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And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the land of the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur;
and he sojourned in Gerar.
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And Abraham said of Sarah his wife: "She is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
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But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him: "Behold, thou shalt die, because of the woman whom thou hast taken;
for she is a man"s wife."
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Now Abimelech had not come near her;
and he said: "Lord, wilt Thou slay even a righteous nation?
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Said he not himself unto me: She is my sister?
and she, even she herself said: He is my brother.
In the simplicity of my heart and the innocency of my hands have I done this."
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And God said unto him in the dream: "Yea, I know that in the simplicity of thy heart thou hast done this, and I also withheld thee from sinning against Me.
Therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
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Now therefore restore the man"s wife;
for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live;
and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine."
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And Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears;
and the men were sore afraid.
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Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him: "What hast thou done unto us?
and wherein have I sinned against thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin?
thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done."
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And Abimelech said unto Abraham: "What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?"
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And Abraham said: "Because I thought: Surely the fear of God is not in this place;
and they will slay me for my wife"s sake.
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And moreover she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother;
and so she became my wife.
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And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father"s house, that I said unto her: This is thy kindness which thou shalt show unto me;
at every place whither we shall come, say of me: He is my brother."
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And Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and men-servants and women-servants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
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And Abimelech said: "Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee."
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And unto Sarah he said: "Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver;
behold, it is for thee a covering of the eyes to all that are with thee;
and before all men thou art righted."
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And Abraham prayed unto God;
and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maid-servants;
and they bore children.
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For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham"s wife.