1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.
1 Abraham traveled from there to the Negev and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While he was living in Gerar as an outsider,
1 Now Abraham journeyed from there toward the Negev (the South country), and settled between Kadesh and Shur; then he lived temporarily in Gerar.
2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
2 because Abraham kept saying about his wife Sarah, "She is my sister," King Abimelech of Gerar summoned them and took Sarah into his household.
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.
3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream during the night and spoke to him, "Pay attention! You're about to die, because the woman you have taken is a man's wife!"
3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream during the night, and said, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken [as your wife], for she is another man’s wife.”
4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
4 Now Abimelech had not approached her, so he said, “Lord, would You destroy a nation even though it is innocent?
4 Now Abimelech had not yet come near her, so he asked, "LORD, will you destroy an innocent nation?
4 Now Abimelech had not yet come near her; so he said, “Lord, will you kill a people who are righteous and innocent and blameless [regarding Sarah]?
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.
5 Didn't he say to me, "She's my sister'? And she also said, "He's my brother.' I did this with pure intentions and clean hands."
5 Did Abraham not tell me, ‘She is my sister?’ And 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 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.
6 Then God replied to him in the dream, "I know that you did this with pure intentions, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore, I didn't allow you to touch her.
6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this in the integrity of your heart, for it was I who kept you back and spared you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not give you an opportunity 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 die, thou, and all that are thine.
7 Now then, return the man's wife. As a matter of fact, he's a prophet and can intercede for you so you'll live. But if you don't return her, be aware that you and all who are yours will certainly die."
7 So now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her [to him], know that you shall die, you and all who are yours (your household).”
8 So Abimelech arose early in the morning and called all his servants and told all these things in their hearing; and the men were greatly frightened.
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.
8 So Abimelech got up early the next morning, summoned all his servants, and told them all these things. The men became terrified.
8 So Abimelech got up early in the morning and called all his servants and told them all these things; and the men were terrified.
9 (M)Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And (g)how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom (N)a great sin? You have done to me (h)things that ought not to be done.”
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.
9 Then Abimelech called Abraham in and said to him, “What have you done to us? How did I sin against you that you have brought such enormous guilt on me and on my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.”(D)
9 Then Abimelech called Abraham and asked him, "What have you done to us? How have I sinned against you, that you have brought such great sin against me and my kingdom? You've done things to me that ought not to have been done."
9 Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And how have I offended you that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me what ought not to be done [to anyone].”
10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
10 Abimelech also said to Abraham, “What did you intend when you did this thing?”
10 Abimelech also asked Abraham, "What could you have been thinking when you did this?"
10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What have you encountered or seen [in us or our customs], that you have done this [unjust] thing?”
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.
11 "I thought that there's no fear of God in this place," Abraham replied, "and that they would kill me because of my wife.
11 Abraham said, “Because I thought, ‘Surely there is no fear or reverence of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’
12 Besides, she actually is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife;
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.
12 Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife.
12 Besides, she really is my sister she's my father's daughter, but not my mother's daughter so she could become my wife.
12 Besides, she actually is my [half] sister; she is the daughter of my father [Terah], but not of my mother; and she became my wife.
13 and it came about, when (Q)God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said to her, ‘This is (j)the kindness which you will show to me: (k)everywhere we go, (R)say of me, “He is my brother.”’”
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.
13 When God caused me to journey from my father's house, I asked her to do me this favor and say, "He's my brother.'"
13 When God caused me to wander from my father’s house, I said to her, ‘This kindness and loyalty you can show me: at every place we stop, 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.
14 Then Abimelech took sheep and cattle and male and female slaves, gave them to Abraham, and returned his wife Sarah to him.
14 So Abimelech took some sheep and oxen, and some male and female servants, gave them to Abraham, returned his wife Sarah to him,
14 Then Abimelech took sheep and oxen and male and female slaves, and gave them to Abraham, and returned Sarah his wife to him [as God commanded].
15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
15 and said, "Look! My land is available to you, so settle wherever you please."
15 So Abimelech said, “Behold, my land is before you; settle wherever you please.”
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.
16 Abimelech also told Sarah, "Look! I am giving your brother 1,000 pieces of silver to vindicate you in the eyes of all who are with you. As a result, you will be completely vindicated."
17 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
17 Then Abraham interceded with God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants so they could bear children,
17 So Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, and they again gave birth to children,
18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.
18 for the Lord had completely closed all the wombs in Abimelech’s household on account of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.
18 since the LORD had made all the women barren in Abimelech's household on account of Abraham's wife Sarah.
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