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Book of Genesis  Chapter 20

GENESIS 20:1  And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and  dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

GENESIS 20:2  And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech  king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

GENESIS 20:3  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.

GENESIS 20:4  But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, LORD, wilt thou  slay also a righteous nation?

GENESIS 20:5  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.

GENESIS 20:6  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.

GENESIS 20:7  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 die, thou, and all that are thine.

GENESIS 20:8  Therefore 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.

GENESIS 20:9  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.

GENESIS 20:10  And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast  done this thing?

GENESIS 20:11  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.

GENESIS 20:12  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.

GENESIS 20:13  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.

GENESIS 20:14  And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and  womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.

GENESIS 20:15  And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it  pleaseth thee.

GENESIS 20:16  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.

GENESIS 20:17  So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his  wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.

GENESIS 20:18  For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of  Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

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