The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 21:22–34

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22  And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phicol the captain of his host spoke unto Abraham, saying: 'God is with thee in all that thou doest.

22  At the same time, Abimelech and Phicol, the leader of his army, said to Abraham: “God is with you in everything that you do.

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23  Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son; but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.'

23  Now therefore swear to me by God that thou wilt not injure me, nor my seed, nor my name, but according to the righteousness which I have performed with thee thou shalt deal with me, and with the land in which thou hast sojourned.

23  Therefore, swear by God that you will do no harm to me, and to my posterity, and to my stock. But according to the mercy that I have done to you, you will do to me and to the land, to which you have turned as a newcomer.”

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24  And Abraham said: 'I will swear.'

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25  And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of the well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

25  And he reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which his servants had taken away by force.

26  And Abimelech said: 'I know not who hath done this thing; neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to-day.'

26  And Abimelech responded, “I do not know who did this thing, but you also did not reveal it to me, nor have I heard of it, before today.”

27  And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and they two made a covenant.

27  And so Abraham took sheep and oxen, and he gave them to Abimelech. And both of them struck a pact.

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28  And Abraham set seven ewe-lambs of the flock by themselves.

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29  And Abimelech said unto Abraham: 'What mean these seven ewe-lambs which thou hast set by themselves?'

29  Abimelech said to him, “What purpose have these seven female lambs, which you have caused to stand separately?”

29  And Abimeleck said to Abraham, What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs of the flock which you have set by themselves?

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30  And he said: 'Verily, these seven ewe-lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that it may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.'

30  And Abraam said, Thou shalt receive the seven ewe-lambs of me, that they may be for me as a witness, that I dug this well.

30  But he said, “You will receive seven female lambs from my hand, so that they may be a testimony for me, that I dug this well.”

31  Wherefore that place was called Beer-sheba; because there they swore both of them.

31  Therefore he named the name of that place, The Well of the Oath, for there they both swore.

31  For this reason, that place was called Beersheba, because there both of them did swear.

32  So they made a covenant at Beer-sheba; and Abimelech rose up, and Phicol the captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.

32  And they made a covenant at the well of the oath. And there rose up Abimelech, Ochozath his friend, and Phichol the commander-in-chief of his army, and they returned to the land of the Phylistines.

32  And they initiated a pact on behalf of the well of oath.

33  And Abraham planted a tamarisk-tree in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of YHWH, the Everlasting God.

33  And Abraam planted a field at the well of the oath, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.

33  Then Abimelech and Phicol, the leader of his army, rose up, and they returned to the land of the Palestinians. In truth, Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the Lord God Eternal.

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34  And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines many days.

34  And he was a settler in the land of the Palestinians for many days.