And Isaac departed there, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelled there.…
Few things are more pleasing than the picture of this gentle patriarch, yielding everything and finding everything; as if his history was an antique pictorial illustration of the very words, "Give, and it shall be given unto you." He yields his life on the altar on Moriah, and he finds it. In the strife he always gives up. A lamb among wolves, he conquers the wolves. By patience he is successful. And so "the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great," illustrating, so far back, the Hebrew saying, that to the good man " the very stones of the field shall be at peace." Ah! that our striving, grieved hearts, standing on our points of pride or interest, would cry, "Sitnah" (hate), and go away, though we lose the precious well, forgiving the worst injustice by remembering the love and pity of God our Saviour towards us!
(A. G. Mercer, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there.