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Genesis 20:11

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.’

Read Genesis 20:11 Using Other Translations

And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.
Abraham said, "I did it because I thought, There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.
Abraham replied, “I thought, ‘This is a godless place. They will want my wife and will kill me to get her.’

What does Genesis 20:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 20:11

And Abraham said
In defence of himself, as well as he could: because I thought;
within himself, concluding from the general depravity of the Canaanites, that this was the case of the inhabitants of Gerar: surely the fear of God [is] not in this place;
this is a certain truth, which he thought might be depended upon, and taken for granted, since so it was everywhere: or "only" F5, as the word used signifies; this was the only thing he had to plead, that he verily thought with himself that there was no true religion and godliness in Gerar: that the inhabitants of it were without any fear of God before their eyes, or in their hearts; and he knew, where this is the case, there is nothing to restrain from the commission of the grossest sins: and they will slay me for my wife's sake;
that they might marry her, see ( Genesis 12:12 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F5 (qr) "tantum", Montanus; so Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Drusius; so the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan, and Ben Melech.
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