"My father a king." A king of Gerar in the time of Isaac, probably the son of the Abimelech I.1 Isaac sought refuge in his territory during a famine, and there he acted a part with reference to his wife Rebecca similar to that of his father Abraham with reference to Sarah, where Abraham pretended that Sarah was his sister, not his wife.2 Abimelech rebuked him for the deception, which he accidentally discovered. Isaac settled for a while here, and prospered. Abimelech desired him, however, to leave his territory, which Isaac did. Abimelech afterwards visited him when he was encamped at Beer-sheba, and expressed a desire to renew the covenant which had been entered into between their fathers.3



  1. Gen. 26:1-22.
  2. Gen. 20:2.
  3. Gen. 26:26-31.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.

This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.