Genesis 21:31
New International Version
So that place was called Beersheba, because the two men swore an oath there.

New Living Translation
Then he named the place Beersheba (which means "well of the oath"), because that was where they had sworn the oath.

English Standard Version
Therefore that place was called Beersheba, because there both of them swore an oath.

Berean Study Bible
So that place was called Beersheba, because it was there that the two of them swore an oath.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath.

King James Bible
Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba because it was there that the two of them swore an oath.

Contemporary English Version
So they called the place Beersheba, because they made a treaty there.

Good News Translation
And so the place was called Beersheba, because it was there that the two of them made a vow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba because it was there that the two of them swore an oath.

International Standard Version
Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba, because the two of them swore an oath.

NET Bible
That is why he named that place Beer Sheba, because the two of them swore an oath there.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because they both swore there.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is why that place is called Beersheba, because both of them swore an oath there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore that place was called Beer-sheba; because there they swore both of them.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore he called that place Beersheba; because there the two of them took an oath.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they swore, both of them.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they swore both of them.

American King James Version
Why he called that place Beersheba; because there they swore both of them.

American Standard Version
Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba. Because there they sware both of them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Therefore he named the name of that place, The Well of the Oath, for there they both swore.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore that place was called Bersabee: because both of them did swear.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore he called that place Beer-sheba, because there they had sworn, both of them.

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.

World English Bible
Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because they both swore there.

Young's Literal Translation
therefore hath he called that place 'Beer-Sheba,' for there have both of them sworn.
Study Bible
The Covenant at Beersheba
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. 32After they had made the covenant at Beersheba, Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army got up and returned to the land of the Philistines.…
Cross References
Genesis 21:14
Early in the morning, Abraham got up, took bread and a skin of water, put them on Hagar's shoulders, and sent her away with the boy. She left and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

Genesis 21:32
After they had made the covenant at Beersheba, Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army got up and returned to the land of the Philistines.

Genesis 26:31
And they got up early the next morning and swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they left him in peace.

Genesis 26:33
He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the city is Beersheba.

Genesis 46:1
So Israel set out with all that he had, and when he came to Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.

Joshua 15:28
Hazar-shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah,

1 Kings 19:3
And Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,

Amos 5:5
Do not seek Bethel or go to Gilgal; do not journey to Beersheba, for Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will come to nothing.

Treasury of Scripture

Why he called that place Beersheba; because there they swore both of them.

called.

Genesis 26:33
And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day.

Beer-sheba.

Genesis 21:14
And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

Genesis 26:23
And he went up from thence to Beersheba.

Joshua 15:28
And Hazarshual, and Beersheba, and Bizjothjah,







Lexicon
So
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

that
הַה֖וּא (ha·hū)
Article | Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

place
לַמָּק֥וֹם (lam·mā·qō·wm)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4725: A standing, a spot, a condition

was called
קָרָ֛א (qā·rā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7121: To call, proclaim, read

Beersheba,
שָׁ֑בַע (šā·ḇa‘)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 884: Beersheba -- 'well of seven', a place in the Negev

because
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

it was there
שָׁ֥ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8033: There, then, thither

that the two
שְׁנֵיהֶֽם׃ (šə·nê·hem)
Number - mdc | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8147: Two (a cardinal number)

of them swore an oath.
נִשְׁבְּע֖וּ (niš·bə·‘ū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7650: To seven oneself, swear
(31) Beer-sheba.--That is, the well of seven, but with a covert allusion to the seven lambs having been used for the ratification of an oath. Robinson found the exact site in the Wady-es-Seba, with its name still preserved as Bir-es-Seba. There are there two wells of solid construction, the first twelve and a half feet in diameter; the other, situated about 200 yards to the south, much smaller, being only five feet in diameter. Both are lined with solid masonry, and reach down to never-failing springs in the rock. Around are stone troughs for watering the cattle, and the parapet of the larger well is worn into deep indentations, by the ropes used in drawing the water (Finn, Bye-ways in Palestine, p. 190).

Verse 31. - Wherefore he called that place Beersheba. I.e. "the well of the oath," φρέαρ ὁρκισμοῦ (LXX., Gesenius, Furst, Rosenmüller), or the well of the seven (Keil), rather than the seven wells (Lange); discovered by Robinson in Bir-es-seba, in the Wady-es-seba, twelve miles to the south of Hebron, with two deep wells of excellent water. "The great well has an internal diameter at the mouth of twelve feet six inches, or a circumference of nearly forty feet. The shaft is formed of excellent masonry to a great depth until it reaches the rock, and at this juncture a spring trickles perpetually. Around the mouth of the well is a circular course of masonry, topped by a circular parapet of about a foot high; and at a distance of ten or twelve feet are stone troughs placed in a concentric circle with the well, the sides of which have deep indentions made by the wear of ropes on the upper edges The second well, about 200 yards farther south, is not more than five feet in diameter, but is formed of equally good masonry, and furnishes equally good water" (vide 'Byeways in Palestine,' by James Finn, M.R.A.S., p. 190). Because there they aware both of them. 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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