THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Book of Genesis (Author Moses)

20:1¤ Abraham removed from thence to the south country, and dwelt between Cades and Sur, and sojourned in Gerara.

20:2And he said of Sara his wife: She is my sister. So Abimelech the king of Gerara sent, and took her.

20:3And God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and he said to him: Lo thou shalt die for the woman that thou hast taken: for she hath a husband.

20:4Now Abimelech had not touched her, and he said: Lord, wilt thou slay a nation that is ignorant and just?

20:5Did not he say to me: She is my sister: and she say, He is my brother? in the simplicity of my heart, and cleanness of my hands have I done this.

20:6And God said to him: And I know that thou didst it with a sincere heart: and therefore I withheld thee from sinning against me, and I suffered thee not to touch her.

20:7Now therefore restore the man his wife, for he is a prophet: and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: but if thou wilt not restore her, know that thou shalt surely die, thou and all that are thine.

20:8And Abimelech forthwith rising up in the night, called all his servants: and spoke all these words in their hearing, and all the men were exceedingly afraid.

20:9And Abimelech called also for Abraham, and said to him: What hast thou done to us? what have we offended thee in, that thou hast brought upon me and upon my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done to us what thou oughtest not to do.

20:10And again he expostulated with him, and said: What sawest thou, that thou hast done this?

20:11Abraham answered: I thought with myself, saying: Perhaps there is not the fear of God in this place: and they will kill me for the sake of my wife:

20:12Howbeit, otherwise also she is truly my sister, the daughter of my father, and not the daughter of my mother, and I took her to wife.

20:13And after God brought me out of my father's house, I said to her: Thou shalt do me this kindness: In every place, to which we shall come, thou shalt say that I am thy brother.

20:14And Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and servants and handmaids, and gave to Abraham: and restored to him Sara his wife,

20:15And said: The land is before you, dwell wheresoever it shall please thee.

20:16And to Sara he said: Behold I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver, this shall serve thee for a covering of thy eyes to all that are with thee, and whithersoever thou shalt go: and remember thou wast taken.

20:17And when Abraham prayed, God healed Abimelech and his wife, and his handmaids, and they bore children:

20:18For the Lord had closed up every womb of the house of Abimelech, on account of Sara, Abraham's wife.

21:1¤ And the Lord visited Sara, as he had promised: and fulfilled what he had spoken.

21:2And she conceived and bore a son in her old age, at the time that God had foretold her.

21:3And Abraham called the name of his son, whom Sara bore him, Isaac.

21:4And he circumcised him the eighth day, as God had commanded him,

21:5When he was a hundred years old: for at this age of his father, was Isaac born.

21:6And Sara said: God hath made a laughter for me: whosoever shall hear of it will laugh with me.

21:7And again she said: Who would believe that Abraham should hear that Sara gave suck to a son, whom she bore to him in his old age?

21:8And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast on the day of his weaning.

21:9And when Sara had seen the son of Agar, the Egyptian, playing with Isaac, her son, she said to Abraham:

21:10Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.

21:11Abraham took this grievously for his son.

21:12And God said to him: Let it not seem grievous to thee for the boy, and for thy bondwoman: in all that Sara hath said to thee, hearken to her voice: for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

21:13But I will make the son also of the bondwoman a great nation, because he is thy seed.

21:14So Abraham rose up in the morning, and taking bread and a bottle of water, put it upon her shoulder, and delivered the boy, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Bersabee.

21:15And when the water in the bottle was spent, she cast the boy under one of the trees that were there.

21:16And she went her way, and sat over against him a great way off, as far as a bow can carry, for she said: I will not see the boy die: and sitting over against, she lifted up her voice and wept.

21:17And God heard the voice of the boy: and an angel of God called to Agar from heaven, saying: What art thou doing, Agar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the boy, from the place wherein he is.

21:18Arise, take up the boy, and hold him by the hand, for I will make him a great nation.

21:19And God opened her eyes: and she saw a well of water, and went and filled the bottle, and gave the boy to drink.

21:20And God was with him: and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became a young man, an archer.

21:21And he dwelt in the wilderness of Pharan, and his mother took a wife for him out of the land of Egypt.

21:22At the same time Abimelech, and Phicol the general of his army, said to Abraham: God is with thee in all that thou dost.

21:23Swear therefore by God, that thou wilt not hurt me, nor my posterity, nor my stock: but according to the kindness that I have done to thee, thou shalt do to me, and to the land wherein thou hast lived a stranger.

21:24And Abraham said: I will swear.

21:25And he reproved Abimelech for a well of water, which his servants had taken away by force.

21:26And Abimelech answered: I knew not who did this thing: and thou didst not tell me, and I heard not of it till today.

21:27And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them to Abimelech: and both of them made a league.

21:28And Abraham set apart seven ewelambs of the flock.

21:29And Abimelech said to him: What mean these seven ewelambs which thou hast set apart?

21:30But he said: Thou shalt take seven ewelambs at my hand: that they may be a testimony for me, that I dug this well.

21:31Therefore that place was called Bersabee; because there both of them did swear.

21:32And they made a league for the well of oath.

21:33And Abimelech and Phicol, the general of his army, arose and returned to the land of the Palestines. But Abraham planted a grove in Bersabee, and there called upon the name of the Lord God eternal.

21:34And he was a sojourner in the land of the Palestines many days.

22:1¤ After these things, God tempted Abraham, and said to him: Abraham, Abraham. And he answered: Here I am.

22:2He said to him: Take thy only begotten son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and go into the land of vision; and there thou shalt offer him for an holocaust upon one of the mountains which I will shew thee.

22:3So Abraham rising up in the night, saddled his ass, and took with him two young men, and Isaac his son: and when he had cut wood for the holocaust, he went his way to the place which God had commanded him.

22:4And on the third day, lifting up his eyes, he saw the place afar off.

22:5And he said to his young men: Stay you here with the ass; I and the boy will go with speed as far as yonder, and after we have worshipped, will return to you.

22:6And he took the wood for the holocaust, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he himself carried in his hands fire and a sword. And as they two went on together,

22:7Isaac said to his father: My father. And he answered: What wilt thou, son? Behold, saith he, fire and wood: where is the victim for the holocaust?

22:8And Abraham said: God will provide himself a victim for an holocaust, my son. So they went on together.

22:9And they came to the place which God had shewn him, where he built an altar, and laid the wood in order upon it; and when he had bound Isaac his son, he laid him on the altar upon the pile of wood.

22:10And he put forth his hand, and took the sword, to sacrifice his son.

22:11And behold, an angel of the Lord from heaven called to him, saying: Abraham, Abraham. And he answered: Here I am.

22:12And he said to him: Lay not thy hand upon the boy, neither do thou any thing to him: now I know that thou fearest God, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake.

22:13Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw behind his back a ram, amongst the briers, sticking fast by the horns, which he took and offered for a holocaust instead of his son.

22:14And he called the name of that place, The Lord seeth. Whereupon, even to this day, it is said: In the mountain the Lord will see.

22:15And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, saying:

22:16By my own self have I sworn, saith the Lord: because thou hast done this thing, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake:

22:17I will bless thee, and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that is by the sea shore; thy seed shall possess the gates of their enemies.

22:18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice.

22:19Abraham returned to his young men, and they went to Bersabee together, and he dwelt there.

22:20After these things, it was told Abraham, that Melcha also had borne children to Nachor his brother.

22:21Hus, the firstborn, and Buz, his brother, and Camuel the father of the Syrians,

22:22And Cased, and Azau, and Pheldas, and Jedlaph,

22:23And Bathuel, of whom was born Rebecca: these eight did Melcha bear to Nachor, Abraham's brother.

22:24And his concubine, named Roma, bore Tabee, and Gaham, and Tahas, and Maacha.



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