After this manner; you should pray, Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed is Your Name.
“This is the day which Yahweh has made; We will
rejoice and be glad in it”! (Psalms 118:24)
This is the day to be joyfully encouraged!
For today, you hold in your hand, a faithful English
translation of the Word of Yahweh, our One True
God Almighty and Creator of all this is!
Natural Israelite Bible English Version
Books of the Old Covenant:
“The Book of the Writings”:
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may
eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
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
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
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
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.
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
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
4:8 Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and
it came to pass, when they were in the field, that
Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed
4:9 Then Yahweh said to Cain, "Where is Abel
your brother?" He said, "I do not know. Am I my
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
6:10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham,
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
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.
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
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
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.
8:1 Then Yahweh remembered Noah, and every
living thing, and all the animals that were with
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
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
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
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."
9:1 So Yahweh blessed Noah and his sons, and
said to them: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill
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
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
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
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
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
9:13 "I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall
be for the sign of the covenant between Me and
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.
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,
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).
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,
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,
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.
11:1 Now the whole earth had one language and
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
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
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.
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
12:9 So Abram journeyed, going on still toward
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
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
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,
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.
13:1 Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and
his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
15:15 "Now as for you, you shall go to your
fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good
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."
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
25:1 Abraham again took a wife, and her name
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
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
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
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.
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;
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
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
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
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
26:35 And they were a grief of mind to Isaac and
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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?"
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
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
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."
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
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
29:9 Now while he was still speaking with them,
Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was
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
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
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
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
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
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
30:13 Then Leah said, "I am happy, for the
daughters will call me blessed." So she called his
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
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
30:36 Then he put three days' journey between
himself and Jacob, and Jacob fed the rest of
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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
32:3 Then Jacob sent messengers before him to
Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
33:20 Then he erected an altar there and called it
El Elohe Israel.
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
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
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
34:28 They took their sheep, their oxen, and their
donkeys, what was in the city and what was in
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?"
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
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.
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
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
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,
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,
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
38:30 Afterward his brother came out who had
the scarlet thread on his hand. And his name was
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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?"
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
46:11 The sons of Levi were Gershon, Kohath,
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
46:13 The sons of Issachar were Tola, Puvah,
Job, and Shimron.
46:14 The sons of Zebulun were Sered, Elon,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
48:15 And he blessed Joseph, and said:
"Yahweh, before whom my fathers Abraham and
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
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."
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
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.
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
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
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
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
50:18 Then his brothers also went and fell down
before his face, and they said, "Behold, we are
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
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.