Genesis 21:30
New International Version
He replied, "Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well."

New Living Translation
Abraham replied, "Please accept these seven lambs to show your agreement that I dug this well."

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.”

Berean Study Bible
He replied, “You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from my hand as my witness that I dug this well.”

New American Standard Bible
He said, "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness to 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.

Christian Standard Bible
He replied, "You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from me so that this act will serve as my witness that I dug this well."

Contemporary English Version
Abraham replied, "I want you to accept these seven lambs as proof that I dug this well."

Good News Translation
Abraham answered, "Accept these seven lambs. By doing this, you admit that I am the one who dug this well."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He replied, "You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from my hand so that this act will serve as my witness that I dug this well."

International Standard Version
He replied, "You are to accept from me these seven ewe lambs as a witness that I have dug this well."

NET Bible
He replied, "You must take these seven ewe lambs from my hand as legal proof that I dug this well."

New Heart English Bible
He said, "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, that it may be a witness to me, that I have dug this well."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abraham answered, "Accept these lambs from me so that they may be proof that I dug this well."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said: 'Verily, these seven ewe-lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that it may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.'

New American Standard 1977
And he said, “You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand in order that it may be a witness to me, that I dug this well.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
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 dug this well.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shall you take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have dug this well.

American King James Version
And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shall you take of my hand, that they may be a witness to me, that I have dig 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abraam said, Thou shalt receive the seven ewe-lambs of me, that they may be for me as a witness, that I dug 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.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, That thou take the seven ewe-lambs of my hand, that they may be a witness to me that I have 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.

World English Bible
He said, "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, that it may be a witness to me, that I have dug this well."

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'For -- the seven lambs thou dost accept from my hand, so that it becometh a witness for me that I have digged this well;'
Study Bible
The Covenant at Beersheba
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.” 31So that place was called Beersheba, because it was there that the two of them swore an oath.…
Cross References
Genesis 21:28
Abraham separated seven ewe lambs from the flock,

Genesis 21:29
and Abimelech asked him, "Why have you set apart these seven ewe lambs?"

Genesis 26:15
So the Philistines took dirt and stopped up all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham.

Genesis 31:48
Then Laban declared, "This mound is a witness between you and me this day." Therefore the place was called Galeed,

Treasury of Scripture

And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shall you take of my hand, that they may be a witness to me, that I have dig this well.

a witness.

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

Joshua 22:27,28
But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the LORD before him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your children may not say to our children in time to come, Ye have no part in the LORD…

Joshua 24:27
And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God.







Lexicon
He replied,
וַיֹּ֕אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“You are to accept
תִּקַּ֖ח (tiq·qaḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

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

ewe lambs
כְּבָשֹׂ֔ת (kə·ḇā·śōṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3535: Ewe lamb

from my hand
מִיָּדִ֑י (mî·yā·ḏî)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

as my witness
לְעֵדָ֔ה (lə·‘ê·ḏāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5713: Testimony, witness

that
כִּ֚י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

I dug
חָפַ֖רְתִּי (ḥā·p̄ar·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2658: To pry into, to delve, to explore

this
הַזֹּֽאת׃ (haz·zōṯ)
Article | Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

well.”
הַבְּאֵ֥ר (hab·bə·’êr)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 875: A pit, a well
21:22-34 Abimelech felt sure that the promises of God would be fulfilled to Abraham. It is wise to connect ourselves with those who are blessed of God; and we ought to requite kindness to those who have been kind to us. Wells of water are scarce and valuable in eastern countries. Abraham took care to have his title to the well allowed, to prevent disputes in future. No more can be expected from an honest man than that he be ready to do right, as soon as he knows he has done wrong. Abraham, being now in a good neighbourhood, stayed a great while there. There he made, not only a constant practice, but an open profession of his religion. There he called on the name of the Lord, as the everlasting God; probably in the grove he planted, which was his place of prayer. Abraham kept up public worship, in which his neighbours might join. Good men should do all they can to make others so. Wherever we sojourn, we must neither neglect nor be ashamed of the worship of Jehovah.
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