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Genesis 20 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Sarah Rescued from Abimelech
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From there Abraham traveled to the region of the Negev and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While he was staying in Gerar,

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Abraham said about his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” So King Abimelech of Gerar had Sarah brought to him.

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But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “You are about to die because of the woman you have taken, for she is a married woman.”[fn]

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Now Abimelech had not approached her, so he said, “Lord, would you destroy a nation even though it is innocent?

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“Didn’t he himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ I did this with a clear conscience[fn] and clean[fn] hands.”

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Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you did this with a clear conscience.[fn] I have also kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I have not let you touch her.

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“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, know that you will certainly die, you and all who are yours.”

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Early in the morning Abimelech got up, called all his servants together, and personally[fn] told them all these things, and the men were terrified.

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Then Abimelech called Abraham in and said to him, “What have you done to us? How did I sin against you that you have brought such enormous guilt on me and on my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.”

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Abimelech also asked Abraham, “What made you do this? ”

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Abraham replied, “I thought, ‘There is absolutely no fear of God in this place. They will kill me because of my wife.’

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“Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife.

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“So when God had me wander from my father’s house, I said to her: Show your loyalty to me wherever we go and say about me: ‘He’s my brother.’ ”

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Then Abimelech took flocks and herds and male and female slaves, gave them to Abraham, and returned his wife Sarah to him.

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Abimelech said, “Look, my land is before you. Settle wherever you want.”[fn]

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And he said to Sarah, “Look, I am giving your brother one thousand pieces of silver. It is a verification of your honor[fn] to all who are with you. You are fully vindicated.”

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Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female slaves so that they could bear children,

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for the LORD had completely closed all the wombs in Abimelech’s household on account of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

CSB Footnotes
Lit is possessed by a husband
Lit with integrity of my heart
Lit cleanness of my
Lit with integrity of your heart
Lit in their ears
Lit Settle in the good in your eyes
Lit a covering of the eyes

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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