||The younger girl also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ami. He is the ancestor of the people of Ammon who exist today.
Vehatse'irah gam-hi yaldah ben vatikra shmo Ben-Ami hu avi veney-Amon ad-hayom.
||Abraham migrated from there to the land of the Negev, and he settled between Kadesh and Shur. He would often visit Gerar.
Vayisa misham Avraham artsah haNegev vayeshev beyn-Kadesh uveyn Shur vayagar biGrar.
Literally, 'son of my people,' or 'son of my kin.'
An ancient nation who lived to the northeast of the Dead Sea.
|Kadesh and Shur|
This would be the area around Beer Lachai Roi, see note on Genesis 16:14.
On the southwest border of the Holy Land, see note on Genesis 10:19. The Midrash identifies it as Gerdike or Gerarike (Bereshith Rabbah 52), which is this Gerar. It is a city some 55 miles north of Kadesh, so although Abraham's primary dwelling was to the south, he would often visit Gerar, perhaps for supplies (cf. Radak). Some, however, suggest that this Gerar was Wadi Gerur, some 13 miles southwest of Kadesh, literally between Kadesh and Shur. See Genesis 26:17. (Also see Yov'loth 16:10).