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Genesis 26:2

    Genesis 26:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the LORD appeared to him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell you of:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Jehovah appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt. Dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the Lord came to him in a vision and said, Do not go down to Egypt; keep in the land of which I will give you knowledge:

    Webster's Revision

    And Jehovah appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt. Dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of.

    World English Bible

    Yahweh appeared to him, and said, "Don't go down into Egypt. Live in the land I will tell you about.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

    Definitions for Genesis 26:2

    Tell - To number; count.

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 26:2

    Go not down into Egypt - As Abraham had taken refuge in that country, it is probable that Isaac was preparing to go thither also; and God, foreseeing that he would there meet with trials, etc., which might prove fatal to his peace or to his piety, warns him not to fulfill his intention.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 26:2

    Isaac is now the heir, and therefore the holder, of the promise. Hence, the Lord enters into communication with him. First, the present difficulty is met. "Go not down into Mizraim," the land of corn, even when other lands were barren. "Dwell in the land of which I shall tell thee." This reminds us of the message to Abraham Genesis 12:1. The land here spoken of refers to "all these lands" mentioned in the following verses. "Sojourn in this land:" turn aside for the present, and take up thy temporary abode here. Next, the promise to Abraham is renewed with some variety of expression. "I will be with thee" Genesis 21:22, a notable and comprehensive promise, afterward embodied in the name Immanuel, "God with us. Unto thee and unto thy seed." This was fulfilled to his seed in due time. All these lands, now parcelled out among several tribes. "And blessed in thy seed" Genesis 12:3; Genesis 22:18.

    This is the great, universal promise to the whole human race through the seed of Abraham, twice explicitly announced to that patriarch. "All the nations." In constancy of purpose the Lord contemplates, even in the special covenant with Abraham, the gathering in of the nations under the covenant with Noah and with Adam Genesis 9:9; Hosea 6:7. "Because Abraham hearkened to my voice," in all the great moments of his life, especially in the last act of proceeding on the divine command to offer Isaac himself. Abraham, by the faith which flows from the new birth, was united with the Lord, his shield and exceeding great reward Genesis 15:1, with God Almighty, who quickened and strengthened him to walk before him and be perfect Genesis 17:1. The Lord his righteousness worketh in him, and his merit is reflected and reproduced in him Genesis 22:16, Genesis 22:18. Hence, the Lord reminds Isaac of the oath which he had heard at least fifty years before confirming the promise, and of the declaration then made that this oath of confirmation was sworn because Abraham had obeyed the voice of God. How deeply these words would penetrate into the soul of Isaac, the intended victim of that solemn day! But Abraham's obedience was displayed in all the acts of his new life. He kept the charge of God, the special commission he had given him; his commandments, his express or occasional orders; his statutes, his stated prescriptions, graven on stone; his laws, the great doctrines of moral obligation. This is that unreserved obedience which flows from a living faith, and withstands the temptations of the flesh.