Genesis 26:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 26:19, NIV: "Isaac's servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there."

Genesis 26:19, ESV: "But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water,"

Genesis 26:19, KJV: "And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water."

Genesis 26:19, NASB: "But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing water,"

Genesis 26:19, NLT: "Isaac's servants also dug in the Gerar Valley and discovered a well of fresh water."

Genesis 26:19, CSB: "Then Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found a well of spring water there."

What does Genesis 26:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Isaac has relocated his large company to the Valley of Gerar, at the request of the local king, Abimelech. This would have reduced the sense of envy and fear the Philistines had over his great wealth (Genesis 26:14–16). At the same time, this choice would allow Isaac to honor God's command to stay in this region instead of going to Egypt (Genesis 26:2–3). Having moved to a new location, Isaac and his entourage are looking for water. He has reopened some wells that had been used years before by his father Abraham (Genesis 21:23–33). This verse begins a sentence describing what happened when Isaac's servants found a new spring to use as a water source. The discovery led to immediate conflict—the local people are not satisfied with where Isaac's people are seeking water (Genesis 26:20).