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Genesis 26:20

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26:20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled 1  with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water belongs to us!” So Isaac 2  named the well 3  Esek 4  because they argued with him about it. 5 

1 tn The Hebrew verb translated “quarreled” describes a conflict that often has legal ramifications.

2 tn Heb “and he”; the referent (Isaac) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Heb “and he called the name of the well.”

4 sn The name Esek means “argument” in Hebrew. The following causal clause explains that Isaac gave the well this name as a reminder of the conflict its discovery had created. In the Hebrew text there is a wordplay, for the name is derived from the verb translated “argued.”

5 tn The words “about it” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.



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