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Beerlahairoi

Beerlahairoi is the English transliteration (a transliteration is the conversion of the spoken sound of one language into another, while a translation is the conversion of the meaning of one language into another) of a place in Hebrew that means the well of the living one who sees me. It was given that name by Hagar after the angel of The Lord appeared to her there.

"she called the name of The Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me ... wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi"

Hagar had fled into the desert from Sarai (see Abram and Sarai) after "Sarai dealt hardly with her" (Genesis 16:6 KJV). Hagar seemed to have thought that all was lost, but the angel of The Lord appeared to her to announce that she would be the mother of Abraham's troublesome ("he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him," see below) son Ishmael.

Camels In The Desert

"And the angel of The Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? And whither wilt thou go?"

"And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai."

"And the angel of The Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. And the angel of The Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude."

"And the angel of The Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael [see Isaac and Ishmael]; because The Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren."

"And she called the name of The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered."

"And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram." (Genesis 16:7-16 KJV)

Abraham's son Isaac (see also Isaac's Faith And Obedience) was living near Beerlahairoi (note here that it is translated as "the well Lahairoi" - beer is the sound of the Hebrew word for well) when he first met his wife Rebekah (see the Fact Finder question below to understand how Rebekah came to live in what is today Israel from her native country which is today Iraq).

"And Isaac came from the way of the well Lahairoi; for he dwelt in the south country. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the Eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. For she had said unto the servant, What man is this that walketh in the field to meet us?"

"And the servant had said, It is my master: therefore she took a veil, and covered herself."

"And the servant told Isaac all things that he had done. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death." (Genesis 24:62-67 KJV)

Isaac was still living at or near "the well Lahairoi" when his father Abraham died.

"And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite [see Hittites], which is before Mamre; The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife [see Machpelah]. And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi." (Genesis 25:7-11 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who arranged the marriage between Isaac and Rebekah? Who was sent to get her?
See A Servant's Journey


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