So Isaac stayed in Gerar.17
When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, "She is my sister,2" because he was afraid to say, "She is my wife." He thought, "The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful."
When Isaac had been there a long time, Abimelech king of the Philistines3 looked down from a window and saw Isaac caressing his wife Rebekah.
So Abimelech summoned Isaac and said, "She is really your wife! Why did you say, 'She is my sister'?4" Isaac answered him, "Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her."
Then Abimelech said, "What is this you have done to us?5 One of the men might well have slept with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon us."
So Abimelech gave orders to all the people: "Anyone who molests6 this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."7