NASB — Genesis 20 — KJV

Abraham’s Treachery

1 Now Abraham journeyed from athere toward the land of bthe INegev, and IIsettled between Kadesh and Shur; then he sojourned in cGerar. 2 Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “aShe is my sister.” So bAbimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. 3 aBut God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, “Behold, byou are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is Imarried.” 4 Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, “Lord, awill You slay a nation, even [though] Iblameless? 5 Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she aherself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In bthe integrity of my heart and the innocence of my Ihands I have done this.” 6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also Iakept you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. 7 Now therefore, restore the man’s wife, for ahe is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore [her], know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”

[1] II.e. South country IILit dwelt aGn 18:1 bGn 12:9 cGn 26:1, 6
[2] aGn 12:11-13; 20:12; 26:7 bGn 12:15
[3] ILit married to a husband aGn 12:17, 18 bGn 20:7
[4] ILit righteous aGn 18:23-25
[5] ILit palms aGn 20:13 b1K 9:4; Ps 7:8; 26:6
[6] ILit restrained a1S 25:26, 34
[7] a1S 7:5; 2K 5:11; Jb 42:8

8 ¶ 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 frightened. 9 aThen Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And Ihow have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom ba great sin? You have done to me IIthings that ought not to be done.” 10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What have you Iencountered, that you have done this thing?” 11 Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely there is no afear of God in this place, and bthey 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 came about, when aGod caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is Ithe kindness which you will show to me: IIeverywhere we go, bsay of me, “He is my brother.”’” 14 aAbimelech then took sheep and oxen and male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and restored his wife Sarah to him. 15 Abimelech said, “aBehold, my land is before you; Isettle wherever IIyou please.” 16 To Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your abrother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, it is Iyour vindication before all who are with you, and before all men you are cleared.” 17 aAbraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, so that they bore [children]. 18 aFor the LORD had closed fast all the wombs of the household of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

[9] ILit what IILit deeds aGn 12:18 bGn 39:9
[10] ILit seen
[11] aNe 5:15; Pv 16:6 bGn 12:12; 26:7
[13] ILit your IILit at every place where aGn 12:1-9 bGn 12:13; 20:5
[14] aGn 12:16
[15] ILit dwell IILit it is good in your sight aGn 13:9; 34:10; 47:6
[16] ILit for you a covering of the eyes aGn 20:5
[17] aNu 12:13; 21:7; Jm 5:16
[18] aGn 12:17


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Abraham sojourneth at Gerar,

1 ¶ And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

[1] Gn 10:19; 13:1; 14:7; 16:1, 7, 14; 18:1; 24:62; 26:1, 6, 20, 26; Nu 13:26; 20:16; Dt 1:19; 32:51; 1S 15:7; 2Ch 14:13; Ps 29:8.

denieth his wife, and loseth her.

2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She [is] my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

[2] Gn 12:11, 15; 26:1, 7, 16; 2Ch 19:2; 20:37; 32:31; Pv 24:16; Ec 7:20; Ga 2:11; Ep 4:25; Col 3:9.

Abimelech is reproved for her in a dream.

3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou [art but] a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she [is] a man's wife. 4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? 5 Said he not unto me, She [is] my sister? and she, even she herself said, He [is] my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. 6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. 7 Now therefore restore the man [his] wife; for he [is] a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore [her] not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that [are] thine. 8 Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.

[3] Gn 20:7; 28:12; 31:24; 37:5, 9; 40:8; 41:1; Jb 4:12; 33:15; Ps 105:14; Ezk 33:14; Jna 3:4; Mt 1:20; 2:12; 27:19.
[4] Gn 18:23; 19:24; 20:6, 17, 18; 2S 4:11; 1Ch 21:17.
[5] Jsh 22:22; 1K 9:4; 2K 20:3; 1Ch 29:17; Jb 33:9; Ps 7:8; 24:4; 25:21; 26:6; 73:13; 78:72; Pv 11:3; 20:7; Dn 6:22; 2Co 1:12; 1Th 2:10; 1Ti 1:13.
[6] Gn 3:3; 20:18; 26:11; 31:7; 35:5; 39:9; Ex 34:24; Lv 6:2; 1S 25:26, 34; Ps 51:4; 81:12; 84:11; Pv 21:1; Ho 2:6; 1Co 7:1; 2Co 6:17; 2Th 2:7, 11.
[7] Gn 2:17; 12:15, 17; 20:18; Ex 4:16; 7:1; 12:1; 18:17; Lv 6:4, 7; Nu 16:32; 1S 7:5, 8; 10:1; 12:19, 23; 2S 24:17; 1K 13:6; 18:1; 2K 5:11; 19:2; 1Ch 16:22; Jb 34:19; 42:8; Ps 25:14; 105:9, 14; Jr 14:11; 15:1; 27:18; Ezk 3:18; 33:8, 14; 1Co 14:4; He 1:1; 13:4; Jm 5:14; 1Jn 5:16; Rv 11:5.

He rebuketh Abraham,

9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done. 10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing? 11 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. 12 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. 13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said unto her, This [is] thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He [is] my brother.

[9] Gn 12:18; 26:10; 34:7; 38:24; 39:9; Ex 32:21, 35; Lv 20:10; Jsh 7:25; 1S 26:18; 2S 12:5, 10; 13:12; Pv 28:10; Ro 2:11; Tit 1:11; He 13:4.
[11] 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.
[12] Gn 11:29; 12:13; 1Th 5:22.
[13] Gn 12:1, 9, 11, 13; 1S 23:21; Ps 64:5; Ac 5:9; 7:3; He 11:8.

restoreth Sarah,

14 And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave [them] unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. 15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land [is] before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.

[14] Gn 12:16, 19; 20:2, 7, 11.
[15] Gn 13:9; 34:10; 47:6.

and reproveth her.

16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand [pieces] of silver: behold, he [is] to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that [are] with thee, and with all [other]: thus she was reproved.

[16] Gn 20:5; 23:15; 24:65; 26:11; 1Ch 21:3; Pv 9:8; 12:1; 25:12; 27:5; Jna 1:6; Rv 3:19.

He is healed by Abraham's prayer.

17 ¶ So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare [children]. 18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

[17] Gn 20:7; 29:31; 1S 5:11; Ezr 6:10; Jb 42:9; Pv 15:8, 29; Is 45:11; Mt 7:7; 21:22; Ac 3:24; Php 4:6; 1Th 5:25; Jm 5:16.
[18] Gn 12:17; 16:2; 20:7; 30:2; 1S 1:6; 5:10.


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