Genesis 26:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 26:23, NIV: From there he went up to Beersheba.

Genesis 26:23, ESV: From there he went up to Beersheba.

Genesis 26:23, KJV: And he went up from thence to Beersheba.

Genesis 26:23, NASB: And he went up from there to Beersheba.

Genesis 26:23, NLT: From there Isaac moved to Beersheba,

Genesis 26:23, CSB: From there he went up to Beer-sheba,

What does Genesis 26:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The prior passage described how Isaac had moved his family away from the main population of Philistines (Genesis 26:17). Despite his enormous success and power, Isaac passively left two wells behind when they were disputed by local herdsmen (Genesis 26:18–21). After finding a third, less controversial well, he settles his house there and prospers (Genesis 26:22).

The chapter now jumps forward to the time of another move, this one to Beersheba. Isaac's father Abraham had also lived in Beersheba (Genesis 21:22–34). The events that follow mirror very closely what happened between Abraham and Abimelech years earlier.