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Genesis 20 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now Abraham moved south to the Negev and settled for a while between Kadesh and Shur at a place called Gerar. 1 Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar,
2 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. 2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." Then Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.
3 But one night God came to Abimelech in a dream and told him, "You are a dead man, for that woman you took is married." 3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, "You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman."
4 But Abimelech had not slept with her yet, so he said, "Lord, will you kill an innocent man? 4 Now Abimelech had not gone near her, so he said, "Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation?
5 Abraham told me, 'She is my sister,' and she herself said, 'Yes, he is my brother.' I acted in complete innocence!" 5 Did he not say to me, 'She is my sister,' and didn't she also say, 'He is my brother'? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands."
6 "Yes, I know you are innocent," God replied. "That is why I kept you from sinning against me; I did not let you touch her. 6 Then God said to him in the dream, "Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her.
7 Now return her to her husband, and he will pray for you, for he is a prophet. Then you will live. But if you don't return her to him, you can be sure that you and your entire household will die." 7 Now return the man's wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all yours will die."
8 Abimelech got up early the next morning and hastily called a meeting of all his servants. When he told them what had happened, great fear swept through the crowd. 8 Early the next morning Abimelech summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid.
9 Then Abimelech called for Abraham. "What is this you have done to us?" he demanded. "What have I done to you that deserves treatment like this, making me and my kingdom guilty of this great sin? This kind of thing should not be done! 9 Then Abimelech called Abraham in and said, "What have you done to us? How have I wronged you that you have brought such great guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should not be done."
10 Why have you done this to us?" 10 And Abimelech asked Abraham, "What was your reason for doing this?"
11 "Well," Abraham said, "I figured this to be a godless place. I thought, 'They will want my wife and will kill me to get her.' 11 Abraham replied, "I said to myself, 'There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.'
12 Besides, she is my sister -- we both have the same father, though different mothers -- and I married her. 12 Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife.
13 When God sent me to travel far from my father's home, I told her, 'Wherever we go, have the kindness to say that you are my sister.'" 13 And when God had me wander from my father's household, I said to her, 'This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, "He is my brother." ' "
14 Then Abimelech took sheep and oxen and servants -- both men and women -- and gave them to Abraham, and he returned his wife, Sarah, to him. 14 Then Abimelech brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him.
15 "Look over my kingdom, and choose a place where you would like to live," Abimelech told him. 15 And Abimelech said, "My land is before you; live wherever you like."
16 Then he turned to Sarah. "Look," he said, "I am giving your 'brother' a thousand pieces of silver to compensate for any embarrassment I may have caused you. This will settle any claim against me in this matter." 16 To Sarah he said, "I am giving your brother a thousand shekels of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated."
17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and the other women of the household, so they could have children. 17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife and his slave girls so they could have children again,
18 For the LORD had stricken all the women with infertility as a warning to Abimelech for having taken Abraham's wife. 18 for the LORD had closed up every womb in Abimelech's household because of Abraham's wife Sarah.