Genesis 20

1 And Avraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Qadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

2 And Avraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister;” and Abimelech (Avimelekh) king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

3 But God (Elohim) came to Abimelech (Avimelekh) in a dream by night, and said to him, “Behold, you are but a dead man, for the woman which you have taken; for she is a man’s wife.”

4 But Abimelech (Avimelekh) had not come near her: and he said, “Lord (Adonai), wilt You 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 (Elohim) said unto him in a dream, “Yea, I know that you didst this in the integrity of your heart; for I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore allowed I you not to touch her.

7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shalt live. And if you restore her not, know you that you shalt surely die, you, and all that are yours.”

8 Therefore Abimelech (Avimelekh) rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears; and the men were sore afraid.

9 Then Abimelech (Avimelekh) called Avraham, and said unto him, “What have you done unto us? And what have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.”

10 And Abimelech (Avimelekh) said unto Avraham, “What sawest you, that you have done this thing?”

11 And Avraham said, “Because I thought, surely the fear of God (Elohim) 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 (Elohim) caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, ‘This is your kindness which you shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”

14 And Abimelech (Avimelekh) took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Avraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.

15 And Abimelech (Avimelekh) said, “Behold, my land is before you; dwell where it pleaseth you.”

16 And unto Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, he is to you a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with you, and with all other.” Thus she was reproved.

17 So Avraham prayed unto God (Elohim); and God (Elohim) healed Abimelech (Avimelekh), and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.

18 For יהוה had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech (Avimelekh), because of Sarah Avraham’s wife.