Genesis 20 (Lexham English Bible)

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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. 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}."a 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,b I know that in the integrity of your heart you did this, and I also {kept you from sinning}c against me. Therefore, I did not allow you to touch her. 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},d know that you will certainly die, and all that [are] yours." 8 So Abimelech rose early in the morning. And he called all his servants and {told them all these things},e and the men were very afraid. 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}f that you did this thing?" 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},g she [is] my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother. And she became my wife. 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}."h 16 And to Sarah he said, "Look, I have given a thousand [pieces of] silver to your brother. It [shall be] {an exoneration}.i {You are vindicated before all who are with you}."j 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.
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