Genesis 21:33 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 21:33, NIV: "Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Eternal God."

Genesis 21:33, ESV: "Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God."

Genesis 21:33, KJV: "And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God."

Genesis 21:33, NASB: "Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God."

Genesis 21:33, NLT: "Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he worshiped the LORD, the Eternal God."

Genesis 21:33, CSB: "Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer-sheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God."

What does Genesis 21:33 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In prior verses, Abraham formally accepted a covenant with Abimelech, the king of Gerar (Genesis 21:22–24). As part of this agreement, Abraham gave seven sheep to Abimelech to absolutely secure his right to a particular well. Abraham had dug this water source himself, but Abimelech's men, at some point, had taken it over (Genesis 21:25).

Having secured the ownership rights to the well at Beersheba, Abraham further puts down roots, so to speak, by planting a tamarisk tree. Tamarisk trees could reach 30 feet high and would provide excellent shade in the desert climate of the region. The planting of a tree required a reliable water source, and this further symbolizes the importance of this location.

The planting of this tree may have been related to Abraham's calling on the name of "El-Olam," the Everlasting God. Much later, Abraham's son Isaac would meet the Lord here at Beersheba and build and altar to Him. Beersheba becomes a significant spot for Israel's patriarchs and the nation.