Be'er-lahai'-roi (Heb. Beer' Lachay' Roi', לִחִי רֹאִי בּאֵר, signifying, according to the explanation in the text where it first occurs, well of [to] life of vision [or, of the living and seeing God], i.e. survivorship after beholding the theophany; but, according to the natural derivation, well of the cheek-bone [rock] of vision; Sept. in Ge 16:14, φρέαρ οῦ ἐνώπιον εϊvδον; in Ge 24:62, τὸ φρέαρ τῆς ὁράσεως; Vulg. puteus viventis et videntis me), a well, or rather a living spring (A. V. "fountain," comp. ver. 7), between Kadesh and Bered, in the wilderness, "in the way to Shur," and therefore in the "south country" (Ge 24:62.), which seems to have been so named by Hagar because God saw her (רֹאִי) there (Ge 16:14). From the fact of this etymology not being in agreement with the formation of the name (more legitimately, רַאַי לחַי), it has been suggested (Gesenius, Thes. p. 175) that the origin of the name is LEHI SEE LEHI (q.v.) (Jg 15:9,19), the scene of Samson's adventure, which was not far from this neighborhood. By this well Isaac dwelt both before and after the death of his father (Ge 24:62; Ge 25:11). In both these passages the name is given in the A. V. as "the well Lahai-roi." Mr. Rowland announces the discovery of the well Lahai-roi at Moyle or Moilahi, a station on the road to Beersheba, ten hours south of Ruheibeh, near which is a hole or cavern bearing the name of Beit Hagar (Williams, Holy City, 1, 465); but this requires confirmation. This well is possibly the same with th at by which the life of Ishmael was preserved on a subsequent occasion (Ge 21:19), but which, according to the Moslems, is the well Zem-zem at Mecca.

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