Genesis 21:25
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New International Version
Then Abraham complained to Abimelek about a well of water that Abimelek's servants had seized.

New Living Translation
Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well that Abimelech's servants had taken by force from Abraham's servants.

English Standard Version
When Abraham reproved Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech’s servants had seized,

New American Standard Bible
But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech had seized.

King James Bible
And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the water well that Abimelech's servants had seized.

International Standard Version
But then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech's servants had seized.

NET Bible
But Abraham lodged a complaint against Abimelech concerning a well that Abimelech's servants had seized.

New Heart English Bible
Abraham complained to Abimelech because of a water well, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well which Abimelech's servants had seized.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of the well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

New American Standard 1977
But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech had seized.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water which Abimelech's slaves had violently taken away.

King James 2000 Bible
And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

American King James Version
And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he reproved Abimelech for a well of water, which his servants had taken away by force.

Darby Bible Translation
And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water that Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abraham reproved Abimelech, because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

World English Bible
Abraham complained to Abimelech because of a water well, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

Young's Literal Translation
And Abraham reasoned with Abimelech concerning the matter of a well of water which Abimelech's servants have taken violently away,
Study Bible
The Covenant at Beersheba
24Abraham said, "I swear it." 25But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech had seized. 26And Abimelech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor did I hear of it until today."…
Cross References
Genesis 21:24
Abraham said, "I swear it."

Genesis 21:26
And Abimelech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor did I hear of it until today."

Genesis 26:15
Now all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines stopped up by filling them with earth.

Genesis 26:18
Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the same names which his father had given them.

Genesis 26:20
the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him.
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And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

reproved.

Genesis 26:15-22 For all the wells which his father's servants had dig in the days …

Genesis 29:8 And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, …

Exodus 2:15-17 Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses …

Judges 1:15 And she said to him, Give me a blessing: for you have given me a …

Proverbs 17:10 A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

Proverbs 25:9 Debate your cause with your neighbor himself; and discover not a …

Proverbs 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

Matthew 18:15 Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell …

because. Wells of water were of great consequence in those hot countries, especially where the flocks were numerous; because water was scarce, and digging to find it was attended with the expense of much time and labour.

servants.

Genesis 13:7 And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and …

Genesis 26:15-22 For all the wells which his father's servants had dig in the days …

Exodus 2:16,17 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew …

Verse 25. - And Abraham reproved (literally, reasoned with, and proved to the satisfaction of) Abimelech (who was, until informed, entirely unacquainted with the action of his servants) because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away. The greatest possible injury of a material kind that could be done to a nomads chief was the all faction of his water supplies. Hence "the ownership of wells m Palestine was as jealously guarded as the possession of a mine in our own" (Inglis). Contests for wells "are now very common all over the country, but more especially in the southern deserts" (Thomson, 'Land and Book,' p. 559). And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water,.... Before he swore and entered into covenant with him, he thought it advisable to inform him of an affair that had happened concerning a well of water, which in those hot and dry countries, as the southern parts of the land of Canaan were, was an affair of great importance; and to make complaint of the ill usage of Abimelech's servants with respect to it, and to reason with him about it, that the thing might be adjusted to mutual satisfaction, and so a firm basis and foundation be laid for the continuance of friendship for the future; which was wisely done before their league and covenant was ratified: this it seems was a well

which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away: that is, had by force taken the use of it to themselves for their cattle, and had deprived Abraham of it, though it was of his own digging; and perhaps there might be more than one, and the singular may be put for the plural; and so the Septuagint version has it, "the wells": see Genesis 26:15. 25-31. And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well—Wells were of great importance to a pastoral chief and on the successful operation of sinking a new one, the owner was solemnly informed in person. If, however, they were allowed to get out of repair, the restorer acquired a right to them. In unoccupied lands the possession of wells gave a right of property in the land, and dread of this had caused the offense for which Abraham reproved Abimelech. Some describe four, others five, wells in Beer-sheba.21:22-34 Abimelech felt sure that the promises of God would be fulfilled to Abraham. It is wise to connect ourselves with those who are blessed of God; and we ought to requite kindness to those who have been kind to us. Wells of water are scarce and valuable in eastern countries. Abraham took care to have his title to the well allowed, to prevent disputes in future. No more can be expected from an honest man than that he be ready to do right, as soon as he knows he has done wrong. Abraham, being now in a good neighbourhood, stayed a great while there. There he made, not only a constant practice, but an open profession of his religion. There he called on the name of the Lord, as the everlasting God; probably in the grove he planted, which was his place of prayer. Abraham kept up public worship, in which his neighbours might join. Good men should do all they can to make others so. Wherever we sojourn, we must neither neglect nor be ashamed of the worship of Jehovah.
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