Genesis 21:28
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English Standard Version
Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart.

King James Bible
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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Abimelech's Treaty with Abraham. - Through the divine blessing which visibly attended Abraham, the Philistine king Abimelech was induced to secure for himself and his descendants the friendship of a man so blessed; and for that purpose he went to Beersheba, with his captain Phicol, to conclude a treaty with him. Abraham was perfectly ready to agree to this; but first of all he complained to him about a well which Abimelech's men had stolen, i.e., had unjustly appropriated to themselves. Abimelech replied that this act of violence had never been made known to him till that day, and as a matter of course commanded the well to be returned. After the settlement of this dispute the treaty was concluded, and Abraham presented the king with sheep and oxen, as a material pledge that he would reciprocate the kindness shown, and live in friendship with the king and his descendants. Out of this present he selected seven lambs and set them by themselves; and when Abimelech inquired what they were, he told him to take them from his hand, that they might be to him (Abraham) for a witness that he had digged the well. It was not to redeem the well, but to secure the well as his property against any fresh claims on the part of the Philistines, that the present was given; and by the acceptance of it, Abraham's right of possession was practically and solemnly acknowledged.

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Genesis 21:27 Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant.

Genesis 21:29 Abimelech said to Abraham, "What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves?"

Cross References
Genesis 21:27
So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a covenant.

Genesis 21:29
And Abimelech said to Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?"

Genesis 21:30
He said, "These seven ewe lambs you will take from my hand, that this may be a witness for me that I dug this well."

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