At that time Abimelek
and Phicol the commander of his forces
said to Abraham, “God is
with you in everything you do.
Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my
descendants. Show to me
and the country where
you now reside as a foreigner the same kindness I have shown to
“I swear it.”
Then Abraham complained to Abimelek
about a well of water that
Abimelek’s servants had seized.
But Abimelek said, “I don’t know who
has done this.
You did not tell me,
and I heard about it only
So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave
them to Abimelek, and
the two men made a treaty.
Abraham set apart seven
ewe lambs from the flock,
and Abimelek asked
Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven
ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?”
He replied, “Accept these
seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I
dug this well.”
So that place was called
Beersheba, because the
two men swore an oath
After the treaty had been
made at Beersheba, Abimelek and Phicol the
commander of his forces
returned to the land of the
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba,
name of the Lord, the
And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines
for a long time.
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