Bishops' Bible

Genesis 20

Abraham sojourneth at Gerar,

Genesis 20:1 And Abraham departed thence towarde the south countrey, & dwelled betweene Cades and Sur, and soiourned in Gerar.

denieth his wife, and loseth her.

Genesis 20:2 And Abraham sayde of Sara his wyfe, she is my syster: And Abimelech kyng of Gerar sent, and fet Sara away.

Abimelech is reproved for her in a dream.

Genesis 20:3 But God came to Abimelech by night in a dreame, and saide to hym: See, thou art but a dead man for the womans sake whiche thou hast taken away, for she is a mans wyfe. Genesis 20:4 But Abimelech had not yet touched her: and he sayde, Lorde wylt thou slay ryghteous people? Genesis 20:5 Saide not he vnto me, she is my sister? yea and she her selfe sayde, he is my brother: with a single heart, and innocent handes haue I done this. Genesis 20:6 And God sayde vnto him in a dreame: I wote well that thou dyddest it in the singlenesse of thy heart: I kept thee also that thou shuldest not sinne against me, and therefore suffred I thee not to touche her. Genesis 20:7 Nowe therefore delyuer the man his wyfe agayne, for he is a prophete, and he shall pray for thee, that thou mayest lyue: But and yf thou delyuer her not agayne, be sure that thou shalt dye the death, [both thou] and all that thou hast. Genesis 20:8 Therefore, Abimelech rysyng vp betimes in the mornyng, called all his seruauntes, and tolde all these sayinges in their eares: and the men were sore afrayde.

He rebuketh Abraham,

Genesis 20:9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, & sayde vnto hym: What hast thou done vnto vs? & what haue I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me & on my kingdome [so] great a sinne? thou hast done deedes vnto me that ought not to be done. Genesis 20:10 And Abimelech saide vnto Abraham: what sawest thou that thou hast done this thyng? Genesis 20:11 Abraha aunswered: For I thought [thus] surely the feare of God is not in this place, and they shal slaye me for my wyues sake. Genesis 20:12 Yet in very deede she is my sister, for she is ye daughter of my father, though she be not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wyfe. Genesis 20:13 And after God caused me to wander out of my fathers house, I sayde vnto her: this kyndnesse shalt thou shewe vnto me, in all places where we come, that thou say of me, he is my brother.

restoreth Sarah,

Genesis 20:14 Then toke Abimelech sheepe and oxen, men seruauntes and women seruauntes, & gaue [them] vnto Abraham, and delyuered hym Sara his wyfe agayne. Genesis 20:15 And Abimelech sayde: beholde my lande lyeth before thee, dwell where it pleaseth thee best.

and reproveth her.

Genesis 20:16 But vnto Sara he saide: See I haue geuen thy brother a thousand peeces of syluer: beholde, it is as a coueryng of thyne eyes vnto all that are with thee, and to all [other:] and thus she was reproued.

He is healed by Abraham's prayer.

Genesis 20:17 And so Abraham prayed vnto God, & God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maydens, & they bare chyldren. Genesis 20:18 For the Lorde had closed vp all the wombes of the house of Abimelech, because of Abrahams wyfe.

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