GENESIS 26:20

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.”

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Genesis 26:20 Translation & Meaning

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And the herdmen רֹעֵ֣י To tend a flock; i.e., pasture it; intransitively, to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend) herdmen
of Gerar גְרָ֗ר Gerar, a Philistine city Gerar
did strive וַיָּרִ֜יבוּ Properly, to toss, i.e., grapple; mostly figuratively, to wrangle, i.e., hold a controversy; (by implication) to defend did strive
with עִם Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
Isaac's יִצְחָ֛ק Jitschak (or Isaac), son of Abraham Isaacs
herdmen, רֹעֵ֥י To tend a flock; i.e., pasture it; intransitively, to graze (literally or figuratively); generally to rule; by extension, to associate with (as a friend) herdmen
saying, לֵאמֹ֖ר To say (used with great latitude) saying
The water הַמָּ֑יִם Water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen water
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
ours: and he called וַיִּקְרָ֤א To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) ours called
the name שֵֽׁם An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character name
of the well הַבְּאֵר֙ A pit; especially a well well
Esek; עֵ֔שֶׂק Strife Esek
because כִּ֥י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed because
they strove הִֽתְעַשְּׂק֖וּ To press upon, i.e., quarrel strove
with עִמּֽוֹ׃ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
him. עִמּֽוֹ׃ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) him

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  • 18  And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.

  • 19  And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

  • 20  And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.

  • 21  And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.

  • 22  And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.




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