Sarah Rescued from Abimelech
1From there Abraham traveled to the region of the Negev and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While he was staying in Gerar,20:1 Gn 26:1,6
3But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “You are about to die because of the woman you have taken, for she is a married woman.”20:3 Lit is possessed by a husband
4Now Abimelech had not approached her, so he said, “Lord, would you destroy a nation even though it is innocent?
5Didn’t he himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ I did this with a clear conscience20:5 Lit with integrity of my heart and clean20:5 Lit cleanness of my hands.”
6Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you did this with a clear conscience.20:6 Lit with integrity of your heart I have also kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I have not let you touch her.
8Early in the morning Abimelech got up, called all his servants together, and personally20:8 Lit in their ears told them all these things, and the men were terrified.
9Then Abimelech called Abraham in and said to him, “What have you done to us? How did I sin against you that you have brought such enormous guilt on me and on my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.”20:9 Gn 12:19; 26:9
10Abimelech also asked Abraham, “What made you do this?”
11Abraham replied, “I thought, ‘There is absolutely no fear of God in this place.20:11 Neh 5:15; Pr 16:6 They will kill me because of my wife.’
12Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife.
14Then Abimelech took flocks and herds and male and female slaves, gave them to Abraham, and returned his wife Sarah to him.
15Abimelech said, “Look, my land is before you.20:15 Gn 13:9; 34:10; 47:6 Settle wherever you want.”20:15 Lit Settle in the good in your eyes
16And he said to Sarah, “Look, I am giving your brother one thousand pieces of silver. It is a verification of your honor20:16 Lit a covering of the eyes to all who are with you. You are fully vindicated.”
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