Genesis 21:25
New International Version
Then Abraham complained to Abimelek about a well of water that Abimelek’s servants had seized.

New Living Translation
Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well that Abimelech’s servants had taken by force from Abraham’s servants.

English Standard Version
When Abraham reproved Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech’s servants had seized,

Berean Study Bible
But when Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well that Abimelech’s servants had seized,

King James Bible
And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

New King James Version
Then Abraham rebuked Abimelech because of a well of water which Abimelech’s servants had seized.

New American Standard Bible
But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech had seized.

NASB 1995
But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech had seized.

NASB 1977
But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech had seized.

Amplified Bible
Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water which the servants of Abimelech had [violently] seized [from him],

Christian Standard Bible
But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the well that Abimelech’s servants had seized.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the water well that Abimelech’s servants had seized.

American Standard Version
And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of the well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Abraham reproved Abimelek concerning a matter of a well of waters that the Servants of Abraham had dug and the Servants of Abimelek had taken it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abraam reproved Abimelech because of the wells of water, which the servants of Abimelech took away.

Contemporary English Version
One day, Abraham told Abimelech, "Some of your servants have taken over one of my wells."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he reproved Abimelech for a well of water, which his servants had taken away by force.

English Revised Version
And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of the well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

Good News Translation
Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well which the servants of Abimelech had seized.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well which Abimelech's servants had seized.

International Standard Version
But then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech's servants had seized.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of the well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

Literal Standard Version
And Abraham reasoned with Abimelech concerning the matter of a well of water which Abimelech’s servants have violently taken away,

NET Bible
But Abraham lodged a complaint against Abimelech concerning a well that Abimelech's servants had seized.

New Heart English Bible
Abraham complained to Abimelech because of a water well, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

World English Bible
Abraham complained to Abimelech because of a water well, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

Young's Literal Translation
And Abraham reasoned with Abimelech concerning the matter of a well of water which Abimelech's servants have taken violently away,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Covenant at Beersheba
24And Abraham replied, “I swear it.” 25But when Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well that Abimelech’s servants had seized, 26Abimelech replied, “I do not know who has done this. You did not tell me, so I have not heard about it until today.”…

Cross References
Genesis 21:24
And Abraham replied, "I swear it."

Genesis 21:26
Abimelech replied, "I do not know who has done this. You did not tell me, so I have not heard about it until today."

Genesis 26:15
So the Philistines took dirt and stopped up all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham.

Genesis 26:18
Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died. And he gave these wells the same names his father had given them.

Genesis 26:20
But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen and said, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him.


Treasury of Scripture

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

reproved.

Genesis 26:15-22
For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth…

Genesis 29:8
And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.

Exodus 2:15-17
Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well…

because.

servants.

Genesis 13:7
And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.

Genesis 26:15-22
For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth…

Exodus 2:16,17
Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock…









Verse 25. - And Abraham reproved (literally, reasoned with, and proved to the satisfaction of) Abimelech (who was, until informed, entirely unacquainted with the action of his servants) because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away. The greatest possible injury of a material kind that could be done to a nomads chief was the all faction of his water supplies. Hence "the ownership of wells m Palestine was as jealously guarded as the possession of a mine in our own" (Inglis). Contests for wells "are now very common all over the country, but more especially in the southern deserts" (Thomson, 'Land and Book,' p. 559).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But when Abraham
אַבְרָהָ֖ם (’aḇ·rā·hām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 85: Abraham -- 'exalted father', the father of the Jewish nation

complained
וְהוֹכִ֥חַ (wə·hō·w·ḵi·aḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3198: To be right, reciprocal, to argue, to decide, justify, convict

to Abimelech
אֲבִימֶ֑לֶךְ (’ă·ḇî·me·leḵ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 40: Abimelech -- 'father is king', a Philistine name, also an Israelite name

about
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

a well
בְּאֵ֣ר (bə·’êr)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 875: A pit, a well

that
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

Abimelech’s
אֲבִימֶֽלֶךְ׃ (’ă·ḇî·me·leḵ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 40: Abimelech -- 'father is king', a Philistine name, also an Israelite name

servants
עַבְדֵ֥י (‘aḇ·ḏê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 5650: Slave, servant

had seized,
גָּזְל֖וּ (gā·zə·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1497: To pluck off, to flay, strip, rob


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