GENESIS 21:31

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba; because there they sware both of them.”

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Genesis 21:31 Translation & Meaning

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Wherefore כֵּ֗ן Properly, set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjunction) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles) Wherefore
he called קָרָ֛א To call out to (i.e., properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications) called
that הַה֖וּא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are that
place לַמָּק֥וֹם Properly, a standing, i.e., a spot; but used widely of a locality (general or specific); also (figuratively) of a condition (of body or mind) place
Beer-sheba; שָׁ֑בַע Beer-Sheba, a place in Palestine Beersheba
because כִּ֛י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed because
there שָׁ֥ם There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence there
they sware נִשְׁבְּע֖וּ To seven oneself, i.e., swear (as if by repeating a declaration seven times) sware
both שְׁנֵיהֶֽם׃ Two; also (as ordinal) twofold both
of them. שְׁנֵיהֶֽם׃ Two; also (as ordinal) twofold of them

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

  • 30  And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

  • 31  Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba; because there they sware both of them.

  • 32  Thus they made a covenant at Beer-sheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.

  • 33  And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.




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