Genesis 26:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 26:25, NIV: "Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well."

Genesis 26:25, ESV: "So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well."

Genesis 26:25, KJV: "And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac's servants digged a well."

Genesis 26:25, NASB: "So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well."

Genesis 26:25, NLT: "Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the LORD. He set up his camp at that place, and his servants dug another well."

Genesis 26:25, CSB: "So he built an altar there, called on the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there. Isaac's servants also dug a well there."

What does Genesis 26:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After resolving disputes over water in the Valley of Gerar (Genesis 26:17–22), Isaac moves—seemingly many years later—to Beersheba (Genesis 26:23). Isaac responds to the Lord's appearance and repeated promises with worship (Genesis 26:24). Specifically, Isaac builds an altar to the Lord, just as his father Abraham had done (Genesis 12:7–8). We assume that the building of the altar included the making of an animal sacrifice. In addition, Isaac called on the Lord's name and/or continued calling on the Lord's name.

Perhaps moved by this encounter, Isaac decided to make Beersheba his new residence. The reference to "pitching his tent" means staying in one place for an extended period of time. Isaac chose to live in Beersheba, and even had his servants dig a well. Perhaps it's the digging of this well, a sign that Isaac intends to dwell in the region semi-permanently, which again draws the attention of King Abimelech (Genesis 26:12–16) in the following verses.