A Treaty with Abimelech
At that time c Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, d "God is with you in all that you do.
Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my descendants or with my posterity, but e as I have dealt kindly with you, so you will deal with me and with the land where you have sojourned."
And Abraham said, "I will swear."
When Abraham reproved Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech's servants f had seized,
Abimelech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, and I have not heard of it until today."
So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men g made a covenant.
Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart.
And Abimelech said to Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?"
He said, "These seven ewe lambs you will take from my hand, that this may be a witness for me that I dug this well."
Therefore h that place was called Beersheba, because there both of them swore an oath.
So they made a covenant at Beersheba. Then Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army rose up and returned to the land of the Philistines.
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and i called there on the name of the Lord, j the Everlasting God.
And Abraham sojourned many days in the land of the Philistines.
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And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines.
When Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army.
They said, "We see plainly that the Lord has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you.
Then Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male servants and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and returned Sarah his wife to him.
(Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.)
And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them.
Genesis 26:20 - 22
The herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen, saying, "The water is ours." So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him.
In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.
He called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.
From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.