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The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis

Genesis 20

Abraham and Abimelech
1  And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
2  And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: Gen. 12.13 ; 26.7 and Abim’elech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
3  But God came to Abim’elech 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 Abim’elech 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 Abim’elech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.
9  Then Abim’elech 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 Abim’elech 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 show unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.
14  And Abim’elech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
15  And Abim’elech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
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.
17  So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abim’elech, 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 Abim’elech, because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

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