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Genesis 26:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— So Isaac lived in Gerar.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Isaac dwelt in Gerar:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Isaac dwelt at Gerar.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Isaac dwelleth in Gerar;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— So Isaac abode in Gerara.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Isaac dwelt in Gerar{gr.Gerara}.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Yitzchaq dwelt in Gerar:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And Yixk יִצחָק 3327
{3327} Prime
From H6711; laughter (that is, mockery); Jitschak (or Isaac), son of Abraham.
dwelt 3427
{3427} Prime
A primitive root; properly to sit down (specifically as judge, in ambush, in quiet); by implication to dwell, to remain; causatively to settle, to marry.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
in Grr גְּרָר: 1642
{1642} Prime
Probably from H1641; a rolling country; Gerar, a Philistine city.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Genesis 26:6-11

_ _ Isaac had now laid aside all thoughts of going to Egypt, and, in obedience to the heavenly vision, sets up his staff in Gerar, the country in which he was born (Genesis 26:6), yet there he enters into temptation, the same temptation that his good father had been once and again surprised and overcome by, namely, to deny his wife, and to give out that she was his sister. Observe,

_ _ I. How he sinned, Genesis 26:7. Because his wife was handsome, he fancied the Philistines would find some way or other to take him off, that some of them might marry her; and therefore she must pass for his sister. It is an unaccountable thing that both these great and good men should be guilty of so strange a piece of dissimulation, by which they so much exposed both their own and their wives' reputation. But we see, 1. That very good men have sometimes been guilty of very great faults and follies. Let those therefore that stand take heed lest they fall, and those that have fallen not despair of being helped up again. 2. That there is an aptness in us to imitate even the weaknesses and infirmities of those we have a value for. We have need therefore to keep our foot, lest, while we aim to tread in the steps of good men, we sometimes tread in their by-steps.

_ _ II. How he was detected, and the cheat discovered, by the king himself. Abimelech (not the same that was in Abraham's days, ch. 20, for this was nearly 100 years after that, but this was the common name of the Philistine kings, as Caesar of the Roman emperors) saw Isaac more familiar and pleasant with Rebekah than he knew he would be with his sister (Genesis 26:8): he saw him sporting with her, or laughing; it is the same word with that from which Isaac has his name. He was rejoicing with the wife of his youth, Proverbs 5:18. It becomes those in that relation to be pleasant with one another, as those that are pleased with one another. Nowhere may a man more allow himself to be innocently merry than with his own wife and children. Abimelech charged him with the fraud (Genesis 26:9), showed him how frivolous his excuse was and what might have been the bad consequences of it (Genesis 26:10), and then, to convince him how groundless and unjust his jealousy of them was, took him and his family under his particular protection, forbidding any injury to be done to him or his wife upon pain of death, Genesis 26:11. Note, 1. A lying tongue is but for a moment. Truth is the daughter of time; and, in time, it will out. 2. One sin is often the inlet to many, and therefore the beginnings of sin ought to be avoided. 3. The sins of professors shame them before those that are without. 4. God can make those that are incensed against his people, though there may be some colour of cause for it, to know that it is at their peril if they do them any hurt. See Psalms 105:14, Psalms 105:15.

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Genesis 20:1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
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