Genesis, Chapter 20

20:1 And Abraham journeyed from there toward the land of the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur. And he sojourned in Gerar.
20:2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She's my sister. And Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, Look, you are but a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken. For she is a man's wife.
20:4 Now Abimelech had not had any sex with her. And he said, Lord, will you slay even a righteous nation?
20:5 Didn't he say to me, She's my sister? And she, even she herself said, He's my brother. In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.
20:6 And God said to him in the dream, Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also withheld you from sinning against me. Therefore I didn't allow you to have any sex with her.
20:7 Now therefore restore the man's wife. For he is a prophet, and he will pray for you, and you will live. And if you don't restore her, know that you will surely die, you, and all who are yours.
20:8 And Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his slaves, and told all these things in their ears. And the men were very afraid.
20:9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, What have you done to us? And in what have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done.
20:10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, What did you see, that you have done this thing?
20:11 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.
20:12 And moreover she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife:
20:13 and it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said to her, This is your kindness which you will show to me. At every place where we will come, say of me, He is my brother.
20:14 And Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male slaves and female slaves, and gave them to Abraham, and restored Sarah his wife to him.
20:15 And Abimelech said, Look, my land is before you. Dwell where it pleases you.
20:16 And to Sarah he said, See, I have given your brother a thousand [shekels of] silver. Look, it is for you a covering of the eyes to all who are with you. And in respect of all you are righted.
20:17 And Abraham prayed to God. And God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his female slaves. And they gave birth.
20:18 For Yahweh had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

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