Genesis 21:22-34 Abraham & Abimelech -
22 “And it came to pass at that time that Abimelech and Phichol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, "God is with you in all that you do. 23 Now therefore, swear to me by God that you will not deal falsely with me, with my offspring, or with my posterity; but that according to the kindness that I have done to you, you will do to me and to the land in which you have dwelt." 24 And Abraham said, "I will swear."
Abraham rebuked Abimelech because of a well of water which Abimelech's servants
had seized. 26 And Abimelech said,
"I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor had I
heard of it until today." 27 So Abraham took sheep
and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant. 28 And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock
by themselves. 29 Then Abimelech asked
Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you have set
by themselves?" 30 And
he said, "You will take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, that they may
be my witness that I have dug this well." 31 Therefore
he called that place
Abraham had moved from Mamre in
Y The Philistines could see how obviously God was with Abraham especially since the incident with Sarah when God informed Abimelech that Abraham was a prophet. [Genesis 20:3-7]
Y It was also obvious that God had blessed Abraham in everything he did as evidenced by his great wealth acquired since he moved to Haran and his victory over the four kings that raided Sodom and Gomorrah when Lot was taken captive and Abraham rescued him.
So Abimelech king of Gerar and Phichol the
commander of his army came to Abraham who was dwelling in the area of
Y Abraham had dug a well which the servants of Abimelech had seized for which Abraham rebuked Abimelech and Abimelech denied any prior knowledge of the matter.
Then Abraham had dug another well in
Y Abraham gave sheep and oxen to Abimelech and the two of them made a covenant.
Y Abraham then set seven ewe lambs aside and gave them to Abimelech as a witness that Abraham had dug the well where he was and he named the place Beersheba (“well of the oath” or “well of the seven.”).
Abraham planted a Tamarisk tree at