SynopsisThis chapter gives a bit of detail about Isaac’s life, after the death of his father.
After this, Isaac plants some crops which do exceptionally well. The men of the land where he is living ask him to leave, because he is too powerful for them. He goes back where his father Abraham used to live, and re-opens all of the wells that Abraham had dug, but ends up quarrelling with the people there, because they’re fighting over the same wells.
So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?”
Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”
Then Abimelech said, “What is this you have done to us? One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us.”
So Abimelech gave orders to all the people: “Anyone who molests this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”(verses 9–11)
So they made a treaty, and sealed the deal with a meal.
Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you that you will do us no harm, just as we did not molest you but always treated you well and sent you away in peace. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”