Abraham and Abimelech

Genesis 20

1 And Abraham journeyed from a there to the South, and dwelt between b Kadesh and Shur, and c stayed in Gerar. 2 Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, d "She is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and e took Sarah. 3 But f God came to Abimelech g in a dream by night, and said to him, h "Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is 1 a man's wife." 4 But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, "Lord, i will You slay a righteous nation also? 5 "Did he not say to me, 'She is my sister'? And she, even she herself said, 'He is my brother.' j In the 2 integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this." 6 And God said to him in a dream, "Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For k I also withheld you from sinning l against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. 7 "Now therefore, restore the man's wife; m for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, n know that you shall surely die, you o and all who are yours."

8 So Abimelech rose early in the morning, called all his servants, and told all these things in their hearing; and the men were very much afraid. 9 And Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, "What have you done to us? How have I 3 offended you, p that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me q that ought not to be done." 10 Then Abimelech said to Abraham, "What did you have in view, that you have done this thing?" 11 And Abraham said, "Because I thought, surely r the fear of God is not in this place; and s they will kill me on account of my wife. 12 "But indeed t she is truly my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 "And it came to pass, when u God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said to her, 'This is your kindness that you should do for me: in every place, wherever we go, v say of me, "He is my brother." '

14 Then Abimelech w took sheep, oxen, and male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham; and he restored Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelech said, "See, x my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you." 16 Then to Sarah he said, "Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; y indeed this 4 vindicates you z before all who are with you and before everybody." Thus she was 5 rebuked. 17 So Abraham a prayed to God; and God b healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants. Then they bore children; 18 for the LORD c had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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