- Afterward Abraham departed thence toward the South countrey and dwelled betweene Cadesh and Shur, and soiourned in Gerar.
- And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister.
Then Abimelech King of Gerar sent and tooke Sarah.
- But God came to Abimelech in a dreame by night, and said to him, Beholde, thou art but dead, because of the woman, which thou hast taken: for she is a mans wife.
- (Notwithstanding Abimelech had not yet come neere her) And he said, Lord, wilt thou slay euen the righteous nation?
- Said not he vnto me, She is my sister?
yea, and she her selfe said, He is my brother: with an vpright minde, and innocent handes haue I done this.
- And God saide vnto him by a dreame, I knowe that thou diddest this euen with an vpright minde, and I kept thee also that thou shouldest not sinne against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touche her.
- Now then deliuer the man his wife againe: for he is a Prophet, and he shall pray for thee that thou mayest liue: but if thou deliuer her not againe, be sure that thou shalt die the death, thou, and all that thou hast.
- Then Abimelech rising vp early in ye morning, called all his seruants, and tolde all these things vnto them, and the men were sore afraid.
- Afterward Abimelech called Abraham, and said vnto him, What hast thou done vnto vs?
and what haue I offeded thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdome this great sinne?
thou hast done things vnto me that ought not to be done.
- So Abimelech said vnto Abraham, What sawest thou that thou hast done this thing?
- Then Abraha answered, Because I thought thus, Surely the feare of God is not in this place, and they will slay me for my wiues sake.
- Yet in very deede she is my sister: for she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother, and she is my wife.
- Nowe when God caused me to wander out of my fathers house, I said then to her, This is thy kindnes that thou shalt shewe vnto me in all places where we come, Say thou of me, He is my brother.
- Then tooke Abimelech sheepe & beeues, & men seruants, & women seruants, & gaue them vnto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
- And Abimelech saide, Beholde, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
- Likewise to Sarah he said, Beholde, I haue giuen thy brother a thousand pieces of siluer: behold, he is the vaile of thine eyes to all that are with thee, and to all others: and she was thus reproued.
- Then Abraham prayed vnto God, and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his women seruants: and they bare children.
- For the Lorde had shut vp euery wombe of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abrahams wife.