Genesis 21 Sheva (Seven/Sware)
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe
lambs which thou hast set
by themselves? And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that
they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well. Wherefore he called that place
Beersheba; because there they sware both of them.
The Lord has placed everything we need in the body of Scripture. It is its own etymological dictionay,
geometrically indexed! Case in point: The meaning of the Number Seven and its relation to the 21st letter
Shin is found here in Genesis 21. The Hebrew words for Seven (Sheva, S# H7651)
and Swear (Shava, S# H7650) look identical - they differ only in
pronounciation (vowel points). These words are puns.
The Well is called Beersheba because it is the Well (Beer) of Sheba (Seven or Oath). This is explained in
depth in the article called The Number Seven and Scripture. The link
between the Number Seven and the idea of an Oath greatly enlightens our understand of why God marked the
entire Bible - His Oath - with the Number Seven.
Note also the that the phrase "I will sware" which Abraham spoke in verse 24 is formed by prefixing
Shava with an Aleph (cf. Aleph Alphabetic Verses) which
then evaluates to the prime number 373 - the value of the Logos, or Word, of God.