Genesis 21:30
New International Version
He replied, “Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well.”

New Living Translation
Abraham replied, “Please accept these seven lambs to show your agreement that I dug this well.”

English Standard Version
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.”

Berean Study Bible
He replied, “You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from my hand as my witness that I dug this well.”

King James Bible
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.

New King James Version
And he said, “You will take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, that they may be my witness that I have dug this well.”

New American Standard Bible
He said, “You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness for me, that I dug this well.”

NASB 1995
He said, “You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness to me, that I dug this well.”

NASB 1977
And he said, “You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand in order that it may be a witness to me, that I dug this well.”

Amplified Bible
Abraham said, “You are to accept these seven ewe lambs from me as a witness for me, that I dug this well.”

Christian Standard Bible
He replied, “You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from me so that this act will serve as my witness that I dug this well.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He replied, “You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from my hand so that this act will serve as my witness that I dug this well.”

American Standard Version
And he said, These seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that it may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said, “Take from my hands the seven ewes so that it may be a testimony to me that I have dug this well.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abraam said, Thou shalt receive the seven ewe-lambs of me, that they may be for me as a witness, that I dug this well.

Contemporary English Version
Abraham replied, "I want you to accept these seven lambs as proof that I dug this well."

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he said: Thou shalt take seven ewe lambs at my hand: that they may be a testimony for me, that I dug this well.

English Revised Version
And he said, These seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that it may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.

Good News Translation
Abraham answered, "Accept these seven lambs. By doing this, you admit that I am the one who dug this well."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abraham answered, "Accept these lambs from me so that they may be proof that I dug this well."

International Standard Version
He replied, "You are to accept from me these seven ewe lambs as a witness that I have dug this well."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said: 'Verily, these seven ewe-lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that it may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.'

Literal Standard Version
And he says, “For—the seven lambs you accept from my hand, so that it becomes a witness for me that I have dug this well”;

NET Bible
He replied, "You must take these seven ewe lambs from my hand as legal proof that I dug this well."

New Heart English Bible
He said, "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, that it may be a witness to me, that I have dug this well."

World English Bible
He said, "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, that it may be a witness to me, that I have dug this well."

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'For -- the seven lambs thou dost accept from my hand, so that it becometh a witness for me that I have digged this well;'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Covenant at Beersheba
29and Abimelech asked him, “Why have you set apart these seven ewe lambs?” 30He replied, “You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from my hand as my witness that I dug this well.” 31So that place was called Beersheba, because it was there that the two of them swore an oath.…

Cross References
Genesis 21:28
Abraham separated seven ewe lambs from the flock,

Genesis 21:29
and Abimelech asked him, "Why have you set apart these seven ewe lambs?"

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 31:48
Then Laban declared, "This mound is a witness between you and me this day." Therefore the place was called Galeed.


Treasury of Scripture

And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shall you take of my hand, that they may be a witness to me, that I have dig this well.

a witness.

Genesis 31:44-48,52
Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee…

Joshua 22:27,28
But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the LORD before him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your children may not say to our children in time to come, Ye have no part in the LORD…

Joshua 24:27
And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God.











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
He replied,
וַיֹּ֕אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“You are to accept
תִּקַּ֖ח (tiq·qaḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3947: To take

the seven
שֶׁ֣בַע (še·ḇa‘)
Number - feminine singular
Strong's 7651: Seven, seven times, a week, an indefinite number

ewe lambs
כְּבָשֹׂ֔ת (kə·ḇā·śōṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 3535: Ewe lamb

from my hand
מִיָּדִ֑י (mî·yā·ḏî)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3027: A hand

as my witness
לְעֵדָ֔ה (lə·‘ê·ḏāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 5713: Testimony, witness

that
כִּ֚י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

I dug
חָפַ֖רְתִּי (ḥā·p̄ar·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 2658: To pry into, to delve, to explore

this
הַזֹּֽאת׃ (haz·zōṯ)
Article | Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

well.”
הַבְּאֵ֥ר (hab·bə·’êr)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 875: A pit, a well


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