Genesis 21:29
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New International Version
and Abimelek asked Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?"

King James Bible
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?

Darby Bible Translation
And Abimelech said to Abraham, What [mean] these seven ewe-lambs, these which thou hast set by themselves?

World English Bible
Abimelech said to Abraham, "What do these seven ewe lambs which you have set by themselves mean?"

Young's Literal Translation
And Abimelech saith unto Abraham, 'What are they -- these seven lambs which thou hast set by themselves?'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Seven ewe lambs - These were either given as a present, or they were intended as the price of the well; and being accepted by Abimelech, they served as a witness that he had acknowledged Abraham's right to the well in question.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Genesis 33:8 And he said, What mean you by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.

Exodus 12:26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, What mean you by this service?

1 Samuel 15:14 And Samuel said, What means then this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?

Compassion for Souls
Behold the compassion of a mother for her child expiring with thirst, and remember that such a compassion ought all Christians to feel towards souls that are perishing for lack of Christ, perishing eternally, perishing without hope of salvation. If the mother lifted up her voice arid wept, so also should we; and if the contemplation of her dying, child was all too painful for her, so may the contemplation of the wrath to come, which is to pass upon every soul that dies impenitent, become too painful
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871

Of Bearing the Cross --One Branch of Self-Denial.
The four divisions of this chapter are,--I. The nature of the cross, its necessity and dignity, sec. 1, 2. II. The manifold advantages of the cross described, sec. 3-6. III. The form of the cross the most excellent of all, and yet it by no means removes all sense of pain, sec. 7, 8. IV. A description of warfare under the cross, and of true patience, (not that of philosophers,) after the example of Christ, sec. 9-11. 1. THE pious mind must ascend still higher, namely, whither Christ calls his disciples
Archpriest John Iliytch Sergieff—On the Christian Life

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

Genesis 21:30
He replied, "Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well."

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