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Genesis 20:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And moreover she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And yet indeed [she is] my sister; she [is] the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Besides, she actually is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And yet indeed [she is] my sister: she [is] the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But she is also truly my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Moreover also, in truth, my sister, daughter of my father, she is, only not daughter of my mother,—so she became my wife.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and also, truly she is my sister, daughter of my father, only not daughter of my mother, and she becometh my wife;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Howbeit, otherwise also she is truly my sister, the daughter of my father, and not the daughter of my mother, and I took her to wife.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And yet indeed shee is my sister: she [is] the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and shee became my wife.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— For truly she is my sister by my father, but not by my mother, and she became my wife.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And yet indeed [she is] my sister; she [is] the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And yet x1571
(1571) Complement
גַּם
gam
{gam}
By contraction from an unused root meaning to gather; properly assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correlation both... and.
indeed 546
{0546} Prime
אָמְנָה
'omnah
{om-naw'}
Feminine of H0544 (in its usual sense); adverbially surely.
[she is] my sister; 269
{0269} Prime
אָחוֹת
'achowth
{aw-khoth'}
Irregular feminine of H0251; a sister (used very widely (like H0250), literally and figuratively).
she x1931
(1931) Complement
הוּא
huw'
{hoo}
The second form is the feminine beyond the Pentateuch; a primitive word, the third person pronoun singular, he (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are.
[is] the daughter 1323
{1323} Prime
בַּת
bath
{bath}
From H1129 (as feminine of H1121); a daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively).
of my father, 1
{0001} Prime
אָב
'ab
{awb}
A primitive word; father in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application.
but x389
(0389) Complement
אַךְ
'ak
{ak}
Akin to H0403; a particle of affirmation, surely; hence (by limitation) only.
not x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
the daughter 1323
{1323} Prime
בַּת
bath
{bath}
From H1129 (as feminine of H1121); a daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively).
of my mother; 517
{0517} Prime
אֵם
'em
{ame}
A primitive word; a mother (as the bond of the family); in a wide sense (both literally and figuratively); (like H0001).
and she became x1961
(1961) Complement
הָיָה
hayah
{haw-yaw'}
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
my wife. 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).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Genesis 20:12

_ _ yet indeed she is my sister — (See on Genesis 11:31). What a poor defense Abraham made. The statement absolved him from the charge of direct and absolute falsehood, but he had told a moral untruth because there was an intention to deceive (compare Genesis 12:11-13). “Honesty is always the best policy.” Abraham’s life would have been as well protected without the fraud as with it: and what shame to himself, what distrust to God, what dishonor to religion might have been prevented! “Let us speak truth every man to his neighbor” [Zechariah 8:16; Ephesians 4:25].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 20:8-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Genesis 20:12

And yet indeed [she is] my (m) sister; she [is] the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

(m) By sister, he means his full cousin, and by daughter Abraham's niece, (Genesis 11:29) for so the Hebrews use these words.

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And yet:

Genesis 11:29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife [was] Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
Genesis 12:13 Say, I pray thee, thou [art] my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

she is the:
Ebn Batrik, in his annals, among other ancient traditions, has preserved the following: "Terah first married Yona, by whom he had Abraham; afterwards he married Tehevita, by whom he had Sarah."
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Gn 11:29; 12:13. 1Th 5:22.

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