Old Testament - Genesis
GOD created the heavens and the earth in the very beginning. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water."
"3 And God said, Let there be light; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day."
"6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters that were under the firmament from the waters that were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day."
"9 And God said, Let the waters that are under the sky be gathered together in one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters he called Seas; and God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth vegetation, the herb yielding seed after its kind, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, wherein is their seed, upon the earth; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth vegetation, the herb yielding seed after its kind, and the tree hearing fruit, wherein is its seed, after its kind; and God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day."
"14 Then God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth; and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the smaller light to rule the night; and the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day."
"20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let fowl fly above the earth in the open firmament of the heaven. 21 And God created great sea monsters, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind, and every winged fowl after its kind; and God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply on the earth. 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day."
"24 Then God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind, cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth after their kind; and it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps upon the earth after its kind; and God saw that it was good."
"26 Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild beasts of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild beasts that move upon the earth."
"29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree which bears fruit yielding seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creeps upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food; and it was so."
"31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day."
THUS the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the sixth day God, finished his works which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his works which he had made. 3 So God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because in it he had rested from all his works which God created and made."
"4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the heavens and the earth. 5 And all the trees of the field were not yet in the ground, and every herb of the field had not yet sprung up; for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no man to till the ground. 6 But a powerful spring gushed out of the earth, and watered all the face of the ground. 7 And the LORD God formed Adam out of the soil of the earth, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."
"8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 And a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it divided and became into four heads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which encircles the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; 12 And the gold of that land is good; there is also beryllium and the onyx stone. 13 And the name of the second river is Gihon, the one which encircles the whole land of Ethiopia. 14 And the name of the third river is Deklat (Tigris); it is the one which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and to keep it."
"16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 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."
"18 Then the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper who is like him. 19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name. 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to all fowl of the air, and to all wild beasts; but for Adam there was not found a helper who was equal to him."
"21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the place with flesh in its stead; 22 And of the rib which the LORD God had taken from Adam he made a woman, and brought her to Adam. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, Adam and his wife, and were not ashamed."
NOW the serpent was more subtle than all the wild beasts that the LORD God had made. And the serpent said to the woman, Truly has God said that you shall not eat of any tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of all the trees of the garden; 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. 4 And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die; 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be like gods, knowing good and evil."
"6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and that the tree was delightful to look at, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and she also gave to her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden."
"9 And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you, Adam? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and when I saw that I was naked, I hid myself."
"11 And the LORD God said to him, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat? 12 And Adam said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the fruit of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said to the woman, What is this that you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat."
"14 And the LORD God said to the serpent, Because you have done this thing, cursed are you above all cattle, and above all beasts of the field; on your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life; 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your posterity and her posterity; her posterity shall tread your head under foot, and you shall strike him in his heel."
"16 To the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your pain and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children, and you shall be dependent on your husband, and he shall rule over you."
"17 And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it, cursed is the ground for your sake; in sorrow shall you eat the fruits of it all the days of your life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field; 19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, until you return to the ground; out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust shall you return."
"20 So Adam called his wifeís name Eve because she was the mother of all living."
"21 And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife coats of skin, and clothed them."
"22 Then the LORD God said, Behold, the man has become like one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever; 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24 So the LORD God drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the path to the tree of life."
AND Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, I have gotten a man for the LORD. 2 And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground."
"3 And in the course of time it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering to the LORD. 4 And Abel also brought of the first-born of his flock and of the fatlings thereof. And the LORD was pleased with Abel and with his offering; 5 But with Cain and with his offering he was not pleased. So Cain was exceedingly displeased, and his countenance was sad."
"6 And the LORD said to Cain, Why are you displeased? and why is your countenance sad? 7 Behold, if you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin lies at the door. You should return to your brother, and he shall be subject to you."
"8 And Cain said to Abel his brother, Let us go to the plain; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him."
"9 And the LORD said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said, I do not know. Am I my brotherís keeper? 10 And the LORD said, What have you done? The voice of your brotherís blood cries to me from the ground. 11 And from henceforth, you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brotherís blood from your hand; 12 When you till the ground, it shall no more yield to you its strength; a fugitive and a wanderer shall you be on the earth."
"13 And Cain said to the LORD, My transgression is too great to be forgiven. 14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the land; and from thy face shall I be hidden; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth; and it shall come to pass, that whoever finds me shall slay me. 15 And the LORD said to him, It shall not be so; whoever slays Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, so that anyone who may find him may not kill him."
"16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
AND it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 That the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair; so they took them wives of all whom they chose."
"3 Then the LORD said, My spirit shall not dwell in man forever, because he is flesh; let his days be a hundred and twenty years."
"4 There were giants on the earth in those days; and also after that, for the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, and they became giants who in the olden days were mighty men of renown. 5 And the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was evil continually."
"6 And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him in his heart. 7 So the LORD said, I will destroy men whom I have created from the face of the earth; both men and animals, and the creeping things, and the fowls of the air; I am sorry that I have made them."
"8 But Noah found mercy in the eyes of the LORD. 9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and innocent in his days, and God was pleased with Noah. 10 And Noah begot three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth."
"11 The earth was corrupt in the presence of God, and the earth was filled with wickedness. 12 And God saw that the earth was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth."
"13 So God said to Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is full of wickedness through men; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark and daub it without and within with pitch. 15 And this is how you shall make it: the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. 16 And you shall make a window in the ark, and to the width of a cubit shall you finish it above; and the door of the ark you shall make in its side; with lower, second, and third decks you shall make it. 17 And, behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh that has the breath of life in it from under heaven; and everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall enter into the ark, you, and your sons, and your wife, and your sonsí wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every kind bring into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 Of fowls after their kind, and of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind shall enter with you, that they may live. 21 And you must take a supply of all food that is eaten, and you shall store it by you; and it shall be for food for you and for them."
"22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he."
THEN God said to Noah, Enter into the ark; you and all your household, for you alone have I seen righteous before me in this generation. 2 Of all clean animals you shall take with you seven pairs, both males and females; and of the beasts that are not clean two pairs, males and females. 3 Likewise, of the fowls of the air that are clean seven pairs, both males and the females; to keep their posterity alive upon the face of the earth. 4 For in seven days I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living thing that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth."
"5 And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him. 6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth. 7 And Noah, with his sons and his wife and his sonsí wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, and of unclean animals, and of fowls, and of everything that creeps upon the earth, 9 There went in two and two with Noah into the ark, the males and the females, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood came upon the earth."
"11 In the six hundredth year of Noahís life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that very day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights."
"13 On that same day entered Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noahís wife, and the three wives of his sons with him, into the ark; 14 They and every beast after its kind and all the cattle after their kind and every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth after its kind and every fowl after its kind, every bird of every sort. 15 They went with Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh in which there is the breath of life. 16 And they that entered, males and females of every living thing went in, as God had commanded him. Then the LORD shut him in."
"17 And the flood lasted forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased and bore up the ark so that it was lifted up above the earth. 18 And the waters prevailed and rose higher upon the earth; and the ark floated on the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; so that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. 20 Fifteen cubits above the mountains did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered."
"21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl and of cattle and of wild beast and of every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth and every man: 22 Everything in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was on the dry land, died. 23 And every living thing was destroyed that was upon the face of the ground, both man and animals and the creeping things and the fowl of the air; they were destroyed from the earth; and Noah only remained, and those who were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days."
AND God remembered Noah and every living thing and all the animals and all the fowls that were with him in the ark; and God made a wind to blow over the earth, and the waters became calm; 2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained; 3 And the waters receded from the earth gradually; and after the end of a hundred and fifty clays the waters abated."
"4 And in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Kardo. 5 And the waters decreased gradually until the tenth month; on the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains were seen."
"6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made; 7 And he sent forth a raven which went to and fro, but did not return until the waters were dried up from the face of the earth. 8 Then he sent forth a dove from the ark, to see if the waters had abated from the face of the ground; 9 But the dove found no resting place for her foot, and she returned to him in the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. Then he put forth his hand, and took her, and brought her into the ark with him. 10 And he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; 11 And the dove came back to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from off the earth. 12 And he waited yet another seven days, and sent forth the dove; but the dove did not return again to him any more."
"13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. 14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry."
"15 And God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 Go forth out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sonsí wives with you. 17 Bring forth with you every beast of every kind that is with you, both fowl and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth; that they may breed abundantly on the earth and be fruitful and multiply upon the face of the earth. 18 So Noah went forth, and his sons and his wife and his sonsí wives with him; 19 Every beast, every domestic animal, and every fowl, and whatever creeps upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark."
"20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD; and took of every clean animal and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the LORD smelled the sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for manís sake; for the inclination of manís heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again destroy any more every living thing, as I have done. 22 From henceforth, while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
AND God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moves upon the earth, and all the fish of the sea; into your hand they are delivered. 3 Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 4 Only flesh with the life thereof, that is, the blood thereof, you shall not eat. 5 And surely your lifeblood will I f avenge; of every beast will I avenge it, and at the hand of man; and at the hand of a man and his brother will I avenge the life of man. 6 Whoever sheds the blood of men, by men shall his blood be shed; for man was made in the image of God. 7 As for you, be fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly on the earth, and multiply in it."
"8 And God spoke to Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9 As for me, behold, I will establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you; 10 And with every living creature that is with you, the fowl, the cattle, and every wild beast of the earth with you; with all that come out of the ark, and with every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish my covenant with you; so that never again shall all flesh perish by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth."
"12 And God said to Noah, This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth. 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring clouds over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the clouds; 15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature that is with you of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 And the bow shall be in the clouds; and I will look upon it as a remembrance of the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17 And God said to Noah, This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all the flesh that is upon the earth,"
NOW the whole earth spoke one language and with one manner of speech. 2 And it came to pass, as men journeyed from the east, they found a plain in the land of Sinar; and they settled there. 3 And they said one to another, Come, let us make bricks and burn them with fire. And they had bricks for stone, and slime for mortar. 4 Then they said, Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top may reach to heaven; and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth."
"5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which men were building. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and they have reasoned to do this thing; and now nothing will prevent them from doing that which they have imagined to do. 7 Come, let us go down, and there divide their language so that they may not understand one anotherís speech. 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there upon the face of all the earth; and they ceased from building the city. 9 Therefore they called the name of it Babel; because it was there that the LORD confounded the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them upon the face of all the earth."
"NOW the LORD said to Abram, Depart from your country, and from the place of your nativity, and from your fatherís house, to a land that I will show you; 2 And I will make of you a great people, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you: and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed."
"4 So Abram did as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him; and Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brotherís son and all their possessions which they had gained and the persons that they had gotten in Haran, and they went on their way to the land of Canaan, and to the land of Canaan they came."
8 And Abram said to Lot, Let there be no strife between me and you, and between my shepherds and your shepherds; for we are brethren. 9 Behold the whole land is before you, separate yourself from me; if you choose the left hand, then I will choose the right hand; or if you depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left."
"10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and saw all the land of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of God, like the land of Egypt at the entrance of Zoan.
AFTER these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram; I am your shield, and your reward is exceedingly great."
"2 And Abram said, O LORD God, what will thou give me, for I will die childless, and Eliezer of Damascus, one of my household, will be my heir? 3 And Abram said, Behold, thou hast given me no son; and, behold, one of the members of my household will be my heir. 4 Then the LORD said to him, This man shall not be your heir; but your own son that shall come out of your own loins shall be your heir. 5 And he brought him outside, and said to him, Look now toward heaven and number the stars, if you are able to number them; and he said to him, So shall your descendants be. 6 And Abram believed in the LORD; and it was counted to him for righteousness."
5 Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many peoples.
19 And God said to Abraham, Truly, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son; and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.
21 But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed through him? 19 For I know him well, and that he will command his children and his household after him, to keep the ways of the LORD, to do justice and righteousness; for the LORD shall fulfil for Abraham the thing that he has spoken concerning him. 20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah has come before me and their sins are very grievous.
21 I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to their cry which has come before me; and if not, I will know. 26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole country for their sake.
17 And it came to pass when they had brought them out of the city, they said to Lot: Now escape for your life; do not look back nor stop anywhere in the plain, but flee to the mountain lest you be consumed."
26 But his wife looked back from behind him and she became a pillar of salt."
AND the LORD remembered Sarah, as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.
AND it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham and said to him, Abraham. And he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of the Amorites; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I will tell you."
"3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning and saddled his ass and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son, and cut wood for the burnt offering and rose up and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 And on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And he said to his young men, You stay here with the ass, and I and the boy will go yonder to worship and return to you. 6 And Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it upon Isaac his son, and he took the fire in a container and a knife in his hand, and they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, My father. And he answered. Here I am, my son. And Isaac said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said, God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son. So they went both of them together. 9 And they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10 Then Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife to slay his son."
11 And the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said. Abraham! Abraham! And he said, Here am I. 12 And he said to him, Do not lay your hand on the boy, neither shall you harm him; for now I know that you are a man who reveres God, seeing that you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold a ram caught in a thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Mariah-nekhzey, that is, the LORD will provide, as it is said to this day on this mountain, The LORD shall provide."
"15 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 And said, I have sworn by myself, says the LORD, for because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, from me, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is on the sea shore; and your descendants shall inherit the lands of their enemies; 18 And by your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed because you have obeyed my voice.
67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarahís tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his motherís death."
20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Padan-aram, the sister of Laban, the Aramean (Syrian). 21 And Isaac prayed before the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD answered him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 And the children struggled together within her womb; and she said, If it is to be like this, why do I live? So she went to enquire of the LORD. 23 And the LORD said to her, Two peoples are in your womb, and two nations shall be separated from your body; and the one nation shall be stronger than the other nation; and the elder shall serve the younger. 24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 And the first came out red, all covered with ringlets of hair; and they called his name Esau. 26 And after him his brother came forth, and his hand held Esauís heel; and his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah bore them.
"THEN Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him, You shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. 2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your motherís father; and take for yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your motherís brother. 3 May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a multitude of peoples; 4 And give the blessings of Abraham to you and to your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you dwell, which God gave to Abraham. 5 And Isaac sent away Jacob; and he went to Padan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel, the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacobís and Esauís mother."
"6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed his brother Jacob and sent him away to Padan-aram to take for himself a wife from there, and that as he blessed him, he charged him, saying, You shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan; 7 And Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and went to Padan-aram; 8 And Esau saw that Isaac his father despised the daughters of Canaan; 9 Then Esau went to Ishmael, Abrahamís son, and took Bismath, the daughter of Ishmael, Abrahamís son, the sister of Nebioth, to be his wife, in addition to his other wives."
"10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, on his way to Haran. 11 And he arrived at a certain place, and spent the night there, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of the place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder was set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac; the land whereon you are lying, I will give to you and to your descendants; 14 And your descendants shall be as numerous as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the east and to the west and to the north and to the south; and in you and through your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, 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 the thing of which I have spoken to you."
"16 And Jacob awoke from his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I did not know it. 17 And Jacob was exceedingly fearful, and he said, How sacred is this place today! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. 18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone which he had put for his pillow, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil on the top of it. 19 Then Jacob called the name of that place Beth-el (the house of God); but at the first the name of that place was called Luz. 20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me and will protect me in this way that I go, and will give me food to eat and clothing to wear 21 So that I may return to my fatherís house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God; 22 And this stone which I have set up for a pillar shall be Godís house and of all that thou shalt give me I will give the tenth to thee."
18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and he said, I will serve you seven years for Rachel, your younger daughter.
22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her and opened her womb. 23 And she conceived, and bore a son; and said, God has taken away my reproach; 24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son."
9 And Jacob prayed, and said. O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD who didst say to me, Return to the land of your fathers and to your kindred, and I will deal well with you; 10 I am not worthy of the least of all thy favors, and of all the truth that thou hast shown to thy servant; for alone with my staff I crossed over this Jordan; and now I have become two companies. 11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hands of my brother Esau; for I am afraid of him, lest he will come to smite me, and the mothers with their children. 12 And thou didst say, I will surely do you good, and make your descendants numerous as the sand of the sea which cannot be numbered for multitude."
"13 And he spent that night there; and took of that which he had with him as a present for his brother Esau; 14 Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams, 15 Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty cows, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals. 16 And he entrusted them to his servants, every drove by itself; and said to his servants, Pass over before me, and keep a distance between drove and drove. 17 And he commanded the leader of the first drove, and said to him, When Esau my brother meets you, and asks you, saying, Who are you? and where are you going? and whose are these that are before you? 18 Then you shall say to him, They belong to your servant Jacob; they are a present which he has sent to my lord Esau; and, behold, also he is coming behind us. 19 And so he commanded the second and the third and all who followed with the droves, saying. In this manner you shall speak to Esau, when you find him. 20 And you shall say to him, moreover, Behold, your servant Jacob also is behind us. For he said, I may appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; and perhaps he will accept me. 21 So the present went over before him; and he himself lodged that night in the encampment. 22 And he rose up in the night, and took his two wives and his two maidservants and his eleven sons, and led them to the desert of Jabbok. 23 And he took them, and brought them over the brook, and then he brought across everything that he had."
"24 And Jacob was left alone; and there a man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 And when the man saw that he did not prevail against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacobís thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And the man said to him, Let me go, for day is breaking. And he said, I will not let you go unless you bless me. 27 And he said to him, What is your name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said to him. Your name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel (the Prince of God); for you have proved your strength wrestling with an angel and with man, and have prevailed. 29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me your name. And he said, Why is it that you ask my name? And the angel blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name of that place Peniel; for be said, I have seen an angel face to face, and my life is preserved. 31 The sun rose upon him just as he left Peniel, and he limped because of his thigh. 32 That is why the children of Israel do not eat of the sinew of the hip, which is on the hollow of the thigh, to this day; because the angel touched the hollow of Jacobís thigh on the sinew of the thigh."
AND Jacob raised his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau was coming, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and the two maids. 2 Then he brought the maids and their children to the front, and Leah and her children next, and kept Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3 And he himself went on before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. 4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him; and they wept."
"5 Then Esau raised his eyes and saw the women and the children, and said, Where did you get these? And Jacob said to him, They are the children whom God has graciously given your servant. 6 Then the maids drew near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves. 7 And Leah also with her children drew near, and bowed themselves; and afterwards came Rachel and Joseph who also drew near, and bowed themselves. 8 And Esau said to Jacob, Where did you get all this company which I met? And Jacob said to him, Because I have found favor in the sight of my lord. 9 Then Esau said to him, I have plenty, my brother; keep what you have to yourself. 10 But Jacob said to him, If now I have found mercy in your sight, then receive my present from my hands; because now I have seen your face, as I saw the face of an angel, and you were pleased with me. 11 Now accept my blessings that I have brought to you; because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And Jacob urged him, and he did accept them. 12 Then Esau said to him, Let us depart, and go, and I will go before you.
9 And God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan-aram, and blessed him. 10 And God said to him. Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name; so he called his name Israel. 11 And God said to him. I am God Almighty; be fruitful and multiply: a people and a multitude of peoples shall come from you, and kings shall come out of your loins; 12 And the land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give to you, and to your descendants after you will I give the land.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his other sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a rich robe with long sleeves. 4 And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably to him."
"5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him yet the more.
19 And they said to one another, Behold, here comes the dreamer.
22 And Reuben said to them, Shed no blood; throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness, but do not harm him; that he might deliver him from their hands, and bring him back to his father."
27 Come, let us sell him to the Arabians, and let us not harm him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brothers listened to him. 28 Then some Midianite merchants passed by; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Arabians for twenty pieces of silver; and they brought him into Egypt.
3 And Joseph said to his brothers, I am Joseph your brother; is my father still alive? But his brothers could not answer him because they were afraid at his presence.
5 Now do not be grieved, nor displeased with yourselves, that you sold me here; for it was to provide for you that God sent me before you.
7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a remnant on the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
19 But Joseph said to them, Fear not; for I am a servant of God. 20 But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to do as he has done this day, to save many lives. 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."
"22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and all his fatherís house; and Joseph lived a hundred and ten years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraimís children of the third generation; the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Josephís knees. 24 And Joseph said to his brothers, I am dying; and God will surely remember you, and bring you up out of this land to the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely remember you, and you shall carry up my bones from here with you. 26 So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him and put him in a coffin in Egypt."