The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 26:26–33

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26  Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath his friend, and Phicol the captain of his host.

26  And Abimelech came to him from Gerara, and so did Ochozath his friend, and Phichol the commander-in-chief of his army.

26  When Abimelech, and Ahuzzath, his friend, and Phicol, the leader of the military, had arrived from Gerar to that place,

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27  And Isaac said unto them: 'Wherefore are ye come unto me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you?'

27  Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, a man whom you hate, and whom you have expelled from among you?”

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28  And they said: 'We saw plainly that YHWH was with thee; and we said: Let there now be an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;

28  And they responded: “We saw that the Lord is with you, and therefore we said: Let there be an oath between us, and let us initiate a pact,

28  And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD is with you; so we said, Let there be now an oath between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you,

29  that thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace; thou art now the blessed of YHWH.'

29  so that you may not do us any kind of harm, just as we have touched nothing of yours, and have not caused any injury to you, but with peace we released you, augmented by the blessing of the Lord.”

29  That you will do us no evil, just as we have not hurt you, and as we have done nothing but good to you, and have sent you away in peace; you are now the blessed of the LORD.

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30  And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

30  Therefore, he made them a feast, and after the food and drink,

31  And they rose up betimes in the morning, and swore one to another; and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.

31  arising in the morning, they swore to one another. And Isaac sent them away peacefully to their own place.

32  And it came to pass the same day, that Isaac's servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him: 'We have found water.'

32  Then, behold, on the same day the servants of Isaac came, reporting to him about a well which they had dug, and saying: “We have found water.”

33  And he called it Shibah. Therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day.

33  Therefore, he called it, ‘Abundance.’ And the name of the city was established as ‘Beersheba,’ even to the present day.