Abraham sojourneth at Gerar, and denieth his wife; Abimelech taketh her, but is reproved of God in a dream, and commanded to restore her. He rebuketh Abraham, who excuseth himself. Sarah is restored with presents after a gentle reproof. Abimelech and his house are healed at Abraham's prayer.
1 AND Abraham journeyed from athence toward the south country, and dwelled between bKadesh and Shur, and sojourned in cGerar.
2 And dAbraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
3 But eGod came to Abimelech fin a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she 1is a man's wife.
4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou gslay 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 2integrity 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 hwithheld 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 iprophet, and he shall jpray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, kknow thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, land 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.
- *: sore-very greatly, extremely.
9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, mWhat hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom na 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, oSurely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.
12 And yet indeed pshe 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 qGod 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, rsay of me, He is my brother.
14 And Abimelech stook sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
- s: Ge. 12:16
15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is tbefore thee: dwell 3where it pleaseth thee.
16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy ubrother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee va covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: wthus she was reproved.
17 ¶So Abraham xprayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.