Genesis 21:29
New International Version
and Abimelek asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?”

New Living Translation
Abimelech asked, “Why have you set these seven apart from the others?”

English Standard Version
And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?”

Berean Study Bible
and Abimelech asked him, “Why have you set apart these seven ewe lambs?”

King James Bible
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?

New King James Version
Then Abimelech asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves?”

New American Standard Bible
Then Abimelech said to Abraham, “What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves?”

NASB 1995
Abimelech said to Abraham, “What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves?”

NASB 1977
And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves?”

Amplified Bible
and Abimelech said to Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you have set apart?”

Christian Standard Bible
And Abimelech said to Abraham, “Why have you separated these seven ewe lambs? ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And Abimelech said to Abraham, “Why have you separated these seven ewe lambs?”

American Standard Version
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Abimelek said to Abraham, “What are these seven ewes of sheep that you have set by themselves?”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abimelech said to Abraam, What are these seven ewe-lambs which thou hast set alone?

Contemporary English Version
and Abimelech asked, "Why have you done this?"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Abimelech said to him: What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set apart?

English Revised Version
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?

Good News Translation
and Abimelech asked him, "Why did you do that?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abimelech asked him, "What is the meaning of these seven female lambs you have set apart?"

International Standard Version
so Abimelech asked Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set aside?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Abimelech said unto Abraham: 'What mean these seven ewe-lambs which thou hast set by themselves?'

Literal Standard Version
And Abimelech says to Abraham, “What [are] they—these seven lambs which you have set by themselves?”

NET Bible
Abimelech asked Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?"

New Heart English Bible
Abimelech said to Abraham, "What do these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves mean?"

World English Bible
Abimelech said to Abraham, "What do these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves mean?"

Young's Literal Translation
And Abimelech saith unto Abraham, 'What are they -- these seven lambs which thou hast set by themselves?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Covenant at Beersheba
28Abraham separated seven ewe lambs from the flock, 29and Abimelech asked him, “Why have you set apart these seven ewe lambs?” 30He replied, “You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from my hand as my witness that I dug this well.”…

Cross References
Genesis 21:28
Abraham separated seven ewe lambs from the flock,

Genesis 21:30
He replied, "You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from my hand as my witness that I dug this well."


Treasury of Scripture

And Abimelech said to Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves?

Genesis 33:8
And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.

Exodus 12:26
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

1 Samuel 15:14
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
and Abimelech
אֲבִימֶ֖לֶךְ (’ă·ḇî·me·leḵ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 40: Abimelech -- 'father is king', a Philistine name, also an Israelite name

asked
וַיֹּ֥אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

[him],
אַבְרָהָ֑ם (’aḇ·rā·hām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 85: Abraham -- 'exalted father', the father of the Jewish nation

“Why
מָ֣ה (māh)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

have you set apart
הִצַּ֖בְתָּ (hiṣ·ṣaḇ·tā)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5324: To take one's stand, stand

these
הָאֵ֔לֶּה (hā·’êl·leh)
Article | Pronoun - common plural
Strong's 428: These, those

seven
שֶׁ֤בַע (še·ḇa‘)
Number - feminine singular
Strong's 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

ewe lambs?”
כְּבָשֹׂת֙ (kə·ḇā·śōṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 3535: Ewe lamb


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