On what basis did the shepherds of Gerar lay claim to the wells that Yitzchak now dug?


Ramban: They claimed tat the well comprised water from the river, and that it therefore belonged to them by right. 1


The Torah forestalled their argument however, when, in the previous Pasuk; it described the well as a 'Be'er Mayim Chayim' (a well of fresh spring-water). Refer also to 26:18:1:2.


Seeing as the Plishtim quarreled over both the first and the second wells, what is the difference between the connotation of 'Eisek' and that of 'Sitnah'?


Ramban: 'Sitnah' has connotations of a more intense quarrel than 'Eisek'.


Targum Yonasan: In the case of 'Eisek', no sooner had the Plishtim taken over the well than it dried up, until they returned it to Yitzchak. The same initially happened to 'Sitnah', only it did not continue to flow.


Hadar Zekenim: At first, Yitzchak thought that they just happened to quarrel. After the second time, he realized that it was based on hatred.


עסק, שטנה, רחובות: מה היה הבדל בין הבארות?


גור אריה: הבאר הראשונה הייתה סמוכה לנחל ולכן אמרו שמי הבאר יוצאים מהנחל ולקחו לו את הבאר. הבאר השניה הייתה במקום שידוע שמי הבאר אינם מהנחל, אבל שטנו אותו כי אמרו שהם היו חופרים שם אלמלא שחפר יצחק. אח"כ "ויעתק משם" למקום שהם לא היו חופרים, ולא היה להם שטנה עליו.

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