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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 26:25

And he builded an altar there ,.... At Beersheba, where his father Abraham had planted a grove before, and very probably had built an altar also, though it might not be now standing, Genesis 21:33 , and called upon the name of the Lord ; and gave him thanks for all his mercies to him; for the care he had taken of him, and provision he had made for him and his during the time of famine; and for the protection and preservation of him in Gerar; and for his deliverance of him out of the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 26:25

Builded an altar there - That he might have a place for God's worship, as well as a place for himself and family to dwell in. And called upon the name of the Lord - And invoked in the name of Jehovah. See note on Genesis 12:8 ; See note on Genesis 13:15 . read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 26:25

Verse 25 25.And he builded an altar there. From other passages we are well aware that Moses here speaks of public worship; for inward invocation of God neither requires an altar; nor has any special choice of place; and it is certain that the saints, wherever they lived, worshipped. But because religion ought to maintain a testimony before men, Isaac, having erected and consecrated an altar, professes himself a worshipper of the true and only God, and by this method separates himself from the... 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 26:23-35

A good man's environment. I. ISAAC AND JEHOVAH . 1. Jehovah ' s grace to Isaac . 2. Isaac ' s gratitude to Jehovah . II. ISAAC AND ABIMELECH . 1. Abimelech's request of Isaac. 2. Isaac ' s reception of Abimelech . 3. Solemn adjuration . "And they swore one to another." Though religion does not lie within the sphere of politics, politics lie within the sphere of religion. Nothing should be done by a good man that he cannot sanctify by the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 26:25

And he ( i . e . Isaac, in grateful response to the Divine Promiser who had appeared to him) builded an altar there ,—the first instance of altar building ascribed to Isaac; "those erected by his father no doubt still remaining in the other places where he sojourned" (Inglis) and called upon the name of the Lord,— i.e. publicly celebrated his worship in the midst of his household ( vide on Genesis 12:7 , Genesis 12:8 )— and pitched his tent there (the place being now to him... 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 26:23-25

"And he went up from thence to Beersheba. And Jehovah appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham's sake. And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of Jehovah, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well."Perhaps out of fear of the continued hostility of the Philistines, Isaac gave ground and went all the way to Beersheba.... read more

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