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Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Genesis 26:33

Genesis 26:33. He called it Sheba, &c.— As the wells which Abraham dug had been stopped up, most probably the names of them also had been forgotten. Isaac, therefore, in similar circumstances, and from a similar event, revives that name of the well, Sheba, which his father had given it many years before. See ch. Genesis 21:31. The Authors of the Universal History observe ingeniously, that it is not improbable, but the discovery of this new well might lead Isaac into an allusion to a third... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 26:26-33

Abimelech again testified to God’s blessing of Isaac and gave God glory (Genesis 26:28-29).Isaac and Abimelech made a parity covenant of mutual non-aggression. They sealed it by eating a meal together. Eating together was often a sacred rite in the ancient Near East. This covenant renewed the older one made between Abimelech and Abraham (Genesis 21:31). The exchange of oaths and Isaac’s naming the town Beersheba again (cf. Genesis 21:31) also strengthened this agreement.". . . this account of... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 26:1-35

Isaac at GerarMany of the notes on Genesis 20, 21 are applicable to this chapter It is thought probable that the present narrative is in the main a repetition from another source of events already recorded.2. Go not down into Egypt] to get food as Abraham did. The covenant blessing is renewed and the possession of Canaan assured to Isaac. He is encouraged to stay in Canaan in dependence on God. 7. My sister] The expression might mean cousins.12. An hundredfold] Though very large, such a crop is... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Genesis 26:1-35

THE TÔLDÔTH ISAAC (Genesis 25:19 to Genesis 35:29). THE BIRTH OF ISAAC’S SONS.Abraham begat Isaac—The Tôldôth in its original form gave probably a complete genealogy of Isaac, tracing up his descent to Shem, and showing thereby that the right of primogeniture belonged to him; but the inspired historian uses only so much of this as is necessary for tracing the development of the Divine plan of human redemption.The Syrian.—Really, the Aramean, or descendant of Aram. (See Genesis 10:22-23.) The... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Genesis 26:33

(33) Therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day.—There was no city at this time at Beer-sheba, but one is mentioned at the conquest of Canaan by Joshua (Joshua 15:28). This note, as is the case generally with those which speak of a thing existing “unto this day,” was added by Ezra and the men of the Great Synagogue, after the return from Babylon (comp. Genesis 22:14); and its meaning is that, whereas Abraham’s name had been forgotten while the place lay desolate, this remarkable... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Genesis 26:1-35

Isaac the Peacemaker Genesis 26:12-25 Isaac gave up his wells rather than quarrel over them. A similar historical instance of peace-loving is given by Knox in his History of the Reformation. George Wishart, the martyr, a man, 'lowly, lovely, glad to teach, desirous to learn,' went by request to the church of Mauchline to preach there. But the Sheriff of Ayrshire, fearing the destruction of the ornaments of the church, got a number of the local gentlemen to garrison it against the preacher.... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Genesis 26:1-35

CHAPTER 26 Isaac in Gerar 1. The famine (Genesis 26:1 ) 2. Jehovah appears unto Isaac (Genesis 26:2-5 ) 3. Isaac in Gerar where he denies Rebekah (Genesis 26:6-11 ) 4. Isaac’s prosperity and the digging of wells (Genesis 26:12-22 ) 5. Jehovah appears at Beersheba (Genesis 26:23-25 ) 6. Isaac and Abimelech (Genesis 26:26-33 ) 7. The wives of Esau (Genesis 26:34-35 ) When the famine came Jehovah commanded Isaac not to go to Egypt. As Isaac is the type of Christ risen from the dead... read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 26:1-35

ISAAC IN GERAR A famine occurs in the land, just as it had in the days of Abraham (ch.12:10). In that case Abraham went down to Egypt, whereas Isaac went only as far as Gerar, in the land of the Philistines, but the same place where we read of Abraham denying his relationship with Sarah. It may be that Isaac had some thought of continuing down to Egypt, for God appeared to him, telling him not to go there, but to remain in the land of promise (v.2). He was not told to remain in one place, but... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Genesis 26:1-35

JACOB AND ESAU THE DEFRAUDED BIRTHRIGHT (Genesis 25:19-34 ) As we read the introductory part of this chapter, we are impressed that many of the mothers of the notable men of the Bible were for a long while childless: Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and the mothers of Samson, Samuel and John the Baptist. Was this that their faith might be proved? We wonder, too, what is meant by the statement that Rebekah “went to inquire of Jehovah.” There seems to have been some way, even in that early time,... read more

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