make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They

had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for


11:4 And they said, "Come, let us build

ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the

heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest

we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole


11:5 But Yahweh came down to see the city and

the tower which the sons of men had built.

11:6 And Yahweh said, "Indeed the people are

one and they all have one language, and this is

what they begin to do; now nothing that they

propose to do will be withheld from them.

11:7 "Come, let Us go down and there confuse

their language, that they may not understand one

another's speech."

11:8 So Yahweh scattered them abroad from

there over the face of all the earth, and they

ceased building the city.

11:9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because

there Yahweh confused the language of all the

earth; and from there Yahweh scattered them

abroad over the face of all the earth.

11:10 This is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was

one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two

years after the flood.

11:11 After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five

hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

11:12 Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, and

begot Salah.

11:13 After he begot Salah, Arphaxad lived four

hundred and three years, and begot sons and


11:14 Salah lived thirty years, and begot Eber.

11:15 After he begot Eber, Salah lived four

hundred and three years, and begot sons and


11:16 Eber lived thirty-four years, and begot


11:17 After he begot Peleg, Eber lived four

hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and


11:18 Peleg lived thirty years, and begot Reu.

11:19 After he begot Reu, Peleg lived two

hundred and nine years, and begot sons and


11:20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and begot


11:21 After he begot Serug, Reu lived two

hundred and seven years, and begot sons and


11:22 Serug lived thirty years, and begot Nahor.

11:23 After he begot Nahor, Serug lived two

hundred years, and begot sons and daughters.

11:24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and begot


11:25 After he begot Terah, Nahor lived one

hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and


11:26 Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot

Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

11:27 This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah

begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot


11:28 And Haran died before his father Terah in

his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans.

11:29 Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the

name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name

of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran

the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah.

11:30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.

11:31 And Terah took his son Abram and his

grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his

daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and

they went out with them from Ur of the

Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they

came to Haran and dwelt there.

11:32 So the days of Terah were two hundred

and five years, and Terah died in Haran.


Genesis 12:

12:1 Now Yahweh had said to Abram:

"Get out of your country,

From your family

And from your father's house,

To a land that I will show you.

12:2 I will make you a great nation;

I will bless you

And make your name great;

And you shall be a blessing.

12:3 I will bless those who bless you,

And I will curse him who curses you;

And in you all the families of the earth shall be


12:4 So Abram departed as Yahweh had spoken

to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was

seventy-five years old when he departed from


12:5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his

brother's son, and all their possessions that they

had gathered, and the people whom they had

acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the

land of Canaan. So they came to the land of


12:6 Abram passed through the land to the place

of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh.

And the Canaanites were then in the land.

12:7 Then Yahweh appeared to Abram and said,

"To your descendants I will give this land." And

there he built an altar to Yahweh, who had

appeared to him.

12:8 And he moved from there to the mountain

east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with

Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he

built an altar to Yahweh and called on the name

of Yahweh.

12:9 So Abram journeyed, going on still toward

the South.

12:10 Now there was a famine in the land, and

Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for

the famine was severe in the land.

12:11 And it came to pass, when he was close to

entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife,

"Indeed I know that you are a woman of

beautiful countenance.

12:12 "Therefore it will happen, when the

Egyptians see you, that they will say, 'This is his

wife'; and they will kill me, but they will let you


12:13 "Please say you are my sister, that it may

be well with me for your sake, and that I may

live because of you."

12:14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt,

that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was

very beautiful.

12:15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and

commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was

taken to Pharaoh's house.

12:16 He treated Abram well for her sake. He

had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female

servants, female donkeys, and camels.

12:17 But Yahweh plagued Pharaoh and his

house with great plagues because of Sarai,

Abram's wife.

12:18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said,

"What is this you have done to me? Why did you

not tell me that she was your wife?

12:19 "Why did you say, 'She is my sister'? I

might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore,

here is your wife; take her and go your way."

12:20 So Pharaoh commanded his men

concerning him; and they sent him away, with

his wife and all that he had.


Genesis 13:

13:1 Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and

his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to

the South.

13:2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver,

and in gold.

13:3 And he went on his journey from the South

as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had

been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,

13:4 to the place of the altar which he had made

there at first. And there Abram called on the

name of Yahweh.

13:5 Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks

and herds and tents.

13:6 Now the land was not able to support them,

that they might dwell together, for their

possessions were so great that they could not

dwell together.

13:7 And there was strife between the herdsmen

of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's

livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then

dwelt in the land.

13:8 So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be

no strife between you and me, and between my

herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are


13:9 "Is not the whole land before you? Please

separate from me. If you take the left, then I will

go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I

will go to the left."

13:10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the

plain of Jordan, that it was well watered

everywhere (before Yahweh destroyed Sodom

and Gomorrah) like the garden of Yahweh, like

the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar.

13:11 Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of

Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they

separated from each other.

13:12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and

Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched

his tent even as far as Sodom.

Genesis 14:

13:13 But the men of Sodom were exceedingly

wicked and sinful against Yahweh.

13:14 And Yahweh said to Abram, after Lot had

separated from him: "Lift your eyes now and

look from the place where you are-northward,

southward, eastward, and westward;

13:15 "for all the land which you see I give to

you and your descendants forever.

13:16 "And I will make your descendants as the

dust of the earth; so that if a man could number

the dust of the earth, then your descendants also

could be numbered.

13:17 "Arise, walk in the land through its length

and its width, for I give it to you."

13:18 Then Abram moved his tent, and went and

dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are

in Hebron, and built an altar there to Yahweh.

Genesis 14:

14:1 And it came to pass in the days of

Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar,

Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of


14:2 that they made war with Bera king of

Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king

of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the

king of Bela (that is, Zoar).

14:3 All these joined together in the Valley of

Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea).

14:4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer,

and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

14:5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and

the kings that were with him came and attacked

the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzim in

Ham, the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim,

14:6 and the Horites in their mountain of Seir, as

far as El Paran, which is by the wilderness.

14:7 Then they turned back and came to En

Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and attacked all the

country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites

who dwelt in Hazezon Tamar.

14:8 And the king of Sodom, the king of

Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of

Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar)

went out and joined together in battle in the

Valley of Siddim

14:9 against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal

king of nations, Amraphel king of Shinar, and

Arioch king of Ellasar-four kings against five.

14:10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of

asphalt pits; and the kings of Sodom and

Genesis 14:

Gomorrah fled; some fell there, and the

remainder fled to the mountains.

14:11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom

and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went

their way.

14:12 They also took Lot, Abram's brother's son

who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and


14:13 Then one who had escaped came and told

Abram the Hebrew, for he dwelt by the terebinth

trees of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol

and brother of Aner; and they were allies with


14:14 Now when Abram heard that his brother

was taken captive, he armed his three hundred

and eighteen trained servants who were born in

his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.

14:15 He divided his forces against them by

night, and he and his servants attacked them and

pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of


14:16 So he brought back all the goods, and also

brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as

well as the women and the people.

14:17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet

him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King's

Valley), after his return from the defeat of

Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.

14:18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought

out bread and wine; he was the priest of God

Most High.

14:19 And he blessed him and said:

"Blessed be Abram of God Most High,

Possessor of heaven and earth;

14:20 And blessed be Jahweh, God Most High,

Who has delivered your enemies into your


And he gave him a tithe of all.

14:21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram,

"Give me the persons, and take the goods for


14:22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I

have raised my hand to Yahweh, God Most

High, the Possessor of heaven and earth,

14:23 "that I will take nothing, from a thread to a

sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that

is yours, lest you should say, 'I have made

Abram rich'-

14:24 "except only what the young men have

eaten, and the portion of the men who went with

me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take

their portion."


Genesis 15:

15:1 After these things the word of Yahweh

came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be

afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your

exceedingly great reward."

15:2 But Abram said, "Lord Yahweh, what will

You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir

of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?"

15:3 Then Abram said, "Look, You have given

me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is

my heir!"

15:4 And behold, the word of Yahweh came to

him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but

one who will come from your own body shall be

your heir."

15:5 Then He brought him outside and said,

"Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if

you are able to number them." And He said to

him, "So shall your descendants be."

15:6 And he believed in Yahweh, and He

accounted it to him for righteousness.

15:7 Then He said to him, "I am Yahweh, who

brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give

you this land to inherit it."

15:8 And he said, "Lord Yahweh, how shall I

know that I will inherit it?"

15:9 So He said to him, "Bring Me a three-yearold

heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a threeyear-

old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon."

15:10 Then he brought all these to Him and cut

them in two, down the middle, and placed each

piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the

birds in two.

15:11 And when the vultures came down on the

carcasses, Abram drove them away.

15:12 Now when the sun was going down, a

deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror

and great darkness fell upon him.

15:13 Then He said to Abram: "Know certainly

that your descendants will be strangers in a land

that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they

will afflict them four hundred years.

15:14 "And also the nation whom they serve I

will judge; afterward they shall come out with

great possessions.

15:15 "Now as for you, you shall go to your

fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good

old age.

Genesis 15:

15:16 "But in the fourth generation they shall

return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is

not yet complete."

15:17 And it came to pass, when the sun went

down and it was dark, that behold, there

appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch

that passed between those pieces.

15:18 On the same day Yahweh made a covenant

with Abram, saying: "To your descendants I

have given this land, from the river of Egypt to

the great river, the River Euphrates-

15:19 "the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the


15:20 "the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim,

15:21 "the Amorites, the Canaanites, the

Girgashites, and the Jebusites."


Genesis 16:

16:1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no

children. And she had an Egyptian maidservant

whose name was Hagar.

16:2 So Sarai said to Abram, "See now, Yahweh

has restrained me from bearing children. Please,

go in to my maid; perhaps I shall obtain children

by her." And Abram heeded the voice of Sarai.

16:3 Then Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her

maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband

Abram to be his wife, after Abram had dwelt ten

years in the land of Canaan.

16:4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived.

And when she saw that she had conceived, her

mistress became despised in her eyes.

16:5 Then Sarai said to Abram, "My wrong be

upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace;

and when she saw that she had conceived, I

became despised in her eyes. Yahweh judge

between you and me."

16:6 So Abram said to Sarai, "Indeed your maid

is in your hand; do to her as you please." And

when Sarai dealt harshly with her, she fled from

her presence.

16:7 Now the Angel of Yahweh found her by a

spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring

on the way to Shur.

16:8 And He said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid, where

have you come from, and where are you going?"

She said, "I am fleeing from the presence of my

mistress Sarai."

16:9 The Angel of Yahweh said to her, "Return

to your mistress, and submit yourself under her


16:10 Then the Angel of Yahweh said to her, "I

will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so

that they shall not be counted for multitude."

16:11 And the Angel of Yahweh said to her:

"Behold, you are with child,

And you shall bear a son.

You shall call his name Ishmael,

Because Yahweh has heard your affliction.

16:12 He shall be a wild man;

His hand shall be against every man,

And every man's hand against him.

And he shall dwell in the presence of all his


16:13 Then she called the name of Yahweh who

spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for

she said, "Have I also here seen Him who sees


16:14 Therefore the well was called Beer Lahai

Roi; observe, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

16:15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram

named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.

16:16 Abram was eighty-six years old when

Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.


Genesis 17:

17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old,

Yahweh appeared to Abram and said to him, "I

am Almighty God; walk before Me and be


17:2 "And I will make My covenant between Me

and you, and will multiply you exceedingly."

17:3 Then Abram fell on his face, and Yahweh

talked with him, saying:

17:4 "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with

you, and you shall be a father of many nations.

17:5 "No longer shall your name be called

Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I

have made you a father of many nations.

17:6 "I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I

will make nations of you, and kings shall come

from you.

17:7 "And I will establish My covenant between

Me and you and your descendants after you in

their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to

be God to you and your descendants after you.

17:8 "Also I give to you and your descendants

after you the land in which you are a stranger, all

the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession;

and I will be their God."

17:9 And Yahweh said to Abraham: "As for

you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your

descendants after you throughout their


17:10 "This is My covenant which you shall

keep, between Me and you and your descendants

after you: Every male child among you shall be


17:11 "and you shall be circumcised in the flesh

of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the

covenant between Me and you.

17:12 "He who is eight days old among you shall

be circumcised, every male child in your

generations, he who is born in your house or

bought with money from any foreigner who is

not your descendant.

17:13 "He who is born in your house and he who

is bought with your money must be circumcised,

and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an

everlasting covenant.

17:14 "And the uncircumcised male child, who is

not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that

person shall be cut off from his people; he has

broken My covenant."

17:15 Then Yahweh said to Abraham, "As for

Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name

Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.

17:16 "And I will bless her and also give you a

son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be

a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be

from her."

17:17 Then Abraham fell on his face and

laughed, and said in his heart, "Shall a child be

born to a man who is one hundred years old?

And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a


17:18 And Abraham said to Yahweh, "Oh, that

Ishmael might live before You!"

17:19 Then Yahweh said: "No, Sarah your wife

shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name

Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for

an everlasting covenant, and with his

descendants after him.

17:20 "And as for Ishmael, I have heard you.

Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him

fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He

shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a

great nation.

17:21 "But My covenant I will establish with

Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set

time next year."

17:22 Then He finished talking with him, and

Yahweh went up from Abraham.

17:23 So Abraham took Ishmael his son, all who

were born in his house and all who were bought

with his money, every male among the men of

Abraham's house, and circumcised the flesh of

their foreskins that very same day, as Yahweh

had said to him.

17:24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when

he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

17:25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old

when he was circumcised in the flesh of his


17:26 That very same day Abraham was

circumcised, and his son Ishmael;

17:27 and all the men of his house, born in the

house or bought with money from a foreigner,

were circumcised with him.


Genesis 18:

18:1 Then Yahweh appeared to him by the

terebinth trees of Mamre, as he was sitting in the

tent door in the heat of the day.

18:2 So he lifted his eyes and looked, and

behold, three men were standing by him; and

when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to

meet them, and bowed himself to the ground,

18:3 and said, "My Lord, if I have now found

favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your


18:4 "Please let a little water be brought, and

wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the


18:5 "And I will bring a morsel of bread, that

you may refresh your hearts. After that you may

pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your

servant." They said, "Do as you have said."

18:6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah

and said, "Quickly, make ready three measures

of fine meal; knead it and make cakes."

18:7 And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender

and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he

hastened to prepare it.

18:8 So he took butter and milk and the calf

which he had prepared, and set it before them;

and he stood by them under the tree as they ate.

18:9 Then they said to him, "Where is Sarah

your wife?" So he said, "Here, in the tent."

18:10 And He said, "I will certainly return to you

according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah

your wife shall have a son." (Sarah was listening

in the tent door which was behind him.)

18:11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well

advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of


18:12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself,

saying, "After I have grown old, shall I have

pleasure, my lord being old also?"

18:13 And Yahweh said to Abraham, "Why did

Sarah laugh, saying, 'Shall I surely bear a child,

since I am old?'

18:14 "Is anything too hard for Yahweh? At the

appointed time I will return to you, according to

the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son."

18:15 But Sarah denied it, saying, "I did not

laugh," for she was afraid. And He said, "No, but

you did laugh!"

18:16 Then the men rose from there and looked

toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to

send them on the way.

18:17 And Yahweh said, "Shall I hide from

Abraham what I am doing,

18:18 "since Abraham shall surely become a

great and mighty nation, and all the nations of

the earth shall be blessed in him?

18:19 "For I have known him, in order that he

may command his children and his household

after him, that they keep the way of Yahweh, to

do righteousness and justice, that Yahweh may

bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him."

18:20 And Yahweh said, "Because the outcry

against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and

because their sin is very grave,

18:21 "I will go down now and see whether they

have done altogether according to the outcry

against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will


18:22 Then the men turned away from there and

went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood

before Yahweh.

18:23 And Abraham came near and said, "Would

You also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

18:24 "Suppose there were fifty righteous within

the city; would You also destroy the place and

not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it?

18:25 "Far be it from You to do such a thing as

this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so

that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be

it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth

do right?"

18:26 So Yahweh said, "If I find in Sodom fifty

righteous within the city, then I will spare all the

place for their sakes."

18:27 Then Abraham answered and said, "Indeed

now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it

upon myself to speak toYahweh:

18:28 "Suppose there were five less than the fifty

righteous; would You destroy all of the city for

lack of five?" So He said, "If I find there fortyfive,

I will not destroy it."

18:29 And he spoke to Him yet again and said,

"Suppose there should be forty found there?" So

He said, "I will not do it for the sake of forty."

18:30 Then he said, "Let notYahweh be angry,

and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found

there?" So He said, "I will not do it if I find thirty


18:31 And he said, "Indeed now, I have taken it

upon myself to speak toYahweh: Suppose twenty

should be found there?" So He said, "I will not

destroy it for the sake of twenty."

18:32 Then he said, "Let notYahweh be angry,

and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten

should be found there?" And He said, "I will not

destroy it for the sake of ten."

18:33 So Yahweh went His way as soon as He

had finished speaking with Abraham; and

Abraham returned to his place.


Genesis 19:

19:1 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the

evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of

Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet

them, and he bowed himself with his face toward

the ground.

19:2 And he said, "Here now, my lords, please

turn in to your servant's house and spend the

night, and wash your feet; then you may rise

early and go on your way." And they said, "No,

but we will spend the night in the open square."

19:3 But he insisted strongly; so they turned in to

him and entered his house. Then he made them a

feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

19:4 Now before they lay down, the men of the

city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all

the people from every quarter, surrounded the


19:5 And they called to Lot and said to him,

"Where are the men who came to you tonight?

Bring them out to us that we may know them


19:6 So Lot went out to them through the

doorway, shut the door behind him,

19:7 and said, "Please, my brethren, do not do so


19:8 "See now, I have two daughters who have

not been intimate with a man; please, let me

bring them out to you, and you may do to them

as you wish; only do nothing to these men, since

this is the reason they have come under the

shadow of my roof."

19:9 And they said, "Stand back!" Then they

said, "This one came in to stay here, and he

keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse

with you than with them." So they pressed hard

against the man Lot, and came near to break

down the door.

19:10 But the men reached out their hands and

pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the


19:11 And they struck the men who were at the

doorway of the house with blindness, both small

and great, so that they became weary trying to

find the door.

19:12 Then the men said to Lot, "Have you

anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your

daughters, and whomever you have in the citytake

them out of this place!

19:13 "For we will destroy this place, because

the outcry against them has grown great before

the face of Yahweh, and Yahweh has sent us to

destroy it."

19:14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-inlaw,

who had married his daughters, and said,

"Get up, get out of this place; for Yahweh will

destroy this city!" But to his sons-in-law he

seemed to be joking.

19:15 When the morning dawned, the angels

urged Lot to hurry, saying, "Arise, take your

wife and your two daughters who are here, lest

you be consumed in the punishment of the city."

19:16 And while he lingered, the men took hold

of his hand, his wife's hand, and the hands of his

two daughters, Yahweh being merciful to him,

and they brought him out and set him outside the


19:17 So it came to pass, when they had brought

them outside, that he said, "Escape for your life!

Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the

plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be


19:18 Then Lot said to them, "Please, no, my


19:19 "Indeed now, your servant has found favor

in your sight, and you have increased your mercy

which you have shown me by saving my life; but

I cannot escape to the mountains, lest some evil

overtake me and I die.

19:20 "See now, this city is near enough to flee

to, and it is a little one; please let me escape

there (is it not a little one?) and my body shall


19:21 And he said to him, "See, I have favored

you concerning this thing also, in that I will not

overthrow this city for which you have spoken.

19:22 "Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do

anything until you arrive there." Therefore the

name of the city was called Zoar.

19:23 The sun had risen upon the earth when

Lot entered Zoar.

19:24 Then Yahweh rained brimstone and fire on

Sodom and Gomorrah, from Yahweh out of the


19:25 So He overthrew those cities, all the plain,

all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on

the ground.

19:26 But his wife looked back behind him, and

she became a pillar of salt.

19:27 And Abraham went early in the morning

to the place where he had stood before Yahweh.

19:28 Then he looked toward Sodom and

Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain;

and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land

which went up like the smoke of a furnace.

19:29 And it came to pass, when Yahweh

destroyed the cities of the plain, that Yahweh

remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the

midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the

cities in which Lot had dwelt.

19:30 Then Lot went up out of Zoar and dwelt

in the mountains, and his two daughters were

with him; for he was afraid to dwell in Zoar. And

he and his two daughters dwelt in a cave.

19:31 Now the firstborn said to the younger,

"Our father is old, and there is no man on the

earth to come in to us as is the custom of all the


19:32 "Come, let us make our father drink wine,

and we will lie with him, that we may preserve

the lineage of our father."

19:33 So they made their father drink wine that

night. And the firstborn went in and lay with her

father, and he did not know when she lay down

or when she arose.

19:34 It happened on the next day that the

firstborn said to the younger, "Indeed I lay with

my father last night; let us make him drink wine

tonight also, and you go in and lie with him, that

we may preserve the lineage of our father."

19:35 Then they made their father drink wine

that night also. And the younger arose and lay

with him, and he did not know when she lay

down or when she arose.

19:36 Thus both the daughters of Lot were with

child by their father.

19:37 The firstborn bore a son and called his

name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to

this day.

19:38 And the younger, she also bore a son and

called his name Ben-Ammi; he is the father of

the people of Ammon to this day.


Genesis 20:

20:1 And Abraham journeyed from there to the

South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and

stayed in Gerar.

20:2 Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She

is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent

and took Sarah.

20:3 But Yahweh came to Abimelech in a dream

by night, and said to him, "Indeed you are a dead

man because of the woman whom you have

taken, for she is a man's wife."

20:4 But Abimelech had not come near her; and

he said, "Lord, will You slay a righteous nation


20:5 "Did he not say to me, 'She is my sister'?

And she, even she herself said, 'He is my

brother.' In the integrity of my heart and

innocence of my hands I have done this."

20:6 And Yahweh said to him in a dream, "Yes, I

know that you did this in the integrity of your

heart. For I also withheld you from sinning

against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.

20:7 "Now therefore, restore the man's wife; for

he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you


Genesis 21:

shall live. But if you do not restore her, know

that you shall surely die, you and all who are


20:8 So Abimelech rose early in the morning,

called all his servants, and told all these things in

their hearing; and the men were very much


20:9 And Abimelech called Abraham and said to

him, "What have you done to us? How have I

offended you, that you have brought on me and

on my kingdom a great sin? You have done

deeds to me that ought not to be done."

20:10 Then Abimelech said to Abraham, "What

did you have in view, that you have done this


20:11 And Abraham said, "Because I thought,

surely the fear of Yahweh is not in this place;

and they will kill me on account of my wife.

20:12 "But indeed she is truly my sister. She is

the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of

my mother; and she became my wife.

20:13 "And it came to pass, when Yahweh

caused me to wander from my father's house,

that I said to her, 'This is your kindness that you

should do for me: in every place, wherever we

go, say of me, "He is my brother." ' "

20:14 Then Abimelech took sheep, oxen, and

male and female servants, and gave them to

Abraham; and he restored Sarah his wife to him.

20:15 And Abimelech said, "See, my land is

before you; dwell where it pleases you."

20:16 Then to Sarah he said, "Behold, I have

given your brother a thousand pieces of silver;

indeed this vindicates you before all who are

with you and before everybody." Thus she was


20:17 So Abraham prayed to Yahweh; and

Yahweh healed Abimelech, his wife, and his

female servants. Then they bore children;

20:18 for Yahweh had closed up all the wombs

of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah,

Abraham's wife.


Genesis 21:

21:1 And Yahweh visited Sarah as He had said,

and Yahweh did for Sarah as He had spoken.

21:2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a

son in his old age, at the set time of which

Yahweh had spoken to him.

21:3 And Abraham called the name of his son

who was born to him-whom Sarah bore to him-


21:4 Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac

when he was eight days old, as Yahweh had

commanded him.

21:5 Now Abraham was one hundred years old

when his son Isaac was born to him.

21:6 And Sarah said, "Yahweh has made me

laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me."

21:7 She also said, "Who would have said to

Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I

have borne him a son in his old age."

21:8 So the child grew and was weaned. And

Abraham made a great feast on the same day that

Isaac was weaned.

21:9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the

Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham,


21:10 Therefore she said to Abraham, "Cast out

this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this

bondwoman shall not be heir with my son,

namely with Isaac."

21:11 And the matter was very displeasing in

Abraham's sight because of his son.

21:12 But Yahweh said to Abraham, "Do not let

it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad

or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah

has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac

your seed shall be called.

21:13 "Yet I will also make a nation of the son of

the bondwoman, because he is your seed."

21:14 So Abraham rose early in the morning,

and took bread and a skin of water; and putting it

on her shoulder, he gave it and the boy to Hagar,

and sent her away. Then she departed and

wandered in the Wilderness of Beersheba.

21:15 And the water in the skin was used up,

and she placed the boy under one of the shrubs.

21:16 Then she went and sat down across from

him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said

to herself, "Let me not see the death of the boy."

So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and


21:17 And Yahweh heard the voice of the lad.

Then the angel of Yahweh called to Hagar out of

heaven, and said to her, "What ails you, Hagar?

Fear not, for Yahweh has heard the voice of the

lad where he is.

21:18 "Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with

your hand, for I will make him a great nation."

21:19 Then Yahweh opened her eyes, and she

saw a well of water. And she went and filled the

skin with water, and gave the lad a drink.

21:20 So Yahweh was with the lad; and he grew

and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an


21:21 He dwelt in the Wilderness of Paran; and

his mother took a wife for him from the land of


21:22 And it came to pass at that time that

Abimelech and Phichol, the commander of his

army, spoke to Abraham, saying, "Yahweh is

with you in all that you do.

21:23 "Now therefore, swear to me by Yahweh

that you will not deal falsely with me, with my

offspring, or with my posterity; but that

according to the kindness that I have done to

you, you will do to me and to the land in which

you have dwelt."

21:24 And Abraham said, "I will swear."

21:25 Then Abraham rebuked Abimelech

because of a well of water which Abimelech's

servants had seized.

21:26 And Abimelech said, "I do not know who

has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor had I

heard of it until today."

21:27 So Abraham took sheep and oxen and

gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them

made a covenant.

21:28 And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the

flock by themselves.

21:29 Then Abimelech asked Abraham, "What is

the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you

have set by themselves?"

21:30 And he said, "You will take these seven

ewe lambs from my hand, that they may be my

witness that I have dug this well."

21:31 Therefore he called that place Beersheba,

because the two of them swore an oath there.

21:32 Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba.

So Abimelech rose with Phichol, the commander

of his army, and they returned to the land of the


21:33 Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in

Beersheba, and there called on the name of

Yahweh, the Everlasting God.

21:34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the

Philistines many days.


Genesis 22:

22:1 Now it came to pass after these things that

Yahweh tested Abraham, and said to him,

"Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."

22:2 Then He said, "Take now your son, your

only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the

land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt

offering on one of the mountains of which I shall

tell you."

22:3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and

saddled his donkey, and took two of his young

men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the

wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went

to the place of which Yahweh had told him.

22:4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his

eyes and saw the place afar off.

22:5 And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay

here with the donkey; the lad and I will go

yonder and worship, and we will come back to


22:6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt

offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took

the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of

them went together.

22:7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and

said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my

son." Then he said, "Look, the fire and the wood,

but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"

22:8 And Abraham said, "My son, Yahweh will

provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt

offering." So the two of them went together.

22:9 Then they came to the place of which

Yahweh had told him. And Abraham built an

altar there and placed the wood in order; and he

bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar,

upon the wood.

22:10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and

took the knife to slay his son.

22:11 But the Angel of Yahweh called to him

from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So

he said, "Here I am."

22:12 And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the

lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that

you fear Yahweh, since you have not withheld

your son, your only son, from Me."

22:13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked,

and there behind him was a ram caught in a

thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took

the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering

instead of his son.

22:14 And Abraham called the name of the

place, Yahweh-Will-Provide; as it is said to this

day, "In the Mount of Yahweh it shall be


22:15 Then the Angel of Yahweh called to

Abraham a second time out of heaven,

22:16 and said: "By Myself I have sworn, says

Yahweh, because you have done this thing, and

have not withheld your son, your only son-

22:17 "blessing I will bless you, and multiplying

I will multiply your descendants as the stars of

the sky and as the sand which is on the seashore;

and your descendants shall possess the gate of

their enemies.

22:18 "In your seed all the nations of the earth

shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My


22:19 So Abraham returned to his young men,

and they rose and went together to Beersheba;

and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

22:20 Now it came to pass after these things that

it was told Abraham, saying, "Indeed Milcah

also has borne children to your brother Nahor:

22:21 "Huz his firstborn, Buz his brother,

Kemuel the father of Aram,

22:22 "Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and


22:23 And Bethuel begot Rebekah. These eight

Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother.

22:24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah,

also bore Tebah, Gaham, Thahash, and Maachah.


Genesis 23:

23:1 Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven

years; these were the years of the life of Sarah.

23:2 So Sarah died in Kirjath Arba (that is,

Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham

came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her.

23:3 Then Abraham stood up from before his

dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,

23:4 "I am a foreigner and a visitor among you.

Give me property for a burial place among you,

that I may bury my dead out of my sight."

23:5 And the sons of Heth answered Abraham,

saying to him,

23:6 "Hear us, my lord: You are a mighty prince

among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our

burial places. None of us will withhold from you

his burial place, that you may bury your dead."

23:7 Then Abraham stood up and bowed himself

to the people of the land, the sons of Heth.

23:8 And he spoke with them, saying, "If it is

your wish that I bury my dead out of my sight,

hear me, and meet with Ephron the son of Zohar

for me,

23:9 "that he may give me the cave of

Machpelah which he has, which is at the end of

his field. Let him give it to me at the full price,

as property for a burial place among you."

23:10 Now Ephron dwelt among the sons of

Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham

in the presence of the sons of Heth, all who

entered at the gate of his city, saying,

23:11 "No, my lord, hear me: I give you the field

and the cave that is in it; I give it to you in the

presence of the sons of my people. I give it to

you. Bury your dead!"

23:12 Then Abraham bowed himself down

before the people of the land;

23:13 and he spoke to Ephron in the hearing of

the people of the land, saying, "If you will give

it, please hear me. I will give you money for the

field; take it from me and I will bury my dead


23:14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying to


23:15 "My lord, listen to me; the land is worth

four hundred shekels of silver. What is that

between you and me? So bury your dead."

23:16 And Abraham listened to Ephron; and

Abraham weighed out the silver for Ephron

which he had named in the hearing of the sons of

Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, currency of

the merchants.

23:17 So the field of Ephron which was in

Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field

and the cave which was in it, and all the trees

that were in the field, which were within all the

surrounding borders, were deeded

23:18 to Abraham as a possession in the

presence of the sons of Heth, before all who

went in at the gate of his city.

23:19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his

wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah,

before Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of


23:20 So the field and the cave that is in it were

deeded to Abraham by the sons of Heth as

property for a burial place.


Genesis 24:

24:1 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in

age; and Yahweh had blessed Abraham in all


24:2 So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his

house, who ruled over all that he had, "Please,

put your hand under my thigh,

24:3 "and I will make you swear by Yahweh, the

God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you

will not take a wife for my son from the

daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I


24:4 "but you shall go to my country and to my

family, and take a wife for my son Isaac."

24:5 And the servant said to him, "Perhaps the

woman will not be willing to follow me to this

land. Must I take your son back to the land from

which you came?"

24:6 But Abraham said to him, "Beware that you

do not take my son back there.

24:7 "Yahweh the God of heaven, who took me

from my father's house and from the land of my

family, and who spoke to me and swore to me,

saying, 'To your descendants I give this land,' He

will send His angel before you, and you shall

take a wife for my son from there.

24:8 "And if the woman is not willing to follow

you, then you will be released from this oath;

only do not take my son back there."

24:9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh

of Abraham his master, and swore to him

concerning this matter.

24:10 Then the servant took ten of his master's

camels and departed, for all his master's goods

were in his hand. And he arose and went to

Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor.

24:11 And he made his camels kneel down

outside the city by a well of water at evening

time, the time when women go out to draw


24:12 Then he said, "O Yahweh, God of my

master Abraham, please give me success this

day, and show kindness to my master Abraham.

24:13 "Behold, here I stand by the well of water,

and the daughters of the men of the city are

coming out to draw water.

24:14 "Now let it be that the young woman to

whom I say, 'Please let down your pitcher that I

may drink,' and she says, 'Drink, and I will also

give your camels a drink'-let her be the one You

have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by

this I will know that You have shown kindness

to my master."

24:15 And it happened, before he had finished

speaking, that behold, Rebekah, who was born to

Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor,

Abraham's brother, came out with her pitcher on

her shoulder.

24:16 Now the young woman was very beautiful

to behold, a virgin; no man had known her. And

she went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and

came up.

24:17 And the servant ran to meet her and said,

"Please let me drink a little water from your


24:18 So she said, "Drink, my lord." Then she

quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and

gave him a drink.

24:19 And when she had finished giving him a

drink, she said, "I will draw water for your

camels also, until they have finished drinking."

24:20 Then she quickly emptied her pitcher into

the trough, ran back to the well to draw water,

and drew for all his camels.

24:21 And the man, wondering at her, remained

silent so as to know whether Yahweh had made

his journey prosperous or not.

24:22 So it was, when the camels had finished

drinking, that the man took a golden nose ring

weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her

wrists weighing ten shekels of gold,

24:23 and said, "Whose daughter are you? Tell

me, please, is there room in your father's house

for us to lodge?"

24:24 So she said to him, "I am the daughter of

Bethuel, Milcah's son, whom she bore to Nahor."

24:25 Moreover she said to him, "We have both

straw and feed enough, and room to lodge."

24:26 Then the man bowed down his head and

worshiped Yahweh.

24:27 And he said, "Blessed be Yahweh the God

of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken

His mercy and His truth toward my master. As

for me, being on the way, Yahweh led me to the

house of my master's brethren."

24:28 So the young woman ran and told her

mother's household these things.

24:29 Now Rebekah had a brother whose name

was Laban, and Laban ran out to the man by the


24:30 So it came to pass, when he saw the nose

ring, and the bracelets on his sister's wrists, and

when he heard the words of his sister Rebekah,

saying, "Thus the man spoke to me," that he

went to the man. And there he stood by the

camels at the well.

24:31 And he said, "Come in, O blessed of

Yahweh! Why do you stand outside? For I have

prepared the house, and a place for the camels."

24:32 Then the man came to the house. And he

unloaded the camels, and provided straw and

feed for the camels, and water to wash his feet

and the feet of the men who were with him.

24:33 Food was set before him to eat, but he

said, "I will not eat until I have told about my

errand." And he said, "Speak on."

24:34 So he said, "I am Abraham's servant.

24:35 "Yahweh has blessed my master greatly,

and he has become great; and He has given him

flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and

female servants, and camels and donkeys.

24:36 "And Sarah my master's wife bore a son to

my master when she was old; and to him he has

given all that he has.

24:37 "Now my master made me swear, saying,

'You shall not take a wife for my son from the

daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I


24:38 'but you shall go to my father's house and

to my family, and take a wife for my son.'

24:39 "And I said to my master, 'Perhaps the

woman will not follow me.'

24:40 "But he said to me, 'Yahweh, before whom

I walk, will send His angel with you and prosper

your way; and you shall take a wife for my son

from my family and from my father's house.

24:41 'You will be clear from this oath when you

arrive among my family; for if they will not give

her to you, then you will be released from my


24:42 "And this day I came to the well and said,

'O Yahweh, God of my master Abraham, if You

will now prosper the way in which I go,

24:43 'behold, I stand by the well of water; and it

shall come to pass that when the virgin comes

out to draw water, and I say to her, "Please give

me a little water from your pitcher to drink,"

24:44 'and she says to me, "Drink, and I will

draw for your camels also,"-let her be the woma

Genesis 24:

whom Yahweh has appointed for my master's


24:45 "But before I had finished speaking in my

heart, there was Rebekah, coming out with her

pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down to

the well and drew water. And I said to her,

'Please let me drink.'

24:46 "And she made haste and let her pitcher

down from her shoulder, and said, 'Drink, and I

will give your camels a drink also.' So I drank,

and she gave the camels a drink also.

24:47 "Then I asked her, and said, 'Whose

daughter are you?' And she said, 'The daughter

of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bore to

him.' So I put the nose ring on her nose and the

bracelets on her wrists.

24:48 "And I bowed my head and worshiped

Yahweh, and blessed Yahweh the God of my

master Abraham, who had led me in the way of

truth to take the daughter of my master's brother

for his son.

24:49 "Now if you will deal kindly and truly

with my master, tell me. And if not, tell me, that

I may turn to the right hand or to the left."

24:50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and

said, "The thing comes from Yahweh; we cannot

speak to you either bad or good.

24:51 "Here is Rebekah before you; take her and

go, and let her be your master's son's wife, as

Yahweh has spoken."

24:52 And it came to pass, when Abraham's

servant heard their words, that he worshiped

Yahweh, bowing himself to the earth.

24:53 Then the servant brought out jewelry of

silver, jewelry of gold, and clothing, and gave

them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things

to her brother and to her mother.

24:54 And he and the men who were with him

ate and drank and stayed all night. Then they

arose in the morning, and he said, "Send me

away to my master."

24:55 But her brother and her mother said, "Let

the young woman stay with us a few days, at

least ten; after that she may go."

24:56 And he said to them, "Do not hinder me,

since Yahweh has prospered my way; send me

away so that I may go to my master."

24:57 So they said, "We will call the young

woman and ask her personally."

24:58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her,

"Will you go with this man?" And she said, "I

will go."

24:59 So they sent away Rebekah their sister and

her nurse, and Abraham's servant and his men.

24:60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her:

"Our sister, may you become

The mother of thousands of ten thousands;

And may your descendants possess

The gates of those who hate them."

24:61 Then Rebekah and her maids arose, and

they rode on the camels and followed the man.

So the servant took Rebekah and departed.

24:62 Now Isaac came from the way of Beer

Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South.

24:63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field

in the evening; and he lifted his eyes and looked,

and there, the camels were coming.

24:64 Then Rebekah lifted her eyes, and when

she saw Isaac she dismounted from her camel;

24:65 for she had said to the servant, "Who is

this man walking in the field to meet us?" The

servant said, "It is my master." So she took a veil

and covered herself.

24:66 And the servant told Isaac all the things

that he had done.

24:67 Then Isaac brought her into his mother

Sarah's tent; and he took Rebekah and she

became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was

comforted after his mother's death.


Genesis 25:

25:1 Abraham again took a wife, and her name

was Keturah.

25:2 And she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan,

Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.

25:3 Jokshan begot Sheba and Dedan. And the

sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and


25:4 And the sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher,

Hanoch, Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the

children of Keturah.

25:5 And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac.

25:6 But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the

concubines which Abraham had; and while he

was still living he sent them eastward, away

from Isaac his son, to the country of the east.

25:7 This is the sum of the years of Abraham's

life which he lived: one hundred and seventyfive


25:8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died in

a good old age, an old man and full of years, and

was gathered to his people.

25:9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him

in the cave of Machpelah, which is before

Mamre, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar

the Hittite,

25:10 the field which Abraham purchased from

the sons of Heth. There Abraham was buried,

and Sarah his wife.

25:11 And it came to pass, after the death of

Abraham, that Yahweh blessed his son Isaac.

And Isaac dwelt at Beer Lahai Roi.

25:12 Now this is the genealogy of Ishmael,

Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian,

Sarah's maidservant, bore to Abraham.

25:13 And these were the names of the sons of

Ishmael, by their names, according to their

generations: The firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth;

then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,

25:14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa,

25:15 Hadar, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and


25:16 These were the sons of Ishmael and these

were their names, by their towns and their

settlements, twelve princes according to their


25:17 These were the years of the life of

Ishmael: one hundred and thirty-seven years; and

he breathed his last and died, and was gathered

to his people.

25:18 (They dwelt from Havilah as far as Shur,

which is east of Egypt as you go toward

Assyria.) He died in the presence of all his


25:19 This is the genealogy of Isaac, Abraham's

son. Abraham begot Isaac.

25:20 Isaac was forty years old when he took

Rebekah as wife, the daughter of Bethuel the

Syrian of Padan Aram, the sister of Laban the


25:21 Now Isaac pleaded with Yahweh for his

wife, because she was barren; and Yahweh

granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife


25:22 But the children struggled together within

her; and she said, "If all is well, why am I like

this?" So she went to inquire of Yahweh.

25:23 And Yahweh said to her:

"Two nations are in your womb,

Two peoples shall be separated from your body;

One people shall be stronger than the other,

And the older shall serve the younger."

25:24 So when her days were fulfilled for her to

give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb.

25:25 And the first came out red. He was like a

hairy garment all over; so they called his name


25:26 Afterward his brother came out, and his

hand took hold of Esau's heel; so his name was

called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she

bore them.

25:27 So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful

hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild

man, dwelling in tents.

25:28 And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his

game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

25:29 Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came

in from the field, and he was weary.

25:30 And Esau said to Jacob, "Please feed me

with that same red stew, for I am weary."

Therefore his name was called Edom.

25:31 But Jacob said, "Sell me your birthright as

of this day."

25:32 And Esau said, "Look, I am about to die;

so what is this birthright to me?"

25:33 Then Jacob said, "Swear to me as of this

day." So he swore to him, and sold his birthright

to Jacob.

25:34 And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of

lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his

way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.


Genesis 26:

26:1 There was a famine in the land, besides the

first famine that was in the days of Abraham.

And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the

Philistines, in Gerar.

26:2 Then Yahweh appeared to him and said:

"Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of

which I shall tell you.

26:3 "Dwell in this land, and I will be with you

and bless you; for to you and your descendants I

give all these lands, and I will perform the oath

which I swore to Abraham your father.

26:4 "And I will make your descendants multiply

as the stars of the sky; I will give to your

descendants all these lands; and in your seed all

the nations of the earth shall be blessed;

Genesis 26:

26:5 "because Abraham obeyed My voice and

kept My charge, My commandments, My

statutes, and My laws."

26:6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.

26:7 And the men of the place asked about his

wife. And he said, "She is my sister"; for he was

afraid to say, "She is my wife," because he

thought, "lest the men of the place kill me for

Rebekah, because she is beautiful to behold."

26:8 Now it came to pass, when he had been

there a long time, that Abimelech king of the

Philistines looked through a window, and saw,

and there was Isaac, showing endearment to

Rebekah his wife.

26:9 Then Abimelech called Isaac and said,

"Quite obviously she is your wife; so how could

you say, 'She is my sister'?" And Isaac said to

him, "Because I said, 'Lest I die on account of

her.' "

26:10 And Abimelech said, "What is this you

have done to us? One of the people might soon

have lain with your wife, and you would have

brought guilt on us."

26:11 So Abimelech charged all his people,

saying, "He who touches this man or his wife

shall surely be put to death."

26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped

in the same year a hundredfold; and Yahweh

blessed him.

26:13 The man began to prosper, and continued

prospering until he became very prosperous;

26:14 for he had possessions of flocks and

possessions of herds and a great number of

servants. So the Philistines envied him.

26:15 Now the Philistines had stopped up all the

wells which his father's servants had dug in the

days of Abraham his father, and they had filled

them with earth.

26:16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go away

from us, for you are much mightier than we."

26:17 Then Isaac departed from there and

pitched his tent in the Valley of Gerar, and dwelt


26:18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water

which they had dug in the days of Abraham his

father, for the Philistines had stopped them up

after the death of Abraham. He called them by

the names which his father had called them.

26:19 Also Isaac's servants dug in the valley, and

found a well of running water there.

26:20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with

Isaac's herdsmen, saying, "The water is ours." So

he called the name of the well Esek, because

they quarreled with him.

26:21 Then they dug another well, and they

quarreled over that one also. So he called its

name Sitnah.

26:22 And he moved from there and dug another

well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he

called its name Rehoboth, because he said, "For

now Yahweh has made room for us, and we shall

be fruitful in the land."

26:23 Then he went up from there to Beersheba.

26:24 And Yahweh appeared to him the same

night and said, "I am the God of your father

Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will

bless you and multiply your descendants for My

servant Abraham's sake."

26:25 So he built an altar there and called on the

name of Yahweh, and he pitched his tent there;

and there Isaac's servants dug a well.

26:26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar

with Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and Phichol

the commander of his army.

26:27 And Isaac said to them, "Why have you

come to me, since you hate me and have sent me

away from you?"

26:28 But they said, "We have certainly seen that

Yahweh is with you. So we said, 'Let there now

be an oath between us, between you and us; and

let us make a covenant with you,

26:29 'that you will do us no harm, since we

have not touched you, and since we have done

nothing to you but good and have sent you away

in peace. You are now the blessed of Yahweh.’"

26:30 So he made them a feast, and they ate and


26:31 Then they arose early in the morning and

swore an oath with one another; and Isaac sent

them away, and they departed from him in peace.

26:32 It came to pass the same day that Isaac's

servants came and told him about the well which

they had dug, and said to him, "We have found


26:33 So he called it Shebah. Therefore the name

of the city is Beersheba to this day.

26:34 When Esau was forty years old, he took

as wives Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite,

and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite

Genesis 26:

26:35 And they were a grief of mind to Isaac and



Genesis 27:

27:1 Now it came to pass, when Isaac was old

and his eyes were so dim that he could not see,

that he called Esau his older son and said to him,

"My son." And he answered him, "Here I am."

27:2 Then he said, "Behold now, I am old. I do

not know the day of my death.

27:3 "Now therefore, please take your weapons,

your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field

and hunt game for me.

27:4 "And make me savory food, such as I love,

and bring it to me that I may eat, that my spirit

may bless you before I die."

27:5 Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac

spoke to Esau his son. And Esau went to the

field to hunt game and to bring it.

27:6 So Rebekah spoke to Jacob her son, saying,

"Indeed I heard your father speak to Esau your

brother, saying,

27:7 'Bring me game and make savory food for

me, that I may eat it and bless you in the

presence of Yahweh before my death.'

27:8 "Now therefore, my son, obey my voice

according to what I command you.

27:9 "Go now to the flock and bring me from

there two choice kids of the goats, and I will

make savory food from them for your father,

such as he loves.

27:10 "Then you shall take it to your father, that

he may eat it, and that he may bless you before

his death."

27:11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother,

"Look, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am

a smooth-skinned man.

27:12 "Perhaps my father will feel me, and I

shall seem to be a deceiver to him; and I shall

bring a curse on myself and not a blessing."

27:13 But his mother said to him, "Let your

curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice,

and go, get them for me."

27:14 And he went and got them and brought

them to his mother, and his mother made savory

food, such as his father loved.

27:15 Then Rebekah took the choice clothes of

her elder son Esau, which were with her in the

house, and put them on Jacob her younger son.

27:16 And she put the skins of the kids of the

goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his


27:17 Then she gave the savory food and the

bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of

her son Jacob.

27:18 So he went to his father and said, "My

father.' And he said, "Here I am. Who are you,

my son?"

27:19 Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau your

firstborn; I have done just as you told me; please

arise, sit and eat of my game, that your spirit

may bless me."

27:20 But Isaac said to his son, "How is it that

you have found it so quickly, my son?" And he

said, "Because Yahweh your God brought it to


27:21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, "Please come

near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you

are really my son Esau or not."

27:22 So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, and

he felt him and said, "The voice is Jacob's voice,

but the hands are the hands of Esau."

27:23 And he did not recognize him, because his

hands were hairy like his brother Esau's hands;

so he blessed him.

27:24 Then he said, "Are you really my son

Esau?" He said, "I am."

27:25 He said, "Bring it near to me, and I will eat

of my son's game, so that my spirit may bless

you." So he brought it near to him, and he ate;

and he brought him wine, and he drank.

27:26 Then his father Isaac said to him, "Come

near now and kiss me, my son."

27:27 And he came near and kissed him; and he

smelled the smell of his clothing, and blessed

him and said:

"Surely, the smell of my son

Is like the smell of a field

Which Yahweh has blessed.

27:28 Therefore may Yahweh give you

Of the dew of the clouds,

Of the fatness of the earth,

And plenty of grain and wine.

27:29 Let peoples serve you,

And nations bow down to you.

Be master over your brethren,

And let your mother's sons bow down to you.

Cursed be everyone who curses you,

And blessed be those who bless you!"

27:30 Now it happened, as soon as Isaac had

finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely

gone out from the presence of Isaac his father,

that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

27:31 He also had made savory food, and

brought it to his father, and said to his father,

"Let my father arise and eat of his son's game,

that your spirit may bless me."

27:32 And his father Isaac said to him, "Who are

you?" So he said, "I am your son, your firstborn,


27:33 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and

said, "Who? Where is the one who hunted game

and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you

came, and I have blessed him-and indeed he shall

be blessed."

27:34 When Esau heard the words of his father,

he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry,

and said to his father, "Bless me-me also, O my


27:35 But he said, "Your brother came with

deceit and has taken away your blessing."

27:36 And Esau said, "Is he not rightly named

Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two

times. He took away my birthright, and now

look, he has taken away my blessing!" And he

said, "Have you not reserved a blessing for me?"

27:37 Then Isaac answered and said to Esau,

"Indeed I have made him your master, and all his

brethren I have given to him as servants; with

grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall

I do now for you, my son?"

27:38 And Esau said to his father, "Have you

only one blessing, my father? Bless me-me also,

O my father!" And Esau lifted up his voice and


27:39 Then Isaac his father answered and said to


"Behold, your dwelling shall be of the fatness of

the earth,

And of the dew of the clouds from above.

27:40 By your sword you shall live,

And you shall serve your brother;

And it shall come to pass, when you become


That you shall break his yoke from your neck."

27:41 So Esau hated Jacob because of the

blessing with which his father blessed him, and

Esau said in his heart, "The days of mourning for

my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother


27:42 And the words of Esau her older son were

told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her

younger son, and said to him, "Surely your

brother Esau comforts himself concerning you

by intending to kill you.

27:43 "Now therefore, my son, obey my voice:

arise, flee to my brother Laban in Haran.

27:44 "And stay with him a few days, until your

brother's fury turns away,

27:45 "until your brother's anger turns away

from you, and he forgets what you have done to

him; then I will send and bring you from there.

Why should I be bereaved also of you both in

one day?"

27:46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, "I am weary of

my life because of the daughters of Heth; if

Jacob takes a wife of the daughters of Heth, like

these who are the daughters of the land, what

good will my life be to me?"


Genesis 28:

28:1 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him,

and charged him, and said to him: "You shall not

take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.

28:2 "Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of

Bethuel your mother's father; and take yourself a

wife from there of the daughters of Laban your

mother's brother.

28:3 "May God Almighty bless you,

And make you fruitful and multiply you,

That you may be an assembly of peoples;

28:4 And give you the blessing of Abraham,

To you and your descendants with you,

That you may inherit the land

In which you are a stranger,

Which Yahweh gave to Abraham."

28:5 So Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to

Padan Aram, to Laban the son of Bethuel the

Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of

Jacob and Esau.

28:6 Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and

sent him away to Padan Aram to take himself a

wife from there, and that as he blessed him he

gave him a charge, saying, "You shall not take a

wife from the daughters of Canaan,"

28:7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his

mother and had gone to Padan Aram.

28:8 Also Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan

did not please his father Isaac.

28:9 So Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath

the daughter of Ishmael, Abraham's son, the

sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife in addition to

the wives he had.

28:10 Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and

went toward Haran.

28:11 So he came to a certain place and stayed

there all night, because the sun had set. And he

took one of the stones of that place and put it at

his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep.

28:12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder

was set up on the earth, and its top reached to the

clouds; and there the angels of Yahweh were

ascending and descending on it.

28:13 And behold, Yahweh stood above it and

said: "I am Yahweh, God of Abraham your

father and the God of Isaac; the land on which

you lie I will give to you and your descendants.

28:14 "Also your descendants shall be as the dust

of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west

and the east, to the north and the south; and in

you and in your seed all the families of the earth

shall be blessed.

28:15 "Behold, I am with you and will keep you

wherever you go, and will bring you back to this

land; for I will not leave you until I have done

what I have spoken to you."

28:16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said,

"Surely Yahweh is in this place, and I did not

know it."

28:17 And he was afraid and said, "How

awesome is this place! This is none other than

the house of Yahweh, and this is the gate of


28:18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and

took the stone that he had put at his head, set it

up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it.

28:19 And he called the name of that place

Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz


28:20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If

Yahweh will be with me, and keep me in this

way that I am going, and give me bread to eat

and clothing to put on,

28:21 "so that I come back to my father's house

in peace, then Yahweh shall be my God.

28:22 "And this stone which I have set as a pillar

shall be Yahweh's house, and of all that You give

me I will surely give a tenth to You."


Genesis 29:

29:1 So Jacob went on his journey and came to

the land of the people of the East.

29:2 And he looked, and saw a well in the field;

and behold, there were three flocks of sheep

lying by it; for out of that well they watered the

flocks. A large stone was on the well's mouth.

29:3 Now all the flocks would be gathered there;

and they would roll the stone from the well's

mouth, water the sheep, and put the stone back in

its place on the well's mouth.

29:4 And Jacob said to them, "My brethren,

where are you from?" And they said, "We are

from Haran."

29:5 Then he said to them, "Do you know Laban

the son of Nahor?" And they said, "We know


29:6 So he said to them, "Is he well?" And they

said, "He is well. And look, his daughter Rachel

is coming with the sheep."

29:7 Then he said, "Look, it is still high day; it is

not time for the cattle to be gathered together.

Water the sheep, and go and feed them."

29:8 But they said, "We cannot until all the

flocks are gathered together, and they have rolled

the stone from the well's mouth; then we water

the sheep."

29:9 Now while he was still speaking with them,

Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was

a shepherdess.

29:10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw

Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's

brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's

brother, that Jacob went near and rolled the stone

from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of

Laban his mother's brother.

29:11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up

his voice and wept.

29:12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her

father's relative and that he was Rebekah's son.

So she ran and told her father.

29:13 Then it came to pass, when Laban heard

the report about Jacob his sister's son, that he ran

to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him,

and brought him to his house. So he told Laban

all these things.

29:14 And Laban said to him, "Surely you are

my bone and my flesh." And he stayed with him

for a month.

29:15 Then Laban said to Jacob, "Because you

are my relative, should you therefore serve me

for nothing? Tell me, what should your wages


29:16 Now Laban had two daughters: the name

of the elder was Leah, and the name of the

younger was Rachel.

29:17 Leah's eyes were delicate, but Rachel was

beautiful of form and appearance.

29:18 Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, "I

will serve you seven years for Rachel your

younger daughter."

29:19 And Laban said, "It is better that I give her

to you than that I should give her to another man.

Stay with me."

29:20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel,

and they seemed only a few days to him because

of the love he had for her.

29:21 Then Jacob said to Laban, "Give me my

wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in

to her."

29:22 And Laban gathered together all the men

of the place and made a feast.

29:23 Now it came to pass in the evening, that he

took Leah his daughter and brought her to Jacob;

and he went in to her.

29:24 And Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his

daughter Leah as a maid.

29:25 So it came to pass in the morning, that

behold, it was Leah. And he said to Laban,

"What is this you have done to me? Was it not

for Rachel that I served you? Why then have you

deceived me?"

29:26 And Laban said, "It must not be done so in

our country, to give the younger before the


29:27 "Fulfill her week, and we will give you

this one also for the service which you will serve

with me still another seven years."

29:28 Then Jacob did so and fulfilled her week.

So he gave him his daughter Rachel as wife also.

29:29 And Laban gave his maid Bilhah to his

daughter Rachel as a maid.

29:30 Then Jacob also went in to Rachel, and he

also loved Rachel more than Leah. And he

served with Laban still another seven years.

29:31 When Yahweh saw that Leah was

unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was


29:32 So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she

called his name Reuben; for she said, "Yahweh

has surely looked on my affliction. Now

therefore, my husband will love me."

29:33 Then she conceived again and bore a son,

and said, "Because Yahweh has heard that I am

unloved, He has therefore given me this son

also." And she called his name Simeon.

29:34 She conceived again and bore a son, and

said, "Now this time my husband will become

attached to me, because I have borne him three

sons." Therefore his name was called Levi.

29:35 And she conceived again and bore a son,

and said, "Now I will praise Yahweh." Therefore

she called his name Judah. Then she stopped



Genesis 30:

30:1 Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob

no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to

Jacob, "Give me children, or else I die!"

30:2 And Jacob's anger was aroused against

Rachel, and he said, "Am I in the place of

Yahweh, who has withheld from you the fruit of

the womb?"

30:3 So she said, "Here is my maid Bilhah; go in

to her, and she will bear a child on my knees,

that I also may have children by her."

30:4 Then she gave him Bilhah her maid as wife,

and Jacob went in to her.

30:5 And Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a


30:6 Then Rachel said, "Yahweh has judged my

case; and He has also heard my voice and given

me a son." Therefore she called his name Dan.

30:7 And Rachel's maid Bilhah conceived again

and bore Jacob a second son.

30:8 Then Rachel said, "With great wrestlings I

have wrestled with my sister, and indeed I have

prevailed." So she called his name Naphtali.

30:9 When Leah saw that she had stopped

bearing, she took Zilpah her maid and gave her

to Jacob as wife.

30:10 And Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a son.

30:11 Then Leah said, "A troop comes!" So she

called his name Gad.

30:12 And Leah's maid Zilpah bore Jacob a

second son.

30:13 Then Leah said, "I am happy, for the

daughters will call me blessed." So she called his

name Asher.

30:14 Now Reuben went in the days of wheat

harvest and found mandrakes in the field, and

brought them to his mother Leah. Then Rachel

said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son's


30:15 But she said to her, "Is it a small matter

that you have taken away my husband? Would

you take away my son's mandrakes also?" And

Rachel said, "Therefore he will lie with you

tonight for your son's mandrakes."

30:16 When Jacob came out of the field in the

evening, Leah went out to meet him and said,

"You must come in to me, for I have surely hired

you with my son's mandrakes." And he lay with

her that night.

30:17 And Yahweh listened to Leah, and she

conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.

30:18 Leah said, "Yahweh has given me my

wages, because I have given my maid to my

husband." So she called his name Issachar.

30:19 Then Leah conceived again and bore Jacob

a sixth son.

30:20 And Leah said, "Yahweh has endowed me

with a good endowment; now my husband will

dwell with me, because I have borne him six

sons." So she called his name Zebulun.

30:21 Afterward she bore a daughter, and called

her name Dinah.

30:22 Then Yahweh remembered Rachel, and

Yahweh listened to her and opened her womb.

30:23 And she conceived and bore a son, and

said, "Yahweh has taken away my reproach."

30:24 So she called his name Joseph, and said,

"Yahweh shall add to me another son."

30:25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had

borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, "Send me

away, that I may go to my own place and to my


30:26 "Give me my wives and my children for

whom I have served you, and let me go; for you

know my service which I have done for you."

30:27 And Laban said to him, "Please stay, if I

have found favor in your eyes, for I have learned

by experience that Yahweh has blessed me for

your sake."

30:28 Then he said, "Name me your wages, and I

will give it."

30:29 So Jacob said to him, "You know how I

have served you and how your livestock has

been with me.

30:30 "For what you had before I came was

little, and it has increased to a great amount;

Yahweh has blessed you since my coming. And

now, when shall I also provide for my own


30:31 So he said, "What shall I give you?" And

Jacob said, "You shall not give me anything. If

you will do this thing for me, I will again feed

and keep your flocks:

30:32 "Let me pass through all your flock today,

removing from there all the speckled and spotted

sheep, and all the brown ones among the lambs,

and the spotted and speckled among the goats;

and these shall be my wages.

30:33 "So my righteousness will answer for me

in time to come, when the subject of my wages

comes before you: every one that is not speckled

and spotted among the goats, and brown among

the lambs, will be considered stolen, if it is with


30:34 And Laban said, "Oh, that it were

according to your word!"

30:35 So he removed that day the male goats that

were speckled and spotted, all the female goats

that were speckled and spotted, every one that

had some white in it, and all the brown ones

among the lambs, and gave them into the hand of

his sons.

30:36 Then he put three days' journey between

himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of

Laban's flocks.

30:37 Now Jacob took for himself rods of green

poplar and of the almond and chestnut trees,

peeled white strips in them, and exposed the

white which was in the rods.

30:38 And the rods which he had peeled, he set

before the flocks in the gutters, in the watering

troughs where the flocks came to drink, so that

they should conceive when they came to drink.

30:39 So the flocks conceived before the rods,

and the flocks brought forth streaked, speckled,

and spotted.

30:40 Then Jacob separated the lambs, and made

the flocks face toward the streaked and all the

brown in the flock of Laban; but he put his own

flocks by themselves and did not put them with

Laban's flock.

30:41 And it came to pass, whenever the

stronger livestock conceived, that Jacob placed

the rods before the eyes of the livestock in the

gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.

30:42 But when the flocks were feeble, he did

not put them in; so the feebler were Laban's and

the stronger Jacob's.

30:43 Thus the man became exceedingly

prosperous, and had large flocks, female and

male servants, and camels and donkeys.


Genesis 31:

31:1 Now Jacob heard the words of Laban's

sons, saying, "Jacob has taken away all that was

our father's, and from what was our father's he

has acquired all this wealth."

31:2 And Jacob saw the countenance of Laban,

and indeed it was not favorable toward him as


31:3 Then Yahweh said to Jacob, "Return to the

land of your fathers and to your family, and I

will be with you."

31:4 So Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to

the field, to his flock,

31:5 and said to them, "I see your father's

countenance, that it is not favorable toward me

as before; but the God of my father has been

with me.

31:6 "And you know that with all my might I

have served your father.

31:7 "Yet your father has deceived me and

changed my wages ten times, but Yahweh did

not allow him to hurt me.

31:8 "If he said thus: 'The speckled shall be your

wages,' then all the flocks bore speckled. And if

he said thus: 'The streaked shall be your wages,'

then all the flocks bore streaked.

31:9 "So Yahweh has taken away the livestock

of your father and given them to me.

31:10 "And it happened, at the time when the

flocks conceived, that I lifted my eyes and saw in

a dream, and behold, the rams which leaped

upon the flocks were streaked, speckled, and


31:11 "Then the Angel of Yahweh spoke to me

in a dream, saying, 'Jacob.' And I said, 'Here I


31:12 "And He said, 'Lift your eyes now and see,

all the rams which leap on the flocks are

streaked, speckled, and gray-spotted; for I have

seen all that Laban is doing to you.

31:13 'I am the God of Bethel, where you

anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to

Me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to

the land of your family.' "

31:14 Then Rachel and Leah answered and said

to him, "Is there still any portion or inheritance

for us in our father's house?

31:15 "Are we not considered strangers by him?

For he has sold us, and also completely

consumed our money.

31:16 "For all these riches which Yahweh has

taken from our father are really ours and our

children's; now then, whatever Yahweh has said

to you, do it."

31:17 Then Jacob rose and set his sons and his

wives on camels.

31:18 And he carried away all his livestock and

all his possessions which he had gained, his

acquired livestock which he had gained in Padan

Aram, to go to his father Isaac in the land of


31:19 Now Laban had gone to shear his sheep,

and Rachel had stolen the household idols that

were her father's.

31:20 And Jacob stole away, unknown to Laban

the Syrian, in that he did not tell him that he

intended to flee.

31:21 So he fled with all that he had. He arose

and crossed the river, and headed toward the

mountains of Gilead.

31:22 And Laban was told on the third day that

Jacob had fled.

31:23 Then he took his brethren with him and

pursued him for seven days' journey, and he

overtook him in the mountains of Gilead.

31:24 But Yahweh had come to Laban the Syrian

in a dream by night, and said to him, "Be careful

that you speak to Jacob neither good nor bad."

31:25 So Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had

pitched his tent in the mountains, and Laban with

his brethren pitched in the mountains of Gilead.

31:26 And Laban said to Jacob: "What have you

done, that you have stolen away unknown to me,

and carried away my daughters like captives

taken with the sword?

31:27 "Why did you flee away secretly, and steal

away from me, and not tell me; for I might have

sent you away with joy and songs, with timbrel

and harp?

31:28 "And you did not allow me to kiss my sons

and my daughters. Now you have done foolishly

in so doing.

31:29 "It is in my power to do you harm, but the

God of your father spoke to me last night,

saying, 'Be careful that you speak to Jacob

neither good nor bad.'

31:30 "And now you have surely gone because

you greatly long for your father's house, but why

did you steal my gods?"

31:31 Then Jacob answered and said to Laban,

"Because I was afraid, for I said, 'Perhaps you

would take your daughters from me by force.'

31:32 "With whomever you find your gods, do

not let him live. In the presence of our brethren,

identify what I have of yours and take it with

you." For Jacob did not know that Rachel had

stolen them.

31:33 And Laban went into Jacob's tent, into

Leah's tent, and into the two maids' tents, but he

did not find them. Then he went out of Leah's

tent and entered Rachel's tent.

31:34 Now Rachel had taken the household

idols, put them in the camel's saddle, and sat on

them. And Laban searched all about the tent but

did not find them.

31:35 And she said to her father, "Let it not

displease my lord that I cannot rise before you,

for the manner of women is with me." And he

searched but did not find the household idols.

31:36 Then Jacob was angry and rebuked

Laban, and Jacob answered and said to Laban:

"What is my trespass? What is my sin, that you

have so hotly pursued me?

31:37 "Although you have searched all my

things, what part of your household things have

you found? Set it here before my brethren and

your brethren, that they may judge between us


31:38 "These twenty years I have been with you;

your ewes and your female goats have not

miscarried their young, and I have not eaten the

rams of your flock.

31:39 "That which was torn by beasts I did not

bring to you; I bore the loss of it. You required it

from my hand, whether stolen by day or stolen

by night.

31:40 "There I was! In the day the drought

consumed me, and the frost by night, and my

sleep departed from my eyes.

31:41 "Thus I have been in your house twenty

years; I served you fourteen years for your two

daughters, and six years for your flock, and you

have changed my wages ten times.

31:42 "Unless the God of my father, the God of

Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with

me, surely now you would have sent me away

empty-handed. Yahweh has seen my affliction

and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last


31:43 And Laban answered and said to Jacob,

"These daughters are my daughters, and these

children are my children, and this flock is my

flock; all that you see is mine. But what can I do

this day to these my daughters or to their

children whom they have borne?

31:44 "Now therefore, come, let us make a

covenant, you and I, and let it be a witness

between you and me."

31:45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a


31:46 Then Jacob said to his brethren, "Gather

stones." And they took stones and made a heap,

and they ate there on the heap.

31:47 Laban called it Jegar Sahadutha, but Jacob

called it Galeed.

31:48 And Laban said, "This heap is a witness

between you and me this day." Therefore its

name was called Galeed,

31:49 also Mizpah, because he said, "May

Yahweh watch between you and me when we are

absent one from another.

31:50 "If you afflict my daughters, or if you take

other wives besides my daughters, although no

man is with us-see, Yahweh is witness between

you and me!"

31:51 Then Laban said to Jacob, "Here is this

heap and here is this pillar, which I have placed

between you and me.

31:52 "This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a

witness, that I will not pass beyond this heap to

you, and you will not pass beyond this heap and

this pillar to me, for harm.

31:53 "The God of Abraham, the God of Nahor,

and the God of their father judge between us."

And Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac.

31:54 Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the

mountain, and called his brethren to eat bread.

And they ate bread and stayed all night on the


31:55 And early in the morning Laban arose, and

kissed his sons and daughters and blessed them.

Then Laban departed and returned to his place.


Genesis 32:

32:1 So Jacob went on his way, and the angels of

Yahweh met him.

32:2 When Jacob saw them, he said, "This is

Yahweh's camp." And he called the name of that

place Mahanaim.

32:3 Then Jacob sent messengers before him to

Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country

of Edom.

32:4 And he commanded them, saying, "Speak

thus to my lord Esau, 'Thus your servant Jacob

says: "I have dwelt with Laban and stayed there

until now.

32:5 "I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, and male and

female servants; and I have sent to tell my lord,

that I may find favor in your sight." ' "

32:6 Then the messengers returned to Jacob,

saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and he

also is coming to meet you, and four hundred

men are with him."

32:7 So Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed;

and he divided the people that were with him,

and the flocks and herds and camels, into two


32:8 And he said, "If Esau comes to the one

company and attacks it, then the other company

which is left will escape."

32:9 Then Jacob said, "O God of my father

Abraham and God of my father Isaac, Yahweh

who said to me, 'Return to your country and to

your family, and I will deal well with you':

32:10 "I am not worthy of the least of all the

mercies and of all the truth which You have

shown Your servant; for I crossed over this

Jordan with my staff, and now I have become

two companies.

32:11 "Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my

brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him,

lest he come and attack me and the mother with

the children.

32:12 "For You said, 'I will surely treat you well,

and make your descendants as the sand of the

sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.' "

32:13 So he lodged there that same night, and

took what came to his hand as a present for Esau

his brother:

32:14 two hundred female goats and twenty male

goats, two hundred ewes and twenty rams,

32:15 thirty milk camels with their colts, forty

cows and ten bulls, twenty female donkeys and

ten foals.

32:16 Then he delivered them to the hand of his

servants, every drove by itself, and said to his

servants, "Pass over before me, and put some

distance between successive droves."

32:17 And he commanded the first one, saying,

"When Esau my brother meets you and asks you,

saying, 'To whom do you belong, and where are

you going? Whose are these in front of you?'

32:18 "then you shall say, 'They are your servant

Jacob's. It is a present sent to my lord Esau; and

behold, he also is behind us.' "

32:19 So he commanded the second, the third,

and all who followed the droves, saying, "In this

manner you shall speak to Esau when you find


32:20 "and also say, 'Behold, your servant Jacob

is behind us.' " For he said, "I will appease him

with the present that goes before me, and

afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will

accept me."

32:21 So the present went on over before him,

but he himself lodged that night in the camp.

32:22 And he arose that night and took his two

wives, his two female servants, and his eleven

sons, and crossed over the ford of Jabbok.

32:23 He took them, sent them over the brook,

and sent over what he had.

32:24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man

wrestled with him until the breaking of day.

32:25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail

against him, He touched the socket of his hip;

and the socket of Jacob's hip was out of joint as

He wrestled with him.

32:26 And He said, "Let Me go, for the day

breaks." But he said, "I will not let You go

unless You bless me!"

32:27 So He said to him, "What is your name?"

He said, "Jacob."

32:28 And He said, "Your name shall no longer

be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have

prevailed with Yahweh as a prince to have power

and authority with men."

32:29 Then Jacob asked, saying, "Tell me Your

name, I pray." And He said, "Why is it that you

ask about My name?" And He blessed him there.

32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place

Peniel: "For I have seen Yahweh face to face,

and my life is preserved."

32:31 Just as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose

on him, and he limped on his hip.

32:32 Therefore to this day the children of Israel

do not eat the muscle that shrank, which is on the

hip socket, because He touched the socket of

Jacob's hip in the muscle that shrank.


Genesis 33:

33:1 Now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and

there, Esau was coming, and with him were four

hundred men. So he divided the children among

Leah, Rachel, and the two maidservants.

33:2 And he put the maidservants and their

children in front, Leah and her children behind,

and Rachel and Joseph last.

33:3 Then he crossed over before them and

bowed himself to the ground seven times, until

he came near to his brother.

33:4 But Esau ran to meet him, and embraced

him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and

they wept.

33:5 And he lifted his eyes and saw the women

and children, and said, "Who are these with

you?" So he said, "The children whom Yahweh

has graciously given your servant."

33:6 Then the maidservants came near, they and

their children, and bowed down.

33:7 And Leah also came near with her children,

and they bowed down. Afterward Joseph and

Rachel came near, and they bowed down.

33:8 Then Esau said, "What do you mean by all

this company which I met?" And he said, "These

are to find favor in the sight of my lord."

33:9 But Esau said, "I have enough, my brother;

keep what you have for yourself."

33:10 And Jacob said, "No, please, if I have now

found favor in your sight, then receive my

present from my hand, inasmuch as I have seen

your face as though I had seen the face of

Yahweh, and you were pleased with me.

33:11 "Please, take my blessing that is brought to

you, because Yahweh has dealt graciously with

me, and because I have enough." So he urged

him, and he took it.

33:12 Then Esau said, "Let us take our journey;

let us go, and I will go before you."

33:13 But Jacob said to him, "My lord knows

that the children are weak, and the flocks and

herds which are nursing are with me. And if the

men should drive them hard one day, all the

flock will die.

33:14 "Please let my lord go on ahead before his

servant. I will lead on slowly at a pace which the

livestock that go before me, and the children, are

able to endure, until I come to my lord in Seir."

33:15 And Esau said, "Now let me leave with

you some of the people who are with me." But

he said, "What need is there? Let me find favor

in the sight of my lord."

33:16 So Esau returned that day on his way to


33:17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, built

himself a house, and made booths for his

livestock. Therefore the name of the place is

called Succoth.

33:18 Then Jacob came safely to the city of

Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when

he came from Padan Aram; and he pitched his

tent before the city.

33:19 And he bought the parcel of land, where

he had pitched his tent, from the children of

Hamor, Shechem's father, for one hundred pieces

of money.

33:20 Then he erected an altar there and called it

El Elohe Israel.


Genesis 34:

34:1 Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom

she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the

daughters of the land.

34:2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the

Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took

her and lay with her, and violated her.

34:3 His spirit was strongly attracted to Dinah

the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the young

woman and spoke kindly to the young woman.

34:4 So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor,

saying, "Get me this young woman as a wife."

34:5 And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah

his daughter. Now his sons were with his

livestock in the field; so Jacob held his peace

until they came.

34:6 Then Hamor the father of Shechem went

out to Jacob to speak with him.

34:7 And the sons of Jacob came in from the

field when they heard it; and the men were

grieved and very angry, because he had done a

disgraceful thing in Israel by lying with Jacob's

daughter, a thing which ought not to be done.

34:8 But Hamor spoke with them, saying, "The

spirit of my son Shechem longs for your

daughter. Please give her to him as a wife.

34:9 "And make marriages with us; give your

daughters to us, and take our daughters to


34:10 "So you shall dwell with us, and the land

shall be before you. Dwell and trade in it, and

acquire possessions for yourselves in it."

34:11 Then Shechem said to her father and her

brothers, "Let me find favor in your eyes, and

whatever you say to me I will give.

34:12 "Ask me ever so much dowry and gift, and

I will give according to what you say to me; but

give me the young woman as a wife."

34:13 But the sons of Jacob answered Shechem

and Hamor his father, and spoke deceitfully,

because he had defiled Dinah their sister.

34:14 And they said to them, "We cannot do this

thing, to give our sister to one who is

uncircumcised, for that would be a reproach to


34:15 "But on this condition we will consent to

you: If you will become as we are, if every male

of you is circumcised,

34:16 "then we will give our daughters to you,

and we will take your daughters to us; and we

will dwell with you, and we will become one


34:17 "But if you will not heed us and be

circumcised, then we will take our daughter and

be gone."

34:18 And their words pleased Hamor and

Shechem, Hamor's son.

34:19 So the young man did not delay to do the

thing, because he delighted in Jacob's daughter.

He was more honorable than all the household of

his father.

34:20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came to

the gate of their city, and spoke with the men of

their city, saying:

34:21 "These men are at peace with us.

Therefore let them dwell in the land and trade in

it. For indeed the land is large enough for them.

Let us take their daughters to us as wives, and let

us give them our daughters.

34:22 "Only on this condition will the men

consent to dwell with us, to be one people: if

every male among us is circumcised as they are


34:23 "Will not their livestock, their property,

and every animal of theirs be ours? Only let us

consent to them, and they will dwell with us."

34:24 And all who went out of the gate of his

city heeded Hamor and Shechem his son; every

male was circumcised, all who went out of the

gate of his city.

34:25 Now it came to pass on the third day,

when they were in pain, that two of the sons of

Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, each

took his sword and came boldly upon the city

and killed all the males.

34:26 And they killed Hamor and Shechem his

son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah

from Shechem's house, and went out.

34:27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain,

and plundered the city, because their sister had

been defiled.

34:28 They took their sheep, their oxen, and their

donkeys, what was in the city and what was in

the field,

34:29 and all their wealth. All their little ones

and their wives they took captive; and they

plundered even all that was in the houses.

34:30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, "You

have troubled me by making me obnoxious

among the inhabitants of the land, among the

Canaanites and the Perizzites; and since I am few

in number, they will gather themselves together

against me and kill me. I shall be destroyed, my

household and I."

34:31 But they said, "Should he treat our sister

like a harlot?"


Genesis 35:

35:1 Then Yahweh said to Jacob, "Arise, go up

to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar

there to Yahweh, who appeared to you when you

fled from the face of Esau your brother."

35:2 And Jacob said to his household and to all

who were with him, "Put away the foreign gods

that are among you, purify yourselves, and

change your garments.

35:3 "Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I

will make an altar there to Yahweh, who

answered me in the day of my distress and has

been with me in the way which I have gone."

35:4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods

which were in their hands, and the earrings

which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them

under the terebinth tree which was by Shechem.

35:5 And they journeyed, and the terror of

Yahweh was upon the cities that were all around

them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

35:6 So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel),

which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the

people who were with him.

35:7 And he built an altar there and called the

place El Bethel, because there Yahweh appeared

to him when he fled from the face of his brother.

35:8 Now Deborah, Rebekah's nurse, died, and

she was buried below Bethel under the terebinth

tree. So the name of it was called Allon Bachuth.

35:9 Then Yahweh appeared to Jacob again,

when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed


35:10 And Yahweh said to him, "Your name is

Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob

anymore, but Israel shall be your name." So He

called his name Israel.

35:11 Also Yahweh said to him: "I am God

Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and

a company of nations shall proceed from you,

and kings shall come from your body.

35:12 "The land which I gave Abraham and

Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after

you I give this land."

35:13 Then Yahweh went up from him in the

place where He talked with him.

35:14 So Jacob set up a pillar in the place where

He talked with him, a pillar of stone; and he

poured a drink offering on it, and he poured oil

on it.

35:15 And Jacob called the name of the place

where Yahweh spoke with him, Bethel.

35:16 Then they journeyed from Bethel. And

when there was but a little distance to go to

Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth, and she

had hard labor.

35:17 Now it came to pass, when she was in hard

labor, that the midwife said to her, "Do not fear;

you will have this son also."

35:18 And so it was, as her body was departing

(from her spirit - for she died), that she called his

name Ben-Oni; but his father called him


35:19 So Rachel died and was buried on the way

to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).

35:20 And Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which

is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day.

35:21 Then Israel journeyed and pitched his tent

beyond the tower of Eder.

35:22 And it happened, when Israel dwelt in that

land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his

father's concubine; and Israel heard about it.

Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

35:23 the sons of Leah were Reuben, Jacob's

firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and


35:24 the sons of Rachel were Joseph and


35:25 the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's maidservant,

were Dan and Naphtali;

35:26 and the sons of Zilpah, Leah's maidservant

were Gad and Asher. These were the sons of

Jacob who were born to him in Padan Aram.

35:27 Then Jacob came to his father Isaac at

Mamre, or Kirjath Arba (that is, Hebron), where

Abraham and Isaac had dwelt.

35:28 Now the days of Isaac were one hundred

and eighty years.

35:29 So Isaac breathed his last and died, and

was gathered to his people, being old and full of

days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.


Genesis 36:

36:1 Now this is the genealogy of Esau, who is


36:2 Esau took his wives from the daughters of

Canaan: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite;

Aholibamah the daughter of Anah, the daughter

of Zibeon the Hivite;

36:3 and Basemath, Ishmael's daughter, sister of


36:4 Now Adah bore Eliphaz to Esau, and

Basemath bore Reuel.

36:5 And Aholibamah bore Jeush, Jaalam, and

Korah. These were the sons of Esau who were

born to him in the land of Canaan.

36:6 Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his

daughters, and all the persons of his household,

his cattle and all his animals, and all his goods

which he had gained in the land of Canaan, and

went to a country away from the presence of his

brother Jacob.

36:7 For their possessions were too great for

them to dwell together, and the land where they

were strangers could not support them because of

their livestock.

36:8 So Esau dwelt in Mount Seir.Esau is Edom.

36:9 And this is the genealogy of Esau the father

of the Edomites in Mount Seir.

36:10 These were the names of Esau's sons:

Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, and

Reuel the son of Basemath the wife of Esau

36:11 And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman,

Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz.

36:12 Now Timna was the concubine of Eliphaz,

Esau's son, and she bore Amalek to Eliphaz.

These were the sons of Adah, Esau's wife.

36:13 These were the sons of Reuel: Nahath,

Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah. These were the

sons of Basemath, Esau's wife.

36:14 These were the sons of Aholibamah,

Esau's wife, the daughter of Anah, the daughter

of Zibeon. And she bore to Esau: Jeush, Jaalam,

and Korah.

36:15 These were the chiefs of the sons of Esau.

The sons of Eliphaz, the firstborn son of Esau,

were Chief Teman, Chief Omar, Chief Zepho,

Chief Kenaz,

36:16 Chief Korah, Chief Gatam, and Chief

Amalek. These were the chiefs of Eliphaz in the

land of Edom. They were the sons of Adah.

36:17 These were the sons of Reuel, Esau's son:

Chief Nahath, Chief Zerah, Chief Shammah, and

Chief Mizzah. These were the chiefs of Reuel in

the land of Edom. These were the sons of

Basemath, Esau's wife.

36:18 And these were the sons of Aholibamah,

Esau's wife: Chief Jeush, Chief Jaalam, and

Chief Korah. These were the chiefs who

descended from Aholibamah, Esau's wife, the

daughter of Anah.

36:19 These were the sons of Esau, who is

Edom, and these were their chiefs.

36:20 These were the sons of Seir the Horite

who inhabited the land: Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon,


36:21 Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. These were the

chiefs of the Horites, the sons of Seir, in the land

of Edom.

36:22 And the sons of Lotan were Hori and

Hemam. Lotan's sister was Timna.

36:23 These were the sons of Shobal: Alvan,

Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.

36:24 These were the sons of Zibeon: both Ajah

and Anah. This was the Anah who found the

water in the wilderness as he pastured the

donkeys of his father Zibeon.

36:25 These were the children of Anah: Dishon

and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah.

36:26 These were the sons of Dishon: Hemdan,

Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran.

36:27 These were the sons of Ezer: Bilhan,

Zaavan, and Akan.

36:28 These were the sons of Dishan: Uz and


36:29 These were the chiefs of the Horites:

Chief Lotan, Chief Shobal, Chief Zibeon, Chief


36:30 Chief Dishon, Chief Ezer, and Chief

Dishan. These were the chiefs of the Horites,

according to their chiefs in the land of Seir.

36:31 Now these were the kings who reigned in

the land of Edom before any king reigned over

the children of Israel:

36:32 Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom, and

the name of his city was Dinhabah.

36:33 And when Bela died, Jobab the son of

Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his place.

36:34 When Jobab died, Husham of the land of

the Temanites reigned in his place.

36:35 And when Husham died, Hadad the son of

Bedad, who attacked Midian in the field of

Moab, reigned in his place. And the name of his

city was Avith.

36:36 When Hadad died, Samlah of Masrekah

reigned in his place.

36:37 And when Samlah died, Saul of Rehobothby-

the-River reigned in his place.

36:38 When Saul died, Baal-Hanan the son of

Achbor reigned in his place.

36:39 And when Baal-Hanan the son of Achbor

died, Hadar reigned in his place; and the name of

his city was Pau. His wife's name was

Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter

of Mezahab.

36:40 And these were the names of the chiefs of

Esau, according to their families and their places,

by their names: Chief Timnah, Chief Alvah,

Chief Jetheth,

36:41 Chief Aholibamah, Chief Elah, Chief


36:42 Chief Kenaz, Chief Teman, Chief Mibzar,

36:43 Chief Magdiel, and Chief Iram. These

were the chiefs of Edom, according to their

dwelling places in the land of their possession.

Esau was the father of the Edomites.


Genesis 37:

37:1 Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his

father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.

37:2 This is the history of Jacob. Joseph, being

seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with

his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of

Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives;

and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his


37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his

children, because he was the son of his old age.

Also he made him a tunic of many colors.

37:4 But when his brothers saw that their father

loved him more than all his brothers, they hated

him and could not speak peaceably to him.

37:5 Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to

his brothers; and they hated him even more.

37:6 So he said to them, "Please hear this dream

which I have dreamed:

37:7 "There we were, binding sheaves in the

field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also

stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all

around and bowed down to my sheaf."

37:8 And his brothers said to him, "Shall you

indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have

dominion over us?" So they hated him even more

for his dreams and for his words.

37:9 Then he dreamed still another dream and

told it to his brothers, and said, "Look, I have

dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun,

the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to


37:10 So he told it to his father and his brothers;

and his father rebuked him and said to him,

"What is this dream that you have dreamed?

Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed

come to bow down to the earth before you?"

37:11 And his brothers envied him, but his father

kept the matter in mind.

37:12 Then his brothers went to feed their

father's flock in Shechem.

37:13 And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your

brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I

will send you to them." So he said to him, "Here

I am."

37:14 Then he said to him, "Please go and see if

it is well with your brothers and well with the

flocks, and bring back word to me." So he sent

him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to


37:15 Now a certain man found him, and there

he was, wandering in the field. And the man

asked him, saying, "What are you seeking?"

37:16 So he said, "I am seeking my brothers.

Please tell me where they are feeding their


37:17 And the man said, "They have departed

from here, for I heard them say, 'Let us go to

Dothan.' " So Joseph went after his brothers and

found them in Dothan.

37:18 Now when they saw him afar off, even

before he came near them, they conspired against

him to kill him.

37:19 Then they said to one another, "Look, this

dreamer is coming!

37:20 "Come therefore, let us now kill him and

cast him into some pit; and we shall say, 'Some

wild beast has devoured him.' We shall see what

will become of his dreams!"

37:21 But Reuben heard it, and he delivered him

out of their hands, and said, "Let us not kill him."

37:22 And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood,

but cast him into this pit which is in the

wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him"-that

he might deliver him out of their hands, and

bring him back to his father.

37:23 So it came to pass, when Joseph had come

to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his

tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him.

37:24 Then they took him and cast him into a pit.

And the pit was empty; there was no water in it.

37:25 And they sat down to eat a meal. Then

they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a

company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead

with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and

myrrh, on their way to carry them down to


37:26 So Judah said to his brothers, "What profit

is there if we kill our brother and conceal his


37:27 "Come and let us sell him to the

Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him,

for he is our brother and our flesh." And his

brothers listened.

37:28 Then Midianite traders passed by; so the

brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of

the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for

twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to


37:29 Then Reuben returned to the pit, and

indeed Joseph was not in the pit; and he tore his


37:30 And he returned to his brothers and said,

"The lad is no more; and I, where shall I go?"

37:31 So they took Joseph's tunic, killed a kid of

the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood.

37:32 Then they sent the tunic of many colors,

and they brought it to their father and said, "We

have found this. Do you know whether it is your

son's tunic or not?"

37:33 And he recognized it and said, "It is my

son's tunic. A wild beast has devoured him.

Without doubt Joseph is torn to pieces."

37:34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth

on his waist, and mourned for his son many


37:35 And all his sons and all his daughters

arose to comfort him; but he refused to be

comforted, and he said, "For I shall go down into

the grave to my son in mourning." Thus his

father wept for him.

37:36 Now the Midianites had sold him in Egypt

to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of

the guard.


Genesis 38:

38:1 It came to pass at that time that Judah

departed from his brothers, and visited a certain

Adullamite whose name was Hirah.

38:2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain

Canaanite whose name was Shua, and he married

her and went in to her.

38:3 So she conceived and bore a son, and he

called his name Er.

38:4 She conceived again and bore a son, and

she called his name Onan.

38:5 And she conceived yet again and bore a

son, and called his name Shelah. He was at

Chezib when she bore him.

38:6 Then Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn,

and her name was Tamar.

38:7 But Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the

sight of Yahweh, and Yahweh killed him.

38:8 And Judah said to Onan, "Go in to your

brother's wife and marry her, and raise up an heir

to your brother."

38:9 But Onan knew that the heir would not be

his; and it came to pass, when he went in to his

brother's wife, that he emitted on the ground, lest

he should give an heir to his brother.

38:10 And the thing which he did displeased

Yahweh; therefore He killed him also.

38:11 Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter-inlaw,

"Remain a widow in your father's house till

my son Shelah is grown." For he said, "Lest he

also die like his brothers." And Tamar went and

dwelt in her father's house.

38:12 Now in the process of time the daughter

of Shua, Judah's wife, died; and Judah was

comforted, and went up to his sheepshearers at

Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite.

38:13 And it was told Tamar, saying, "Look,

your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear

his sheep."

38:14 So she took off her widow's garments,

covered herself with a veil and wrapped herself,

and sat in an open place which was on the way to

Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and

she was not given to him as a wife.

38:15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a

harlot, because she had covered her face.

38:16 Then he turned to her by the way, and

said, "Please let me come in to you"; for he did

not know that she was his daughter-in-law. So

she said, "What will you give me, that you may

come in to me?"

38:17 And he said, "I will send a young goat

from the flock." So she said, "Will you give me a

pledge till you send it?"

38:18 Then he said, "What pledge shall I give

you?" So she said, "Your signet and cord, and

your staff that is in your hand." Then he gave

them to her, and went in to her, and she

conceived by him.

38:19 So she arose and went away, and laid aside

her veil and put on the garments of her


38:20 And Judah sent the young goat by the

hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his

pledge from the woman's hand, but he did not

find her.

38:21 Then he asked the men of that place,

saying, "Where is the harlot who was openly by

the roadside?" And they said, "There was no

harlot in this place."

38:22 So he returned to Judah and said, "I cannot

find her. Also, the men of the place said there

was no harlot in this place."

38:23 Then Judah said, "Let her take them for

herself, lest we be shamed; for I sent this young

goat and you have not found her."

38:24 And it came to pass, about three months

after, that Judah was told, saying, "Tamar your

daughter-in-law has played the harlot;

furthermore she is with child by harlotry." So

Judah said, "Bring her out and let her be


38:25 When she was brought out, she sent to her

father-in-law, saying, "By the man to whom

these belong, I am with child." And she said,

"Please determine whose these are-the signet and

cord, and staff."

38:26 So Judah acknowledged them and said,

"She has been more righteous than I, because I

did not give her to Shelah my son." And he was

never intimate with her again.

38:27 Now it came to pass, at the time for

giving birth, that behold, twins were in her


38:28 And so it was, when she was giving birth,

that the one put out his hand; and the midwife

took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand,

saying, "This one came out first."

38:29 Then it happened, as he drew back his

hand, that his brother came out unexpectedly;

and she said, "How did you break through? This

breach be upon you!" Therefore his name was

called Perez.

38:30 Afterward his brother came out who had

the scarlet thread on his hand. And his name was

called Zerah.


Genesis 39:

39:1 Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt.

And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of

the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the

Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.

39:2 Yahweh was with Joseph, and he was a

successful man; and he was in the house of his

master the Egyptian.

39:3 And his master saw that Yahweh was with

him and that Yahweh made all he did to prosper

in his hand.

39:4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and

served him. Then he made him overseer of his

house, and all that he had he put under his


39:5 So it was, from the time that he had made

him overseer of his house and all that he had,

that Yahweh blessed the Egyptian's house for

Joseph's sake; and the blessing of Yahweh was

on all that he had in the house and in the field.

39:6 Thus he left all that he had in Joseph's hand,

and he did not know what he had except for the

bread which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome

in form and appearance.

39:7 And it came to pass after these things that

his master's wife cast longing eyes on Joseph,

and she said, "Lie with me."

39:8 But he refused and said to his master's wife,

"Look, my master does not know what is with

me in the house, and he has committed all that he

has to my hand.

39:9 "There is no one greater in this house than I,

nor has he kept back anything from me but you,

because you are his wife. How then can I do this

great wickedness, and sin against Yahweh?"

39:10 So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by

day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to

be with her.

39:11 But it happened about this time, when

Joseph went into the house to do his work, and

none of the men of the house was inside,

39:12 that she caught him by his garment,

saying, "Lie with me." But he left his garment in

her hand, and fled and ran outside.

39:13 And so it was, when she saw that he had

left his garment in her hand and fled outside,

39:14 that she called to the men of her house and

spoke to them, saying, "See, he has brought in to

us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie

with me, and I cried out with a loud voice.

39:15 "And it happened, when he heard that I

lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his

garment with me, and fled and went outside."

39:16 So she kept his garment with her until his

master came home.

39:17 Then she spoke to him with words like

these, saying, "The Hebrew servant whom you

brought to us came in to me to mock me;

39:18 "so it happened, as I lifted my voice and

cried out, that he left his garment with me and

fled outside."

39:19 So it was, when his master heard the

words which his wife spoke to him, saying,

"Your servant did to me after this manner," that

his anger was aroused.

39:20 Then Joseph's master took him and put

him into the prison, a place where the king's

prisoners were confined. And he was there in the


39:21 But Yahweh was with Joseph and showed

him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of

the keeper of the prison.

39:22 And the keeper of the prison committed to

Joseph's hand all the prisoners who were in the

prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing.

39:23 The keeper of the prison did not look into

anything that was under Joseph's authority,

because Yahweh was with him; and whatever he

did, Yahweh made it prosper.


Genesis 40:

40:1 It came to pass after these things that the

butler and the baker of the king of Egypt

offended their lord, the king of Egypt.

40:2 And Pharaoh was angry with his two

officers, the chief butler and the chief baker.

40:3 So he put them in custody in the house of

the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place

where Joseph was confined.

40:4 And the captain of the guard charged

Joseph with them, and he served them; so they

were in custody for a while.

40:5 Then the butler and the baker of the king of

Egypt, who were confined in the prison, had a

dream, both of them, each man's dream in one

night and each man's dream with its own


40:6 And Joseph came in to them in the morning

and looked at them, and saw that they were sad.

40:7 So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were

with him in the custody of his lord's house,

saying, "Why do you look so sad today?"

40:8 And they said to him, "We each have had a

dream, and there is no interpreter of it." So

Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations

belong to Yahweh? Tell them to me, please."

40:9 Then the chief butler told his dream to

Joseph, and said to him, "Behold, in my dream a

vine was before me,

40:10 "and in the vine were three branches; it

was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth,

and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes.

40:11 "Then Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; and

I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's

cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand."

40:12 And Joseph said to him, "This is the

interpretation of it: The three branches are three


40:13 "Now within three days Pharaoh will lift

up your head and restore you to your place, and

you will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand according

to the former manner, when you were his butler.

40:14 "But remember me when it is well with

you, and please show kindness to me; make

mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this


40:15 "For indeed I was stolen away from the

land of the Hebrews; and also I have done

nothing here that they should put me into the


40:16 When the chief baker saw that the

interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, "I

also was in my dream, and there were three

white baskets on my head.

40:17 "In the uppermost basket were all kinds of

baked goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them

out of the basket on my head."

40:18 So Joseph answered and said, "This is the

interpretation of it: The three baskets are three


40:19 "Within three days Pharaoh will lift off

your head from you and hang you on a tree; and

the birds will eat your flesh from you."

40:20 Now it came to pass on the third day,

which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a

feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the

head of the chief butler and of the chief baker

among his servants.

40:21 Then he restored the chief butler to his

butlership again, and he placed the cup in

Pharaoh's hand.

40:22 But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph

had interpreted to them.

40:23 Yet the chief butler did not remember

Joseph, but forgot him.


Genesis 41:

41:1 Then it came to pass, at the end of two full

years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he

stood by the river.

41:2 Suddenly there came up out of the river

seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in

the meadow.

41:3 Then behold, seven other cows came up

after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and

stood by the other cows on the bank of the river.

41:4 And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the

seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh


41:5 He slept and dreamed a second time; and

suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one

stalk, plump and good.

41:6 Then behold, seven thin heads, blighted by

the east wind, sprang up after them.

41:7 And the seven thin heads devoured the

seven plump and full heads. So Pharaoh awoke,

and indeed, it was a dream.

41:8 Now it came to pass in the morning that his

spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all

the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And

Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no

one who could interpret them for Pharaoh.

41:9 Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh,

saying: "I remember my faults this day.

41:10 "When Pharaoh was angry with his

servants, and put me in custody in the house of

the captain of the guard, both me and the chief


41:11 "we each had a dream in one night, he and

I. Each of us dreamed according to the

interpretation of his own dream.

41:12 "Now there was a young Hebrew man with

us there, a servant of the captain of the guard.

And we told him, and he interpreted our dreams

for us; to each man he interpreted according to

his own dream.

41:13 "And it came to pass, just as he interpreted

for us, so it happened. He restored me to my

office, and he hanged him."

41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and

they brought him quickly out of the dungeon;

and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to


41:15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have had a

dream, and there is no one who can interpret it.

But I have heard it said of you that you can

understand a dream, to interpret it."

41:16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is

not in me; Yahweh will give Pharaoh an answer

of peace."

41:17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph: "Behold, in

my dream I stood on the bank of the river.

41:18 "Suddenly seven cows came up out of the

river, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the


41:19 "Then behold, seven other cows came up

after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such

ugliness as I have never seen in all the land of


41:20 "And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the

first seven, the fat cows.

41:21 "When they had eaten them up, no one

would have known that they had eaten them, for

they were just as ugly as at the beginning. So I


41:22 "Also I saw in my dream, and suddenly

seven heads came up on one stalk, full and good.

41:23 "Then behold, seven heads, withered, thin,

and blighted by the east wind, sprang up after


41:24 "And the thin heads devoured the seven

good heads. So I told this to the magicians, but

there was no one who could explain it to me."

41:25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The

dreams of Pharaoh are one; Yahweh has shown

Pharaoh what He is about to do:

41:26 "The seven good cows are seven years,

and the seven good heads are seven years; the

dreams are one.

41:27 "And the seven thin and ugly cows which

came up after them are seven years, and the

seven empty heads blighted by the east wind are

seven years of famine.

41:28 "This is the thing which I have spoken to

Pharaoh. Yahweh has shown Pharaoh what He is

about to do.

41:29 "Indeed seven years of great plenty will

come throughout all the land of Egypt;

41:30 "but after them seven years of famine will

arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the

land of Egypt and famine will deplete the land.

41:31 "So the plenty will not be known in the

land because of the famine following, for it will

be very severe.

41:32 "And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh

twice because the thing is established by

Yahweh, and Yahweh will shortly bring it to


41:33 "Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a

discerning and wise man, and set him over the

land of Egypt.

41:34 "Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint

officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the

produce of the land of Egypt in the seven

plentiful years.

41:35 "And let them gather all the food of those

good years that are coming, and store up grain

under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep

food in the cities.

41:36 "Then that food shall be as a reserve for

the land for the seven years of famine which

shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may

not perish during the famine."

41:37 So the advice was good in the eyes of

Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants.

41:38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we

find such a one as this, a man in whom is the

Spirit of Yahweh?"

41:39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch

as Yahweh has shown you all this, there is no

one as discerning and wise as you.

41:40 "You shall be over my house, and all my

people shall be ruled according to your word;

only in regard to the throne will I be greater than


41:41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have

set you over all the land of Egypt."

41:42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his

hand and put it on Joseph's hand; and he clothed

him in garments of fine linen and put a gold

chain around his neck.

41:43 And he had him ride in the second chariot

which he had; and they cried out before him,

"Bow the knee!" So he set him over all the land

of Egypt.

41:44 Pharaoh also said to Joseph, "I am

Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may

lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."

41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name

Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he gave him as a wife

Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of

On. So Joseph went out over all the land of


41:46 Joseph was thirty years old when he stood

before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went

out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went

throughout all the land of Egypt.

41:47 Now in the seven plentiful years the

ground brought forth abundantly.

41:48 So he gathered up all the food of the seven

years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid

up the food in the cities; he laid up in every city

the food of the fields which surrounded them.

41:49 Joseph gathered very much grain, as the

sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it

was immeasurable.

41:50 And to Joseph were born two sons before

the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the

daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to


41:51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn

Manasseh: "For Yahweh has made me forget all

my toil and all my father's house."

41:52 And the name of the second he called

Ephraim: "For Yahweh has caused me to be

fruitful in the land of my affliction."

41:53 Then the seven years of plenty which

were in the land of Egypt ended,

41:54 and the seven years of famine began to

come, as Joseph had said. The famine was in all

lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was


41:55 So when all the land of Egypt was

famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread.

Then Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to

Joseph; whatever he says to you, do."

41:56 The famine was over all the face of the

earth, and Joseph opened all the storehouses and

sold to the Egyptians. And the famine became

severe in the land of Egypt.

41:57 So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt

to buy grain, because the famine was severe in

all lands.


Genesis 42:

42:1 When Jacob saw that there was grain in

Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, "Why do you look

at one another?"

42:2 And he said, "Indeed I have heard that there

is grain in Egypt; go down to that place and buy

for us there, that we may live and not die."

42:3 So Joseph's ten brothers went down to buy

grain in Egypt.

42:4 But Jacob did not send Joseph's brother

Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, "Lest

some calamity befall him."

42:5 And the sons of Israel went to buy grain

among those who journeyed, for the famine was

in the land of Canaan.

42:6 Now Joseph was governor over the land;

and it was he who sold to all the people of the

land. And Joseph's brothers came and bowed

down before him with their faces to the earth.

42:7 Joseph saw his brothers and recognized

them, but he acted as a stranger to them and

spoke roughly to them. Then he said to them,

"Where do you come from?" And they said,

"From the land of Canaan to buy food."

42:8 So Joseph recognized his brothers, but they

did not recognize him.

42:9 Then Joseph remembered the dreams which

he had dreamed about them, and said to them,

"You are spies! You have come to see the

nakedness of the land!"

42:10 And they said to him, "No, my lord, but

your servants have come to buy food.

42:11 "We are all one man's sons; we are honest

men; your servants are not spies."

42:12 But he said to them, "No, but you have

come to see the nakedness of the land."

42:13 And they said, "Your servants are twelve

brothers, the sons of one man in the land of

Canaan; and in fact, the youngest is with our

father today, and one is no more."

42:14 But Joseph said to them, "It is as I spoke to

you, saying, 'You are spies!'

42:15 "In this manner you shall be tested: By the

life of Pharaoh, you shall not leave this place

unless your youngest brother comes here.

42:16 "Send one of you, and let him bring your

brother; and you shall be kept in prison, that your

words may be tested to see whether there is any

truth in you; or else, by the life of Pharaoh,

surely you are spies!"

42:17 So he put them all together in prison three


42:18 Then Joseph said to them the third day,

"Do this and live, for I fear Yahweh:

42:19 "If you are honest men, let one of your

brothers be confined to your prison house; but

you, go and carry grain for the famine of your


42:20 "And bring your youngest brother to me;

so your words will be verified, and you shall not

die." And they did so.

42:21 Then they said to one another, "We are

truly guilty concerning our brother, for we saw

the anguish of his spirit when he pleaded with us,

and we would not hear; therefore this distress has

come upon us."

42:22 And Reuben answered them, saying, "Did

I not speak to you, saying, 'Do not sin against the

boy'; and you would not listen? Therefore

behold, his blood is now required of us."

42:23 But they did not know that Joseph

understood them, for he spoke to them through

an interpreter.

42:24 And he turned himself away from them

and wept. Then he returned to them again, and

talked with them. And he took Simeon from

them and bound him before their eyes.

42:25 Then Joseph gave a command to fill their

sacks with grain, to restore every man's money to

his sack, and to give them provisions for the

journey. Thus he did for them.

42:26 So they loaded their donkeys with the

grain and departed from there.

42:27 But as one of them opened his sack to give

his donkey feed at the encampment, he saw his

money; and there it was, in the mouth of his


42:28 So he said to his brothers, "My money has

been restored, and there it is, in my sack!" Then

their hearts failed them and they were afraid,

saying to one another, "What is this that Yahweh

has done to us?"

42:29 Then they went to Jacob their father in the

land of Canaan and told him all that had

happened to them, saying:

42:30 "The man who is lord of the land spoke

roughly to us, and took us for spies of the


42:31 "But we said to him, 'We are honest men;

we are not spies.

42:32 'We are twelve brothers, sons of our

father; one is no more, and the youngest is with

our father this day in the land of Canaan.'

42:33 "Then the man, the lord of the country,

said to us, 'By this I will know that you are

honest men: Leave one of your brothers here

with me, take food for the famine of your

households, and be gone.

42:34 'And bring your youngest brother to me; so

I shall know that you are not spies, but that you

are honest men. I will grant your brother to you,

and you may trade in the land.' "

42:35 Then it happened as they emptied their

sacks, that surprisingly each man's bundle of

money was in his sack; and when they and their

father saw the bundles of money, they were


42:36 And Jacob their father said to them, "You

have bereaved me: Joseph is no more, Simeon is

no more, and you want to take Benjamin. All

these things are against me."

42:37 Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying,

"Kill my two sons if I do not bring him back to

you; put him in my hands, and I will bring him

back to you."

42:38 But he said, "My son shall not go down

with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left

alone. If any calamity should befall him along

the way in which you go, then you would bring

down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave."


Genesis 43:

43:1 Now the famine was severe in the land.

43:2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten

up the grain which they had brought from Egypt,

that their father said to them, "Go back, buy us a

little food."

43:3 But Judah spoke to him, saying, "The man

solemnly warned us, saying, 'You shall not see

my face unless your brother is with you.' "

43:4 "If you send our brother with us, we will go

down and buy you food.

43:5 "But if you will not send him, we will not

go down; for the man said to us, 'You shall not

see my face unless your brother is with you.' "

43:6 And Israel said, "Why did you deal so

wrongfully with me as to tell the man whether

you had still another brother?"

43:7 But they said, "The man asked us pointedly

about ourselves and our family, saying, 'Is your

father still alive? Have you another brother?'

And we told him according to these words.

Could we possibly have known that he would

say, 'Bring your brother down'?"

43:8 Then Judah said to Israel his father, "Send

the lad with me, and we will arise and go, that

we may live and not die, both we and you and

also our little ones.

43:9 "I myself will be surety for him; from my

hand you shall require him. If I do not bring him

back to you and set him before you, then let me

bear the blame forever.

43:10 "For if we had not lingered, surely by now

we would have returned this second time."

43:11 And their father Israel said to them, "If it

must be so, then do this: Take some of the best

fruits of the land in your vessels and carry down

a present for the man-a little balm and a little

honey, spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts and


43:12 "Take double money in your hand, and

take back in your hand the money that was

returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it

was an oversight.

43:13 "Take your brother also, and arise, go back

to the man.

43:14 "And may God Almighty give you mercy

before the man, that he may release your other

brother and Benjamin. If I am bereaved, I am


43:15 So the men took that present and

Benjamin, and they took double money in their

hand, and arose and went down to Egypt; and

they stood before Joseph.

43:16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he

said to the steward of his house, "Take these men

to my home, and slaughter an animal and make

ready; for these men will dine with me at noon."

43:17 Then the man did as Joseph ordered, and

the man brought the men into Joseph's house.

43:18 Now the men were afraid because they

were brought into Joseph's house; and they said,

"It is because of the money, which was returned

in our sacks the first time, that we are brought in,

so that he may make a case against us and fall

upon us, to take us as slaves with our donkeys."

43:19 When they drew near to the steward of

Joseph's house, they talked with him at the door

of the house,

43:20 and said, "O sir, we indeed came down the

first time to buy food;

43:21 "but it happened, when we came to the

encampment, that we opened our sacks, and

there, each man's money was in the mouth of his

sack, our money in full weight; so we have

brought it back in our hand.

43:22 "And we have brought down other money

in our hands to buy food. We do not know who

put our money in our sacks."

43:23 But he said, "Peace be with you, do not be

afraid. Your God and the God of your father has

given you treasure in your sacks; I had your

money." Then he brought Simeon out to them.

43:24 So the man brought the men into Joseph's

house and gave them water, and they washed

their feet; and he gave their donkeys feed.

43:25 Then they made the present ready for

Joseph's coming at noon, for they heard that they

would eat bread there.

43:26 And when Joseph came home, they

brought him the present which was in their hand

into the house, and bowed down before him to

the earth.

43:27 Then he asked them about their wellbeing,

and said, "Is your father well, the old man

of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?"

43:28 And they answered, "Your servant our

father is in good health; he is still alive." And

they bowed their heads down and prostrated


43:29 Then he lifted his eyes and saw his brother

Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, "Is this

your younger brother of whom you spoke to

me?" And he said, "Yahweh be gracious to you,

my son."

43:30 Now his heart yearned for his brother; so

Joseph made haste and sought somewhere to

weep. And he went into his chamber and wept


43:31 Then he washed his face and came out;

and he restrained himself, and said, "Serve the


43:32 So they set him a place by himself, and

them by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate

with him by themselves; because the Egyptians

could not eat food with the Hebrews, for that is

an abomination to the Egyptians.

43:33 And they sat before him, the firstborn

according to his birthright and the youngest

according to his youth; and the men looked in

astonishment at one another.

43:34 Then he took servings to them from before

him, but Benjamin's serving was five times as

much as any of theirs. So they drank and were

merry with him.


Genesis 44:

44:1 And he commanded the steward of his

house, saying, "Fill the men's sacks with food, as

much as they can carry, and put each man's

money in the mouth of his sack.

44:2 "Also put my cup, the silver cup, in the

mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his grain

money." So he did according to the word that

Joseph had spoken.

44:3 As soon as the morning dawned, the men

were sent away, they and their donkeys.

44:4 When they had gone out of the city, and

were not yet far off, Joseph said to his steward,

"Get up, follow the men; and when you overtake

them, say to them, 'Why have you repaid evil for


44:5 'Is not this the one from which my lord

drinks, and with which he indeed practices

divination? You have done evil in so doing.' "

44:6 So he overtook them, and he spoke to them

these same words.

44:7 And they said to him, "Why does my lord

say these words? Far be it from us that your

servants should do such a thing.

44:8 "Look, we brought back to you from the

land of Canaan the money which we found in the

mouth of our sacks. How then could we steal

silver or gold from your lord's house?

44:9 "With whomever of your servants it is

found, let him die, and we also will be my lord's


44:10 And he said, "Now also let it be according

to your words; he with whom it is found shall be

my slave, and you shall be blameless."

44:11 Then each man speedily let down his sack

to the ground, and each opened his sack.

44:12 So he searched. He began with the oldest

and left off with the youngest; and the cup was

found in Benjamin's sack.

44:13 Then they tore their clothes, and each man

loaded his donkey and returned to the city.

44:14 So Judah and his brothers came to

Joseph's house, and he was still there; and they

fell before him on the ground.

44:15 And Joseph said to them, "What deed is

this you have done? Did you not know that such

a man as I can certainly practice divination?"

44:16 Then Judah said, "What shall we say to my

lord? What shall we speak? Or how shall we

clear ourselves? Yahweh has found out the

iniquity of your servants; here we are, my lord's

slaves, both we and he also with whom the cup

was found."

44:17 But he said, "Far be it from me that I

should do so; the man in whose hand the cup was

found, he shall be my slave. And as for you, go

up in peace to your father."

44:18 Then Judah came near to him and said: "O

my lord, please let your servant speak a word in

my lord's hearing, and do not let your anger burn

against your servant; for you are even like


44:19 "My lord asked his servants, saying, 'Have

you a father or a brother?'

44:20 "And we said to my lord, 'We have a

father, an old man, and a child of his old age,

who is young; his brother is dead, and he alone is

left of his mother's children, and his father loves


44:21 "Then you said to your servants, 'Bring

him down to me, that I may set my eyes on him.'

44:22 "And we said to my lord, 'The lad cannot

leave his father, for if he should leave his father,

his father would die.'

44:23 "But you said to your servants, 'Unless

your youngest brother comes down with you,

you shall see my face no more.'

44:24 "So it was, when we went up to your

servant my father, that we told him the words of

my lord.

44:25 "And our father said, 'Go back and buy us

a little food.'

44:26 "But we said, 'We cannot go down; if our

youngest brother is with us, then we will go

down; for we may not see the man's face unless

our youngest brother is with us.'

44:27 "Then your servant my father said to us,

'You know that my wife bore me two sons;

44:28 'and the one went out from me, and I said,

"Surely he is torn to pieces"; and I have not seen

him since.

44:29 'But if you take this one also from me, and

calamity befalls him, you shall bring down my

gray hair with sorrow to the grave.'

44:30 "Now therefore, when I come to your

servant my father, and the lad is not with us,

since his life is bound up in the lad's life,

44:31 "it will happen, when he sees that the lad

is not with us, that he will die. So your servants

will bring down the gray hair of your servant our

father with sorrow to the grave.

44:32 "For your servant became surety for the

lad to my father, saying, 'If I do not bring him

back to you, then I shall bear the blame before

my father forever.'

44:33 "Now therefore, please let your servant

remain instead of the lad as a slave to my lord,

and let the lad go up with his brothers.

44:34 "For how shall I go up to my father if the

lad is not with me, lest perhaps I see the evil that

would come upon my father?"


Genesis 45:

45:1 Then Joseph could not restrain himself

before all those who stood by him, and he cried

out, "Make everyone go out from me!" So no

one stood with him while Joseph made himself

known to his brothers.

45:2 And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and

the house of Pharaoh heard it.

45:3 Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am

Joseph; does my father still live?" But his

brothers could not answer him, for they were

dismayed in his presence.

45:4 And Joseph said to his brothers, "Please

come near to me." So they came near. Then he

said: "I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold

into Egypt.

45:5 "But now, do not therefore be grieved or

angry with yourselves because you sold me here;

for Yahweh sent me before you to preserve life.

45:6 "For these two years the famine has been in

the land, and there are still five years in which

there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.

45:7 "And Yahweh sent me before you to

preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to

save your lives by a great deliverance.

45:8 "So now it was not you who sent me here,

but Yahweh; and He has made me a father to

Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler

throughout all the land of Egypt.

45:9 "Hurry and go up to my father, and say to

him, 'Thus says your son Joseph: "Yahweh has

made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do

not tarry.

45:10 "You shall dwell in the land of Goshen,

and you shall be near to me, you and your

children, your children's children, your flocks

and your herds, and all that you have.

45:11 "There I will provide for you, lest you and

your household, and all that you have, come to

poverty; for there are still five years of famine." '

45:12 "And behold, your eyes and the eyes of my

brother Benjamin see that it is my mouth that

speaks to you.

45:13 "So you shall tell my father of all my glory

in Egypt, and of all that you have seen; and you

shall hurry and bring my father down here."

45:14 Then he fell on his brother Benjamin's

neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.

45:15 Moreover he kissed all his brothers and

wept over them, and after that his brothers talked

with him.

45:16 Now the report of it was heard in

Pharaoh's house, saying, "Joseph's brothers have

come." So it pleased Pharaoh and his servants


45:17 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Say to your

brothers, 'Do this: Load your animals and depart;

go to the land of Canaan.

45:18 'Bring your father and your households

and come to me; I will give you the best of the

land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the


45:19 'Now you are commanded-do this: Take

carts out of the land of Egypt for your little ones

and your wives; bring your father and come.

45:20 'Also do not be concerned about your

goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is

yours.' "

45:21 Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph

gave them carts, according to the command of

Pharaoh, and he gave them provisions for the


45:22 He gave to all of them, to each man,

changes of garments; but to Benjamin he gave

three hundred pieces of silver and five changes

of garments.

45:23 And he sent to his father these things: ten

donkeys loaded with the good things of Egypt,

and ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread,

and food for his father for the journey.

45:24 So he sent his brothers away, and they

departed; and he said to them, "See that you do

not become troubled along the way."

45:25 Then they went up out of Egypt, and

came to the land of Canaan to Jacob their father.

45:26 And they told him, saying, "Joseph is still

alive, and he is governor over all the land of

Egypt." And Jacob's heart stood still, because he

did not believe them.

45:27 But when they told him all the words

which Joseph had said to them, and when he saw

the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the

spirit of Jacob their father revived.

45:28 Then Israel said, "It is enough. Joseph my

son is still alive. I will go and see him before I



Genesis 46:

46:1 So Israel took his journey with all that he

had, and came to Beersheba, and offered

sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.

46:2 Then Yahweh spoke to Israel in the visions

of the night, and said, "Jacob, Jacob!" And he

said, "Here I am."

46:3 So He said, "I am Yahweh, the God of your

father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will

make of you a great nation there.

46:4 "I will go down with you to Egypt, and I

will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph

will put his hand on your eyes."

46:5 Then Jacob arose from Beersheba; and the

sons of Israel carried their father Jacob, their

little ones, and their wives, in the carts which

Pharaoh had sent to carry him.

46:6 So they took their livestock and their goods,

which they had acquired in the land of Canaan,

and went to Egypt, Jacob and all his descendants

with him.

46:7 His sons and his sons' sons, his daughters

and his sons' daughters, and all his descendants

he brought with him to Egypt.

46:8 Now these were the names of the children

of Israel, Jacob and his sons, who went to Egypt:

Reuben was Jacob's firstborn.

46:9 The sons of Reuben were Hanoch, Pallu,

Hezron, and Carmi.

46:10 The sons of Simeon were Jemuel, Jamin,

Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a

Canaanite woman.

46:11 The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath,

and Merari.

46:12 The sons of Judah were Er, Onan, Shelah,

Perez, and Zerah (but Er and Onan died in the

land of Canaan). The sons of Perez were Hezron

and Hamul.

46:13 The sons of Issachar were Tola, Puvah,

Job, and Shimron.

46:14 The sons of Zebulun were Sered, Elon,

and Jahleel.

46:15 These were the sons of Leah, whom she

bore to Jacob in Padan Aram, with his daughter

Dinah. All the persons, his sons and his

daughters, were thirty-three.

46:16 The sons of Gad were Ziphion, Haggi,

Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli.

46:17 The sons of Asher were Jimnah, Ishuah,

Isui, Beriah, and Serah, their sister. And the sons

of Beriah were Heber and Malchiel.

46:18 These were the sons of Zilpah, whom

Laban gave to Leah his daughter; and these she

bore to Jacob: sixteen persons.

46:19 The sons of Rachel, Jacob's wife, were

Joseph and Benjamin.

46:20 And to Joseph in the land of Egypt were

born Manasseh and Ephraim, whom Asenath, the

daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to


46:21 The sons of Benjamin were Belah, Becher,

Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim,

Huppim, and Ard.

46:22 These were the sons of Rachel, who were

born to Jacob: fourteen persons in all.

46:23 The son of Dan was Hushim.

46:24 The sons of Naphtali were Jahzeel, Guni,

Jezer, and Shillem.

46:25 These were the sons of Bilhah, whom

Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, and she bore

these to Jacob: seven persons in all.

46:26 All the persons who went with Jacob to

Egypt, who came from his body, besides Jacob's

sons' wives, were sixty-six persons in all.

46:27 And the sons of Joseph who were born to

him in Egypt were two persons. All the persons

of the house of Jacob who went to Egypt were


46:28 Then he sent Judah before him to Joseph,

to point out before him the way to Goshen. And

they came to the land of Goshen.

46:29 So Joseph made ready his chariot and went

up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; and he

presented himself to him, and fell on his neck

and wept on his neck a good while.

46:30 And Israel said to Joseph, "Now let me

die, since I have seen your face, because you are

still alive."

46:31 Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his

father's household, "I will go up and tell

Pharaoh, and say to him, 'My brothers and those

of my father's house, who were in the land of

Canaan, have come to me.

46:32 'And the men are shepherds, for their

occupation has been to feed livestock; and they

have brought their flocks, their herds, and all that

they have.'

46:33 "So it shall be, when Pharaoh calls you

and says, 'What is your occupation?'

46:34 "that you shall say, 'Your servants'

occupation has been with livestock from our

youth even till now, both we and also our

fathers,' that you may dwell in the land of

Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination to

the Egyptians."


Genesis 47:

47:1 Then Joseph went and told Pharaoh, and

said, "My father and my brothers, their flocks

and their herds and all that they possess, have

come from the land of Canaan; and indeed they

are in the land of Goshen."

47:2 And he took five men from among his

brothers and presented them to Pharaoh.

47:3 Then Pharaoh said to his brothers, "What is

your occupation?" And they said to Pharaoh,

"Your servants are shepherds, both we and also

our fathers."

47:4 And they said to Pharaoh, "We have come

to dwell in the land, because your servants have

no pasture for their flocks, for the famine is

severe in the land of Canaan. Now therefore,

please let your servants dwell in the land of


47:5 Then Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying,

"Your father and your brothers have come to


47:6 "The land of Egypt is before you. Have

your father and brothers dwell in the best of the

land; let them dwell in the land of Goshen. And

if you know any competent men among them,

then make them chief herdsmen over my


47:7 Then Joseph brought in his father Jacob

and set him before Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed


47:8 Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How old are you?"

47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the

years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and

thirty years; few and evil have been the days of

the years of my life, and they have not attained to

the days of the years of the life of my fathers in

the days of their pilgrimage."

47:10 So Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out

from before Pharaoh.

47:11 And Joseph situated his father and his

brothers, and gave them a possession in the land

of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of

Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

47:12 Then Joseph provided his father, his

brothers, and all his father's household with

bread, according to the number in their families.

47:13 Now there was no bread in all the land;

for the famine was very severe, so that the land

of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished

because of the famine.

47:14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that

was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of

Canaan, for the grain which they bought; and

Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.

47:15 So when the money failed in the land of

Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the

Egyptians came to Joseph and said, "Give us

bread, for why should we die in your presence?

For the money has failed."

47:16 Then Joseph said, "Give your livestock,

and I will give you bread for your livestock, if

the money is gone."

47:17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph,

and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for the

horses, the flocks, the cattle of the herds, and for

the donkeys. Thus he fed them with bread in

exchange for all their livestock that year.

47:18 When that year had ended, they came to

him the next year and said to him, "We will not

hide from my lord that our money is gone; my

lord also has our herds of livestock. There is

nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies

and our lands.

47:19 "Why should we die before your eyes,

both we and our land? Buy us and our land for

bread, and we and our land will be servants of

Pharaoh; give us seed, that we may live and not

die, that the land may not be desolate."

47:20 Then Joseph bought all the land of Egypt

for Pharaoh; for every man of the Egyptians sold

his field, because the famine was severe upon

them. So the land became Pharaoh's.

47:21 And as for the people, he moved them into

the cities, from one end of the borders of Egypt

to the other end.

47:22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy;

for the priests had rations allotted to them by

Pharaoh, and they ate their rations which

Pharaoh gave them; therefore they did not sell

their lands.

47:23 Then Joseph said to the people, "Indeed I

have bought you and your land this day for

Pharaoh. Look, here is seed for you, and you

shall sow the land.

47:24 "And it shall come to pass in the harvest

that you shall give one-fifth to Pharaoh. Fourfifths

shall be your own, as seed for the field and

for your food, for those of your households and

as food for your little ones."

47:25 So they said, "You have saved our lives;

let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we

will be Pharaoh's servants."

47:26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of

Egypt to this day, that Pharaoh should have onefifth,

except for the land of the priests only,

which did not become Pharaoh's.

47:27 So Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the

country of Goshen; and they had possessions

there and grew and multiplied exceedingly.

47:28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt

seventeen years. So the length of Jacob's life was

one hundred and forty-seven years.

47:29 When the time drew near that Israel must

die, he called his son Joseph and said to him,

"Now if I have found favor in your sight, please

put your hand under my thigh, and deal kindly

and truly with me. Please do not bury me in


47:30 "but let me lie with my fathers; you shall

carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial

place." And he said, "I will do as you have said."

47:31 Then he said, "Swear to me." And he

swore to him. So Israel bowed himself on the

head of the bed.


Genesis 48:

48:1 Now it came to pass after these things that

Joseph was told, "Indeed your father is sick"; and

he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and


48:2 And Jacob was told, "Look, your son

Joseph is coming to you"; and Israel

strengthened himself and sat up on the bed.

48:3 Then Jacob said to Joseph: "God Almighty

appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and

blessed me,

48:4 "and said to me, 'Behold, I will make you

fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you

a multitude of people, and give this land to your

descendants after you as an everlasting


48:5 "And now your two sons, Ephraim and

Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of

Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine;

as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.

48:6 "Your offspring whom you beget after them

shall be yours; they will be called by the name of

their brothers in their inheritance.

48:7 "But as for me, when I came from Padan,

Rachel died beside me in the land of Canaan on

the way, when there was but a little distance to

go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way

to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem)."

48:8 Then Israel saw Joseph's sons, and said,

"Who are these?"

48:9 And Joseph said to his father, "They are my

sons, whom Yahweh has given me in this place."

And he said, "Please bring them to me, and I will

bless them."

48:10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age,

so that he could not see. Then Joseph brought

them near him, and he kissed them and embraced


48:11 And Israel said to Joseph, "I had not

thought to see your face; but in fact, Yahweh has

also shown me your offspring!"

48:12 So Joseph brought them from beside his

knees, and he bowed down with his face to the


48:13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with

his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and

Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel's right

hand, and brought them near him.

48:14 Then Israel stretched out his right hand

and laid it on Ephraim's head, who was the

younger, and his left hand on Manasseh's head,

guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was

the firstborn.

48:15 And he blessed Joseph, and said:

"Yahweh, before whom my fathers Abraham and

Isaac walked,

The God who has fed me all my life long to this


48:16 The Angel who has redeemed me from all


Bless the lads;

Let my name be named upon them,

And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;

And let them grow into a multitude in the midst

of the earth."

48:17 Now when Joseph saw that his father laid

his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it

displeased him; so he took hold of his father's

hand to remove it from Ephraim's head to

Manasseh's head.

48:18 And Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my

father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right

hand on his head."

48:19 But his father refused and said, "I know,

my son, I know. He also shall become a people,

and he also shall be great; but truly his younger

brother shall be greater than he, and his

descendants shall become a multitude of


48:20 So he blessed them that day, saying, "By

you Israel will bless, saying, 'May Yahweh make

you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!' " And thus he

set Ephraim before Manasseh.

48:21 Then Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I am

dying, but Yahweh will be with you and bring

you back to the land of your fathers.

48:22 "Moreover I have given to you one portion

above your brothers, which I took from the hand

of the Amorite with my sword and my bow."


Genesis 49:

49:1 And Jacob called his sons and said, "Gather

together, that I may tell you what shall befall you

in the last days:

49:2 "Gather together and hear, you sons of


And listen to Israel your father.

49:3 "Reuben, you are my firstborn,

My might and the beginning of my strength,

The excellency of dignity and the excellency of


49:4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel,

Because you went up to your father's bed;

Then you defiled it-

He went up to my couch.

49:5 "Simeon and Levi are brothers;

Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place.

49:6 Let not my spirit enter their council;

Let not my honor be united to their assembly;

For in their anger they slew a man,

And in their self-will they hamstrung an ox.

49:7 Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce;

And their wrath, for it is cruel!

I will divide them in Jacob

And scatter them in Israel.

49:8 "Judah, you are he whom your brothers

shall praise;

Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;

Your father's children shall bow down before


49:9 Judah is a lion's whelp;

From the prey, my son, you have gone up.

He bows down, he lies down as a lion;

And as a lion, who shall rouse him?

49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah,

Nor a lawgiver from between his feet,

Until Shiloh comes;

And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.

49:11 Binding his donkey to the vine,

And his donkey's colt to the choice vine,

He washed his garments in wine,

And his clothes in the blood of grapes.

49:12 His eyes are darker than wine,

And his teeth whiter than milk.

49:13 "Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the


He shall become a haven for ships,

And his border shall adjoin Sidon.

49:14 "Issachar is a strong donkey,

Lying down between two burdens;

49:15 He saw that rest was good,

And that the land was pleasant;

He bowed his shoulder to bear a burden,

And became a band of slaves.

49:16 "Dan shall judge his people

As one of the tribes of Israel.

49:17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way,

A viper by the path,

That bites the horse's heels

So that its rider shall fall backward.

49:18 I have waited for your salvation, O


49:19 "Gad, a troop shall tramp upon him,

But he shall triumph at last.

49:20 "Bread from Asher shall be rich,

And he shall yield royal dainties.

49:21 "Naphtali is a deer let loose;

He uses beautiful words.

49:22 "Joseph is a fruitful bough,

A fruitful bough by a well;

His branches run over the wall.

49:23 The archers have bitterly grieved him,

Shot at him and hated him.

49:24 But his bow remained in strength,

And the arms of his hands were made strong

By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob

(From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),

49:25 By the God of your father who will help


And by the Almighty who will bless you

With blessings of heaven above,

Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,

Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.

49:26 The blessings of your father

Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors,

Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills.

They shall be on the head of Joseph,

And on the crown of the head of him who was

separate from his brothers.

49:27 "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf;

In the morning he shall devour the prey,

And at night he shall divide the spoil."

49:28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel,

and this is what their father spoke to them. And

he blessed them; he blessed each one according

to his own blessing.

49:29 Then he charged them and said to them: "I

am to be gathered to my people; bury me with

my fathers in the cave that is in the field of

Ephron the Hittite,

49:30 "in the cave that is in the field of

Machpelah, which is before Mamre in the land of

Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of

Ephron the Hittite as a possession for a burial


49:31 "There they buried Abraham and Sarah his

wife, there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his

wife, and there I buried Leah.

49:32 "The field and the cave that is there were

purchased from the sons of Heth."

49:33 And when Jacob had finished

commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into

the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered

to his people.


Genesis 50:

50:1 Then Joseph fell on his father's face, and

wept over him, and kissed him.

50:2 And Joseph commanded his servants the

physicians to embalm his father. So the

physicians embalmed Israel.

50:3 Forty days were required for him, for such

are the days required for those who are

embalmed; and the Egyptians mourned for him

seventy days.

50:4 And when the days of his mourning were

past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh,

saying, "If now I have found favor in your eyes,

please speak in the hearing of Pharaoh, saying,

50:5 'My father made me swear, saying,

"Behold, I am dying; in my grave which I dug

for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall

bury me." Now therefore, please let me go up

and bury my father, and I will come back.' "

50:6 And Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your

father, as he made you swear."

50:7 So Joseph went up to bury his father; and

with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the

elders of his house, and all the elders of the land

of Egypt,

50:8 as well as all the house of Joseph, his

brothers, and his father's house. Only their little

ones, their flocks, and their herds they left in the

land of Goshen.

50:9 And there went up with him both chariots

and horsemen, and it was a very great gathering.

50:10 Then they came to the threshing floor of

Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and they

mourned there with a great and very solemn

lamentation. He observed seven days of

mourning for his father.

50:11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the

Canaanites, saw the mourning at the threshing

floor of Atad, they said, "This is a deep

mourning of the Egyptians." Therefore its name

was called Abel Mizraim, which is beyond the


50:12 So his sons did for him just as he had

commanded them.

50:13 For his sons carried him to the land of

Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field

of Machpelah, before Mamre, which Abraham

bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite as

property for a burial place.

50:14 And after he had buried his father, Joseph

returned to Egypt, he and his brothers and all

who went up with him to bury his father.

50:15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their

father was dead, they said, "Perhaps Joseph will

hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil

which we did to him."

50:16 So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying,

"Before your father died he commanded, saying,

50:17 'Thus you shall say to Joseph: "I beg you,

please forgive the trespass of your brothers and

their sin; for they did evil to you." ' Now, please,

forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of

your father." And Joseph wept when they spoke

to him.

50:18 Then his brothers also went and fell down

before his face, and they said, "Behold, we are

your servants."

50:19 Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for

am I in the place of Yahweh?

50:20 "But as for you, you meant evil against

me; but Yahweh meant it for good, in order to

bring it about as it is this day, to save many

people alive.

50:21 "Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will

provide for you and your little ones." And he

comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

50:22 So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his

father's household. And Joseph lived one

hundred and ten years.

50:23 Joseph saw Ephraim's children to the third

generation. The children of Machir, the son of

Manasseh, were also brought up on Joseph's


50:24 And Joseph said to his brethren, "I am

dying; but Yahweh will surely visit you, and

bring you out of this land to the land of which

He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."

50:25 Then Joseph took an oath from the

children of Israel, saying, "Yahweh will surely

visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from


50:26 So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten

years old; and they embalmed him, and he was

put in a coffin in Egypt.