Genesis 21:30

30 He replied, "You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from my hand so that this act[a] will serve as my witness that I dug this well."

Genesis 21:30 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 21:30

And he said
That is, Abraham replied to Abimelech: for these seven ewe lambs shall thou take of my hand;
as a present from him, to be retained as his own: that they may be a witness to me that I have digged this well:
these were to be a testimony that the well that had been taken away from Abraham was one that he had dug, and was his property, and which Abimelech acknowledged by his acceptance of these seven lambs; and very probably Abraham received a note from the hand of Abimelech, owning his reception of the seven lambs, and his title to the well, which these were a witness of.

Genesis 21:30 In-Context

28 But Abraham had set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock.
29 And Abimelech said to Abraham, "Why have you set apart these seven ewe lambs?"
30 He replied, "You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from my hand so that this act will serve as my witness that I dug this well."
31 Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba because it was there that the two of them swore an oath.
32 After they had made a covenant at Beer-sheba, Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, left and returned to the land of the Philistines.

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