Now it came about at that time that 1Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, "2God is with you in all that you do;
23now therefore, 3swear to me here by God that you will not dealfalsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but according to the kindness that I have shown to you, you shall show to me and to the land in which you have sojourned."
24Abrahamsaid, "I swear it."
But Abrahamacomplained to Abimelechbecause of the well of waterwhich the servants of Abimelech4had seized.
And Abimelechsaid, "I do not knowwho has donethisthing; you did not tell me, nor did I hear of it buntiltoday."
27Abrahamtooksheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and 5the two of them made a covenant.
Then Abrahamsetsevenewelambs of the flock by themselves.
29Abimelechsaid to Abraham, "What do thesesevenewelambs mean, which you have set by themselves?"
He said, "You shall take these sevenewelambs from my handso that it may be a 6witness to me, that I dugthiswell."
31Therefore he called that place7Beersheba, becausethere the two of them took an oath.
So they made a covenant at Beersheba; and Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, arose and returned to the land of the Philistines.
Abraham planted a tamarisktree at Beersheba, and there8he called on the name of the LORD, the 9EverlastingGod.
And Abrahamsojourned10in the land of the Philistines for manydays.