22At that time Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything you
23Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal
falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me
and the country where you now reside as a foreigner the same
kindness I have shown to you.”
24Abraham said, “I swear it.”
25Then Abraham complained to Abimelek about a well of
water that Abimelek’s servants had seized.
26But Abimelek said, “I don’t know who has done this. You did not tell me, and I heard about it only today.”
27So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelek, and the two men made a treaty.
28Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock,
29and Abimelek asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of
these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?”
30He replied, “Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a
witness that I dug this well.”
31So that place was called Beersheba, because the two men swore an oath there.
32After the treaty had been made at Beersheba, Abimelek and
Phicol the commander of his forces returned to the land of the
33Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he
called on the name of the Lord, the Eternal God.
34And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long
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