Genesis 20:1 ←
Abraham traveled from there toward the land of the South, and lived between Kadesh and Shur. He lived as a foreigner in Gerar.
Genesis 20:2 ←
Abraham said about Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
Genesis 20:3 ←
But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man’s wife.”
Genesis 20:4 ←
Now Abimelech had not come near her. He said, “Lord, will you kill even a righteous nation?
Genesis 20:5 ←
Didn’t he tell me, ‘She is my sister’? She, even she herself, said, ‘He is my brother.’ I have done this in the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands.”
Genesis 20:6 ←
God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also withheld you from sinning against me. Therefore I didn’t allow you to touch her.
Genesis 20:7 ←
Now therefore, restore the man’s wife. For he is a prophet, and he will pray for you, and you will live. If you don’t restore her, know for sure that you will die, you, and all who are yours.”
Genesis 20:8 ←
Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ear. The men were very scared.
Genesis 20:9 ←
Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, “What have you done to us? How have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done!”
Genesis 20:10 ←
Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you see, that you have done this thing?”
Genesis 20:11 ←
Abraham said, “Because I thought, ‘Surely the fear of God is not in this place. They will kill me for my wife’s sake.’
Genesis 20:12 ←
Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
Genesis 20:13 ←
When God caused me to wander from my father’s house, I said to her, ‘This is your kindness which you shall show to me. Everywhere that we go, say of me, “He is my brother.” ’ ”
Genesis 20:14 ←
Abimelech took sheep and cattle, male servants and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and restored Sarah, his wife, to him.
Genesis 20:15 ←
Abimelech said, “Behold, my land is before you. Dwell where it pleases you.”
Genesis 20:16 ←
To Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. Behold, it is for you a covering of the eyes to all that are with you. In front of all you are vindicated.”
Genesis 20:17 ←
Abraham prayed to God. So God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants, and they bore children.
Genesis 20:18 ←
For Yahweh had closed up tight all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.