And it came to pass at that time
Not when Ishmael was grown up and married, but when Isaac was weaned and Ishmael was expelled:
that Abimelech, and Phichol, the chief captain of his host, spake unto
Abimelech was king of Gerar, the same that is spoken of in the preceding chapter, and Phichol was the general of his army; these two great personages came together and paid Abraham a visit, and had some conversation with him, who was still in Gerar, or however in some part of that country not far from it:
saying, God [is] with thee in all that thou doest;
greatly prospered him in the things of the world, for of them only could they make a judgment; they saw that he increased in worldly substance, and that his family was increased, and that he succeeded in everything in which he engaged; and, being jealous of his growing greatness and power, were desirous of securing an interest in him and in his favour.