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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 26:26-33

We have here the contests that had been between Isaac and the Philistines issuing in a happy peace and reconciliation. I. Abimelech pays a friendly visit to Isaac, in token of the respect he had for him, Gen. 26:26. Note, When a man's ways please the Lord he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him, Prov. 16:7. Kings? hearts are in his hands, and when he pleases he can turn them to favour his people. II. Isaac prudently and cautiously questions his sincerity in this visit, Gen. 26:27.... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 26:33

And he called it Sheba ,.... Which, according to Jerom, signifies "fulness", as if it had its name from the abundance of water in it; but rather it signifies an "oath", and was so called from the oath, which he and Abimelech had just took to one another; and these circumstances meeting together, the taking of the oath, and the account of the well: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day ; that is, the well of the oath: it had been so called by Abraham an hundred years... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 26:33

He called it Shebah - This was probably the same well which was called Beersheba in the time of Abraham, which the Philistines had filled up, and which the servants of Isaac had reopened. The same name is therefore given to it which it had before, with the addition of the emphatic letter ה he , by which its signification became extended, so that now it signified not merely an oath or full, but satisfaction and abundance. The name of the city is Beer-sheba - This name was given to it... 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 26:33

And he called it Shebah ("Oath;" which he would certainly not have done had it not been a well): therefore the name of the city (which ultimately gathered round the well) is Beersheba — i . e . the well of the oath ( vide Genesis 21:31 ). Isaac must have perfectly understood that the place had been so named by his father three quarters of a century previous; but either the name had been forgotten by others, or had not come into general use amongst the inhabitants, or, observing... 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

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Genesis 26:33

Shebah. Hebrew an oath. therefore. Same name given by Abraham (Genesis 21:31 ). Names were sometimes reimposed for a new reason. Compare Bethel (Genesis 28:18 , Genesis 28:19 with Genesis 35:6 , Genesis 35:7 ) and Israel (Genesis 32:28 with Genesis 35:10 ). read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 26:26-33

"Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahazzah his friend, and Phicol the captain of his host. And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore are ye come unto me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me from you? And they said, We saw plainly that Jehovah was with thee: and we said, Let there now be an oath betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee, that thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace:... read more

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