Abraham and Abimelek
1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the
south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and
sojourned in Gerar.
2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister:
and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and
said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman
which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.
4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said,
LORD, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
5 Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even
she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my
heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that
thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also
withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I
thee not to touch her.
7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a
prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live:
and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt
surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
8 Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and
called all his servants, and told all these things in their
ears: and the men were sore afraid.
9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What
hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that
thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou
hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.
10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou,
that thou hast done this thing?
11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear
of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my
12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter
of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she
became my wife.
13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander
from my father's house, that I said unto her, This is thy
kindness which thou shalt show unto me; at every place
whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.
14 And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants,
and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored
him Sarah his wife.
15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee:
dwell where it pleaseth thee.
16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy
brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a
covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with
all other: thus she was reproved.
17 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech,
and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the
house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.