26:28 They replied, “We could plainly see 1 that the Lord is with you. So we decided there should be 2 a pact between us 3 – between us 4 and you. Allow us to make 5 a treaty with you 26:29 so that 6 you will not do us any harm, just as we have not harmed 7 you, but have always treated you well 8 before sending you away 9 in peace. Now you are blessed by the Lord.” 10
1 tn The infinitive absolute before the verb emphasizes the clarity of their perception.
2 tn Heb “And we said, ‘Let there be.’” The direct discourse in the Hebrew text has been rendered as indirect discourse in the translation for stylistic reasons.
3 tn The pronoun “us” here is inclusive – it refers to the Philistine contingent on the one hand and Isaac on the other.
4 tn The pronoun “us” here is exclusive – it refers to just the Philistine contingent (the following “you” refers to Isaac).
5 tn The translation assumes that the cohortative expresses their request. Another option is to understand the cohortative as indicating resolve: “We want to make.’”
6 tn The oath formula is used: “if you do us harm” means “so that you will not do.”
7 tn Heb “touched.”
8 tn Heb “and just as we have done only good with you.”
9 tn Heb “and we sent you away.”
10 tn The Philistine leaders are making an observation, not pronouncing a blessing, so the translation reads “you are blessed” rather than “may you be blessed” (cf. NAB).