Genesis 21:28
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New International Version
Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock,

New Living Translation
But Abraham also took seven additional female lambs and set them off by themselves.

English Standard Version
Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart.

New American Standard Bible
Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

King James Bible
And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Abraham separated seven ewe lambs from the flock.

International Standard Version
Then Abraham set aside seven ewe lambs,

NET Bible
Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs apart from the flock by themselves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Abraham set apart seven female lambs from the flock.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

King James 2000 Bible
And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

American King James Version
And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

American Standard Version
And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs of the flock.

Darby Bible Translation
And Abraham set seven ewe-lambs of the flock by themselves.

English Revised Version
And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abraham set seven ewe-lambs of the flock by themselves.

World English Bible
Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

Young's Literal Translation
and Abraham setteth seven Lambs of the flock by themselves.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 28-30. - And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves (designing by another covenant to secure himself against future invasion of Isis rights). And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves? And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, - that this peculiar kind of oath never occurs again in Old Testament history is no proof of the mythical character of the narrative (Bohlen); on the contrary, "that the custom existed in primitive Hebrew times is shown by the word נִשְׁבַּע, which had early passed into the language, and which would be inexplicable without the existence of such a custom" (Havernick) - that I have digged this well.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. Separate from the sheep and oxen he gave to Abimelech, and from those that were used in making the covenant.



Genesis 21:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Covenant at Beersheba
27Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant. 28Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. 29Abimelech said to Abraham, "What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves?"…
Cross References
Genesis 21:27
So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelek, and the two men made a treaty.

Genesis 21:29
and Abimelek asked Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?"

Genesis 21:30
He replied, "Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well."
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