English Standard Version
Therefore that place was called Beersheba, because there both of them swore an oath.
King James Bible
Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.
American Standard Version
Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba. Because there they sware both of them.
Therefore that place was called Bersabee: because both of them did swear.
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.
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CommentaryKeil 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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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.
So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.
So they made a covenant at Beersheba. Then Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army rose up and returned to the land of the Philistines.
In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.
He called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
So Israel took his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
Hazar-shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah,
1 Kings 19:3
Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
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