A Short Study of Genesis 26:18-33

Genesis 26:18 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.

Genesis 26:19 And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.

Genesis 26:20 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.

Genesis 26:21 And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah.

Genesis 26:22 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.

Genesis 26:23 And he went up from thence to Beersheba.

Genesis 26:24 And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake.

Genesis 26:25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.

Genesis 26:26 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol the chief captain of his army.

Genesis 26:27 And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?

Genesis 26:28 And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;

Genesis 26:29 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 26:30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

Genesis 26:31 And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

Genesis 26:32 And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac’s servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water.

Genesis 26:33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.


As a sojourner in a strange land and being led of God, Isaac discovers four wells. These wells, of precious water, were wells dug by his father Abraham the man of Faith and covered up by his enemies. It is ever the way of the heathen to cover up the truth and ever the way of grace to discover it anew. As Isaac is a type of all the children of promise, I see in his unearthing some things of benefit. The Old Testament is full of spiritual wells but the enemy has covered them up so that we must be led of God to discover the hidden treasure.

The first well is called Esek. Its name means glistering; a one of a kind beauty. Like the inner beauty of a painting that only a few can see. The first thing faith discovers is the glory of God in the face of Christ. This glory sets him apart from all others.

The second well is called Sitnah. This means gusher or deluge. It is irresistible water, unstoppable water, and living water springing up within.

The next is Rehoboth. It means to enlarge or to make room. “In my Fathers’ house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place (to make room) for you.”

And the last well is called Shebah. It is the well of the oath of seven; sealed by the giving of seven eve lambs. This covenant oath is an end to all strife. All of the wells are yours because the covenant is honored and established to you as it was to your fathers.


D. Pruitt

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