Compare Translations for Genesis 20:2

Genesis 20:2 ASV
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister. And Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 BBE
And Abraham said of Sarah, his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 CEB
Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She's my sister." So King Abimelech of Gerar took her into his household.
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Genesis 20:2 CJB
Avraham was saying of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister"; so Avimelekh king of G'rar sent and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 RHE
And he said of Sara his wife: She is my sister. So Abimelech the king of Gerara sent, and took her.
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Genesis 20:2 ESV
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 GW
Abraham told everyone that his wife Sarah was his sister. So King Abimelech of Gerar sent men to take Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 GNT
he said that his wife Sarah was his sister. So King Abimelech of Gerar had Sarah brought to him.
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Genesis 20:2 HNV
Avraham said about Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." Avimelekh king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 CSB
Abraham said about his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." So Abimelech king of Gerar had Sarah brought to him.
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Genesis 20:2 KJV
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent , and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 LEB
And Abraham said about Sarah his wife, "She [is] my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 NAS
Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." So Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 NCV
he told people that his wife Sarah was his sister. Abimelech king of Gerar heard this, so he sent some servants to take her.
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Genesis 20:2 NIRV
There Abraham said about his wife Sarah, "She's my sister." Then Abimelech sent for Sarah and took her. He was the king of Gerar.
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Genesis 20:2 NIV
and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." Then Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.
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Genesis 20:2 NKJV
Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 NLT
Abraham told people there that his wife, Sarah, was his sister. So King Abimelech sent for her and had her brought to him at his palace.
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Genesis 20:2 NRS
Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." And King Abimelech of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 RSV
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." And Abim'elech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 DBY
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister. And Abimelech the king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 MSG
Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She's my sister."
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Genesis 20:2 WBT
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, she is my sister: And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 TMB
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 TNIV
and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.
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Genesis 20:2 TYN
And Abraham sayde of Sara his wyfe that she was his sister. Than Abimelech kynge of Gerar sent and fett Sara awaye.
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Genesis 20:2 WEB
Abraham said about Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
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Genesis 20:2 WYC
and (again) he said of Sarah, his wife, She is my sister. Therefore Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent (for her), and took her (And so Abimelech, king of Gerar, had her brought to him).
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Genesis 20:2 YLT
and Abraham saith concerning Sarah his wife, `She is my sister;' and Abimelech king of Gerar sendeth and taketh Sarah.
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Genesis 20 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 20

Abraham's sojourn at Gerar, Sarah is taken by Abimelech. (1-8) Abimelech's rebuke to Abraham. (9-13) Abimelech restores Sarah. (14-18)

Verses 1-8 Crooked policy will not prosper: it brings ourselves and others into danger. God gives Abimelech notice of his danger of sin, and his danger of death for his sin. Every wilful sinner is a dead man, but Abimelech pleads ignorance. If our consciences witness, that, however we may have been cheated into a snare, we have not knowingly sinned against God, it will be our rejoicing in the day of evil. It is matter of comfort to those who are honest, that God knows their honesty, and will acknowledge it. It is a great mercy to be hindered from committing sin; of this God must have the glory. But if we have ignorantly done wrong, that will not excuse us, if we knowingly persist in it. He that does wrong, whoever he is, prince or peasant, shall certainly receive for the wrong which he has done, unless he repent, and, if possible, make restitution.

Verses 9-13 See here much to blame, even in the father of the faithful. Mark his distrust of God, his undue care about life, his intent to deceive. He also threw temptation in the way of others, caused affliction to them, exposed himself and Sarah to just rebukes, and yet attempted an excuse. These things are written for our warning, not for us to imitate. Even Abraham hath not whereof to glory. He cannot be justified by his works, but must be indebted for justification, to that righteousness which is upon all and unto all them that believe. We must not condemn all as hypocrites who fall into sin, if they do not continue in it. But let the unhumbled and impenitent take heed that they do not sin on, thinking that grace may abound. Abimelech, being warned of God, takes the warning; and being truly afraid of sin and its consequences, he rose early to pursue the directions given him.

Verses 14-18 We often trouble ourselves, and even are led into temptation and sin, by groundless suspicions; and find the fear of God where we expected it not. Agreements to deceive generally end in shame and sorrow; and restraints from sin, though by suffering, should be thankfully acknowledged. Though the Lord rebuke, yet he will pardon and deliver his people, and he will give them favour in the sight of those with whom they sojourn; and overrule their infirmities, when they are humbled for them, so that they shall prove useful to themselves and others.

Genesis 20 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 20

Genesis 20:1-18 . ABRAHAM'S DENIAL OF HIS WIFE.

1. Abraham journeyed from thence . . . and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur--Leaving the encampment, he migrated to the southern border of Canaan. In the neighborhood of Gerar was a very rich and well-watered pasture land.

2. Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister--Fear of the people among whom he was, tempted him to equivocate. His conduct was highly culpable. It was deceit, deliberate and premeditated--there was no sudden pressure upon him--it was the second offense of the kind surprising, and it was calculated to produce injurious effects on the heathen around. Its mischievous tendency was not long in being developed.
Abimelech (father-king) . . . sent and took Sarah--to be one of his wives, in the exercise of a privilege claimed by Eastern

3. But God came to Abimelech in a dream--In early times a dream was often made the medium of communicating important truths; and this method was adopted for the preservation of Sarah.

9. Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said . . . What hast thou done?--In what a humiliating plight does the patriarch now appear--he, a servant of the true God, rebuked by a heathen prince. Who would not rather be in the place of Abimelech than of the honored but sadly offending patriarch! What a dignified attitude is that of the king--calmly and justly reproving the sin of the patriarch, but respecting his person and heaping coals of fire on his head by the liberal presents made to him.

11. And Abraham said . . . I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place--From the horrible vices of Sodom he seems to have taken up the impression that all other cities of Canaan were equally corrupt. There might have been few or none who feared God, but what a sad thing when men of the world show a higher sense of honor and a greater abhorrence of crimes than a true worshipper!

a poor defense Abraham made. The statement absolved him from the charge of direct and absolute falsehood, but he had told a moral untruth because there was an intention to deceive (compare Genesis 12:11-13 ). "Honesty is always the best policy." Abraham's life would have been as well protected without the fraud as with it: and what shame to himself, what distrust to God, what dishonor to religion might have been prevented! "Let us speak truth every man to his neighbor" [ Zechariah 8:16 , Ephesians 4:25 ].