Genesis 26

Chapter 26

26:1  And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.


(See Scofield "Genesis 12:10") .

26:2  And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

Go not down

Cf. (See Scofield "Genesis 46:3") .

26:20  And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

name of the well

The wells of Genesis have significant names, and are associated with significant events:

(1) Beer-lahai-roi, the well of him that liveth and seeth me Genesis 16:14 ; 24:62 ; 25:11 .

(2) Beer-sheba, the well of the oath or covenant Genesis 21:15-33 ; Genesis 22:19 ; 26:23-25 ; 46:1-5 .

(3) Esek, contention Genesis 26:20 .

(4) Sitnah, hatred Genesis 26:21 . Esek and Sitnah were Isaac's own attempts at well-digging. Afterward, he dwelt by the old wells of his father.

(5) Rehoboth, enlargement Genesis 26:22 .