- And Abraham went on his way from there to the land of the South, and was living between Kadesh and Shur, in Gerar.
- And Abraham said of Sarah, his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent and took Sarah.
- But God came to Abimelech in a dream in the night, and said to him, Truly you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken;
for she is a man's wife.
- Now Abimelech had not come near her;
and he said, Lord, will you put to death an upright nation?
- Did he not say to me himself, She is my sister?
and she herself said, He is my brother: with an upright heart and clean hands have I done this.
- And God said to him in the dream, I see that you have done this with an upright heart, and I have kept you from sinning against me: for this reason I did not let you come near her.
- So now, give the man back his wife, for he is a prophet, and let him say a prayer for you, so your life may be safe: but if you do not give her back, be certain that death will come to you and all your house.
- So Abimelech got up early in the morning and sent for all his servants and gave them word of these things, and they were full of fear.
- Then Abimelech sent for Abraham, and said, What have you done to us?
what wrong have I done you that you have put on me and on my kingdom so great a sin?
You have done to me things which are not to be done.
- And Abimelech said to Abraham, Why did you do this thing?
- And Abraham said, Because it seemed to me that there was no fear of God in this place, and that they might put me to death because of my wife.
- And, in fact, she is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother;
and she became my wife:
- And when God sent me wandering from my father's house, I said to her, Let this be the sign of your love for me;
wherever we go, say of me, He is my brother.
- Then Abimelech gave to Abraham sheep and oxen and men-servants and women-servants, and gave him back his wife Sarah.
- And Abimelech said, See, all my land is before you;
take whatever place seems good to you.
- And he said to Sarah, See, I have given to your brother a thousand bits of silver so that your wrong may be put right;
now your honour is clear in the eyes of all.
- Then Abraham made prayer to God, and God made Abimelech well again, and his wife and his women-servants, so that they had children.
- For the Lord had kept all the women of the house of Abimelech from having children, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.