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.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Genesis 26:25 that they had found water. This well he calls Sheba, "an oath," and hence the town is called Beer-sheba, "the well of the oath." Now the writer was aware that this place had received the same name on a former occasion Genesis 21:31. But a second well has now been dug in like circumstances in the same locality. This gives occasion for a new application of the name in the memories of the people. This is another illustration of the principle explained at Genesis 25:30. Two wells still exist at this place to attest the correctness of the record.They rose up betimes; partly for the despatch of their journey and business, and partly because then their minds were most vigorous, and sober, and fit to perform so sacred an action as an oath was.
and swore one to another; to live in amity and friendship, and not distress and disturb each other:
and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace; he took his leave of them in a friendly manner, and they departed well pleased with the reception they had met with, and the success they had had, having agreed on and settled articles of peace to mutual satisfaction.And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)31. betimes] More often rendered “early”; cf. 2 Chronicles 36:15. The etymology of the Old English word is “by time,” i.e. “in good time.” See Psalm 5:3 (P.B.V.).
sware] Cf. on Genesis 21:31.Verse 31. - And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another - literally, a man to his brother. On the derivation of the verb to swear from the word for seven, see Genesis 21:23 - and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace. Genesis 21:33.), Jehovah appeared to him during the night and renewed the promises already given; upon which, Isaac built an altar and performed a solemn service. Here his servants also dug a well near to the tents.
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