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Genesis 21:29-31 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

29 Abimelech asked him, “What is the meaning of these seven female lambs you have set apart?”

30 Abraham answered, “Accept these lambs from me so that they may be proof [a] that I dug this well.” 31 This is why that place is called Beersheba,[b] because both of them swore an oath there.


  1. 21:30 Or “a witness.”
  2. 21:31 Beersheba can mean either “Well of the Seven” or “Well of the Oath.”
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Genesis 21:29-31 New International Version (NIV)

29 and Abimelek asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?”

30 He replied, “Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well.

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


  1. Genesis 21:31 Beersheba can mean well of seven and well of the oath.
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