Genesis 21:31

31 So that place was called Beersheba,a because the two men swore an oath there.

Read Genesis 21:31 Using Other Translations

Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.
Therefore that place was called Beersheba, because there both of them swore an oath.
Then he named the place Beersheba (which means “well of the oath”), because that was where they had sworn the oath.

What does Genesis 21:31 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 21:31

Wherefore he called that place Beersheba
Either Abraham or Abimelech, or both, called it so; or it may be read impersonally, "therefore the place was called Beersheba" F20, for two reasons, one implied, the other expressed; one was, because of the seven lambs before mentioned; so the Targum of Jonathan,

``and therefore he called the well the well of seven lambs;''
"Beer" signifying a well, and "sheba" seven; the other, and which is more certain, being expressed, is as follows; because there they sware both of them;
by the living God, to keep the covenant inviolably they had made between them.
FOOTNOTES:

F20 (arqy) "vocatus", V. L. Calvin, Piscator.
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