King Abimelech and his army commander, Phicol, came to see Abraham. “God always watches over you,” he said. “So promise me, Abraham, in the presence of God, that you’ll never betray me or my family line. I’ve been loyal, and I’m asking for loyalty in return.”
“I promise,” Abraham answered, “but I should make you aware of a water well that your servants took from my people.”
Abimelech answered, “Why didn’t you tell me? This is the first I’m hearing of it.”
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 this 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 called on the name of the Everlasting God, and afterward, he lived as a foreigner in the land of the Philistines for days.
Inspiration: Genesis 21