Bible: Gen 20:2-9

20:2 Abraham said about his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” So Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent for Sarah and took her.

20:3 But God appeared 1  to Abimelech in a dream at night and said to him, “You are as good as dead 2  because of the woman you have taken, for she is someone else’s wife.” 3 

20:4 Now Abimelech had not gone near her. He said, “Lord, 4  would you really slaughter an innocent nation? 5  20:5 Did Abraham 6  not say to me, ‘She is my sister? And she herself said, 7 He is my brother.’ I have done this with a clear conscience 8  and with innocent hands!

20:6 Then in the dream God replied to him, “Yes, I know that you have done this with a clear conscience. 9  That is why I have kept you 10  from sinning against me and why 11  I did not allow you to touch her. 20:7 But now give back the man’s wife. Indeed 12  he is a prophet 13  and he will pray for you; thus you will live. 14  But if you don’t give her back, 15  know that you will surely die 16  along with all who belong to you.”

20:8 Early in the morning 17  Abimelech summoned 18  all his servants. When he told them about all these things, 19  they 20  were terrified. 20:9 Abimelech summoned Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? What sin did I commit against you that would cause you to bring such great guilt on me and my kingdom? 21  You have done things to me that should not be done! 22 

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