Genesis 26:29 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 26:29, NIV: "that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.'"

Genesis 26:29, ESV: "that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.”"

Genesis 26:29, KJV: "That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD."

Genesis 26:29, NASB: "that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.'"

Genesis 26:29, NLT: "Swear that you will not harm us, just as we have never troubled you. We have always treated you well, and we sent you away from us in peace. And now look how the LORD has blessed you!'"

Genesis 26:29, CSB: "You will not harm us, just as we have not harmed you but have done only what was good to you, sending you away in peace. You are now blessed by the LORD.""

What does Genesis 26:29 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The king is explaining to Isaac that he has come to make peace and end their conflicts (Genesis 26:28). Isaac had been suspicious, thinking that the king hated him (Genesis 26:27). Abimelech says just the opposite is true. They have seen that God is with Isaac. They wish to make a sworn pact, a covenant, that Isaac will not use his wealth and power to do any harm to the Philistines.

After all, Abimelech insists, they have done only good to Isaac. He says they have not touched him, recalling the moment when Abimelech issued a decree that if anyone would harm Isaac or Rebekah, that person would be killed (Genesis 26:6–11). Abimelech further makes the case that, in spite of their conflicts, they did not drive Isaac away from Gerar, but instead sent him away peacefully (Genesis 26:14–16).

The bottom line for the king is that he recognizes that Isaac is blessed by God, and he wants to have peace with Isaac and the God who blesses him. Isaac will receive this speech as good news.