Genesis 26:15
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.)

Berean Study Bible
So the Philistines took dirt and stopped up all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham.

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.

New King James Version
Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had filled them with earth.

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

NASB 1995
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.

NASB 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.

Amplified 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 dirt.

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

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.

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And all the wells the workers of his father had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines polluted and filled them with dirt.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And all the wells which the servants of his father had dug in the time of his father, the Phylistines stopped them, and filled them with earth.

Contemporary English Version
and they stopped up the wells that Abraham's servants had dug before his death.

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:

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.

Good News Translation
So they filled in all the wells which the servants of his father Abraham had dug while Abraham was alive.

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.

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

Literal Standard Version
and all the wells which his father’s servants dug in the days of his father Abraham, the Philistines have stopped them, and fill them with dust.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Isaac's Prosperity
14He owned so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15So the Philistines took dirt and stopped up all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham. 16Then Abimelech said to Isaac, “Depart from us, for you are much too powerful for us.”…

Cross References
Genesis 21:25
But when Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well that Abimelech's servants had seized,

Genesis 21:30
He replied, "You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from my hand as my witness 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 shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

had stopped.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So the Philistines
פְּלִשְׁתִּ֔ים (pə·liš·tîm)
Noun - proper - masculine plural
Strong's 6430: Philistines -- inhabitants of Philistia

took
וַיְמַלְא֖וּם (way·mal·’ūm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person masculine plural
Strong's 4390: To fill, be full of

dirt
עָפָֽר׃ (‘ā·p̄ār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

and stopped up
סִתְּמ֣וּם (sit·tə·mūm)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person common plural | third person masculine plural
Strong's 5640: To stop up, to repair, to keep secret

all
וְכָל־ (wə·ḵāl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the wells
הַבְּאֵרֹ֗ת (hab·bə·’ê·rōṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 875: A pit, a well

that
אֲשֶׁ֤ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

his father’s
אָבִ֔יו (’ā·ḇîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1: Father

servants
עַבְדֵ֣י (‘aḇ·ḏê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant

had dug
חָֽפְרוּ֙ (ḥā·p̄ə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 2658: To pry into, to delve, to explore

in the days
בִּימֵ֖י (bî·mê)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3117: A day

of his father
אָבִ֑יו (’ā·ḇîw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1: Father

Abraham.
אַבְרָהָ֣ם (’aḇ·rā·hām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 85: Abraham -- 'exalted father', the father of the Jewish nation


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