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Genesis Chapter 20 | Parsha: Va-yera'

1Abraham journeyed from there to the region of the Negeb and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While he was sojourning in Gerar, 2Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” So King Abimelech of Gerar had Sarah brought to him. 3But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “You are to die because of the woman that you have taken, for she is a married woman.” 4Now Abimelech had not approached her. He said, “O Lord, will You slay people even though innocent? 5He himself said to me, ‘She is my sister!’ And she also said, ‘He is my brother.’ When I did this, my heart was blameless and my hands were clean.” 6And God said to him in the dream, “I knew that you did this with a blameless heart, and so I kept you from sinning against Me. That was why I did not let you touch her. 7Therefore, restore the man’s wife—since he is a prophet, he will intercede for you—to save your life. If you fail to restore her, know that you shall die, you and all that are yours.”

8Early next morning, Abimelech called his servants and told them all that had happened; and the men were greatly frightened. 9Then Abimelech summoned Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? What wrong have I done that you should bring so great a guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done to me things that ought not to be done. 10What, then,” Abimelech demanded of Abraham, “was your purpose in doing this thing?” 11“I thought,” said Abraham, “surely there is no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife. 12And besides, she is in truth my sister, my father’s daughter though not my mother’s; and she became my wife. 13So when God made me wander from my father’s house, I said to her, ‘Let this be the kindness that you shall do me: whatever place we come to, say there of me: He is my brother.’”

14Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves, and gave them to Abraham; and he restored his wife Sarah to him. 15And Abimelech said, “Here, my land is before you; settle wherever you please.” 16And to Sarah he said, “I herewith give your brother a thousand pieces of silver; this will serve you as vindication before all who are with you, and you are cleared before everyone.” 17Abraham then prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his slave girls, so that they bore children; 18for the Lord had closed fast every womb of the household of Abimelech because of Sarah, the wife of Abraham.

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