1 From there AbrahamA journeyedB toward the regionC of the Negeb,D
and settledE between KadeshF and Shur.G While residing in GerarH as an alien,I
2 Abraham said of his wifeJ Sarah,K “She is my sister.”L
And KingM AbimelechN of Gerar sentO and tookP Sarah.
3 But GodQ cameR to Abimelech in a dreamS by night,T
and said to him, “UYou are about to dieV because of the womanW whom you have taken; for she is a married woman.”X
4 Now Abimelech had not approachedY her; so he said, “Lord,Z will you destroyAA an innocentBB people?CC
5 Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’DD I didEE this in the integrityFF of my heartGG and the innocenceHH of my hands.”II
6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I knowJJ that you did this in the integrity of your heart; furthermore it was I who keptKK you from sinningLL against me. Therefore I did not letMM you touchNN her.
7 Now then, returnOO the man’sPP wife; for he is a prophet,QQ
and he will prayRR for you and you shall live.SS But if you do not restoreTT her, know that you shall surely die,UU you and all that are yours.”
8 So Abimelech rose earlyVV in the morning,WW and calledXX all his servantsYY
and toldZZ them all these things;AAA, BBB and the men were very much afraid.CCC
9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, “What have you done to us? How have I sinned against you, that you have broughtDDD such greatEEE guiltFFF on me and my kingdom?GGG You have done thingsHHH to me that ought not to be done.” 10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What were you thinkingIII of, that you did this thing?”
11 Abraham said, “I did it because I thought,JJJ There is no fearKKK of God at all in this place,LLL and they will killMMM me because ofNNN my wife.
12 Besides, she is indeedOOO my sister, the daughterPPP of my fatherQQQ but not the daughter of my mother;RRR and she becameSSS my wife.
13 And when God caused me to wanderTTT from my father’s house,UUU I said to her, ‘This is the kindnessVVV you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me, He is my brother.’”
14 Then Abimelech took sheepWWW and oxen,XXX and maleYYY and female slaves,ZZZ and gaveAAAA them to Abraham, and restored his wife Sarah to him.
15 Abimelech said, “BBBBMy landCCCC is beforeDDDD you; settle where it pleases you.”EEEE
16 To Sarah he said, “Look,FFFF I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver;GGGG, HHHH it is your exonerationIIII beforeJJJJ all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.”KKKK
17 Then Abraham prayed to God; and God healedLLLL Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slavesMMMM so that they bore children.NNNN
18 For the LordOOOO had closed fastPPPP all the wombsQQQQ of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.
Image credit: “King Abimelech Restores Sarah to her Husband, Abraham” by Frans Geubels, c. 1560-70.