26 And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing: neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.
26 But Abimelek said, "I don't know who has done this. You did not tell me, and I heard about it only today."
26 Abimelech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, and I have not heard of it until today."
26 Abimelech said, "I have no idea who did this; you never told me about it; this is the first I've heard of it."
26 And Abimelech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor had I heard of it until today."
26 "This is the first I've heard of it," Abimelech answered. "I have no idea who is responsible. You have never complained about this before."
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Genesis 21:26
Commentary on Genesis 21:22-34
(Read Genesis 21:22-34)
Abimelech felt sure that the promises of God would be fulfilled to Abraham. It is wise to connect ourselves with those who are blessed of God; and we ought to requite kindness to those who have been kind to us. Wells of water are scarce and valuable in eastern countries. Abraham took care to have his title to the well allowed, to prevent disputes in future. No more can be expected from an honest man than that he be ready to do right, as soon as he knows he has done wrong. Abraham, being now in a good neighbourhood, stayed a great while there. There he made, not only a constant practice, but an open profession of his religion. There he called on the name of the Lord, as the everlasting God; probably in the grove he planted, which was his place of prayer. Abraham kept up public worship, in which his neighbours might join. Good men should do all they can to make others so. Wherever we sojourn, we must neither neglect nor be ashamed of the worship of Jehovah.