The Meaning of Genesis 20 Explained

Genesis 20

[1] And Abraham  journeyed  from thence toward the south  country,  and dwelled  between Kadesh  and Shur,  and sojourned  in Gerar.  [2] And Abraham  said  of  Sarah  his wife,  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, 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  also 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 my heart  and 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 also 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 a prophet,  and he shall pray  for thee,  and thou shalt live:  and if thou restore  her not, know  thou that thou shalt surely  thou, and all that are thine. [8] Therefore Abimelech  rose early  in the morning,  and called  all his servants,  and told  all these things  in their ears:  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 my kingdom  a great  sin?  thou hast done  deeds  unto me that ought not to be done.  [10] And Abimelech  said  unto Abraham,  What  sawest thou,  that thou hast done  this thing?  [11] And Abraham  said,  Surely  the fear  of God  is not in this place;  and they will slay me  for my wife's  sake.  [12] And yet indeed  she is my sister;  she is the daughter  of my father,  but not the daughter  of my mother;  and she became my wife.  [13] 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 shew  unto me; at every place  whither we shall come,  say  of me, He is my brother.  [14] And Abimelech  took  sheep,  and oxen,  and menservants,  and womenservants,  and gave  them unto Abraham,  and restored  him Sarah  his wife.  [15] And Abimelech  said,  Behold, my land  is before thee:  dwell  where it pleaseth  [16] And unto Sarah  he said,  Behold, I have given  thy brother  a thousand  pieces of silver:  behold, he is to thee a covering  of the eyes,  unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.  [17] So Abraham  prayed  unto God:  healed  Abimelech,  and his wife,  and his maidservants;  and they bare  [18] For the LORD  had fast  all the wombs  of the house  of Abimelech,  because  of Sarah  Abraham's  wife. 

What does Genesis 20 Mean?

Chapter Summary: Genesis 20

1  Abraham sojourns at Gerar
2  Denies his wife, who is taken by Abimelech
3  Abimelech is reproved for her in a dream
9  He rebukes Abraham
14  Restores Sarah;
16  and reproves her
17  Abimelech and his family are healed at Abraham's prayer

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