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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 26:12-25

Here we have, I. The tokens of God's good-will to Isaac. He blessed him, and prospered him, and made all that he had to thrive under his hands. 1. His corn multiplied strangely, Gen. 26:12. He had no land of his own, but took land of the Philistines, and sowed it; and (be it observed for the encouragement of poor tenants, that occupy other people's lands, and are honest and industrious) God blessed him with a great increase. He reaped a hundred fold; and there seems to be an emphasis laid upon... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 26:21

And they digged another well ,.... That is, Isaac's servants: and strove for that also ; the herdsmen of Gerar disputed their right to that also, and strove to get it from them: and he called the name of it Sitnah ; which signifies "hatred", it being out of hatred and malice to him that they gave him so much trouble; from this word Satan has his name, and these men were of a diabolical spirit, envious, spiteful, and malicious. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 26:21

They dug another well - Never did any man more implicitly follow the Divine command, Resist not evil, than Isaac; whenever he found that his work was likely to be a subject of strife and contention, he gave place, and rather chose to suffer wrong than to have his own peace of mind disturbed. Thus he overcame evil with good. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 26:1-35

Line upon line, in God's teaching. Isaac, like his father, has his time of sojourn among the Philistines. The events of his intercourse with the Abimelech of his day resemble those of the former patriarch, though there are differences which show that the recurrence is historical . I. GOD REPEATS HIS LESSONS that they may make the deeper impression. The intention of the record is to preserve a certain line of Divine guidance . Isaac trod in the footsteps of Abraham. We have... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 26:12-22

A good man's prosperity. I. WHENCE IT PROCEEDED . 1. The industry of Isaac . "Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold." An intimate connection subsists between diligence and prosperity. 2. The blessing of God . "And the Lord blessed him. As without Divine assistance the best contrived and most laboriously applied means may fail in the accumulation of material goods, so with heavenly succor the least likely instruments can achieve... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 26:21

And they digged another well (Isaac having yielded up the first), and strove for that also :—"The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water" ( Proverbs 17:14 ) and he called the name of it Sitnah —"Contention" (from שָׂטָן , to lie in wait as an adversary; whence Satan); probably in Wady-es-Shutein , near Rehoboth ( vide infra ). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 26:1-35

- The Events of Isaac’s Life5. משׁמרת mı̂shmeret, “charge, ordinance.” מציה mı̂tsvâh, “command,” special order. חק choq, “decree, statute,” engraven on stone or metal. תירה tôrâh, “law,” doctrine, system of moral truth.10. עשׂק ‛êśeq, ‘Eseq, “strife.”21. שׂטנה śı̂ṭnâh, Sitnah, “opposition.”22. רחבית rechobôt, Rechoboth, “room.”26. אחזת 'ǎchuzat, Achuzzath, “possession.”33. שׁבעה shı̂b‛âh, Shib’ah, “seven; oath.”34. יהוּדית yehûdı̂yt, Jehudith, “praised.” בארי be'ērı̂y, Beeri, “of a... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 26:1-33

Isaac and Abimelech (26:1-33)When a famine created hardship in Canaan, Isaac proved his faith and obedience by refusing to leave the land. He remained in the Palestine region on the south coast of Canaan, believing that God would provide for him and his household in the land God promised him. But he lacked the faith to trust God to protect him from violence and, like his father, he lied to protect himself (26:1-11; cf. 12:10-20, 20:1-18).God blessed Isaac as he had promised, but Isaac’s farming... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 26:18-22

"And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham; and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. And the herdsmen of Gerar strove with Isaac's herdsmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him. And they... read more

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