King Abimelech and his army commander Phicol came to Abraham for a little chat.
“It’s obvious God watches over you,” the king said, then added, “Promise me, in the presence of your God, that you’ll never betray me or my family tree. After all, I’ve been loyal friend.”
“I promise,” Abraham answered, “but I should make you aware of a dispute over one of my water wells. Your servants seem to think it’s yours.”
Abimelech answered, “This is the first I’ve heard of it. Why didn’t you tell me?”
“It wasn’t a big deal.” Abraham brought Abimelech sheep and oxen, and they promised they’d be loyal to one another. Then Abraham took seven female lambs and set them apart from the rest of the fold.
“What are these for?” Abimelech asked.
“These seven lambs are given in exchange for your word that I dug the disputed well.”
They named that place “Beersheba,” Well of the Oath. After they sealed their promise, Abimelech and his commander went back to the land of the Philistines.
Abraham remained there awhile and planted a salt cedar near the well. There he spent some one-on-one time with God, and afterward, he surveyed the land of the Philistines.
Inspiration: Genesis 21