1 And Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt 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 you are a
dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is married to a husband.
4 But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, Lord, will You slay a righteous
5 Did he not say to me, She is my sister? And she, even she herself said, He is my brother.
In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this.
6 And God said to him in a dream, Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your
heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch
7 Now therefore, restore the man's wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and
you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall die the death, you and all
who are yours.
8 So Abimelech rose early in the morning, summoned all his servants, and told all these
things in their ears; and the men were greatly afraid.
9 And Abimelech summoned Abraham and said to him, What have you done to us? How
have I offended you, that you have brought upon me and upon my kingdom a great sin?
You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done.
10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, What did you see, that you have done this thing?
11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and
they will kill me on account of my wife.
12 And yet she is truly 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 to her, This is your kindness which you shall do for me: in every place, wherever we
go, say of me, He is my brother.
14 And Abimelech took sheep, oxen, and male and female servants, and gave them to
Abraham; and he restored Sarah his wife to him.
15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you.
16 And to Sarah he said, Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver;
indeed this vindicates you before all who are with you and before everybody. Thus she was
17 So Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female
servants. Then they gave birth;
18 for Jehovah had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah,
the wife of Abraham.