And Abraham journeyeth from thence toward the land of the
south, and dwelleth between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourneth in Gerar;
and Abraham saith concerning Sarah his wife, 'She is my
sister;' and Abimelech king of Gerar sendeth and taketh Sarah.
And God cometh in unto Abimelech in a dream of the night,
and saith to him, 'Lo, thou art a dead man, because of the woman whom
thou hast taken -- and she married to a husband.'
And Abimelech hath not drawn near unto her, and he saith,
'Lord, also a righteous nation dost thou slay?
hath not he himself said to me, She is my sister! and
she, even she herself, said, He is my brother; in the integrity of my
heart, and in the innocency of my hands, I have done this.'
And God saith unto him in the dream, 'Yea, I -- I have known
that in the integrity of thy heart thou hast done this, and I withhold thee,
even I, from sinning against Me, therefore I have not suffered thee to come
and now send back the man's wife, for he is inspired,
and he doth pray for thee, and live thou; and if thou do not send back, know
that dying thou dost die, thou, and all that thou hast.'
And Abimelech riseth early in the morning, and calleth for
all his servants, and speaketh all these words in their ears; and the men fear
and Abimelech calleth for Abraham, and saith to him, 'What
hast thou done to us? and what have I sinned against thee, that thou hast
brought upon me, and upon my kingdom, a great sin? works which are not done
thou hast done with me.'
Abimelech also saith unto Abraham, 'What hast thou seen that
thou hast done this thing?'
And Abraham saith, 'Because I said, 'Surely the fear of God
is not in this place, and they have slain me for the sake of my wife;
and also, truly she is my sister, daughter of my father,
only not daughter of my mother, and she becometh my wife;
and it cometh to pass, when God hath caused me to wander
from my father's house, that I say to her, This is thy kindness which
thou dost with me: at every place whither we come, say of me, He is my
And Abimelech taketh sheep and oxen, and servants and
handmaids, and giveth to Abraham, and sendeth back to him Sarah his wife;
and Abimelech saith, 'Lo, my land is before thee,
where it is good in thine eyes, dwell;'
and to Sarah he hath said, 'Lo, I have given a thousand
silverlings to thy brother; lo, it is to thee a covering of eyes, to all who
are with thee;' and by all this she is reasoned with.
And Abraham prayeth unto God, and God healeth Abimelech and
his wife, and his handmaids, and they bear:
for Jehovah restraining had restrained every womb of the house
of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.