Genesis 21:14,31-33; Genesis 22:19; Genesis 26:23,33; Genesis 28:10; Joshua 19:1-2; 1 Kings 4:25; Amos 5:5-6; Amos 8:14; Nehemiah 11:27,30
This name, signifying “well of the oath,” was given to the place where Abraham and Abimelech made a covenant not to molest each other, and confirmed it by an oath. It afterward became the dwelling place of Abraham and of Isaac, who also digged a well there, and a city is spoken of as bearing the same name (Gen. 21:14, 31-3314And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. (Genesis 21:14)
31Wherefore he called that place Beer-sheba; because there they sware both of them. 32Thus they made a covenant at Beer-sheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines. 33And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God. (Genesis 21:31‑33)
; Gen. 22:1919So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba. (Genesis 22:19): Gen. 26:23, 3323And he went up from thence to Beer-sheba. (Genesis 26:23)
33And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba unto this day. (Genesis 26:33)
; Gen. 28:1010And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. (Genesis 28:10)). It became a part of Simeon’s lot, (Josh. 19:1-21And the second lot came forth to Simeon, even for the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families: and their inheritance was within the inheritance of the children of Judah. 2And they had in their inheritance Beer-sheba, or Sheba, and Moladah, (Joshua 19:1‑2)); and after the settlement of the land it is constantly referred to as the most southern part of the land possessed, as Dan is pointed to as the most northern; thus “from Dan to Beer-sheba” was the common expression for the whole territory even in the days of Solomon (1 Kings 4:2525And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, all the days of Solomon. (1 Kings 4:25)).