Genesis 26:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 26:14, NIV: "He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him."

Genesis 26:14, ESV: "He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him."

Genesis 26:14, KJV: "For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him."

Genesis 26:14, NASB: "for he had possessions of flocks and herds, and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him."

Genesis 26:14, NLT: "He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him."

Genesis 26:14, CSB: "He had flocks of sheep, herds of cattle, and many slaves, and the Philistines were envious of him."

What does Genesis 26:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God has directed Isaac to settle with his wife and his large household in Gerar, a region occupied by the Philistines. This instruction came during a time of famine (Genesis 26:1–3). Once established there, Isaac's wealth only continued to multiply under God's blessing (Genesis 26:12–13). His neighbors would have noticed his growing flocks, herds, and many servants. Anyone who becomes successful will attract attention. Isaac's prosperity, however, is happening during a time when many others would be struggling just to survive. Isaac's enormous prosperity was apparent to all, and the Philistines didn't like it. More specifically, they were jealous. They envied Isaac.

As the following verses reveal, they may also have been concerned. With his outrageous wealth and growing entourage, they will start to fear that Isaac could conceivably take over the kingdom, if he chose to do so (Genesis 26:16).