The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleGenesis 26:17
And Isaac departed thence…
At once, peaceably and
quietly, though to his loss and disadvantage, without taking himself
either to argument or arms, in favour of himself; he departed
immediately, as soon as he perceived his abode was disagreeable to the
king and his people; which gives us a very agree, able idea of the calm
and peaceable disposition of Isaac:
and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there;
distance from the city of Gerar, as Jarchi observes. Josephus F7 says
it was not far from it; but how far is not certain; very probably it
was not out of the country, though on the borders of it. Some render
it, "the brook of Gerar" F8, and interpret it, that he pitched his
tent, and dwelt by it; and the word used does signify a brook as well
as a valley; and there was a brook of Gerar, which Sozomen F9 makes
F7 Antiqu. l. 1. c. 18. sect. 2.
F8 (rrg lxnb) "ad torrentem Gerarae", V. L.
F9 Eccl. Hist. l. 6. c. 32.