THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES, CALLED GENESIS.
IN the beginning Ay’ah created the sky and the land.
2 Now the Earth was still formless beneath the water and barren, and darkness was upon the surface of the watery deep. And the sacred spirit sent from Ay’ah moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And Ay’ah said, “May there be light,” and there was light.
4 And Ay’ah saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
5 Ay’ah 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
which were under the firmament from the waters which
were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening
and the morning were the second day.
9 And God said. Let the waters under the heaven be
gathered together unto 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 called he Seas: and God saw that it
11 And God said. Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb
yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind,
whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding
seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed
was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 And God said. Let there be lights in the firmament of
the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be
for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the 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 lesser light to rule the night: he made the
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to
give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to
divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 And God said. Let the waters bring forth abundantly the
moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above
the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature
that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly,
after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and
God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying. Be fruitful, and multiply,
and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 And God said. Let the earth bring forth the living
creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast
of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and
cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon
the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said. Let us make man in our image, after
our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of
the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and
over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that
creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of
God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them. Be
fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue
it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the
fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth
upon the earth.
29 And God said. Behold. I have given you every herb
bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and
every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed;
to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the
air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein
there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold.
it was very good. And the evening and the morning were
the sixth day.
THUS the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the
host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he
had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his
work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it:
because that in it he had rested from all his work which
God created and made.
4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the
earth when they were created, in the day that Ay’ah God
made the earth and the heavens,
5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and
every herb of the field before it grew: for Ay’ah God
had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a
man to till the ground.
6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the
whole face of the ground.
7 And Ay’ah God formed man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man
became a living soul.
8 And Ay’ah God planted a garden eastward in Eden;
and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 And out of the ground made Ay’ah God 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
knowledge of good and evil.
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and
from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which
compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and
the onyx stone.
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it
that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it
which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth
river is Euphrates.
15 And Ay’ah God took the man, and put him into the
garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16 And Ay’ah God commanded the man, saying. Of
every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou
shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou
shalt surely die.
18 And Ay’ah God said. It is not good that the man
should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
19 And out of the ground Ay’ah God formed every beast
of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them
unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever
Adam called every living creature, that was the name
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of
the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there
was not found an help meet for him.
21 And Ay’ah God caused a deep sleep to fall upon
Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed
up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which Ay’ah God had taken from man,
made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said. This is now bone of my bones, and
flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she
was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore 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, the man and his wife, and
were not ashamed.
NOW the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the
field which Ay’ah God had made. And he said unto the
woman. Yea, hath God said. Ye shall not eat of every tree
of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent. We may eat of the
fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the
garden, God hath said. Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye
touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman. Ye shall not surely
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then
your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing
good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for
food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be
desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and
did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did
7 And 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 Ay’ah God walking in the
garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid
themselves from the presence of Ay’ah God amongst the
trees of the garden.
9 And Ay’ah God called unto Adam, and said unto him.
Where art thou?
10 And he said. I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was
afraid, because I was naked; and 1 hid myself.
11 And he said. Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast
thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou
shouldest not eat?
12 And the man said. The woman whom thou gavest to be
with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
13 And Ay’ah God said unto the woman. What is this
that thou hast done? And the woman said. The serpent
beguiled me, and 1 did eat.
14 And Ay’ah God said unto the serpent. Because thou
hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above
every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and
dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and
between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and
thou shalt bruise his heel.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy
sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth
children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he
shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said. Because thou hast hearkened
unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of
which I commanded thee, saying. Thou shalt not eat of it:
cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of
it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and
thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou
return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for
dust thou art , and unto dust shalt thou return.
20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was
the mother of all living.
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did Ay’ah God make
coats of skins, and clothed them.
22 And Ay’ah God said. Behold, the man is become as
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
23 Therefore Ay’ah God sent him forth from the garden
of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the
garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which
turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
AND Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and
bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from Ay’ah.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a
keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought
of the fruit of the ground an offering unto Ay’ah.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock
and of the fat thereof. And Ay’ah had respect unto Abel
and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And
Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And Ay’ah said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and
why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou
doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be
his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8 And 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 slew him.
9 And Ay’ah said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy
brother? And he said. I know not: Am I my brother’s
10 And he said. What hast thou done? the voice of thy
brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath
opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth
yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt
thou be in the earth.
13 And Cain said unto Ay’ah, My punishment is greater
than I can bear.
14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face
of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be
a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to
pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
15 And Ay’ah said unto him. Therefore whosoever
slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.
And Ay’ah set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him
should kill him.
16 And Cain went out from the presence of Ay’ah, and
dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
17 And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare
Enoch: and he budded a city, and called the name of the
city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
18 And unto Enoch was born had: and Irad begat
MehuYah’Al: and MehuYah’Al begat Methusael: and Methusael
19 And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the
one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah.
20 And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell
in tents, and of such as have cattle.
21 And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of
all such as handle the harp and organ.
22 And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructer of
every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-cain
23 And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear
my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech:
for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to
24 If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech
seventy and sevenfold.
25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son,
and called his name Seth: Lor God, said she , hath appointed
me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he
called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the
name of Ay’ah.
THIS is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day
that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and
called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat
a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his
4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were
eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and
thirty years: and he died.
6 And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat
7 And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and
seven years, and begat sons and daughters:
8 And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve
years: and he died.
9 And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan:
10 And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and
fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters:
11 And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five
years: and he died.
12 And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel:
13 And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight
hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters:
14 And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten
years: and he died.
15 And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat
16 And Mahalaleel lived after he begat fared eight hundred
and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters:
17 And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred
ninety and five years: and he died.
18 And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and
he begat Enoch:
19 And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred
years, and begat sons and daughters:
20 And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and
two years: and he died.
21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat
22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah
three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God
25 And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven
years, and begat Lamech:
26 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven
hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and
27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty
and nine years: and he died.
28 And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years,
and begat a son:
29 And he called his name Noah, saying. This same shall
comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands,
because of the ground which Ay’ah hath cursed.
30 And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred
ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:
31 And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy
and seven years: and he died.
32 And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat
Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
AND it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the
face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they
were fair; and they took them wives of all which they
3 And Ay’ah said. My spirit shall not always strive with
man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an
hundred and twenty years.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after
that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of
men, and they bare children to them, the same became
mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in
the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his
heart was only evil continually.
6 And it repented Ay’ah that he had made man on the
earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 And Ay’ah said. I will destroy man whom I have
created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and
the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth
me that I have made them.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of Ay’ah.
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just
man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with
10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and lapheth.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth
was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was
corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come
before me; for the earth is filled with violence through
them; and, behold. I will destroy them with the earth.
14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou
make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with
15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The
length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth
of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit
shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou
set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories
shalt thou make it.
17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon
the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life,
from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall
18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou
shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife,
and thy sons’ wives with thee.
19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort
shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee;
they shall be male and female.
20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of
every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of
every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and
thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee,
and for them.
22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded
him, so did he.
AND Ay’ah said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy
house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me
in this generation.
2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the
male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by
two, the male and his female.
3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the
female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
4 Lor yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the
earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance
that I have made will 1 destroy from off the face of the
5 And Noah did according unto all that Ay’ah
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of
waters was upon the earth.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his
sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of
fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the
male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of
the flood were upon the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second
month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day
were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the
windows of heaven were opened.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty
13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham,
and lapheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the
three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle
after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon
the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every
bird of every sort.
15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of
all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all
flesh, as God had commanded him: and Ay’ah shut him
17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the
waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up
above the earth.
18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly
upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the
19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth;
and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven,
20 Fifteen cubits upward 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 beast, and of every creeping
thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that
was in the dry land, died.
23 And every living substance was destroyed which was
upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the
creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were
destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive,
and they that were with him in the ark.
24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and
AND God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and
all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a
wind to pass over the earth, and the waters ass waged;
2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven
were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually:
and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters
4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the
seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of
5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth
month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month,
were the tops of the mountains seen.
6And 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 forth to and fro,
until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters
were abated from off the face of the ground;
9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and
she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on
the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and
took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent
forth the dove out of the ark;
11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in
her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that
the waters were abated from off the earth.
12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the
dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth 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 seven and twentieth
day of the month, was the earth dried.
15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,
16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and
thy sons’ wives with thee.
17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee,
of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may
breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply
upon the earth.
18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his
sons’ wives with him:
19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and
whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went
forth out of the ark.
20 And Noah budded an altar unto Ay’ah; and took of
every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered
burnt offerings on the altar.
21 And Ay’ah smelled a sweet savour; and Ay’ah
said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more
for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil
from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every
thing living, as I have done.
22 While the earth remaineth, 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 unto 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 moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes
of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you;
even as the green herb have I given you all things.
4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof,
shall ye not eat.
5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the
hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man;
at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of
6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be
shed: for in the image of God made he man.
7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth
abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him,
9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with
your seed after you;
10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the
fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you;
from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall
all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood;
neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
12 And God said. This is the token of the covenant which I
make between me and you and every living creature that is
with you, for perpetual generations:
13 1 do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token
of a covenant between me and the earth.
14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the
earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me
and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the
waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon
it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between
God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the
17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the
covenant, which I have established between me and all
flesh that is upon the earth.
18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were
Shem, and Ham, and lapheth: and Ham is the father of
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the
whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was
uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of
his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon
both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the
nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward,
and they saw not their father’s nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his
younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said. Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants
shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said. Blessed be Ay’ah God of Shem; and
Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents
of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty
29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty
years: and he died.
NOW these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem,
Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the
2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and
Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
3 And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and
4 And the sons of Javan; Alishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and
5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their
lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in
6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut,
7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and
Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and
8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in
9 He was a mighty hunter before Ay’ah: wherefore it is
said. Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before Ay’ah.
10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and
Erech, and Accad. and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and budded
Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,
12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a
13 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim,
14 And Pathmsim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came
Philistim,) and Caphtorim.
15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,
16 And the Y’busite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite,
17 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,
18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite:
and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread
19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as
thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto
Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto
20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after
their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.
21 ( I Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber,
the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children
22 The children of Shem; Alam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad,
and Lud. and Aram.
23 And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and
24 And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.
25 And unto Eber were bom two sons: the name of one was
Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his
brother’s name was Joktan.
26 And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and
Hazarmaveth, and Y’rah,
27 And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,
28 And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,
29 And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the
sons of Joktan.
30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto
Sephar a mount of the east.
31 These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after
their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.
32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their
generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations
divided in the earth after the flood.
AND the whole earth was of one language, and of one
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
3 And they said one to another. Go to, let us make brick,
and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and
slime had they for morter.
4 And they said. Go to, let us build us a city and a tower,
whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a
name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the
5 And Ay’ah came down to see the city and the tower,
which the children of men builded.
6 And Ay’ah said. Behold, the people is one, and they
have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now
nothing will be restrained from them, which they have
imagined to do.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language,
that they may not understand one another’s speech.
8 So Ay’ah scattered them abroad from thence upon the
face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the
Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and
from thence did Ay’ah scatter them abroad upon the face
of all the earth.
10 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an
hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the
11 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred
years, and begat sons and daughters.
12 And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat
13 And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred
and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
14 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:
15 And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and
three years, and begat sons and daughters.
16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:
17 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and
thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.
18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:
19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and
nine years, and begat sons and daughters.
20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:
21 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and
seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:
23 And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred
years, and begat sons and daughters.
24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat
25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and
nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.
26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram,
Nahor, and Haran.
27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat
Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his
nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of
Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife.
Mile ah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the
father of Iscah.
30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of
Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son
Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of
the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came
unto Haran, and dwelt there.
32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years:
and Terah died in Haran.
NOW Ay’ah had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy
country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house,
unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless
thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that
curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be
4 So Abram departed, as Ay’ah had spoken unto him;
and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five
years old when he departed out of Haran.
5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son,
and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls
that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into
the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of
Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was
then in the land.
7 And Ay’ah appeared unto Abram, and said. Unto thy
seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto
Ay’ah, who appeared unto him.
8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east
of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west,
and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the
Lord, and called upon the name of Ay’ah.
9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went
down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was
grievous in the land.
11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter
into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife. Behold now, I
know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall
see thee, that they shall say. This is his wife: and they will
kill me, but they will save thee alive.
13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well
with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of
14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into
Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very
15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended
her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into
16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had
sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and
maidservants, and she asses, and camels.
17 And Ay’ah plagued Pharaoh and his house with great
plagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.
18 And Pharaoh called Abram, and said. What is this that
thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she
was thy wife?
19 Why saidst thou. She is my sister? so I might have taken
her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her ,
and go thy way.
20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and
they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.
AND Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all
that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
3 And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth¬
el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning,
between Beth-el and Hai;
4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at
the first: and there Abram called on the name of Ay’ah.
5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and
herds, and tents.
6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might
dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they
could not dwell together.
7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s
cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite
and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray
thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and
thy herdmen; for we he brethren.
9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray
thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go
to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will
go to the left.
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of
Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the
Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden
of Ay’ah, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto
11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot
journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from
12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled
in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before
14 And Ay’ah said unto Abram, after that Lot was
separated from him. Lift up now thine eyes, and look from
the place where thou art northward, and southward, and
eastward, and westward:
15 Lor all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it,
and to thy seed for ever.
16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that
if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy
seed also be numbered.
17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the
breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in
the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an
altar unto Ay’ah.
AND it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of
Shinar, Arioch king of Allasar, Chedorlaomer king of Alam,
and Tidal king of nations;
2 That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with
Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Adrnah, and
Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is
3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim,
which is the salt sea.
4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the
thirteenth year they rebelled.
5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the
kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in
Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims
in Shaveh Kiriathaim,
6 And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Al-paran, which
is by the wilderness.
7 And they returned, and came to En-mishpat, which is
Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and
also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezon-tamar.
8 And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of
Gomorrah, and the king of Adrnah, and the king of
Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they
joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim;
9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Alam, and with Tidal king
of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king
of Allasar; four kings with five.
10 And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the
kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they
that remained fled to the mountain.
11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah,
and all their victuals, and went their way.
12 And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in
Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram
the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the
Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these
were confederate with Abram.
14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken
captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own
house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto
15 And he divided himself against them, he and his
servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto
Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.
16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought
again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also.
and the people.
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his
return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings
that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and
wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19 And he blessed him, and said. Blessed be Abram of the
most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered
thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the
persons, and take the goods to thyself.
22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up
mine hand unto Ay’ah, the most high God, the possessor
of heaven and earth,
23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet,
and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou
shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the
portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and
Mamre; let them take their portion.
AFTER these things the word of Ay’ah came unto
Abram in a vision, saying. Fear not, Abram: I am thy
shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
2 And Abram said. Lord God, what wilt thou give me,
seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this
Aliezer of Damascus?
3 And Abram said. Behold, to me thou hast given no seed:
and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
4 And. behold, the word of Ay’ah came unto him,
saying. This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come
forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said. Look now
toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number
them: and he said unto him. So shall thy seed be.
6 And he believed in Ay’ah; and he counted it to him for
7 And he said unto him, I am Ay’ah that brought thee
out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
8 And he said. Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall
9 And he said unto him. Take me an heifer of three years
old, and a she goat of three years old. and a ram of three
years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the
midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds
divided he not.
11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcases,
Abram drove them away.
12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell
upon Abram; and. lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon
13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed
shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall
serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I
judge: and afterward shall they come out with great
15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be
buried in a good old age.
16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither
again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and
it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp
that passed between those pieces.
18 In the same day Ay’ah made a covenant with Abram,
saying. Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river
of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the
Girgashites, and the Y’busites.
NOW Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she
had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, Ay’ah hath
restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my
maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And
Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the
Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of
Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and
when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was
despised in her eyes.
5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I
have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that
she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: Ay’ah
judge between me and thee.
6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy
hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt
hardly with her, she fled from her face.
7 And the angel of Ay’ah found her by a fountain of
water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence earnest thou?
and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face
of my mistress Sarai.
9 And the angel of Ay’ah said unto her. Return to thy
mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
10 And the angel of Ay’ah said unto her, I will multiply
thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for
11 And the angel of Ay’ah said unto her. Behold, thou
art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name
Ishmael; because Ay’ah hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against
every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall
dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
13 And she called the name of Ay’ah that spake unto
her. Thou God seest me: for she said. Have I also here
looked after him that seeth me?
14 Wherefore the well was called Beer-1 ahai-roi; behold, it
is between Kadesh and Bered.
15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his
son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when
Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.
AND when Abram was ninety years old and nine, Ay’ah
appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty
God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and
will multiply thee exceedingly.
3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him,
4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou
shalt be a father of many nations.
5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy
name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I
6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and 1 will make
nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee
and thy seed after thee in their generations for an
everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the
land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for
an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
9 1 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my
covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their
10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me
and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among
you shall be circumcised.
11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it
shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.
12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among
you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in
the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is
not of thy seed.
13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with
thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant
shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his
foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from
his people; he hath broken my covenant.
15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife,
thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name
16 And 1 will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea,
I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings
of people shall be of her.
17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said
in his heart. Shall a child be born unto him that is an
hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old.
18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live
19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son
indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will
establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant.
and with his seed after him.
20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold. I have
blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply
him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and 1 will
make him a great nation.
21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah
shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
22 And he left off talking with him, and God went up from
23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were
born in his house, and all that were bought with his money,
every male among the men of Abraham’s house; and
circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day,
as God had said unto him.
24 And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he
was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he
was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
26 In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and
Ishmael his son.
27 And all the men of his house, born in the house, and
bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with
AND Ay’ah appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre:
and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and. lo, three men
stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them
from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
3 And said. My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy
sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your
feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your
hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come
to your servant. And they said. So do, as thou hast said.
6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said.
Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it,
and make cakes upon the hearth.
7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender
and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to
8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had
dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under
the tree, and they did eat.
9 And they said unto him. Where is Sarah thy wife? And
he said. Behold, in the tent.
10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according
to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.
And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in
age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of
12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying. After I
am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
13 And Ay’ah said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah
laugh, saying. Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am
14 Is any thing too hard for Ay’ah? At the time
appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of
life, and Sarah shall have a son.
15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was
afraid. And he said. Nay; but thou didst laugh.
16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward
Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the
17 And Ay’ah said. Shall I hide from Abraham that
thing which 1 do;
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and
mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be
blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and
his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the
Lord, to do justice and judgment; that Ay’ah may bring
upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
20 And Ay’ah said. Because the cry of Sodom and
Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done
altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto
me; and if not, I will know.
22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went
toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before Ay’ah.
23 And Abraham drew near, and said. Wilt thou also
destroy the righteous with the wicked?
24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt
thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty
righteous that are therein?
25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the
righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be
as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the fudge of
all the earth do right?
26 And Ay’ah said. If I find in Sodom fifty righteous
within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
27 And Abraham answered and said. Behold now, I have
taken upon me to speak unto Ay’ah, which am but dust
28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous:
wilt thou destroy all the city for lack o/five? And he said. If
I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure
there shall be forty found there. And he said. I will not do it
for forty’s sake.
30 And he said unto him , Oh let not Ay’ah be angry, and
I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there.
And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
31 And he said. Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak
unto Ay’ah: Peradventure there shall be twenty found
there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.
32 And he said. Oh let not Ay’ah be angry, and I will
speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found
there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
33 And Ay’ah went his way, as soon as he had left
communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his
AND there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat
in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet
them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the
2 And he said. Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you,
into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your
feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And
they said. Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in
unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a
feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the
men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and
young, all the people from every quarter:
5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him. Where are
the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out
unto us, that we may know them.
6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door
7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known
man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye
to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do
nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my
9 And they said. Stand back. And they said again. This one
fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge:
now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And
they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to
break the door.
10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the
house to them, and shut to the door.
11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the
house with blindness, both small and great: so that they
wearied themselves to find the door.
12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any
besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and
whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this
13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is
waxen great before the face of Ay’ah; and Ay’ah
hath sent us to destroy it.
14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which
married his daughters, and said. Up, get you out of this
place; for Ay’ah will destroy this city. But he seemed as
one that mocked unto his sons in law.
15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened
Lot, saying. Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters,
which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the
16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand,
and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two
daughters; Ay’ah being merciful unto him: and they
brought him forth, and set him without the city.
17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth
abroad, that he said. Escape for thy life; look not behind
thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the
mountain, lest thou be consumed.
18 And Lot said unto them. Oh, not so, my Lord:
19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight.
and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed
unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the
mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little
one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and
my soul shall live.
21 And he said unto him. See, I have accepted thee
concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this
city, for the which thou hast spoken.
22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till
thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was
23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered
24 Then Ay’ah rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah
brimstone and fire from Ay’ah out of heaven;
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all
the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she
became a pillar of salt.
27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place
where he stood before Ay’ah:
28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and
toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the
smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of
the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out
of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities
in the which Lot dwelt.
30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the
mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to
dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two
31 And the firstborn said unto the younger. Our father is
old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us
after the manner of all the earth:
32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie
with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the
firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived
not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn
said unto the younger. Behold, I lay yesternight with my
father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go
thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our
35 And they made their father drink wine that night also:
and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived
not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their
37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab:
the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.
38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his
name Ben-ammi: the same is the father of the children of
Ammon unto this day.
AND Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south
country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and
sojourned in Gerar.
2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife. She is my sister:
and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said
to him. Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman
which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.
4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said. Lord,
wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
5 Said he not unto me. She is my sister? and she, even she
herself said. He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart
and innocency of my hands have I done this.
6 And God said unto him in a dream. Yea, I know that thou
didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld
thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not
to touch her.
7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a
prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and
if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die,
thou, and all that are thine.
8 Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and
called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears:
and the men were sore afraid.
9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him.
What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended
thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a
great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be
10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou,
that thou hast done this thing?
11 And Abraham said. Because I thought. Surely the fear of
God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s
12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of
my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she
became my wife.
13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander
from my father’s house, that I said unto her. This is thy
kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place
whither we shall come, say of me. He is my brother.
14 And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants,
and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and
restored him Sarah his wife.
15 And Abimelech said. Behold, my land is before thee:
dwell where it pleaseth thee.
16 And unto Sarah he said. Behold, I have given thy brother
a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering
of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other:
thus she was reproved.
17 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed
Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they
18 Lor Ay’ah had fast closed up all the wombs of the
house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.
AND Ay’ah visited Sarah as he had said, and Ay’ah
did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
2 For Sarah conceived, and bare 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
unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.
4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days
old, as God had commanded him.
5 And Abraham was an hundred years old. when his son
Isaac was born unto him.
6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all
that hear will laugh with me.
7 And she said. Who would have said unto Abraham, that
Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him
a son in his old age.
8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made
a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.
9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which
she had born unto Abraham, mocking.
10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this
bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman
shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight
because of his son.
12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in
thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy
bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken
unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a
nation, because he is thy seed.
14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took
bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting
it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she
departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the
child under one of the shrubs.
16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good
way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said. Let me not see
the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift
up her voice, and wept.
17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of
God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her. What
aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of
the lad where he is.
18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I
will make him a great nation.
19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water;
and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the
20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the
wilderness, and became an archer.
21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother
took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
22 And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and
Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham,
saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:
23 Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt
not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my
son’s son: but according to the kindness that I have done
unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein
thou hast sojourned.
24 And Abraham said. I will swear.
25 And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of
water, which Abimelech’s servants had violently taken
26 And Abimelech said. I wot not who hath done this thing:
neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to
27 And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto
Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.
28 And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by
29 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these
seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?
30 And he said. For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take
of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have
digged this well.
31 Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba; because
there they sware both of them.
32 Thus they made a covenant at Beer-sheba: then
Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his
host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.
33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and
called there on the name of Ay’ah, the everlasting God.
34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many
AND it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt
Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said.
Behold, here I am.
2 And he said. Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac,
whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moryah; and
offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the
mountains which I will tell thee of.
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 clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose
up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and
saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said unto his young men. Abide ye here
with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship,
and come again to you.
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and
laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand,
and a knife; and they went both of them together.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said. My
father: and he said. Here am I, my son. And he said. Behold
the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt
8 And Abraham said. My son, God will provide himself a
lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of;
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 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the
knife to slay his son.
11 And the angel of Ay’ah called unto him out of
heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said. Here am
12 And he said. Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do
thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest
God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold
behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and
Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a
burnt offering in the stead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Y’hovah-
jireh: as it is said to this day. In the mount of Ay’ah it
shall be seen.
15 And the angel of Ay’ah called unto Abraham out of
heaven the second time,
16 And said. By myself have I sworn, saith Ay’ah, for
because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy
son, thine only son:
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I
will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the
sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess
the gate of his enemies;
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be
blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
19 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose
up and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at
20 And it came to pass after these things, that it was told
Abraham, saying. Behold, Milcah, she hath also born
children unto thy brother Nahor;
21 Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the
father of Aram,
22 And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and
23 And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear
to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.
24 And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, she bare
also Tebah, and Gaham, and Thahash, and Maachah.
AND Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years
old: these were the years of the life of Sarah.
2 And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba; the same is Hebron in the
land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah,
and to weep for her.
3 And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake
unto the sons of Heth, saying,
4 I am a stranger and a sojourner with you: give me a
possession of a buryingplace with you, that I may bury my
dead out of my sight.
5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto
6 Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty prince among us: in
the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall
withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury
7 And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people
of the land, even to the children of Heth.
8 And he communed with them, saying. If it be your mind
that I should bury my dead out of my sight; hear me, and
intreat for me to Ephron the son of Zohar,
9 That he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he
hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much money as
it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of a
buryingplace amongst you.
10 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth: and
Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the audience of the
children of Heth, even of all that went in at the gate of his
11 Nay, my lord, hear me: the field give I thee, and the cave
that is therein, I give it thee; in the presence of the sons of
my people give I it thee: bury thy dead.
12 And Abraham bowed down himself before the people of
13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people
of the land, saying. But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear
me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I
will bury my dead there.
14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him,
15 My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four
hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee?
bury therefore thy dead.
16 And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham
weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the
audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of
silver, current money with the merchant.
17 And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah,
which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was
therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in
all the borders round about, were made sure
18 Unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the
children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his
19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the
cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is
Hebron in the land of Canaan.
20 And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made
sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by
the sons of Heth.
AND Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the
Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.
2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house,
that ruled over all that he had. Put, I pray thee, thy hand
under my thigh:
3 And I will make thee swear by Ay’ah, the God of
heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a
wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among
whom I dwell:
4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred,
and take a wife unto my son Isaac.
5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman
will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must 1 needs
bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou
6 And Abraham said unto him. Beware thou that thou bring
not my son thither again.
7 Ay’ah God of heaven, which took me from my
father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which
spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying. Unto thy
seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before
thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then
thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son
9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham
his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his
master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in
his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the
city of Nahor.
11 And he made his camels to kneel down without the city
by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time
that women go out to draw water.
12 And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I
pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness
unto my master Abraham.
13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the
daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:
14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall
say. Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and
she shall say. Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also:
let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant
Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed
kindness unto my master.
15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that,
behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of
Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her
pitcher upon her shoulder.
16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin,
neither had any man known her: and she went down to the
well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.
17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said. Let me, I pray
thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.
18 And she said. Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let
down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.
19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I
will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done
20 And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough,
and ran again unto the well to draw water , and drew for all
21 And the man wondering at her held his peace, to wit
whether Ay’ah had made his journey prosperous or not.
22 And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking,
that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight,
and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of
23 And said. Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee:
is there room in thy father’s house for us to lodge in?
24 And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the
son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor.
25 She said moreover unto him. We have both straw and
provender enough, and room to lodge in.
26 And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the
27 And he said. Blessed be Ay’ah God of my master
Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his
mercy and his truth: I being in the way, Ay’ah led me to
the house of my master’s brethren.
28 And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother’s house
29 f And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban:
and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well.
30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and
bracelets upon his sister’s hands, and when he heard the
words of Rebekah his sister, saying. Thus spake the man
unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood
by the camels at the well.
31 And he said. Come in, thou blessed of Ay’ah;
wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the
house, and room for the camels.
32 ( || And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his
camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and
water to wash his feet, and the men’s feet that were with
33 And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I
will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said.
34 And he said, I am Abraham’s servant.
35 And Ay’ah hath blessed my master greatly; and he is
become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and
silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and
camels, and asses.
36 And Sarah my master’s wife bare a son to my master
when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he
37 And my master made me swear, saying. Thou shalt not
take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in
whose land 1 dwell:
38 But thou shalt go unto my father’s house, and to my
kindred, and take a wife unto my son.
39 And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman
will not follow me.
40 And he said unto me. Ay’ah, before whom I walk,
will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou
shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my
41 Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou
comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou
shalt be clear from my oath.
42 And I came this day unto the well, and said, O Lord
G od of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my
way which I go:
43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to
pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I
say to her. Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher
44 And she say to me. Both drink thou, and 1 will also draw
for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom Ay’ah
hath appointed out for my master’s son.
45 And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold,
Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and
she went down unto the well, and drew water: and 1 said
unto her. Let me drink, 1 pray thee.
46 And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her
shoulder, and said. Drink, and I will give thy camels drink
also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.
47 And I asked her, and said. Whose daughter art thou?
And she said. The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom
Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face,
and the bracelets upon her hands.
48 And I bowed down my head, and worshipped Ay’ah,
and blessed Ay’ah God of my master Abraham, which
had led me in the right way to take my master’s brother’s
daughter unto his son.
49 And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master,
tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand,
or to the left.
50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said. The thing
proceedeth from Ay’ah: we cannot speak unto thee bad
51 Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let
her be thy master’s son’s wife, as Ay’ah hath spoken.
52 And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant
heard their words, he worshipped Ay’ah, bowing himself
to the earth.
53 And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and
jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he
gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
54 And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were
with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the
morning, and he said. Send me away unto my master.
55 And her brother and her mother said. Let the damsel
abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall
56 And he said unto them. Hinder me not, seeing Ay’ah
hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my
57 And they said. We will call the damsel, and inquire at
58 And they called Rebekah, and said unto her. Wilt thou
go with this man? And she said. I will go.
59 And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse,
and Abraham’s servant, and his men.
60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her. Thou art
our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and
let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them.
61 And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode
upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant
took Rebekah, and went his way.
62 And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahai-roi; for
he dwelt in the south country.
63 And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the
eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold,
the camels were coming.
64 And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw
Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
65 Lor she had said unto the servant. What man is this that
walketh in the field to meet us? And the servant had said. It
is my master: therefore she took a vail, and covered herself.
66 And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done.
67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and
took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her:
and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
THEN again Abraham took a wife, and her name was
2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and
Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
3 And lokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of
Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.
4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch,
and Abida, and Aldaah. All these were the children of
5 And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.
6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had,
Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his
son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.
7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life
which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.
8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old
age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his
9 And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of
Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the
Hittite, which is before Mamre;
10 The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth:
there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife.
11 And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that
God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well
12 ‘|[ Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s
son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare
13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their
names, according to their generations: the firstborn of
Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,
14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,
15 Hadar, and Tema, Y’tur, Naphish, and Kedemah:
16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their
names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes
according to their nations.
17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an
hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the
ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.
18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before
Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he died in the
presence of all his brethren.
19 And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s
son: Abraham begat Isaac:
20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to
wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan-aram, the
sister to Laban the Syrian.
21 And Isaac intreated Ay’ah for his wife, because she
was barren: and Ay’ah was intreated of him, and
Rebekah his wife conceived.
22 And the children struggled together within her; and she
said. If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of
23 And Ay’ah said unto her. Two nations are in thy
womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from
thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the
other people; 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 over like an hairy
garment; and they called his name Esau.
26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took
hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and
Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.
27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a
man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in
28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison:
but Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 1 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field,
and he was faint:
30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that
same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name
31 And Jacob said. Sell me this day thy birthright.
32 And Esau said. Behold. I am at the point to die: and
what profit shall this birthright do to me?
33 And Jacob said. Swear to me this day; and he sware unto
him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and
he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus
Esau despised his birthright.
AND there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine
that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto
Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.
2 And Ay’ah appeared unto him, and said. Go not down
into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:
3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless
thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these
countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto
Abraham thy father;
4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of
heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and
in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my
charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
6And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he
said. She is my sister: for he feared to say. She is my wife;
lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for
Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.
8 And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time,
that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a
window, and saw, and, behold. Isaac was sporting with
Rebekah his wife.
9 And Abimelech called Isaac, and said. Behold, of a surety
she is thy wife: and how saidst thou. She is my sister? And
Isaac said unto him. Because I said. Lest I die for her.
10 And Abimelech said. What is this thou hast done unto
us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife.
and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.
11 And Abimelech charged all his people, saying. He that
toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.
12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same
year an hundredfold: and Ay’ah blessed him.
13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew
until he became very great:
14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds,
and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.
15 For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged
in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had
stopped them, and filled them with earth.
16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art
much mightier than we.
17 And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the
valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.
18 And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they
had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the
Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham:
and he called their names after the names by which his
father had called them.
19 And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found
there a well of springing water.
20 And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s
herdmen, saying. The water is ours: and he called the name
of the well Esek; because they strove with him.
21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also:
and he called the name of it Sitnah.
22 And he removed from thence, and digged another well;
and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it
Rehoboth; and he said. For now Ay’ah hath made room
for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.
23 And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba.
24 And Ay’ah appeared unto him the same night, and
said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am
with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my
servant Abraham’s sake.
25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name
of Ay’ah, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s
servants digged a well.
26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and
Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain
of his army.
27 And Isaac said unto them. Wherefore come ye to me,
seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?
28 And they said. We saw certainly that Ay’ah was with
thee: and we said. Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even
betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;
29 That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched
thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and
have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of
30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.
31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one
to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed
from him in peace.
32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac’s servants
came, and told him concerning the well which they had
digged, and said unto him. We have found water.
33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is
Beer-sheba unto this day.
34 And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife
Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the
daughter of Alon the Hittite:
35 Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.
AND it came to pass, that when Isaac was old. and his eyes
were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest
son, and said unto him. My son: and he said unto him.
Behold, here am I.
2 And he said. Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of
3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver
and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some
4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to
me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.
5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son.
And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring
6And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying. Behold,
I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,
7 Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may
eat, and bless thee before Ay’ah before my death.
8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that
which I command thee.
9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good
kids of the goats; and I will make them savoury meat for
thy father, such as he loveth:
10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, and
that he may bless thee before his death.
II And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother. Behold. Esau my
brother is a hairy man, and 1 am a smooth man:
12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to
him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and
not a blessing.
13 And his mother said unto him. Upon me be thy curse,
my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.
14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his
mother: and his mother made savoury meat, such as his
15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son
Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon
Jacob her younger son:
16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his
hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:
17 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she
had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
18 And he came unto his father, and said. My father: and
he said. Here am I; who art thou, my son?
19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn; I
have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee,
sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.
20 And Isaac said unto his son. How is it that thou hast
found it so quickly, my son? And he said. Because the
Lord thy God brought it to me.
21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I
may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau
22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt
him, and said. The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are
the hands of Esau.
23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy,
as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.
24 And he said. Art thou my very son Esau? And he said. I
25 And he said. Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my
son’s venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought
it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine, and
26 And his father Isaac said unto him. Come near now, and
kiss me, my son.
27 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the
smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said. See, the
smell of my son is as the smell of a field which Ay’ah
28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the
fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:
29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be
lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down
to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed
be he that blesseth thee.
30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end
of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from
the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came
in from his hunting.
31 And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto
his father, and said unto his father. Let my father arise, and
eat of his son’s venison, that thy soul may bless me.
32 And Isaac his father said unto him. Who art thou? And
he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.
33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said. Who?
where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and
I have eaten of all before thou earnest, and have blessed
him? yea, and he shall be blessed.
34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried
with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his
father. Bless me, even me also, O my father.
35 And he said. Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath
taken away thy blessing.
36 And he said. Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath
supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright;
and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he
said. Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?
37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have
made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him
for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him:
and what shall 1 do now unto thee, my son?
38 And Esau said unto his father. Hast thou but one
blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father.
And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him.
Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of
the dew of heaven from above;
40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy
brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the
dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.
41 l J[ And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing
wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his
heart. The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then
will I slay my brother Jacob.
42 And these words of Esau her elder son were told to
Rebekah: and she sent and called Jacob her younger son,
and said unto him. Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching
thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee.
43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee
thou to Laban my brother to Haran;
44 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury
45 Until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee, and he
forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send,
and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also
of you both in one day?
46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life
because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the
daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters
of the land, what good shall my life do me?
AND Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him,
and said unto him. Thou shalt not take a wife of the
daughters of Canaan.
2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy
mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the
daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and
multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to
thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land
wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padan-aram
unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of
Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.
6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and sent
him away to Padan-aram, to take him a wife from thence;
and that as he blessed him he gave him a charge, saying.
Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan;
7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was
gone to Padan-aram;
8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not
Isaac his father;
9 Then went Esau unto Ishmael, and took unto the wives
which he had Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s
son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife.
10 And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all
night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of
that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in
that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth,
and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels
of God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, Ay’ah stood above it, and said. I am the
Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the
land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy
14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou
shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the
north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all
the families of the earth be blessed.
15 And. behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all
places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into
this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that
which I have spoken to thee of.
16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said. Surely
Ay’ah is in this place; and I knew it not.
17 And he was afraid, and said. How dreadful is this place!
this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate
18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the
stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a
pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.
19 And he called the name of that place Beth-el: but the
name of that city was called Luz at the first.
20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying. If God will be with me,
and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me
bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then
shall Ay’ah be my God:
22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be
God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely
give the tenth unto thee.
THEN Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of
the people of the east.
2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo,
there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that
well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the
3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled
the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and
put the stone again upon the well’s mouth in his place.
4 And Jacob said unto them. My brethren, whence be ye?
And they said. Of Haran are we.
5 And he said unto them. Know ye Laban the son of Nahor?
And they said. We know him.
6 And he said unto them. Is he well? And they said. He is
well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the
7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that
the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep,
and go and feed them.
8 And they said. We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered
together, and till they roll the stone from the well’s mouth;
then we water the sheep.
9 And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with
her father’s sheep: for she kept them.
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.
11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and
12 And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father’s brother,
and that he was Rebekah’s son: and she ran and told her
13 And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of
Jacob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and
embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his
house. And he told Laban all these things.
14 And Laban said to him. Surely thou art my bone and my
flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
15 And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my
brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell
me, what shall thy wages be?
16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was
Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17 Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well
18 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said. I will serve thee
seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.
19 And Laban said. It is better that I give her to thee, than
that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
20 And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they
seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
21 And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my
days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place,
and made a feast.
23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his
daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
24 And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid
for an handmaid.
25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was
Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done
unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore
then hast thou beguiled me?
26 And Laban said. It must not be so done in our country,
to give the younger before the firstborn.
27 Lulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the
service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave
him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his
handmaid to be her maid.
30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also
Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven
31 And when Ay’ah saw that Leah was hated, he
opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son. and she called his
name Reuben: for she said. Surely Ay’ah hath looked
upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love
33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said.
Because Ay’ah hath heard that I was hated, he hath
therefore given me this son also: and she called his name
34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said. Now
this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I
have born him three sons: therefore was his name called
35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said.
Now will I praise Ay’ah: therefore she called his name
Yudah; and left bearing.
AND when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children,
Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me
children, or else 1 die.
2 And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he
said. Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the
fruit of the womb?
3 And she said. Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and
she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children
4 And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and
Jacob went in unto her.
5 And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.
6 And Rachel said. God hath judged me, and hath also
heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called
she his name Dan.
7 And Bilhah Rachel’s maid conceived again, and bare
Jacob a second son.
8 And Rachel said. With great wrestlings have I wrestled
with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his
9 When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah
her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.
10 And Zilpah Leah’s maid bare Jacob a son.
11 And Leah said. A troop cometh: and she called his name
12 And Zilpah Leah’s maid bare Jacob a second son.
13 And Leah said. Happy am I, for the daughters will call
me blessed: and she called his name Asher.
14 ( f And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and
found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his
mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray
thee, of thy son’s mandrakes.
15 And she said unto her. Is it a small matter that thou hast
taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son’s
mandrakes also? And Rachel said. Therefore he shall lie
with thee to night for thy son’s mandrakes.
16 And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and
Leah went out to meet him, and said. Thou must come in
unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son’s
mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.
17 And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and
bare Jacob the fifth son.
18 And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I
have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his
19 And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.
20 And Leah said. God hath endued me with a good dowry;
now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born
him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.
21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name
22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to
her, and opened her womb.
23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath
taken away my reproach:
24 And she called his name Joseph; and said. Ay’ah
shall add to me another son.
25 And it came to pass, when Rachel had bom Joseph,
that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go
unto mine own place, and to my country.
26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have
served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service
which I have done thee.
27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found
favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience
that Ay’ah hath blessed me for thy sake.
28 And he said. Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.
29 And he said unto him. Thou knowest how I have served
thee, and how thy cattle was with me.
30 Lor it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is
now increased unto a multitude; and Ay’ah hath blessed
thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for
mine own house also?
31 And he said. What shall I give thee? And Jacob said.
Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing
for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock:
32 I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from
thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown
cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled
among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.
33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to
come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every
one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and
brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with
34 And Laban said. Behold, I would it might be according
to thy word.
35 And he removed that day the he goats that were
ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were
speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in
it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into
the hand of his sons.
36 And he set three days’ journey betwixt himself and
Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban’s flocks.
37 And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the
hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and
made the white appear which was in the rods.
38 And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks
in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came
to drink, that they should conceive when they came to
39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought
forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
40 And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of
the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the
flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves,
and put them not unto Laban’s cattle.
41 And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did
conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the
cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the
42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so
the feebler were Laban’s, and the stronger Jacob’s.
43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much
cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and
AND he heard the words of Laban’s sons, saying, Jacob
hath taken away all that was our father’s; and of that which
was our father’s hath he gotten all this glory.
2 And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold,
it was not toward him as before.
3 And Ay’ah said unto Jacob, Return unto the land of
thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.
4 And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field
unto his flock,
5 And said unto them, I see your father’s countenance, that
it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath
been with me.
6 And ye know that with all my power I have served your
7 And your father hath deceived me, and changed my
wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
8 If he said thus. The speckled shall be thy wages; then all
the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus. The ringstraked
shall be thy hire; then bare all the cattle ringstraked.
9 Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and
given them to me.
10 And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived,
that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold,
the rams which leaped upon the cattle were ringstraked,
speckled, and grisled.
11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying,
Jacob: And 1 said. Here am I.
12 And he said. Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the
rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled,
and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.
13 I am the God of Beth-el, where thou anointedst the
pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise,
get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy
14 And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him. Is
there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s
15 Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold
us, and hath quite devoured also our money.
16 Lor all the riches which God hath taken from our father,
that is ours, and our children’s: now then, whatsoever God
hath said unto thee, do.
17 l |[ Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives
18 And he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods
which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had
gotten in Padan-aram, for to go to Isaac his father in the
land of Canaan.
19 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had
stolen the images that were her father’s.
20 And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in
that he told him not that he fled.
21 So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and
passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount
22 And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was
23 And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after
him seven days’ journey; and they overtook him in the
24 And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night,
and said unto him. Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob
either good or bad.
25 Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched
his tent in the mount; and Laban with his brethren pitched
in the mount of Gilead.
26 And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou
hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my
daughters, as captives taken with the sword?
27 Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away
from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee
away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with
28 And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my
daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in so doing.
29 It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God
of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying. Take thou
heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.
30 And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because
thou sore longedst after thy father’s house, yet wherefore
hast thou stolen my gods?
31 And Jacob answered and said to Laban, Because I was
afraid: for I said, Peradventure thou wouldest take by force
thy daughters from me.
32 With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not
live: before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me,
and take it to thee. Lor Jacob knew not that Rachel had
33 And Laban went into Jacob’s tent, and into Leah’s tent,
and into the two maidservants’ tents; but he found them not.
Then went he out of Leah’s tent, and entered into Rachel’s
34 Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the
camel’s furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched
all the tent, but found them not.
35 And she said to her father. Let it not displease my lord
that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women
is upon me. And he searched, but found not the images.
36 And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and
Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass?
what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?
37 Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou
found of all thy household stuff? set it here before my
brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us
38 This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and
thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy
flock have I not eaten.
39 That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I
bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether
stolen by day, or stolen by night.
40 Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the
frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.
41 Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served
thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for
thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.
42 Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and
the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent
me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the
labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.
43 And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, These
daughters are my daughters, and these children are my
children, and these cattle are my cattle, and all that thou
seest is mine: and what can I do this day unto these my
daughters, or unto their children which they have born?
44 Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and
thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.
45 And Jacob took a stone, and set it up for a pillar.
46 And Jacob said unto his brethren. Gather stones; and
they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there
upon the heap.
47 And Laban called it Y’gar-sahadutha: but Jacob called it
48 And Laban said. This heap is a witness between me and
thee this day. Therefore was the name of it called Galeed;
49 And Mizpah; for he said. Ay’ah watch between me
and thee, when we are absent one from another.
50 If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take
other wives beside my daughters, no man is with us; see,
God is witness betwixt me and thee.
51 And Laban said to Jacob, Behold this heap, and behold
this pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee;
52 This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness, that I
will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not
pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.
53 The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of
their father, judge betwixt us. And Jacob sware by the fear
of his father Isaac.
54 Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called
his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried
all night in the mount.
55 And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his
sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban
departed, and returned unto his place.
AND Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met
2 And when Jacob saw them, he said. This is God’s host:
and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.
3 And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his
brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.
4 And he commanded them, saying. Thus shall ye speak
unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have
sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:
5 And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and
womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may
find grace in thy sight.
6 And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying. We came
to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and
four hundred men with him.
7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he
divided the people that was with him, and the flocks, and
herds, and the camels, into two bands;
8 And said. If Esau come to the one company, and smite it,
then the other company which is left shall escape.
9 And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God
of my father Isaac, Ay’ah which saidst unto me. Return
unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well
101 am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all
the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with
my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become
11 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother,
from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and
smite me, and the mother with the children.
12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make
thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered
13 And he lodged there that same night; and took of that
which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;
14 Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two
hundred ewes, and twenty rams,
15 Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten
bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.
16 And he delivered them into the hand of his servants,
every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants. Pass
over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove.
17 And he commanded the foremost, saying. When Esau
my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying. Whose
art thou? and whither goest thou? and whose are these
18 Then thou shalt say. They be thy servant Jacob’s; it is a
present sent unto my lord Esau: and. behold, also he is
19 And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all
that followed the droves, saying. On this manner shall ye
speak unto Esau, when ye find him.
20 And say ye moreover. Behold, thy servant Jacob is
behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present
that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face;
peradventure he will accept of me.
21 So went the present over before him: and himself lodged
that night in the company.
22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and
his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed
over the ford Jabbok.
23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and
sent over that he had.
24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man
with him until the breaking of the day.
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he
touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s
thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
26 And he said. Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he
said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
27 And he said unto him. What is thy name? And he said.
28 And he said. Thy name shall be called no more Jacob,
but Isra’Al: for as a prince hast thou power with God and
with men, and hast prevailed.
29 And Jacob asked him, and said. Tell me, I pray thee, thy
name. And he said. Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after
my name? And he blessed him there.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I
have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him,
and he halted upon his thigh.
32 Therefore the children of Isra’Al eat not of the sinew
which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto
this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in
the sinew that shrank.
AND Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold,
Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he
divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto
the two handmaids.
2 And he put the handmaids and their children foremost,
and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph
3 And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to
the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.
4 And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on
his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.
5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the
children; and said. Who are those with thee? And he said.
The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.
6 Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children,
and they bowed themselves.
7 And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed
themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and
they bowed themselves.
8 And he said. What meanest thou by all this drove which I
met? And he said. These are to find grace in the sight of my
9 And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou
hast unto thyself.
10 And Jacob said. Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found
grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for
therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face
of God, and thou wast pleased with me.
11 Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee;
because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I
have enough. And he urged him, and he took it.
12 And he said. Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I
will go before thee.
13 And he said unto him. My lord knoweth that the children
are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with
me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock
14 Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant:
and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth
before me and the children be able to endure, until I come
unto my lord unto Seir.
15 And Esau said. Let me now leave with thee some of the
folk that are with me. And he said. What needeth it? let me
find grace in the sight of my lord.
16 So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.
17 And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an
house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of
the place is called Succoth.
18 And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which
is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram;
and pitched his tent before the city.
19 And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread
his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem’s
father, for an hundred pieces of money.
20 And he erected there an altar, and called it Al-elohe-
AND Dinah the daughter of Leah, which she bare unto
Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince
of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and
3 And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and
he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.
4 And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying. Get
me this damsel to wife.
5 And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter:
now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob
held his peace until they were come.
6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out unto Jacob
to commune with him.
7 And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they
heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very
wroth, because he had wrought folly in Isra’Al in lying with
Jacob’s daughter; which thing ought not to be done.
8 And Hamor communed with them, saying. The soul of
my son Shechem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give
her him to wife.
9 And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters
unto us, and take our daughters unto you.
10 And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before
you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions
11 And Shechem said unto her father and unto her brethren.
Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto
me I will give.
12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give
according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel
13 And the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and Hamor
his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled
Dinah their sister:
14 And they said unto them. We cannot do this thing, to
give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a
reproach unto us:
15 But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we
be, that every male of you be circumcised;
16 Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will
take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and
we will become one people.
17 But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised;
then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.
18 And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor’s
19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because
he had delight in Jacob’s daughter: and he was more
honourable than all the house of his father.
20 And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate
of their city, and communed with the men of their city,
21 These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them
dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it
is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us
for wives, and let us give them our daughters.
22 Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell
with us, to be one people, if every male among us be
circumcised, as they are circumcised.
23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast
of theirs be ours? only let us consent unto them, and they
will dwell with us.
24 And unto Hamor and unto Shechem his son hearkened
all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was
circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.
25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were
sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi,
Dinah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon
the city boldly, and slew all the males.
26 And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the
edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house,
and went out.
27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the
city, because they had defiled their sister.
28 They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses,
and that which was in the city, and that which was in the
29 And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their
wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the
30 And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled
me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land,
among the Canaanites and the Perizzites: and I being few in
number, they shall gather themselves together against me,
and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.
31 And they said. Should he deal with our sister as with an
AND God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and
dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that
appeared unto thee when thou Reddest from the face of
Esau thy brother.
2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were
with him. Put away the strange gods that are among you,
and be clean, and change your garments:
3 And let us arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make
there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my
distress, and was with me in the way which I went.
4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were
in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears;
and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.
5 And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the
cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue
after the sons of Jacob.
6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan,
that is, Beth-el, he and all the people that were with him.
7 And he built there an altar, and called the place Al-beth-
el: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled
from the face of his brother.
8 But Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried
beneath Beth-el under an oak: and the name of it was called
9 And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out
of Padan-aram, and blessed him.
10 And God said unto him. Thy name is Jacob: thy name
shall not be called any more Jacob, but Isra’Al shall be thy
name: and he called his name Isra’Al.
11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful
and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of
thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I
will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.
13 And God went up from him in the place where he talked
14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked
with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink
offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.
15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God
spake with him, Beth-el.
16 And they journeyed from Beth-el; and there was but a
little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she
had hard labour.
17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that
the midwife said unto her. Fear not; thou shalt have this son
18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for
she died) that she called his name Ben-oni: but his father
called him Benjamin.
19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath,
which is Beth-lehem.
20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of
Rachel’s grave unto this day.
21 ( f And Isra’Al journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the
tower of Edar.
22 And it came to pass, when Isra’Al dwelt in that land, that
Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine:
and Isra’Al heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:
23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and
Simeon, and Levi, and Yudah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:
24 The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin:
25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid; Dan, and
26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid; Gad, and
Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him
27 And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre,
unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham
and Isaac sojourned.
28 And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore
29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered
unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons
Esau and Jacob buried him.
NOW these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.
2 Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah the
daughter of Alon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter
of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite;
3 And Bashemath Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebajoth.
4 And Adah bare to Esau Aliphaz; and Bashemath bare
5 And Aholibamah bare Y’ush, and Jaalam, and Korah:
these are the sons of Esau, which were born unto him in the
land of Canaan.
6 And Esau took his wives, and his sons, and his daughters,
and all the persons of his house, and his cattle, and all his
beasts, and all his substance, which he had got in the land
of Canaan; and went into the country from the face of his
7 For their riches were more than that they might dwell
together; and the land wherein they were strangers could
not bear them because of their cattle.
8 Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom.
9 And these are the generations of Esau the father of the
Edomites in mount Seir:
10 These are the names of Esau’s sons; Aliphaz the son of
Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Bashemath the
wife of Esau.
11 And the sons of Aliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, and
Gatam, and Kenaz.
12 And Timna was concubine to Aliphaz Esau’s son; and
she bare to Aliphaz Amalek: these were the sons of Adah
13 And these are the sons of Reuel; Nahath, and Zerah,
Shammah, and Mizzah: these were the sons of Bashemath
14 And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter
of Anah the daughter of Zibeon, Esau’s wife: and she bare
to Esau Y’ush, and Jaalam, and Korah.
15 These were dukes of the sons of Esau: the sons of
Aliphaz the firstborn son of Esau; duke Teman, duke Omar,
duke Zepho, duke Kenaz,
16 Duke Korah, duke Gatam, and duke Amalek: these are
the dukes that came of Aliphaz in the land of Edom; these
were the sons of Adah.
17 And these are the sons of Reuel Esau’s son; duke
Nahath. duke Zerah. duke Shammah, duke Mizzah: these
are the dukes that came of Reuel in the land of Edom; these
are the sons of Bashemath Esau’s wife.
18 l |[ And these are the sons of Aholibamah Esau’s wife;
duke Y’ush, duke Jaalam, duke Korah: these were the dukes
that came of Aholibamah the daughter of Anah, Esau’s
19 These are the sons of Esau, who is Edom, and these are
20 These are the sons of Seir the Horite, who inhabited
the land; Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah,
21 And Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan: these are the dukes
of the Horites, the children of Seir in the land of Edom.
22 And the children of Lotan were Hori and Hemam; and
Lotan’s sister was Timna.
23 And the children of Shobal were these; Alvan, and
Manahath, and Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.
24 And these are the children of Zibeon; both Ayah, and
Anah: this was that Anah that found the mules in the
wilderness, as he fed the asses of Zibeon his father.
25 And the children of Anah were these; Dishon, and
Aholibamah the daughter of Anah.
26 And these are the children of Dishon; Hemdan, and
Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran.
27 The children of Ezer are these; Bilhan, and Zaavan, and
28 The children of Dishan are these; Uz, and Aran.
29 These are the dukes that came of the Horites; duke
Lotan, duke Shobal, duke Zibeon, duke Anah,
30 Duke Dishon, duke Ezer, duke Dishan: these are the
dukes that came of Hori, among their dukes in the land of
31 And these are the kings that reigned in the land of
Edom, before there reigned any king over the children of
32 And Bela the son of Beor reigned in Edom: and the
name of his city was Dinhabah.
33 And Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah
reigned in his stead.
34 And Jobab died, and Husham of the land of Temani
reigned in his stead.
35 And Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who
smote Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his stead: and
the name of his city was Avith.
36 And Hadad died, and Sarnlah of Masrekah reigned in his
37 And Sarnlah died, and Saul of Rehoboth by the river
reigned in his stead.
38 And Saul died, and Baal-hanan the son of Achbor
reigned in his stead.
39 And Baal-hanan the son of Achbor died, and Hadar
reigned in his stead: and the name of his city was Pau; and
his wife’s name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the
daughter of Mezahab.
40 And these are the names of the dukes that came of Esau,
according to their families, after their places, by their
names; duke Tirnnah, duke Alvah, duke Y’theth,
41 Duke Aholibamah, duke Alah, duke Pinon,
42 Duke Kenaz, duke Teman, duke Mibzar,
43 Duke Magdiel, duke Iram: these be the dukes of Edom,
according to their habitations in the land of their
possession: he is Esau the father of the Edomites.
AND Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a
stranger, in the land of Canaan.
2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being
seventeen years old. was feeding the flock with his
brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with
the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought
unto his father their evil report.
3 Now Isra’Al loved Joseph more than all his children,
because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a
coat of many colours.
4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him
more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not
speak peaceably unto him.
5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his
brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
6 And he said unto them. Hear, I pray you, this dream
which I have dreamed:
7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and. lo,
my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your
sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my
8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over
us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they
hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his
brethren, and said. Behold. I have dreamed a dream more;
and. behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars
made obeisance to me.
10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his
father rebuked him, and said unto him. What is this dream
that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy
brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the
11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the
12 And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in
13 And Isra’Al said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed
the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them.
And he said to him. Here am I.
14 And he said to him. Go, I pray thee, see whether it be
well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring
me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron,
and he came to Shechem.
15 And a certain man found him, and. behold, he was
wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying.
What seekest thou?
16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee,
where they feed their flocks.
17 And the man said. They are departed hence; for I heard
them say. Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his
brethren, and found them in Dothan.
18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came
near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
19 And they said one to another. Behold, this dreamer
20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him
into some pit, and we will say. Some evil beast hath
devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his
21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their
hands; and said. Let us not kill him.
22 And Reuben said unto them. Shed no blood, but cast him
into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon
him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him
to his father again.
23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his
brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of
many colours that was on him;
24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit
was empty, there was no water in it.
25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their
eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites
came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and
balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
26 And Yudah said unto his brethren. What profit is it if we
slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not
our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh.
And his brethren were content.
28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they
drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to
the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought
Joseph into Egypt.
29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph
was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
30 And he returned unto his brethren, and said. The child is
not; and I, whither shall I go?
31 And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the
goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they
brought it to their father; and said. This have we found:
know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.
33 And he knew it, and said. It is my son’s coat; an evil
beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in
34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his
loins, and mourned for his son many days.
35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort
him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said. For I will
go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his
father wept for him.
36 And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar,
an officer of Pharaoh’s, and captain of the guard.
AND it came to pass at that time, that Yudah went down
from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite,
whose name was Hirah.
2 And Yudah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite,
whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto
3 And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his
4 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called
his name Onan.
5 And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called
his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him.
6 And Yudah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name
7 And Er, Yudah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the
Lord; and Ay’ah slew him.
8 And Yudah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife,
and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it
came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that
he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to
10 And the thing which he did displeased Ay’ah:
wherefore he slew him also.
11 Then said Yudah to Tamar his daughter in law. Remain a
widow at thy father’s house, till Shelah my son be grown:
for he said. Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren
did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house.
12 And in process of time the daughter of Shuah Yudah’s
wife died; and Yudah was comforted, and went up unto his
sheepshearers to Timnath, he and his friend Hirah the
13 And it was told Tamar, saying. Behold thy father in law
goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.
14 And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and
covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an
open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw
that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to
15 When Yudah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot;
because she had covered her face.
16 And he turned unto her by the way, and said. Go to, I
pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that
she was his daughter in law.) And she said. What wilt thou
give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?
17 And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And
she said. Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it?
18 And he said. What pledge shall I give thee? And she
said. Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in
thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and
she conceived by him.
19 And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from
her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.
20 And Yudah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the
Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman’s hand:
but he found her not.
21 Then he asked the men of that place, saying. Where is
the harlot, that was openly by the way side? And they said.
There was no harlot in this place.
22 And he returned to Yudah, and said, I cannot find her;
and also the men of the place said, that there was no harlot
in this place.
23 And Yudah said. Let her take it to her, lest we be
shamed: behold. I sent this kid, and thou hast not found her.
24 ( f And it came to pass about three months after, that it
was told Yudah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath
played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by
whoredom. And Yudah said. Bring her forth, and let her be
25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in
law, saying. By the man, whose these are , am I with child:
and she said. Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the
signet, and bracelets, and staff.
26 And Yudah acknowledged them, and said. She hath been
more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah
my son. And he knew her again no more.
27 l |[ And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that.
behold, twins were in her womb.
28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put
out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his
hand a scarlet thread, saying. This came out first.
29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that,
behold, his brother came out: and she said. How hast thou
broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name
was called Pharez.
30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet
thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.
AND Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an
officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian,
bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had
brought him down thither.
2 And Ay’ah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous
man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
3 And his master saw that Ay’ah was with him, and that
Ay’ah made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him:
and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he
had he put into his hand.
5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him
overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the
Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and
the blessing of Ay’ah was upon all that he had in the
house, and in the field.
6 And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew
not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And
Joseph was a goodly person , and well favoured.
7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s
wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said. Lie with me.
8 But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife. Behold,
my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he
hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he
kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his
wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin
10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day,
that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with
11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went
into the house to do his business; and there was none of the
men of the house there within.
12 And she caught him by his garment, saying. Lie with
me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got
13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his
garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake
unto them, saying. See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto
us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I
cried with a loud voice;
15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my
voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled,
and got him out.
16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came
17 And she spake unto him according to these words,
saying. The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto
us, came in unto me to mock me:
18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried,
that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of
his wife, which she spake unto him, saying. After this
manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
20 And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the
prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and
he was there in the prison.
21 But Ay’ah was with Joseph, and shewed him
mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the
22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s
hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and
whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that
was under his hand; because Ay’ah was with him, and
that which he did, Ay’ah made it to prosper.
AND it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the
king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king
2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers,
against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the
3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the
guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them,
and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.
5 f And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his
dream in one night, each man according to the
interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the
king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.
6 And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and
looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.
7 And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the
ward of his lord’s house, saying. Wherefore look ye so
sadly to day?
8 And they said unto him. We have dreamed a dream, and
there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them. Do
not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.
9 And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to
him. In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;
10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as
though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the
clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:
11 And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the
grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the
cup into Pharaoh’s hand.
12 And Joseph said unto him. This is the interpretation of
it: The three branches are three days:
13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head,
and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver
Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when
thou wast his butler.
14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and
shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of
me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:
15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the
Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they
should put me into the dungeon.
16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was
good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and,
behold, I had three white baskets on my head:
17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of
bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of
the basket upon my head.
18 And Joseph answered and said. This is the interpretation
thereof: The three baskets are three days:
19 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from
off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall
eat thy flesh from off thee.
20 And it came to pass the third day, which was
Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his
servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of
the chief baker among his servants.
21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership
again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand:
22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted
23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat
AND it came to pass at the end of two full years, that
Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.
2 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well
favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow.
3 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of
the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the
other kine upon the brink of the river.
4 And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the
seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.
5 And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold,
seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
6 And. behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east
wind sprung up after them.
7 And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full
ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.
8 And 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 the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them
his dream; but there was none that could interpret them
9 Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do
remember my faults this day:
10 Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in
ward in the captain of the guard’s house, both me and the
11 And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we
dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his
12 And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew,
servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he
interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his
dream he did interpret.
13 And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was;
me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.
14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought
him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and
changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream,
and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say
of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.
16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying. It is not in me:
God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold. I
stood upon the bank of the river:
18 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine,
fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow:
19 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor
and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw
in all the land of Egypt for badness:
20 And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first
seven fat kine:
21 And when they had eaten them up, it could not be
known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill
favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke.
22 And I saw in my dream, and. behold, seven ears came up
in one stalk, full and good:
23 And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with
the east wind, sprung up after them:
24 And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I
told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could
declare it to me.
25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh
is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.
26 The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven
good ears are seven years: the dream is one.
27 And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up
after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears
blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine.
28 This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh:
What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.
29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty
throughout all the land of Egypt:
30 And there shall arise after them seven years of famine;
and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt;
and the famine shall consume the land;
31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason
of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.
32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice;
it is because the thing is established by God, and God will
shortly bring it to pass.
33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and
wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over
the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in
the seven plenteous years.
35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that
come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let
them keep food in the cities.
36 And that food shall be for store to the land against the
seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt;
that the land perish not through the famine.
37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in
the eyes of all his servants.
38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants. Can we find such a
one as this is, a man in whom the spirit of God is?
39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath
shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as
40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy
word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I
be greater than thou.
41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over
all the land of Egypt.
42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it
upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine
linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he
had; and they cried before him. Bow the knee: and he made
him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and
without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the
land of Egypt.
45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnath-paaneah;
and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-
pherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land
46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before
Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the
presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of
47 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth
48 And he gathered up all the food of the seven years,
which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the
cities: the food of the field, which was round about every
city, laid he up in the same.
49 And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very
much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.
50 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of
famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah
priest of On bare unto him.
51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh:
For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all
my father’s house.
52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God
hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.
53 And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the
land of Egypt, were ended.
54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according
as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all
the land of Egypt there was bread.
55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the
people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all
the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.
56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And
Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the
Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy
corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.
NOW when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob
said unto his sons. Why do ye look one upon another?
2 And he said. Behold. I have heard that there is corn in
Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence;
that we may live, and not die.
3 And Joseph’s ten brethren went down to buy corn in
4 But Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, Jacob sent not with his
brethren; for he said. Lest peradventure mischief befall him.
5 And the sons of Isra’Al came to buy corn among those that
came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
6 And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was
that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren
came, and bowed down themselves before him with their
faces to the earth.
7 And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but
made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto
them; and he said unto them. Whence come ye? And they
said. From the land of Canaan to buy food.
8 And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.
9 And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of
them, and said unto them. Ye are spies; to see the
nakedness of the land ye are come.
10 And they said unto him. Nay, my lord, but to buy food
are thy servants come.
11 We are all one man’s sons; we are true men, thy
servants are no spies.
12 And he said unto them. Nay, but to see the nakedness of
the land ye are come.
13 And they said. Thy servants are twelve brethren, the
sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the
youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.
14 And Joseph said unto them. That is it that I spake unto
you, saying. Ye are spies:
15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye
shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come
16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye
shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved,
whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of
Pharaoh surely ye are spies.
17 And he put them all together into ward three days.
18 And Joseph said unto them the third day. This do, and
live; for I fear God:
19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in
the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of
20 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your
words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.
21 And they said one to another. We are verily guilty
concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his
soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear;
therefore is this distress come upon us.
22 And Reuben answered them, saying. Spake I not unto
you, saying. Do not sin against the child; and ye would not
hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.
23 And they knew not that Joseph understood them; for he
spake unto them by an interpreter.
24 And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and
returned to them again, and communed with them, and took
from them Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.
25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn,
and to restore every man’s money into his sack, and to give
them provision for the way: and thus did he unto them.
26 And they laded their asses with the corn, and departed
27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his ass
provender in the inn, he espied his money; for, behold, it
was in his sack’s mouth.
28 And he said unto his brethren. My money is restored;
and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them,
and they were afraid, saying one to another. What is this
that God hath done unto us?
29 1 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of
Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying,
30 The man, who is Ay’ah of the land, spake roughly to
us, and took us for spies of the country.
31 And we said unto him. We are true men; we are no
32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not,
and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of
33 And the man, Ay’ah of the country, said unto us.
Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your
brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your
households, and be gone:
34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I
know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will
1 deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land.
35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that,
behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack: and
when both they and their father saw the bundles of money,
they were afraid.
36 And Jacob their father said unto them. Me have ye
bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not,
and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against
37 And Reuben spake unto his father, saying. Slay my two
sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand,
and 1 will bring him to thee again.
38 And he said. My son shall not go down with you; for his
brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief befall him
by the way in the which ye go, then shall ye bring down my
gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
AND the famine was sore in the land.
2 And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn
which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto
them. Go again, buy us a little food.
3 And Yudah spake unto him, saying. The man did solemnly
protest unto us, saying. Ye shall not see my face, except
your brother be with you.
4 If thou wilt send our brother with us, we will go down
and buy thee food:
5 But if thou wilt not send him, we will not go down: for
the man said unto us. Ye shall not see my face, except your
brother be with you.
6 And Isra’Al said. Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to
tell the man whether ye had yet a brother?
7 And they said. The man asked us straitly of our state, and
of our kindred, saying. Is your father yet alive? have ye
another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of
these words: could we certainly know that he would say.
Bring your brother down?
8 And Yudah said unto Isra’Al his father. Send the lad with
me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die,
both we, and thou, and also our little ones.
9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require
him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee,
then let me bear the blame for ever:
10 For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned
this second time.
11 And their father Isra’Al said unto them. If it must be so
now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your
vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and
a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:
12 And take double money in your hand; and the money
that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it
again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight:
13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man:
14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that
he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be
bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.
15 And the men took that present, and they took double
money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went
down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph.
16 And when Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to
the ruler of his house. Bring these men home, and slay, and
make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon.
17 And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought
the men into Joseph’s house.
18 And the men were afraid, because they were brought
into Joseph’s house; and they said. Because of the money
that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we
brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall
upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses.
19 And they came near to the steward of Joseph’s house,
and they communed with him at the door of the house,
20 And said. O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to
21 And it came to pass, when we came to the inn, that we
opened our sacks, and, behold, every man’s money was in
the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight: and we
have brought it again in our hand.
22 And other money have we brought down in our hands to
buy food: we cannot tell who put our money in our sacks.
23 And he said. Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and
the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your
sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto
24 And the man brought the men into Joseph’s house, and
gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave
their asses provender.
25 And they made ready the present against Joseph came at
noon: for they heard that they should eat bread there.
26 And when Joseph came home, they brought him the
present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed
themselves to him to the earth.
27 And he asked them of their welfare, and said. Is your
father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive?
28 And they answered. Thy servant our father is in good
health, he is yet alive. And they bowed down their heads,
and made obeisance.
29 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin,
his mother’s son, and said. Is this your younger brother, of
whom ye spake unto me? And he said. God be gracious
unto thee, my son.
30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon
his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered
into his chamber, and wept there.
31 And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained
himself, and said. Set on bread.
32 And they set on for him by himself, and for them by
themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat with him,
by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread
with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the
33 And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his
birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the
men marvelled one at another.
34 And he took and sent messes unto them from before
him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of
theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.
AND he commanded the steward of his house, saying. Fill
the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and
put every man’s money in his sack’s mouth.
2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack’s mouth of the
youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the
word that Joseph had spoken.
3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent
away, they and their asses.
4 And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far
off, Joseph said unto his steward. Up, follow after the men;
and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them.
Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?
5 Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby
indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing.
6 And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these
7 And they said unto him. Wherefore saith my lord these
words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to
8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks’ mouths,
we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how
then should we steal out of thy lord’s house silver or gold?
9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let
him die, and we also will be my lord’s bondmen.
10 And he said. Now also let it be according unto your
words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and
ye shall be blameless.
11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the
ground, and opened every man his sack.
12 And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the
youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack.
13 Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his
ass, and returned to the city.
14 And Yudah and his brethren came to Joseph’s house;
for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.
15 And Joseph said unto them. What deed is this that ye
have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly
16 And Yudah said. What shall we say unto my lord? what
shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath
found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my
lord’s servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is
17 And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man
in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and
as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.
18 Then Yudah came near unto him, and said. Oh my lord,
let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord’s ears,
and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art
even as Pharaoh.
19 My lord asked his servants, saying. Have ye a father, or
20 And we said unto my lord. We have a father, an old
man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother
is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father
21 And thou saidst unto thy servants. Bring him down unto
me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.
22 And we said unto my lord. The lad cannot leave his
father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
23 And thou saidst unto thy servants. Except your youngest
brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more.
24 And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant
my father, we told him the words of my lord.
25 And our father said. Go again, and buy us a little food.
26 And we said. We cannot go down: if our youngest
brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not
see the man’s face, except our youngest brother be with us.
27 And thy servant my father said unto us. Ye know that
my wife bare me two sons:
28 And the one went out from me, and 1 said. Surely he is
torn in pieces; and I saw him not since:
29 And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall
him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the
30 Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father,
and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in
the lad’s life;
31 It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not
with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down
the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the
32 For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father,
saying. If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the
blame to my father for ever.
33 Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead
of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with
34 For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not
with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on
THEN Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that
stood by him; and he cried. Cause every man to go out from
me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made
himself known unto his brethren.
2 And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of
3 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my
father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for
they were troubled at his presence.
4 And Joseph said unto his brethren. Come near to me, I
pray you. And they came near. And he said. I am Joseph
your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.
5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves,
that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to
6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and
yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be
earing nor harvest.
7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity
in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and
he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his
house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him. Thus
saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt:
come down unto me, tarry not:
10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou
shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy
children’s children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all
that thou hast:
11 And there will 1 nourish thee; for yet there are five years
of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou
hast, come to poverty.
12 And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother
Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.
13 And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and
of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down
my father hither.
14 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck, and wept;
and Benjamin wept upon his neck.
15 Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon
them: and after that his brethren talked with him.
16 And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh’s house,
saying, Joseph’s brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh
well, and his servants.
17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren.
This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land
18 And take your father and your households, and come
unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt,
and ye shall eat the fat of the land.
19 Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons
out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your
wives, and bring your father, and come.
20 Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of
Egypt is yours.
21 And the children of Isra’Al did so: and Joseph gave them
wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and
gave them provision for the way.
22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but
to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five
changes of raiment.
23 And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses
laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden
with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.
24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he
said unto them. See that ye fall not out by the way.
25 And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land
of Canaan unto Jacob their father,
26 And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is
governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart
fainted, for he believed them not.
27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had
said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph
had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father
28 And Isra’Al said. It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive:
1 will go and see him before I die.
AND Isra’Al took his journey with all that he had, and came
to Beer-sheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his
2 And God spake unto Isra’Al in the visions of the night, and
said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said. Here am I.
3 And he said. I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to
go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great
4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely
bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon
5 And Jacob rose up from Beer-sheba: and the sons of
Isra’Al carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and
their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry
6 And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they
had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt,
Jacob, and all his seed with him:
7 His sons, and his sons’ sons with him, his daughters, and
his sons’ daughters, and all his seed brought he with him
8 And these are the names of the children of Isra’Al, which
came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob’s
9 And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and
Hezron, and Carmi.
10 And the sons of Simeon; Y’muel, and Jamin, and
Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a
11 And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
12 And the sons of Yudah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and
Pharez, and Zerah: but Er and Onan died in the land of
Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.
13 And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job,
14 And the sons of Zebulun; Sered, and Alon, and Jahleel.
15 These be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in
Padan-aram, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his
sons and his daughters were thirty and three.
16 And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and
Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.
17 And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui,
and Beryah, and Serah their sister: and the sons of Beryah;
Heber, and Malchiel.
18 These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah
his daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen
19 The sons of Rachel Jacob’s wife; Joseph, and Benjamin.
20 And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born
Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of
Poti-pherah priest of On bare unto him.
21 And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Bee her,
and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim,
and Huppim, and Aid.
22 These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob:
all the souls were fourteen.
23 And the sons of Dan; Hushim.
24 And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and
Y’zer, and Shillem.
25 These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto
Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob: all the
souls were seven.
26 All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which
came out of his loins, besides Jacob’s sons’ wives, all the
souls were threescore and six;
27 And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt,
were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which
came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.
28 And he sent Yudah before him unto Joseph, to direct
his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of
29 And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet
Isra’Al his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto
him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good
30 And Isra’Al said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I
have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.
31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father’s
house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him.
My brethren, and my father’s house, which were in the land
of Canaan, are come unto me;
32 And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to
feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their
herds, and all that they have.
33 And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you,
and shall say. What is your occupation?
34 That ye shall say. Thy servants’ trade hath been about
cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our
fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every
shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
THEN Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said. My father
and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all
that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and,
behold, they are in the land of Goshen.
2 And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and
presented them unto Pharaoh.
3 And Pharaoh said unto his brethren. What is your
occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are
shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.
4 They said moreover unto Pharaoh, For to sojourn in the
land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their
flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now
therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of
5 And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying. Thy father and
thy brethren are come unto thee:
6 The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land
make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of
Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of
activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him
before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
8 And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
9 And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my
pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil
have the days of the years of my life been, and have not
attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers
in the days of their pilgrimage.
10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before
11 And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and
gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of
the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had
12 And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and
all his father’s household, with bread, according to their
13 And there was no bread in all the land: for the famine
was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of
Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.
14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in
the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn
which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into
15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the
land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and
said. Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence?
for the money faileth.
16 And Joseph said. Give your cattle; and 1 will give you
for your cattle, if money fail.
17 And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph
gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks,
and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed
them with bread for all their cattle for that year.
18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the
second year, and said unto him. We will not hide it from
my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our
herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my
lord, but our bodies, and our lands:
19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and
our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our
land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that
we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
20 And loseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for
the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine
prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh’s.
21 And as for the people, he removed them to cities from
one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end
22 Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests
had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their
portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not
23 Then Joseph said unto the people. Behold, I have bought
you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for
you, and ye shall sow the land.
24 And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall
give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be
your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for
them of your households, and for food for your little ones.
25 And they said. Thou hast saved our lives: let us find
grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s
26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto
this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the
land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh’s.
27 And Isra’Al dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of
Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and
28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so
the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven
29 And the time drew nigh that Isra’Al must die: and he
called his son Joseph, and said unto him. If now I have
found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my
thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I
pray thee, in Egypt:
30 But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me
out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace. And he
said, I will do as thou hast said.
31 And he said. Swear unto me. And he sware unto him.
And Isra’Al bowed himself upon the bed’s head.
AND it came to pass after these things, that one told
Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his
two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
2 And one told Jacob, and said. Behold, thy son Joseph
cometh unto thee: and Isra’Al strengthened himself, and sat
upon the bed.
3 And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appealed unto
me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
4 And said unto me. Behold. I will make thee fruitful, and
multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of
people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an
5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which
were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto
thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they
shall be mine.
6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be
thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in
7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by
me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was
but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there
in the way of Ephrath; the same is Beth-lehem.
8 And Isra’Al beheld Joseph’s sons, and said. Who are
9 And Joseph said unto his father. They are my sons, whom
God hath given me in this place. And he said. Bring them, I
pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.
10 Now the eyes of Isra’Al were dim for age, so that he
could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he
kissed them, and embraced them.
11 And Isra’Al said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy
face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.
12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees,
and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand
toward Isra’Al’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand
toward Isra’Al’s right hand, and brought them near unto him.
14 And Isra’Al stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon
Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand
upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for
Manasseh was the firstborn.
15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom
my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed
me all my life long unto this day,
16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the
lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of
my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a
multitude in the midst of the earth.
17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand
upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up
his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto
18 And Joseph said unto his father. Not so, my father: for
this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
19 And his father refused, and said. I know it, my son, I
know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be
great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he,
and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
20 And he blessed them that day, saying. In thee shall Isra’Al
bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh:
and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
21 And Isra’Al said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall
be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your
22 Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy
brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with
my sword and with my bow.
AND Jacob called unto his sons, and said. Gather
yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall
befall you in the last days.
2 Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob;
and hearken unto Isra’Al your father.
3 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the
beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the
excellency of power:
4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou
wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he
went up to my couch.
5 ‘I Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty
are in their habitations.
6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their
assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their
anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged
down a wall.
7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath,
for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter
them in Isra’Al.
8 Yudah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy
hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s
children shall bow down before thee.
9 Yudah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art
gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an
old lion; who shall rouse him up?
10 The sceptre shall not depart from Yudah, nor a lawgiver
from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him
shall the gathering of the people be.
11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the
choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his
clothes in the blood of grapes:
12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with
13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he
shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto
14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two
15 And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was
pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a
servant unto tribute.
16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of
17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path,
that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall
181 have waited for thy salvation, O Lord.
19 1 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall
overcome at the last.
20 ‘|[ Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield
21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.
22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a
well; whose branches run over the wall:
23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him,
and hated him:
24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands
were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob;
(from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Isra’Al:)
25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and
by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of
heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under,
blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the
blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the
everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on
the crown of the head of him that was separate from his
27 Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall
devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
28 All these are the twelve tribes of Isra’Al: and this is it
that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every
one according to his blessing he blessed them.
29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be
gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the
cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is
before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham
bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession
of a buryingplace.
31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there
they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried
32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein
was from the children of Heth.
33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his
sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up
the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.
AND Joseph fell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him,
and kissed him.
2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to
embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Isra’Al.
3 And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled
the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians
mourned for him threescore and ten days.
4 And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph
spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying. If now I have
found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of
5 My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave
which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there
shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee,
and bury my father, and I will come again.
6 And Pharaoh said. Go up, and bury thy father, according
as he made thee swear.
7 And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him
went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house,
and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
8 And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his
father’s house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and
their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.
9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen:
and it was a very great company.
10 And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is
beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and
very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his
father seven days.
11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites,
saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said. This is a
grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of
it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond Jordan.
12 And his sons did unto him according as he commanded
13 For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and
buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which
Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a
buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.
14 And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren,
and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had
buried his father.
15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was
dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will
certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying. Thy
father did command before he died, saying,
17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now,
the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto
thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the
servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when
they spake unto him.
18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his
face; and they said. Behold, we be thy servants.
19 And Joseph said unto them. Fear not: for am I in the
place of God?
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God
meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save
much people alive.
21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your
little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto
22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house:
and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.
23 And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third
generation: the children also of Machir the son of
Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph’s knees.
24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will
surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land
which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Isra’Al,
saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my
bones from hence.
26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and
they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.