Genesis 20:10

10 Whatever possessed you to do such a thing?”

Genesis 20:10 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 20:10

And Abimelech said unto Abraham
Continuing his discourse with him: what sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
he desires to know what he had observed, either in him or his people, that gave him any reason to conclude that they were a lustful people, and would stick at nothing to gratify their lusts, which put him upon taking such a method to secure his life, lest they should kill him for his wife's sake.

Genesis 20:10 In-Context

8 Abimelech got up early the next morning and quickly called all his servants together. When he told them what had happened, his men were terrified.
9 Then Abimelech called for Abraham. “What have you done to us?” he demanded. “What crime have I committed that deserves treatment like this, making me and my kingdom guilty of this great sin? No one should ever do what you have done!
10 Whatever possessed you to do such a thing?”
11 Abraham replied, “I thought, ‘This is a godless place. They will want my wife and will kill me to get her.’
12 And she really is my sister, for we both have the same father, but different mothers. And I married her.