Genesis 20:1-18

20  And Abraham moved his camp from there to the South country, and settled between Kadesh and Shur. And he lived in Gerar as an immigrant; 2  and Abraham said of his wife Sarah “She is my sister,” and King Abimelec of Gerar sent and took Sarah. 3  And God came to Abimelec in a dream at night and said to him “You are a dead man on account of the woman you took when she had a husband.” 4 * But Abimelec had not come near her; and he said “Lord, will you kill even an honest man? 5  Did he not say to me ‘She is my sister’? and so did she say ‘He is my brother’; it was unintentionally and innocently that I did this.” 6  And God said to him in the dream “I myself knew it was unintentionally that you did this, and I on my part held you back from sinning against me; that was why I would not let you touch her. 7  But now give the man’s wife back, because he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you and you shall live; but if you do not give her back, know that you shall die, you and all who belong to you.” 8  And the first thing in the morning Abimelec called all his servants and told them the whole story, and the men were very much afraid. 9 * And Abimelec called Abraham and said to him “What have you been doing to use? and what wrong have I done you, that you have brought a great sin on me and my kingdom? you have treated me in an unheard-of way.” 10  And Abimelec said to Abraham “Who set you to doing this?” 11  And Abraham said “Because I thought decidedly there would be no fear of God in this place, and they would kill me on account of my wife. 12  And besides, she really is my sister; she is my father’s daughter, only not my mother’s, and she became my wife; 13  and when God made me a wanderer away from my father’s home I said to her ‘This is the way you shall befriend me: in every place we come to, say “He is my brother.”’” 14  And Abimelec took sheep and cattle and slaves and gave them to Abraham, and gave him back his wife Sarah. 15  And Abimelec said “Here you have my country before you: live in the part that seems best to you.” 16 * And to Sarah he said “Here I have given your brother a thousand shekels of silver; here you have it for an eye-cover for everyone who is with you, and with everyone you are vindicated.” 17  And Abraham prayed to God, and God made Abimelec and his wife and his slave-women sound again, and they had children; 18  for Jehovah had barred every womb in Abimelec’s family by reason of Abraham’s wife Sarah.


20:4 Codd. even an honest nation
20:9 Var. What have I done to you, and what wrong
20:16 Unc.