1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh andWhich was toward Egypt.Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife,Abraham had now twice fallen into this sin: such is man's frailty.She [is] my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold,So greatly God detests the breach of marriage.thou [art but] a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she [is] a man's wife.
4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay alsoThe infidels confessed that God would not punish but for just occasion: therefore, when he punishes, the occasion is just.a righteous nation?
5 Said he not unto me, She [is] my sister? and she, even she herself said, He [is] my brother: in the integrity of myAs one falling by ignorance, and not doing evil on purpose.heart andNot thinking to do any man harm.innocency of my hands have I done this.
6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I alsoGod by his holy Spirit restrains those who offend in ignorance, that they not fall into greater offence..withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
7 Now therefore restore the man [his] wife; for he [is] aThat is, one to whom God reveals himself familiarly.prophet, and heFor the prayer of the godly is of force towards God.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.
8 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.
9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on myThe wickedness of the king brings God's wrath on the whole realm.kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.
10 So Abimelech said vnto Abraham, What sawest thou that thou hast done this thing?
11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely theHe shows that no honesty can be hoped for, where there is no fear of God.fear of God [is] not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.
12 And yet indeed [she is] myBy sister, he means his full cousin, and by daughter Abraham's niece, (Gen_11:29) for so the Hebrews use these words.sister; she [is] the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
13 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.
14 Then tooke Abimelech sheepe & beeues, & men seruants, & women seruants, & gaue them vnto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
15 And Abimelech saide, Beholde, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand [pieces] of silver: behold, he [is] to thee aSuch a head as with whom you may be preserved from all dangers.covering of the eyes, unto all that [are] with thee, and with all [other]:God caused this heathen king to reprove her because she concealed her identity, seeing that God had given her a husband as her veil and defence.thus she was reproved.
17 Then Abraham prayed vnto God, and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his women seruants: and they bare children.
18 For the LORDHad taken away from them the gift of conceiving.had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.