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sent forth the dove, which returned not any more 12 And God said: This is the sign of the coveunto him.

nant which I give between me and you, and to 13 Therefore in the six hundredth and first year,||every living soul that is with you, för perpetual the first month, the first day of the month, the generations. waters were lessened upon the earth, and Noe 13 I will set my bow in the clouds, and it shall opening the covering of the ark, looked, and saw be the sign of a covenant between me and bethat the face of the earth was dried.

tween the earth. 14 In the second month, the seven and twen- 14 And when I shall cover the sky with clouds, tieth day of the month, the earth was dried. my bow shall appear in the clouds: 15 And God spoke to Noe, saying:

15 And I will remember my covenant with 16 Go out of the ark, thou and thy wife, thy|| you, and with every living soul that beareth flesh: sons and the wives of thy sons with thee. and there shall no more be waters of a flood to

17 All living things that are with thee of all destroy all fesh. flesh, as well in fowls as in beasts, and all creep- 16 Ånd the bow shall be in the clouds, and I ing things that creep upon the earth, bring out shall see it, and shall remember the everlasting with thee, and go ye upon the earth: increase and covenant, that was made between God and every multiply upon it.

living soul of all flesh which is upon the earth. 18 Só Noe went out, he and his sons: his wife, 17 And God said to Noe: This shall be the and the wives of his sons with him.

sign of the covenant, which I have established, 19 And all living things, and cattle, and creep between me and all flesh upon the earth. ing things that creep upon the earth, according to 18 And the sons of Noe, who came out of the their kinds, went out of the ark.

ark, were Sem, Cham, and Japheth: and Cham 20 And Noe built an altar unto the Lord: and is the father of Chanaan. taking of all cattle and fowls that were clean, 19 These three are the sons of Noe: and from offered holocausts* upon the altar.

these was all mankind spread over the whole 21 And the Lord smelledt a sweet savour, and earth. said: I will no more curse the earth for the sake 20 And Noe a husbandman began to till the of man: for the imagination and thought of man's ground, and planted a vineyard. heart are prone to evil from his youth: therefore 21 And drinking of the wine was made drunk, I will no more destroy every living soul as I have and was uncovered in his tent. done.

22 Which when Cham the father of Chanaan 22 All the days of the earth, seed-time and had seen, to wit, that his father's nakedness harvest, cold and heat, suminer and winter, night was uncovered, he told it to his two brethren and day, shall not cease.

without. CHAP. IX.

23 But Sem and Japheth put a cloak upon their God blesseth Noe; forbiddeth blood; and pro-kedness of their father: and their faces were

shoulders, and going backward, covered the namiseth never more to destroy the world by turned away, and they saw not their father's water. The blessing of Sem and Japheth. nakedness.

24 And Noe awaking from the wine, when said to them: Increase, and multiply, and be had learned what his younger son had done to fill the earth.

him, 2 And let the fear and dread of you be upon 25 He said: Cursed be Chanaan, a servant of all the beasts of the earth, and upon all the servants shall he be unto his brethren. fowls of the air, and all that move upon the 26 And he said: Blessed be the Lord God of earth: all the fishes of the sea are delivered into Sem, be Chanaan his servant. your hand.

27 May, God enlarge Japheth, and may he 3 And every thing that moveth, and liveth shall dwell in the tents of Sem, and Chanaan be his be meat for you: even as the green herbs have 1 servant. delivered them all to you:

28 And Noe lived after the flood three hun4 Saving that flesh with blood you shall not||dred and fifty years. eat.

29 And all his days were in the whole nine 5 For I will require the blood of your lives at hundred and fifty years: and he died. the hand of every beast, and at the hand of man, at the hand of every man, and of his brother, will

CHAP. X. I require the life of man.

The genealogy of the children of Noe, by whom 6 Whosoever shall shed man's blood, his blood the world was peopled after the flood.

are the God.

7 But increase you and multiply, and go upon them sons were born after the flood. the earth, and fill it.

2 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, 8 Thus also said God to Noe, and to his sons and Madai, and Javan, and Thubal, and Mosoch, with him:

and Thiras. 9 Behold I will establish my covenant with 3 And the sons of Gomer: Ascenez and Riyou, and with your seed after you:

phath and Thogorma. 10 And with every living soul, that is with you, as well in all birds, as in cattle and beasts of the | Drunk. Noe by the judgment of the fathers earth, that are come forth out of the ark, and in was not guilty of sin, in being overcome by wine; all the beasts of the earth.

because he knew not the strength of it. 11 I will establish my covenant with you, and $ Cursed be Chanaan. The curses, as well as all flesh shall be no more destroyed with the the blessings, of the patriarchs were prophetical: waters of a flood, neither shall there be from And this in particular is here recorded by Moses, henceforth a flood to waste the earth.

for the children of Israel, who were to possess the

land of Chanaan. But why should Chanaan be * Holocausts, or whole burnt offerings. In cursed for his father's fault? The Hebrews which the whole victim was consumed by fire answer that he being then a boy was the first that upon God's altar, and no part was reserved for saw his grandfather's nakedness, and told his the use of priest or people.

father Cham of it; and joined with him in laugh+ Smelled, &c. A figurative expression, de- ing at it: which drew upon him, rather than upon noting that God was pleased with the sacrifices the rest of the children of Cham, this prophetical wbich his servant offered.

Il curse.

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4 And the sons of Javan: Elisa and Tharsis,

CHAP. XI. Cetthim and Dodanim.

5 By these were divided the islands* of the The tower of Babel. The confusion of tongues. Gentiles in their lands, every one according to

The genealogy of Sem down to Abram. his tongue and their families in their nations.

6 And the sons of Cham: Chus, and Mesraim, A Nap the earth was of one tongue, and of the and Phuth, and Chanaan.

2 And when they removed from the east, 7 And the sons of Chus: Saba, and Hevila, and they found a plain in the land of Sennaar, and Sabatha, and Regma, and Sabatacha. The sons dwelt in it. of Ragna: Saba, and Dadan.

3 And each one said to his neighbour: Come, & Now Chus begot Nemrod: he began to be let us make brick, and bake them with fire. And mighty on the earth.

they had brick instead of stones, and slime instead 9 And he was a stout huntert before the Lord. of mortar: Hence came a proverb: Even as Nemrod the 4 And they said: Come, let us make a city stout hunter before the Lord.

and a tower, the top whereof may reach to 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was heaven: and let us make our names famous Babylow, and Arach, and Achad, and Chalanne before we be scattered abroad into all lands. in the land of Sennaar.

5 And the Lord came down to see the city and 11 Out of that land came forth Assur, and the tower, which the children of Adam were built Ninive, and the streets of the city, and building: i Chale,

6 And he said: Behold, it is one people, and all 12 Resen also between Ninive and Chale: this have one tongue: and they have begun to do this, is the great city.

neither will they leave off in their designs, till they 13 And Mesraim begot Ludim, and Anamim accomplish them in deed. and Laabim, Nephtuim,

7 Come ye therefore, let us go down, and there 14 And Phetrusim, and Chasluim; of whom confound their tongue, that they may not undercame forth the Philistines, and the Caphtorim. stand one another's speech.

15 And Chanaan begot Sidon his first-born, the 8 And so the Lord scattered them from that Hethite,

place into all lands, and they ceased to build the 16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorrhite, and city. the Gergesite,

9 And therefore the name thereof was called 17 The Hevite and Aracite: the Sinite, Babel, because there the language of the whole 18 And the Aradian, the Samarite, and the earth was confounded: and from thence the Lord Hamathite: and afterwards the families of the scattered them abroad upon the face of all counChanaanites were spread abroad.

tries. 19 And the limits of Chanaan were from Sidon 10 These are the generations of Sem: Sem was as one comes to Gerara even to Gaza, until thou a hundred years old when he begot Arphaxad, enter Sodom and Gomorrha, and Adama, and two years after the flood. Seboim even to Lesa.

11 And Sem lived after he begot Arphaxad, 20 These are the children of Cham in their five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. kindreds and tongues, and generations and lands, 12 And Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, and and nations.

begot Sale. 21 Of Sem also the father of all the children of 13 And Arphaxad lived after he begot Sale, Heber, the elder brother of Japheth, sons were three hundred and three years, and begot sons born.

and daughters. 22 The sons of Sem: Elam and Assur, and 14 Sale also lived thirty years, and begot Arpharad, and Lud, and Aram.

Heber. 3 The sons of "Aram: Us, and Hull, and 15 And Sale lived after he begot Heber, four Gether; and Mes.

hundred and three years: and begot sons and 24 But Arphaxad begot Sale, of whom was daughters. born Heber.

16 And Heber lived thirty-four years, and 5 And to Heber were born two sons: the begot Phaleg. name of the one was Phaleg, because in his days i7 And Heber lived after he begot Phaleg, was the earth divided: and his brother's name four hundred and thirty years: and begot sons Jectan.

and daughters. 26 Which Jeetan begot Elmodad, and Saleph, 18 Phaleg also lived thirty years, and begot and Asarmoth, Jare,

Reu. 27 And Aduram, and Uzal, and Decla,

19 And Phaleg lived after he begot Reu, two 28 And Ebal, and Abimael, Saba,

hundred and nine years, and begot sons and 29 And Ophir, and Hevila, and Jobab. All these daughters. were the sons of Jectan.

20 And Reu lived thirty-two years, and begot 30 And their dwelling was from Messa as Sarug: We go on as far as Sephar, a mountain in the 21©And Reu lived after he begot Sarug, two

hundred and seven years: and begot sons and 31 These are the children of Sem according to daughters. their kindreds and tongues, and countries in their 22 And Sarug lived thirty years, and begot nations.

Nachor. 32 These are the families of Noe, accord- 23 And Sarug lived after he begot Nachor, two ing to their people and nations. By these hundred years: and begot sons and daughters. were the nations divided on the earth after the 24 And Nachor lived nine and twenty years, flood.

and begot Thare.

25 And Nachor lived after he begot Thare, a * The islands. So the Hebrews called all the hundred and nineteen years: and begot sons and remote countries, to which they went by ships daughters. from Judea, as Greece, Italy, Spain, &c. 26 And Thare lived seventy years, and begot

A stout hunter. Not of beasts but of men; Abram, and Nachor, and Aran. whom by violence and tyranny he brought 27 And these are the generations of Thare: under his dominion. And such as he was, Thare begot Abram, Nachor, and Aran. And not only in the opinion of men, but before the Aran begot Lot. Lord, that is, in his sight whó cannot be deceived.

| Babel. That is, confusion.


28 And Aran died before Thare his father, in|| And he had sheep and oxen and he-asses, and the land of his nativity in Ur of the Chaldees. nien-servants, and maid-servants, and she-asses,

29 And Abram and Nachor married wives: the land camels. name of Abram's wife was Sarai: and the name 17 But the Lord scourged Pharao and his of Nachor's wife, Melcha the daughter of Aran house with most grievous stripes for Sarai father of Melcha, and father of Jescha.

Abram's wife. 30 And Sarai was barren, and had no children. 18 And Pharao called Abram, and said to

31 And Thare took Abram his son, and Lot the him: What is this that thou hast done to me? son of Aran, his son's son, and Sarai his daughter- Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy in-law, the wife of Abram his son, and brought wife? them out of Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the 19 For what cause didst thou say, she was thy land of Chanaan: and they came as far as Haran, sister, that I might take her to my wife? Now and dwelt there.

therefore there is thy wife, take her, and go thy 32 And the days of Thare were two hundred way. and five years, and he died in Haran.

20 And Pharao gave his men orders concerning

Abram: and they led him away and his wife, and CHAP. XII.

all that he had. The call of Abram and the promise made to him.

CHAP. XIII. He sojourneth in Chanaan, and then by occasion of a famine goeth down to Egypt.

Abram and Lot part from each other. God's

promise to Abram. of thy country, and from thy kindred, and ND Abram went up out of Egypt, and which I shall show thee.

him into the south. 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I 2 And he was very rich in possession of gold will bless thee, and magnify thy name, and thousand silver. shalt be blessed.

3 And he returned by the way that he came, 3 I will bless them that bless thee, and curse from the south to Bethel, to the place where them that curse thee, and IN THEE shall all the before he had pitched his tent between Bethel and kindreds of the earth be blessed:

Hai: 4 So Abram went out as the Lord had com- 4 In the place of the altar which he had made manded him, and Lot went with him: Abram before, and there he called upon the name of the was seventy-five years old when he went forth Lord. from Haran.

5 But Lot also who was with Abram, had 5 And he took Sarai his wife, and Lot his flocks of sheep, and herds of beasts, and tents. brother's son, and all the substance which they 6 Neither was the land able to bear them, that had gathered, and the souls which they had they might dwell together; for their substance gotten in Haran: and they went out to go into was great, and they could not dwell together. the land of Chanaan. And when they were come 7 Whereupon also there arose a strife between into it,

the herdsmen of Abram and of Lot. And at that 6 Abram passed through the country unto the time the Chanaanite and the Pherezite dwelled place of Sichem, as far as the noble vale: now in that country. the Chanaanite was at that time in the land. 8 Abram therefore said to Lot: Let there be

7. And the Lord appeared to Abram, and said no quarrel, I beseech thee, between me and thee, to him: To thy seed will I give this land. And and between my herdsmen and thy herdsmen: for he built there an altar to the Lord, who had we are brethren. appeared to him.

9 Behold the whole land is before thee: depart And passing on from thence to a mountain, from me, I pray thee: if thou wilt go to the left that was on the east side of Bethel, he there hand, I will take the right: if thou choose the pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and right hand, I will pass to the left. Hai on the east: he built there also an altar to the 10 And Lot lifting up his eyes, saw all the Lord, and called upon his name.

country about the Jordan, which was watered 9 And Abraham went forward going, and throughout before the Lord destroyed Sodom and proceeding on to the south.

Gomorrha as the paradise of the Lord, and like 10 And there came a famine in the country: Egypt as one comes to Segor, and Abram went down into Egypt, to sojourn 11 And Lot chose to himself the country about there: for the famine was very grievous in the the Jordan, and he departed from the east: land.

and they were separated one brother from the 11 And when he was near to enter into Egypt, other. he said to Sarai his wife: I know that thou art a 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Chanaan: and beautiful woman:

Lot abode in the towns, that were about the 12 And that when the Egyptians shall see thee, Jordan, and dwelt in Sodom. they will say: She is his wife: and they will kili 13 And the men of Sodom were very wicked, me, and keep thee.

and sinners before the face of the Lord beyond 13 Say therefore, I pray thee, that thou art my measure. sister:* that I may be well used for thee, and that 14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot was my soul may live for thy sake.

separated from him: Lift up thy eyes, and look 14 And when Abram was come into Egypt, the from the place wherein thou now art, to the north Egyptians saw the woman that she was very and to the south, to the east and to the west. beautiful.

15 All the land, which thou seest, I will give to 15 And the princes told Pharao, and praised thee, and to thy seed for ever. her before him: and the woman was taken into 16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the the house of Pharao.

earth: If any, man be able to number the dust 16 And they used Abram well for her sake. of the earth, he shall be able to number thy seed

also. * My sister. This was no lie; because she was 17 Arise and walk through the land in the his niece, being daughter to his brother Aran, length, and in the breadth thereof: for I will give and therefore, in the style of the Hebrews, she it to thee. might truly be called his sister; as Lot is called 18 So Abram removing his tent, came, and Abraham's brother, Gen. xiv. 14. See Gen, xx. dwelt by the vale of Mambre, which is in Hebron: 12.

lland he built there an altar to the Lord.


20 And blessed be the most high God, by The expedition of the four kings; the victory of ||And he gave him the tithes of all.

whose protection, the enemies are in thy hands. Abram; he is blessed by Melchisedech.

21. And the king of Sodom said to Abram; ND it came to pass at that time, that Amra. Give me the persons, and the rest take to thyPontus, and Chodorlahomor king of the Elamites, 22 And be answered him: I lift up my hand to and Thadal king of nations,

the Lord God the most high, the possessor of 2 Made war against Bara king of Sodom, and heaven and earth, against Bersa king of Gomorrha, and against 23 That from the very woof-thread unto the Seanaab king of Adama, and against Semeber shoe latchet, I will not take of any things that are king of Seboim, and against the king of Bala, thine, lest thou say: I have enriched Abram: which is Segor.

24 Except such things, as the young men have 3 All these came together into the woodland eaten, and the shares of the men, that came with Fale, which now is the salt sea.

me, Aner, Escol, and Marbre : these shall take 4 For they had served Chodorlahomor twelve their shares. years, and in the thirteenth year they revolted from him.

CHAP. XV. 5 And in the fourteenth year came Chodorla-God promiseth seed to Abram. His faith, sacrihomor, and the_kings that were with him: and

fice and vision. the Zuzim with them, and the Emima in Save NOW when these things were done, the word

of the Lord came to Abram by a vision,

saying: Fear not, Abram, I am thy protector, 6 And the Chorreans in the mountains of Seir, and thy reward exceeding great. even to the plains of Pharan, which is in the 2 And Abram said: Lord Goil, what wilt thou wilderness

give me? I shall go without children: and the son 7 And they returned, and came to the foun- of the steward of my house is this Dainascus tain of Misphat, the same is Cades: and they Eliezer. smote all the country of the Amalecites, and 3 And Abram added: But to me thou hast not the Amorrhean that dwelt in Asasonthamar. given seed: and lo my servant born in my house,

8 And the king of Sodom, and the king of shall be my heir. Gomorrha, and the king of Adama, and the king 4 And immediately the word of the Lord came of Seboim, and the king of Bala, which is Segor, to him, saying: He shall not be thy heir: but he went out: and they set themselves against them that shall come out of thy bowels, him shalt thou in battle array in the woodland vale:

have for thy heir. 9 To wit, against Chodorlahomor king of the 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said to Elamites, and Thadal king of nations, and Amra-him: Look up to heaven and number the stars if phel king of Sennaar, and Arioch king of Pontus: thou canst

. "And he said to him: So shall thy four kings against five.

seed be. 10 Now the woodland vale had many pits of 6 Abram believed God, and it was reputed to slime.* And the king of Sodom, and the king of him unto justice. Gomorrha turned their backs and were over- 7 And he said to him: I am the Lord who thrown there: and they that remained fled to the brought thee out from Ur of the Chaldees to give mountain,

thee this land, and that thou mightest possess it. 11 And they took all the substance of the So- 8 But he said: Lord God, whereby may I know denites, and Gomorrbites, and all their victuals, that I shall possess it? and went their way:

9 And the Lord answered, and said: Take me 12 And Lot also, the son of Abram's brother, a cow of three years old, and a she-goat of three who dwelt in Sodom, and his substance. years, and a ram of three years, a turtle also, and

13 And behold one, that had escaped, told a pigeon. Abram the Hebrew, who dwelt in the vale of. 10° And he took all these, and divided them in Mambre the Amorrhite, the brother of Escol, the midst, and laid the two pieces of each one and the brother of Aner: for these had made a against the other: but the birds he divided not. league with Abram.

11 And the fowls came down upon the car14 Which when Abram bad heard, to wit, that cases, and Abram drove them away. his brother Lot was taken, he numbered of the 12 And when the sun was setting, a deep sleep servants born in his house, three hundred_and fell upon Abram, and a great and darksome horror eighteen well appointed: and pursued them to Dan. seized upon him.

15 And dividing his company, he rushed upon 13 And it was said unto him: Know thou beforethem in the night and defeated them, and pursued hand that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land not them as far as Hoba, which is on the left hand of their own, and they shall bring them under bonDamascus.

dage, and afflict them four hundred years. 16 And he brought back all the substance, and 14 But I will judge the nation which they shall Lot his brother with his substance, the women serve, and after this they shall come out with great also and the people.

substance. 17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace, him, after he returned from the slaughter of and be buried in a good old age. Chodorlahomor, and of the kings that were with, 16 But in the fourth generation they shall return him in the sale of Save, which is the king's hither: for as yet the iniquities of the Amorrhites

are not at the full until this present time. 18 But Melchisedech the king of Salem, bring- 17 And when the sun was set, there arose a ing forth bread and wine, for he was the Priest|dark mist, and there appeared a smoking furof the most high God,

nace, and a lamp of fire passing between those 19 Blessed him, and said: Blessed be Abram divisions. by the most high God, who created heaven and 18 That day God made a covenant with Earth.

Abram, saying: To thy seed will I give this

land from the river of Egypt even to the great * Of Slime. Bituminis. This was a kind of river Euphrates. pitch, which served for mortar in the building of 19 The Cineans, and Cenezites, the Cedmonites, Babel

, Gen. xi. 3. and was used by Noe in pitch-|| 20 And the Hethites, and the Pherezites, the ing the ark.

Raphaim also,


a me

21. And the Amorrhites and the Chanaanites, Abram: but thou shalt be called Abraham:f and the Gergesites, and the Jebusites.

because I have made thee a father of many

nations. CHAP. XVI.

6 And I will make thee increase exceedingly, Abram marrieth Agar, who bringeth forth and I will make nations of thee, and kings shali Ismael.

come out of thee. VOW Sarai, the wife of Abram, had brought 7 And I will establish my covenant between Egyptian named Agar,

their generations, by a perpetual covenant: to be She said to her husband: Behold, the Lord a God to thee, and to thy seed after thee. hath restrained me from bearing: go in unto my 8 And I will give to thee, and to thy seed the handmaid, it may be I may have children of her land of thy sojournment, all the land of Chanaan at least. And when he agreed to her request, for a perpetual possession, and I will be their God.

3 She took Agar, the Egyptian her handmaid, 9 Again God said to Abraham: And thou ten years after they first dwelt in the land of Cha-| therefore shalt keep my covenant, and thy seed naan, and gave her to her husband to wife.* after thee in their generations.

4 And he went in to her. But she perceiving 10 This is my covenant which you shall obthat she was with child, despised her mistress. serve between me and you, and thy seed after

5 And Sarai said to Abram: Thou doest unjust- thee: All the male-kind of you shall be circumly with me: I gave my handmaid into thy bosom,cised: and she perceiving herself to be with child, de- 11 And you shall circumcise the flesh of your spiseth me. The Lord judge between me and foreskin, that it may be for a sign of the covenant thee.

between me and you. 6 And Abram made answer and said to her: 12 An infant of eight days old shall be circumBehold thy handmaid is in thy own hand, use hercised among you, every man-child in your generaas it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai afflicted her, tions: he that is born in the house, as well as the she ran away

bought servant shall be circumcised, and whoso7 And the Angel of the Lord having found her, ever is not of your stock: by a fountain of water in the wilderness, which is 13 And my covenant shall be in your flesh for in the way to Sur in the desert,

a perpetual covenant. 8 He said to her: Agar, handmaid of Sarai, 14 The male, whose flesh of his foreskin shall whence comest thou? and whither goest thou not be circumcised, that soul shall be destroyed And she answered: I flee from the face of Sarai out of his people: because he hath broken my my mistress.

covenant. 9 And the Angel of the Lord said to her: 15 God said also to Abraham: Sarai thy wife Return to thy mistress, and humble thyself under thou shalt not call Sarai, but Sara. her hand.

16 And I will bless her, and of her I will give 10 And again he said: I will multiply thy seed thee a son, whom I will bless, and he shall beexceedingly, and it shall not be numbered for come nations, and kings of people shall spring multitude.

from him. 11 And again: Behold, said he, thou art with 17 Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, child, and thou shalt bring forth a son: and thou saying in his heart: shall a son, thinkest thou, be shalt call his name Ismael, because the Lord hath born to him that is a hundred years old? and shall heard thy atħiction.

Sara that is ninety years old bring forth? 12 He shall be a wild man: his hand will be 18 And he said to God: 0 that Ismael may live against all men, and all men's hands against him: before thee. and he shall pitch his tents over-against all his 19 And God said to Abraham: Sara thy wife brethren.

shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name 13 And she called the name of the Lord thatIsaac, and I will establish my covenant with him spoke unto her: Thou

the God who hast

seen me. for a perpetual covenant, and with his seed after For she said: Verily here have I seen the hinder him. parts of him that seeth me.

20 And as for Israel I have also heard thee. 14 Therefore she called that well, the well of Behold, I will bless him, and increase, and multihim that liveth and seeth me. The same is be-ply him exceedingly: he shall beget twelve chiefs, tween Cades and Barad.

and I will make him a great nation. 15 And Agar brought forth a son to Abram: 21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, who called his name Ismael.

whom Sara shall bring forth to thee at this time in 16 Abram was fourscore and six years old the next year. when Agar brought him forth Ismael.

22 And when he had left off speaking with him, CHAP. XVII.

God went up from Abraham.

23 And Abraham took Ismael his son, and all The covenant of circumcision. that were born in his house: and all whom he had A A

ND after he began to be ninety and ninebought, every male among the men of his house:

years old, the Lord appeared to him: and and he circumcised the flesh of their foreskin said unto him: I am the almighty God: walk be- forthwith the very same day, as God had comfore me, and be perfect.

manded him. 2 And I will make my covenant between me 24 Abraham was ninety and nine years old, and thee: and I will multiply thee exceedingly. when he circumcised the Hesh of his foreskin. 3 Abram fell flat on his face.

25 And Ismael his son was full thirteen years 4 And God said to him: I am, and my cove-old at the time of his circumcision. nant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of 26 The self same day was Abraham circumcismany nations.

ed and Ismael his son. 5 Neither shall thy name be called any more 27 And all the men of his house, as well

they that were born in his house, as the bought * To wife. Plurality of wives, though con- servants and strangers were circumcised with trary to the primitive institution of marriage, Gen. him. ii. 24. was by divine dispensation allowed to the patriarchs; which allowance seems to have con- Abraham. Abram in the Hebrew, signifies tinued during the time of the law of Moses. But a high father : but Abraham, the father of the Christ our Lord reduced marriage to its primitive multitude: Sarai signifies my Lady, but Sara institution. St. Matt. xix.

ll absolutely Lady.

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