Abraham and Abimelech

1 And Abraham journeyed from there to the land of the Negev, and he settled between Kadesh and Shur. And he dwelled as an alien in Gerar.

References for Genesis 20:1

      2 And Abraham said about Sarah his wife, "She [is] my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
      3 And God came to Abimelech in a dream at night. And he said to him, "Look, you [are] a dead man on account of the woman you have taken. For she [is] {a married woman}."

      References for Genesis 20:3

        • a 20:3 - Literally "married of a husband" or "a woman owned by a husband"
          4 Now Abimelech had not approached her, so he said, "my Lord, will you even kill a righteous people?"
          5 Did not he himself say to me, 'She [is] my sister'? And she herself said, 'He [is] my brother.' With integrity of my heart and with cleanness of my hands I did this."
          6 Then God said to him in the dream, "Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you did this, and I also {kept you from sinning} against me. Therefore, I did not allow you to touch her.

          References for Genesis 20:6

            • b 20:6 - Or "Also"
            • c 20:6 - Literally "kept back from sinning"
              7 So now, return the wife of the man, for he [is] a prophet, so that he will pray for you and you will live. And {if you do not return her}, know that you will certainly die, and all that [are] yours."

              References for Genesis 20:7

                • d 20:7 - Literally "If there is not for you a returning"
                  8 So Abimelech rose early in the morning. And he called all his servants and {told them all these things}, and the men were very afraid.

                  References for Genesis 20:8

                    • e 20:8 - Literally "said all these things in their ears"
                      9 And Abimelech called for Abraham and said to him, "What have you done to us? And how have I sinned against you that you brought upon me and upon my kingdom a great sin? You have done things to me that should not be done."
                      10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, "{What were you thinking} that you did this thing?"

                      References for Genesis 20:10

                        • f 20:10 - Literally "What have you seen?"
                          11 And Abraham said, "Because I thought, surely there is no fear of God in this place; they will kill me on account of the matter of my wife.
                          12 {Besides}, she [is] my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother. And she became my wife.

                          References for Genesis 20:12

                            • g 20:12 - Literally "And also moreover"
                              13 And it happened [that] as God caused me to wander from the house of my father I said to her, 'This [is] your loyal kindness that you must do for me at every place where we come: say concerning me, "He [is] my brother." '"
                              14 And Abimelech took sheep and cattle and male slaves and female slaves, and he gave [them] to Abraham. And he returned Sarah his wife to him.
                              15 And Abimelech said, "Here [is] my land before you; settle {where it pleases you}."

                              References for Genesis 20:15

                                • h 20:15 - Literally "in the good in your eyes"
                                  16 And to Sarah he said, "Look, I have given a thousand [pieces of] silver to your brother. It [shall be] {an exoneration}. {You are vindicated before all who are with you}."

                                  References for Genesis 20:16

                                    • i 20:16 - Literally "a covering of the eyes"
                                    • j 20:16 - Literally "to all who are with you and with all you are vindicated"
                                      17 And Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his female servants so that they [could] bear children [again].
                                      18 For Yahweh had completely closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of the matter of Sarah, the wife of Abraham.