Restored English Translation of Genesis: Chapter 26

G’day and Shabbat Shalom, everyone!  Today I present my Restored English Translation (RET) of Genesis (Hebrew: Beresheet) chapter 26.

(To clear any misconceptions: this is my own translation, which I am in the midst of translating.  It is a revision of previous translations, with consultations to the original Hebrew and Aramaic, as well as other ancient texts and versions.)

As usual, the RET contains the Hebrew names, with a glossary of them at the end of the chapter.  At the very end of the post is a list of the Aleph/Tav occurrences (as they are no longer included in the main text).

CHAPTER 26

1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Avraham. And Yitschak went to Avimelek king of the Pelishtim, to Gerar. 2 And YEHOVAH appeared to him and said, “Do not go down into Mitsrayim; live in the land which I shall tell you of. 3 Stay in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for I will give all these lands to you and to your seed, and I will perform the oath which I swore to your father Avraham. 4 And I will increase your seed as the stars of the heavens, and will give all these lands to your seed. And all the nations of the earth will be blessed in your seed; 5 because that Avraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My Torot.” 6 And Yitschak lived 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,” because, he said, “the men of the place should kill me for Rivkah”, because she was beautiful to look upon. 8 And it was, when he had been there a long time, that Avimelek king of the Pelishtim looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Yitsckak was sporting with Rivkah his wife. 9 And Avimelek called Yitschak and said, “Behold, surely she is your wife. And how did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” And Yitschak said to him, “Because I said, ‘Lest I die for her.'” 10 And Avimelek said, “What is this you have done to us? In a little time, one of the people might have had sex with your wife, and you would have brought guiltiness upon us.” 11 And Avimelek charged all his people, saying, “Anyone who touches this man or his wife will surely be put to death.” 12 Then Yitschak sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold. And YEHOVAH blessed him. 13 And the man grew great, and went forward and grew until he became very great. 14 For he had possession of flocks, and possessions of herds, and many servants. And the Pelishtim envied him. 15 For all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of his father Avraham, the Pelishtim had stopped them, and filled them with dirt. 16 And Avimelek said to Yitschak, “Go from us, for you are stronger than we.” 17 And Yitschak went from there and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and lived there. 18 And Yitschak again dug the wells of water which they had dug in the days of his father Avraham, for the Pelishtim had stopped them after the death of Avraham. And he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. 19 And Yitschak’s servants dug in the valley, and found there a well of living water. 20 And the shepherds of Gerar strove with Yitschak’s shepherds, saying, “The water is ours.” And he called the name of the well Esek, because they strove with him. 21 And they dug another well, and strove for that also. And he called it’s name name Sitnah. 22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and for that they did not strive. And he called its name Rechovot. And he said, “For now YEHOVAH has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” 23 And he went from there to Be’er-Sheva. 24 And YEHOVAH appeared to him the same night and said, “I AM the ELOHAY of your father Avraham. Do not fear, for I am with you, and will bless you, and multiply your seed for My servant Avraham’s sake.” 25 And he built an altar there and called on the Name of YEHOVAH, and pitched his tent there. And there Yitschak’s servants dug a well. 26 Then Avimelek went to him from Gerar, and Achuzat, one of his friends, and Phikol the chief captain of his army. 27 And Yitschak said to them, “Why have you come to me, seeing you hate me, and have sent me away from you?” 28 And they said, “We have plainly seen that YEHOVAH has been with you. And we said, ‘Let there be now an oath between us, even between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you; 29 that you will do us no evil, as we have not touched you, and as we have done to you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace.’ You are now the blessed of YEHOVAH.” 30 And he made for them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31 And they rose early at dawn, and swore each to his brother. And Yitschak sent them away, and they departed from him in peace. 32 And it was on the same day, that Yitschak’s servants came and told him concerning the well which they had dug, and said to him, “We have found water.” 33 And he called it Shevah; therefore the name of the city is Be’er-Sheva to this day.

34 And Esav was 40 years old when he took for a wife Yehudit the daughter of Be’eri the Chitti, and Bosmat the daughter of Elon the Chitti. 35 And they were a grief of mind to Yitschak and to Rivkah.

Glossary

Avraham – Abraham

Yitschak – Isaac

Avimelek – Abimelech

Pelishtim – Philistines

YEHOVAH – The Lord

Mitsrayim – Egypt

Torot – Instructions; Laws

Rivkah – Rebeccah

Esek – Contention

Sitnah – Opposition

Rechovot – Broad Places

Be’er-Sheva – Beersheba

ELOHAY – God

Phikol – Phicol

Achuzat – Ahuzzath

Shevah – Shibah

Esav – Esau

Yehudit – Judith

Be’eri – Beeri

Chitti – Hittite

Bosmat – Basemath

Where the Aleph/Tavs occur

Verse 3: Stay in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and to your seed, I will give את all lands these, and I will perform את the oath which I swore to your father Avraham.

Verse 4: And I will increase את your seed as the stars of the heavens, and will give to your seed את all lands these. And in your seed will all the nations of the earth be blessed;

Verse 8: And it was, when he had been there a long time, that Avimelek king of the Pelishtim looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Yitsckak was sporting with את Rivkah his wife.

Verse 10: And Avimelek said, “What is this את you have done to us? In a little time, one of the people might have had sex with את your wife, and you would have brought guiltiness upon us.”

Verse 11: And charged Avimelek את all his people, saying, “Anyone who touches this man or his wife will surely be put to death.”

Verse 18: And Yitschak again dug את the wells of water which they had dug in the days of his father Avraham, for the Pelishtim had stopped them after the death of Avraham. And he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

Verse 24: And YEHOVAH appeared to him the same night and said, “I AM the ELOHAY of your father Avraham. Do not fear, for I am with you, and will bless you, and multiply את your seed for My servant Avraham’s sake.”

Verse 34:  And Esav was 40 years old when he took for a wife את Yehudit the daughter of Be’eri the Chitti, and Bosmat the daughter of Elon the Chitti.

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