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Genesis 20:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place. And they will slay me for my wife's sake.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God [is] not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely there is no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Abraham said, Because I thought, surely the fear of God [is] not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Abraham said, Because I said, Surely the fear of God is not in this place, and they will kill me for my wife's sake.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely there is no fear of God, in this place,—therefore will they slay me for the sake of my wife.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Abraham saith, 'Because I said, 'Surely the fear of God is not in this place, and they have slain me for the sake of my wife;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Abraham answered: I thought with myself, saying: Perhaps there is not the fear of God in this place: and they will kill me for the sake of my wife:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the feare of God is not in this place: and they will slay mee for my wiues sake.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Abraham{gr.Abraam} said, Why I said, Surely there is not the worship of God in this place, and they will slay me because of my wife.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Avraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of Elohim [is] not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And Avrhm אַברָהָם 85
{0085} Prime
אַבְרָהָם
'Abraham
{ab-raw-hawm'}
Contracted from H0001 and an unused root (probably meaning to be populous); father of a multitude; Abraham, the later name of Abram.
said, 559
{0559} Prime
אָמַר
'amar
{aw-mar'}
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Because x3588
(3588) Complement
כִּי
kiy
{kee}
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
I thought, 559
{0559} Prime
אָמַר
'amar
{aw-mar'}
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
Surely 7535
{7535} Prime
רַק
raq
{rak}
The same as H7534 as a noun; properly leanness, that is, (figuratively) limitation; only adverbially merely, or conjugationally although.
the fear 3374
{3374} Prime
יִרְאָה
yir'ah
{yir-aw'}
Feminine of H3373; fear (also used as infinitive); morally reverence.
of lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
[is] not x369
(0369) Complement
אַיִן
'ayin
{ah'-yin}
As if from a primitive root meaning to be nothing or not exist; a non-entity; generally used as a negative particle.
in this x2088
(2088) Complement
זֶה
zeh
{zeh}
A primitive word; the masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that.
place; 4725
{4725} Prime
מָקוֹם
maqowm
{maw-kome'}
From H6965; properly a standing, that is, a spot; but used widely of a locality (generally or specifically); also (figuratively) of a condition (of body or mind).
and they will slay x2026
(2026) Complement
הָרַג
harag
{haw-rag'}
A primitive root; to smite with deadly intent.
me y2026
[2026] Standard
הָרַג
harag
{haw-rag'}
A primitive root; to smite with deadly intent.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
for x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
my wife's 802
{0802} Prime
אִשָּׁה
'ishshah
{ish-shaw'}
The first form is the feminine of H0376 or H0582; the second form is an irregular plural; a woman (used in the same wide sense as H0582).
sake. 1697
{1697} Prime
דָּבָר
dabar
{daw-baw'}
From H1696; a word; by implication a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially a cause.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Genesis 20:11

_ _ And Abraham said ... I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place — From the horrible vices of Sodom he seems to have taken up the impression that all other cities of Canaan were equally corrupt. There might have been few or none who feared God, but what a sad thing when men of the world show a higher sense of honor and a greater abhorrence of crimes than a true worshipper!

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 20:8-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Genesis 20:11

I thought surely the fear of God is not in this place, and they will slay me — There are many places and persons that have more of the fear of God in them than we think they have; perhaps they are not called by our name, they do not wear our badges, they do not tie themselves to that which we have an opinion of; and therefore we conclude they have not the fear of God in their hearts!

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Genesis 20:11

And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the (l) fear of God [is] not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.

(l) He shows that no honesty can be hoped for, where there is no fear of God.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Surely:

Genesis 22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only [son] from me.
Genesis 42:18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; [for] I fear God:
Nehemiah 5:15 But the former governors that [had been] before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name [was] Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.
Psalms 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people [as] they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.
Psalms 36:1-4 [[To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David the servant of the LORD.]] The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, [that there is] no fear of God before his eyes. ... He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way [that is] not good; he abhorreth not evil.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD [men] depart from evil.
Romans 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

slay:

Genesis 12:12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This [is] his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.
Genesis 26:7 And the men of the place asked [him] of his wife; and he said, She [is] my sister: for he feared to say, [She is] my wife; lest, [said he], the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she [was] fair to look upon.
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Gn 12:12; 22:12; 26:7; 42:18. Ne 5:15. Jb 1:1; 28:28. Ps 14:4; 36:1. Pv 1:7; 2:5; 8:13; 16:6. Ro 3:18.

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