Genesis 26:33
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English Standard Version
He called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.

King James Bible
And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.

American Standard Version
And he called it Shibah. Therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whereupon he called it Abundance: and the name of the city was called Bersabee, even to this day.

English Revised Version
And he called it Shibah: therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba to this day.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Abimelech's Treaty with Isaac. - The conclusion of this alliance was substantially only a repetition of renewal of the alliance entered into with Abraham; but the renewal itself arose so completely out of the circumstances, that there is no ground whatever for denying that it occurred, or for the hypothesis that our account is merely another form of the earlier alliance; to say nothing of the fact, that besides the agreement in the leading event itself, the attendant circumstances are altogether peculiar, and correspond to the events which preceded. Abimelech not only brought his chief captain Phicol (supposed to be the same as in Genesis 21:22, if Phicol is not also an official name), but his מרע "friend," i.e., his privy councillor, Ahuzzath. Isaac referred to the hostility they had shown; to which Abimelech replied, that they (he and his people) did not smite him (נגע), i.e., drive him away by force, but let him depart in peace, and expressed a wish that there might be an oath between them. אלה the oath, as an act of self-imprecation, was to form the basis of the covenant to be made. From this אלה came also to be used for a covenant sanctioned by an oath (Deuteronomy 29:11, Deuteronomy 29:13). תּעשׂה אם "that thou do not:" אם a particle of negation used in an oath (Genesis 14:23, etc.). (On the verb with zere, see Ges. 75, Anm. 17; Ewald, 224.) - The same day Isaac's servants informed him of the well which they had dug; and Isaac gave it the name Shebah (שׁבעה, oath), in commemoration of the treaty made on oath. "Therefore the city was called Beersheba." This derivation of the name does not shut the other (Genesis 21:31) out, but seems to confirm it. As the treaty made on oath between Abimelech and Isaac was only a renewal of his covenant concluded before with Abraham, so the name Beersheba was also renewed by the well Shebah. The reality of the occurrence is supported by the fact that the two wells are in existence still (vid., Genesis 21:31).

Genesis 26:33 Parallel Commentaries

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Shebah. i.e., an oath. therefore.

Genesis 21:31 Why he called that place Beersheba; because there they swore both of them.

Beer-sheba. i.e., the well of the oath.

Genesis 26:28 And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with you: and we said, Let there be now an oath between us, even between us and you...

This may have been the same city which was called Beer-sheba a hundred years before this, in the time of Abraham; but as the well, from which it had its name originally, was closed up by the Philistines, the name of the place might have been abolished with the well; when, therefore, Isaac re-opened it, he restored the ancient name of the place.

Cross References
Genesis 21:14
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.

Genesis 21:31
Therefore that place was called Beersheba, because there both of them swore an oath.

Genesis 26:32
That same day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well that they had dug and said to him, "We have found water."

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