Genesis 21:31
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New International Version
So that place was called Beersheba, because the two men swore an oath there.

New Living Translation
Then he named the place Beersheba (which means "well of the oath"), because that was where they had sworn the oath.

English Standard Version
Therefore that place was called Beersheba, because there both of them swore an oath.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath.

King James Bible
Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba because it was there that the two of them swore an oath.

International Standard Version
Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba, because the two of them swore an oath.

NET Bible
That is why he named that place Beer Sheba, because the two of them swore an oath there.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because they both swore there.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is why that place is called Beersheba, because both of them swore an oath there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore that place was called Beer-sheba; because there they swore both of them.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore he called that place Beersheba; because there the two of them took an oath.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they swore, both of them.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they swore both of them.

American King James Version
Why he called that place Beersheba; because there they swore both of them.

American Standard Version
Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba. Because there they sware both of them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore that place was called Bersabee: because both of them did swear.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore he called that place Beer-sheba, because there they had sworn, both of them.

English Revised Version
Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba; because there they sware both of them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba: because there they swore both of them.

World English Bible
Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because they both swore there.

Young's Literal Translation
therefore hath he called that place 'Beer-Sheba,' for there have both of them sworn.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
The Covenant at Beersheba
30He said, "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness to me, that I dug this well." 31Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath. 32So they made a covenant at Beersheba; and Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, arose and returned to the land of the Philistines.…
Cross References
Genesis 21:14
So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba.

Genesis 21:32
So they made a covenant at Beersheba; and Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, arose and returned to the land of the Philistines.

Genesis 26:31
In the morning they arose early and exchanged oaths; then Isaac sent them away and they departed from him in peace.

Genesis 26:33
So he called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.

Genesis 46:1
So Israel set out with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.

Joshua 15:28
and Hazar-shual and Beersheba and Biziothiah,

1 Kings 19:3
And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

Amos 5:5
"But do not resort to Bethel And do not come to Gilgal, Nor cross over to Beersheba; For Gilgal will certainly go into captivity And Bethel will come to trouble.
Treasury of Scripture

Why he called that place Beersheba; because there they swore both of them.

called.

Genesis 26:33 And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba …

Beer-sheba. i.e., the well of the oath, or the well of the seven: alluding to the seven ewe lambs. The verb rendered 'to swear' is derived from the word translated seven.

Genesis 21:14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle …

Genesis 26:23 And he went up from there to Beersheba.

Joshua 15:28 And Hazarshual, and Beersheba, and Bizjothjah,

Judges 20:1 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was …

2 Samuel 17:11 Therefore I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered to you, …

1 Kings 4:25 And Judah and Israel dwelled safely, every man under his vine and …

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