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“And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.”

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Genesis 21:27 Translation & Meaning

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And Abraham אַבְרָהָם֙ Abraham, the later name of Abram Abraham
took וַיִּקַּ֤ח To take (in the widest variety of applications) took
sheep צֹ֣אן A collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men) sheep
and oxen, וּבָקָ֔ר A beeve or an animal of the ox family of either gender (as used for plowing); collectively, a herd oxen
and gave וַיִּתֵּ֖ן To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) gave
them unto Abimelech; לַֽאֲבִימֶ֑לֶךְ Abimelek, the name of two Philistine kings and of two Israelites Abimelech
and both שְׁנֵיהֶ֖ם Two; also (as ordinal) twofold both
of them made וַיִּכְרְת֥וּ To cut (off, down or asunder); by implication, to destroy or consume; specifically, to covenant (i.e., make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces) made
a covenant. בְּרִֽית׃ A compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh) covenant

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  • 25  And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

  • 26  And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.

  • 27  And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant.

  • 28  And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

  • 29  And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?


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