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Genesis 26:26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with his adviser Ahuzzath, and Phicol the commander of his army.

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      26-33. Then Abimelech went to him--As there was a lapse of ninety years between the visit of Abraham and of Isaac, the Abimelech and Phichol spoken of must have been different persons' official titles. Here is another proof of the promise (Ge 12:2) being fulfilled, in an overture of peace being made to him by the king of Gerar. By whatever motive the proposal was dictated--whether fear of his growing power, or regret for the bad usage they had given him, the king and two of his courtiers paid a visit to the tent of Isaac (Pr 16:7). His timid and passive temper had submitted to the annoyances of his rude neighbors; but now that they wish to renew the covenant, he evinces deep feeling at their conduct, and astonishment at their assurance, or artifice, in coming near him. Being, however, of a pacific disposition, Isaac forgave their offense, accepted their proposals, and treated them to the banquet by which the ratification of a covenant was usually crowned.

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Brief Summary: The Lord promises Isaac that his descendents would outnumber the stars of heaven, in his seed all the nations of the world will be blessed, the Lord prospers everything Isaac puts his hands to, he is blessed physically and he is blessed spiritually, the Lord honors his promises to Abraham, Isaac offers burnt offerings to the Lord, Esau marries Hittite women and this deeply distresses his parents.

Outline
1 Isaac because of famine goes to Gerar
2 God instructs and blesses him
7 He is reproved by Abimelech for denying his wife
12 He grows rich
18 He digs the wells Esek, Sltnah, and Rehohoth
26 Abimelech makes a covenant with him at Beersheba
34 Esau's wives.

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