Genesis 26:15
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New International Version
So all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.

New Living Translation
So the Philistines filled up all of Isaac's wells with dirt. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham.

English Standard Version
(Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.)

New American Standard Bible
Now all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth.

King James Bible
For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Philistines stopped up all the wells that his father's slaves had dug in the days of his father Abraham, filling them with dirt.

International Standard Version
They filled in with sand all of the wells that Isaac's father Abraham's servants had dug during his lifetime.

NET Bible
So the Philistines took dirt and filled up all the wells that his father's servants had dug back in the days of his father Abraham.

New Heart English Bible
Now all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped, and filled with earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the Philistines filled in all the wells that his father's servants had dug during his father Abraham's lifetime.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

New American Standard 1977
Now all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For all the wells which his father's slaves had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them and filled them with earth.

King James 2000 Bible
For all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

American King James Version
For all the wells which his father's servants had dig in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

American Standard Version
Now all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped, and filled with earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Stopped up at that time all the wells, that the servants of his father Abraham had digged, filling them up with earth:

Darby Bible Translation
And all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped them and filled them with earth.

English Revised Version
Now all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

World English Bible
Now all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped, and filled with earth.

Young's Literal Translation
and all the wells which his father's servants digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines have stopped them, and fill them with dust.
Study Bible
Isaac's Prosperity
14for he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him. 15Now all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth. 16Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go away from us, for you are too powerful for us."…
Cross References
Genesis 21:25
But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech had seized.

Genesis 21:30
He said, "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness to me, that I dug this well."
Treasury of Scripture

For all the wells which his father's servants had dig in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.

his father's.

Genesis 21:30 And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shall you take of my hand, …

had stopped. In those countries, a well of water was a great acquisition; and hence, this mode of injuring new settlers, or revenging themselves on their enemies, is still resorted to among the inhabitants.

(15) The wells.--In the East the digger of a well is regarded as a public benefactor; but the Philistines stopped those that Abraham had digged, probably because they regarded his possession of them, though confirmed by the covenant between him and Abimelech (Genesis 21:32), as an intrusion upon their rights as the people of the country, Envious, too, at the rapid increase of an alien's wealth, they determined to drive Isaac away; and for this no expedient would be more effectual than the preventing him from procuring water for his cattle. Following upon this came an express command of the king to depart, which Isaac obeyed; for he had sought refuge there because of the famine, and had no right to continue at Gerar, if the people refused their hospitality.

Verse 15. - For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father (vide Genesis 21:30), the philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. This act, commonly regarded as legitimate in ancient warfare, was practically to Isaac an act of expulsion, it being impossible for flocks and herds to exist without access to water supplies. It was probably, as the text indicates, the outcome of envy, rather than inspired by fear that Isaac in digging and possessing wells was tacitly claiming the ownership of the land. For all the wells which his father's servants had digged, in the days of Abraham his father,.... For the watering of his flocks and herds, see Genesis 21:25,

the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth; that they might be of no use; and this they did through envy to him, and is mentioned as a proof of it. 15. all the wells which his father's servants had digged … the Philistines had stopped, etc.—The same base stratagem for annoying those against whom they have taken an umbrage is practiced still by choking the wells with sand or stones, or defiling them with putrid carcases.26:12-17 God blessed Isaac. Be it observed, for the encouragement of poor tenants who occupy other people's lands, and are honest and industrious, that God blessed him with a great increase. The Philistines envied Isaac. It is an instance of the vanity of the world; for the more men have of it, the more they are envied, and exposed to censure and injury. Also of the corruption of nature; for that is an ill principle indeed, which makes men grieve at the good of others. They made Isaac go out of their country. That wisdom which is from above, will teach us to give up our right, and to draw back from contentions. If we are wrongfully driven from one place, the Lord will make room for us in another.
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