Genesis 26:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 26:12, NIV: "Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him."

Genesis 26:12, ESV: "And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The LORD blessed him,"

Genesis 26:12, KJV: "Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him."

Genesis 26:12, NASB: "Now Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundred times as much. And the LORD blessed him,"

Genesis 26:12, NLT: "When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the LORD blessed him."

Genesis 26:12, CSB: "Isaac sowed seed in that land, and in that year he reaped a hundred times what was sown. The LORD blessed him,"

What does Genesis 26:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

While reading this verse, it's important to remember there was a famine in the land (Genesis 26:1). The Lord told Isaac not to go to Egypt to escape the famine but to stay in Gerar, the land of the Philistines, instead. Despite a cowardly lie on Isaac's part (Genesis 26:7), he has been protected and blessed by God (Genesis 26:11).

Isaac obeyed God's command to avoid Egypt, staying instead in Gerar, planting crops there. To reap a hundredfold would have been a good return in a normal year. In a year of famine, and likely and supposed drought, a hundredfold return is simply amazing. The Lord once again is demonstrating to Isaac and his neighbors that He is with him and providing for him. The following verse will explain the extent to which Isaac is blessed.

This is one of the few times we're told directly that one of the patriarchs engaged in the planting and harvesting of crops. Noah was said to have planted a vineyard after the flood, becoming a "man of the soil," but that account made no mention of further farming (Genesis 9:20).