hebrew
1)

On what pretext did the Plishtim stop up all the wells that Avraham had dug?

1.

Rashi: They claimed that they would supply an attacking army with water. 1


1

Just as Chizkiyahu ha'Melech stopped up the water of the upper Gichon springs (as recorded in Divrei ha'Yamim 2, 32:30).

2)

Why is the significance of the double expression "They stopped them up and filled them with earth?

1.

Or ha'Chayim: When Avraham died, they closed the wells (by placing stones on top of them. But now, in their burning jealousy of Yitzchak, they filled them with earth. 1


1

Which explains, he says, why Yitzchak had to re-dig them (See Pasuk 18).

3)

Why did the Plishtim confine their hatred to stopping up the wells? Why did they not attack Yitzchak himself?

1.

Seforno: Because the king had warned them in no uncertain terms, not to lay a hand on Yitzchak. 1


1

See Pasuk 11.

4)

רש"י: שאמרו תקלה הם לנו מפני הגייסות: אולי סתמו את הבארות מחמת קנאה ולא מחשש גייסות?

1.

גור אריה: אם עשו מחמת קנאה- היה להם לקחת את הבארות ולא לסתום אותם.

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