Genesis 21:30
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English Standard Version
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.”

King James Bible
And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

American Standard Version
And he said, These seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that it may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he said: Thou shalt take seven ewe lambs at my hand: that they may be a testimony for me, that I dug this well.

English Revised Version
And he said, These seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that it may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, For these seven ewe-lambs shalt thou take from my hand, that they may be a witness to me, that I have digged this well.

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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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a witness.

Genesis 31:44-48,52 Now therefore come you, let us make a covenant, I and you; and let it be for a witness between me and you...

Joshua 22:27,28 But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our generations after us...

Joshua 24:27 And Joshua said to all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness to us...

Cross References
Genesis 21:28
Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart.

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

Genesis 26:15
(Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.)

Genesis 31:48
Laban said, "This heap is a witness between you and me today." Therefore he named it Galeed,

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