Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest
of God Most High, he blessed Abraham with these words:
"Blessed be Abraham by God Most High, the creator of heaven and earth;
And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your foes into your hand." (Gen 14:18-20)
Some time after these events, this word of the Lord came to Abraham in a
"Fear not, Abraham! I am your shield; I will make your reward
very great." (Gen 15:1)
He took him outside and said: "Look up at the sky and count the stars, if
you can. Just so, " he added, "shall your descendants be." Abraham put his
faith in the Lord, who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.
Looking up, he saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from
the entrance of the tent to greet them; and bowing to the ground, he said:
"Sir, if I may ask you this favor, please do not go on past your servant.
Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet, and then rest
yourselves under the tree. Now that you have come this close to your
servant, let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves;
and afterward you may go on your way." "Very well," they replied, "do as
you have said." (Gen 18:2-5)
The sun was just rising over the earth as Lot arrived in Zoar; at the same
time the Lord rained down sulphurous fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah (from the
Lord out of heaven). He overthrew those cities and the whole plain,
together with the inhabitants of the cities and the produce of the soil.
But Lot's wife looked back, and she was turned into a pillar of salt. (Gen 19:23-26)
There was a famine in the land (distinct from the earlier one that had
occurred in the days of Abraham), and Isaac went down to Abimelech, king of
Philistines in Gerar.
The Lord appeared to him and said: "Do not go down to Egypt, but continue to camp wherever in this land I tell you. Stay in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I will give all these lands, in fulfillment of the oath that I swore to your father Abraham.
I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and give them all these lands, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing - this because Abraham obeyed me, keeping my mandate (my commandments, my ordinances, and my instructions)." So Isaac settled in Gerar. (Gen 26:1-6)
When the men of the place asked questions about his wife, he answered, "She
is my sister." He was afraid, if he called her his wife, the men of the
place would kill him on account of Rebekah, since she was very beautiful.
But when he had been there for a long time, Abimelech, king of the Philistines, happened to look out of a window and was surprised to see Isaac fondling his wife Rebekah. He called for Isaac and said: "She must certainly be your wife! How could you have said, 'She is my sister'?" Isaac replied, "I thought I might lose my life on her account."
"How could you do this to us!" exclaimed Abimelech. "It would have taken very little for one of the men to lie with your wife, and you would have thus brought guilt upon us!" Abimelech therefore gave this warning to all his men: "Anyone who molests this man or his wife shall forthwith be put to death." (Gen 26:7-11)