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Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:1 - Abraham journeyed from there to the Negev region and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While he lived as a temporary resident in Gerar,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:2 - Abraham said about his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." So Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent for Sarah and took her.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:3 - But God appeared to Abimelech in a dream at night and said to him, "You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken, for she is someone else's wife."

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:4 - Now Abimelech had not gone near her. He said, "Lord, would you really slaughter an innocent nation?

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:5 - Did Abraham not say to me, 'She is my sister'? And she herself said, 'He is my brother.' I have done this with a clear conscience and with innocent hands!"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:6 - Then in the dream God replied to him, "Yes, I know that you have done this with a clear conscience. That is why I have kept you from sinning against me and why I did not allow you to touch her.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:7 - But now give back the man's wife. Indeed he is a prophet and he will pray for you; thus you will live. But if you don't give her back, know that you will surely die along with all who belong to you."

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:8 - Early in the morning Abimelech summoned all his servants. When he told them about all these things, they were terrified.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:9 - Abimelech summoned Abraham and said to him, "What have you done to us? What sin did I commit against you that would cause you to bring such great guilt on me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should not be done!"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:10 - Then Abimelech asked Abraham, "What prompted you to do this thing?"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:11 - Abraham replied, "Because I thought, 'Surely no one fears God in this place. They will kill me because of my wife.'

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:12 - What's more, she is indeed my sister, my father's daughter, but not my mother's daughter. She became my wife.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:13 - When God made me wander from my father's house, I told her, 'This is what you can do to show your loyalty to me: Every place we go, say about me, "He is my brother."'"

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:14 - So Abimelech gave sheep, cattle, and male and female servants to Abraham. He also gave his wife Sarah back to him.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:15 - Then Abimelech said, "Look, my land is before you; live wherever you please."

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:16 - To Sarah he said, "Look, I have given a thousand pieces of silver to your 'brother.' This is compensation for you so that you will stand vindicated before all who are with you."

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:17 - Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, as well as his wife and female slaves so that they were able to have children.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 20:18 - For the LORD had caused infertility to strike every woman in the household of Abimelech because he took Sarah, Abraham's wife.

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