A Treaty with Abimelech

Genesis 21

22 And it came to pass at that time that z Abimelech and Phichol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, a "God is with you in all that you do. 23 "Now therefore, b swear 1 to me by God that you will not deal falsely with me, with my offspring, or with my posterity; but that according to the kindness that I have done to you, you will do to me and to the land in which you have dwelt." 24 And Abraham said, "I will swear."

25 Then Abraham rebuked Abimelech because of a well of water which Abimelech's servants c had seized. 26 And Abimelech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor had I heard of it until today." 27 So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them d made a 2 covenant. 28 And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. 29 Then Abimelech asked Abraham, e "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves?" 30 And he said, "You will take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, that f they may be my witness that I have dug this well." 31 Therefore he g called that place 3 Beersheba, 4 because the two of them swore an oath there. 32 Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba. So Abimelech rose with Phichol, the commander of his army, and they returned to the land of the Philistines. 33 Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and h there called on the name of the LORD, i the Everlasting God. 34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines many days.

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 20:2
    Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
    Genesis 20:14
    Then Abimelech took sheep, oxen, and male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham; and he restored Sarah his wife to him.
    Genesis 26:26
    Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and Phichol the commander of his army.
  2. Cross References
    Genesis 26:28
    But they said, "We have certainly seen that the LORD is with you. So we said, 'Let there now be an oath between us, between you and us; and let us make a covenant with you.
    Isaiah 8:10
    Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; Speak the word, but it will not stand, For God is with us.
  3. Cross References
    Joshua 2:12
    Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the LORD, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father's house, and give me a true token.
    1 Samuel 24:21
    "Therefore swear now to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants after me, and that you will not destroy my name from my father's house."
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 26:15
    Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had filled them with earth.
    Genesis 26:18
    And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.
    Genesis 26:20 - 22
    But 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 quarreled with him.
  5. Cross References
    Genesis 26:31
    Then they arose early in the morning and swore an oath with one another; and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
    Genesis 31:44
    "Now therefore, come, let us make a covenant, you and I, and let it be a witness between you and me."
    1 Samuel 18:3
    Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 33:8
    Then Esau said, "What do you mean by all this company which I met?" And he said, " These are to find favor in the sight of my lord.
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 31:48
    And Laban said, "This heap is a witness between you and me this day." Therefore its name was called Galeed.
    Genesis 31:52
    This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not pass beyond this heap to you, and you will not pass beyond this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.
  8. Cross References
    Genesis 21:14
    So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water; and putting it on her shoulder, he gave it and the boy to Hagar, and sent her away. Then she departed and wandered in the Wilderness of Beersheba.
    Genesis 26:33
    So he called it Shebah. Therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
  9. Cross References
    Genesis 4:26
    And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the LORD.
    Genesis 12:8
    And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.
    Genesis 13:4
    To the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
    Genesis 26:25
    So he built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac's servants dug a well.
  10. Cross References
    Genesis 35:11
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    Exodus 15:18
    "The LORD shall reign forever and ever."
    Deuteronomy 32:40
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    Deuteronomy 33:27
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    Psalms 90:2
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    Psalms 93:2
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    Isaiah 40:28
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    Jeremiah 10:10
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    Habakkuk 1:12
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    Hebrews 13:8
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