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Abraham Lies to Abimelech

20 And Abraham journeyed from (A)there toward the land of (B)the [a]Negev and settled between Kadesh and Shur; then he sojourned in (C)Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “(D)She is my sister.” So (E)Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. (F)But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night and said to him, “Behold, (G)you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is [b]married.” (Now Abimelech had not come near her.) Then he said, “Lord, (H)will You kill a nation, even though righteous? Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she (I)herself also said, ‘He is my brother.’ In (J)the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my [c]hands I have done this.” Then God said to him in the dream, “Indeed, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also [d](K)held you back from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. So now, return the man’s wife, for (L)he is a prophet, and he will pray for you, and you will live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”

So Abimelech arose early in the morning and called all his servants and told all these things in their hearing; and the men were greatly afraid. (M)Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And [e]how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom (N)a great sin? You have done to me [f]things that ought not to be done.” 10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What have you seen, that you have done this thing?” 11 And Abraham said, “Because I said, surely there is no (O)fear of God in this place, and (P)they will kill me because of my wife. 12 Besides, she actually is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife; 13 and it happened when (Q)God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is [g]the lovingkindness which you will show to me: [h]everywhere we go, (R)say of me, “He is my brother.”’” 14 (S)Abimelech then took sheep and oxen and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham and returned his wife Sarah to him. 15 And Abimelech said, “(T)Behold, my land is before you; [i]settle wherever it is good in your sight.” 16 To Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your (U)brother one thousand pieces of silver; behold, it is [j]your vindication before all who are with you, and before all you are [k]cleared.” 17 (V)And Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maidservants, so that they bore children. 18 (W)For Yahweh had utterly shut all the wombs of the household of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.


  1. Genesis 20:1 South country
  2. Genesis 20:3 Lit married to a husband
  3. Genesis 20:5 Lit palms
  4. Genesis 20:6 Lit restrained
  5. Genesis 20:9 Lit what
  6. Genesis 20:9 Lit deeds
  7. Genesis 20:13 Lit your
  8. Genesis 20:13 Lit at every place where
  9. Genesis 20:15 Lit dwell
  10. Genesis 20:16 Lit for you a covering of the eyes
  11. Genesis 20:16 Lit decided