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Genesis 20

1 - Abraham traveled from there toward the land of the South, and lived between Kadesh and Shur. He lived as a foreigner in Gerar.

2 - Abraham said about Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

3 - But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, "Behold, you are a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken. For she is a man's wife."

4 - Now Abimelech had not come near her. He said, "Lord, will you kill even a righteous nation?

5 - Didn't he tell me, 'She is my sister?' She, even she herself, said, 'He is my brother.' In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this."

6 - God said to him in the dream, "Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also withheld you from sinning against me. Therefore I didn't allow you to touch her.

7 - Now therefore, restore the man's wife. For he is a prophet, and he will pray for you, and you will live. If you don't restore her, know for sure that you will die, you, and all who are yours."

8 - Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ear. The men were very scared.

9 - Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, "What have you done to us? How have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done!"

10 - Abimelech said to Abraham, "What did you see, that you have done this thing?"

11 - Abraham said, "Because I thought, 'Surely the fear of God is not in this place. They will kill me for my wife's sake.'

12 - Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

13 - When God caused me to wander from my father's house, I said to her, 'This is your kindness which you shall show to me. Everywhere that we go, say of me, "He is my brother."'"

14 - Abimelech took sheep and cattle, male servants and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and restored Sarah, his wife, to him.

15 - Abimelech said, "Behold, my land is before you. Dwell where it pleases you."

16 - To Sarah he said, "Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. Behold, it is for you a covering of the eyes to all that are with you. In front of all you are vindicated."

17 - Abraham prayed to God. God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his female servants, and they bore children.

18 - For the LORD had closed up tight all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

Genesis 20 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: Abraham journeys to Gerar, Abimelech King of Gerar desires Sarah and she is preserved and protected by the Lord, Abraham intercedes for Abimelech, the Lord blesses Abimelech and his household.

Genesis Chapter 20

Genesis 20:7 - 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.

Outline
Abraham Sojourns in Gerar (Genesis 20:1)
Abraham Lies about his Wife (Genesis 20:2)
King Abimelech has a Dream (Genesis 20:1-8)
Abimelech Confronts Abraham (Genesis 20:9-10)
Abraham Reveals his Fear (Genesis 20:11-13)
Abimelech Restores sarah to Abraham (Genesis 20:14-16)
Abraham Prays for Abimelech (Genesis 20:17-18)

Summary
1 Abraham sojourneth at Gerar
2 Abraham denieth his wife, and loseth her
3 Abimelech is reproved for her in a dream
9 Abimelech rebuketh Abraham
14 Abimelech restoreth Sarah to Abraham
16 Abimelech reproveth Sarah
17 Abimelech is healed by Abraham's prayer

Map of the City of Gerar
Map of the City of Gerar During the Time of Abraham
The City of Gerar During the Time of Abraham

Topics for Bible Study
Kadesh
Shur
Gerar
Abimelech
Abimelech's Dream
Abraham's Lie
God's Protection
Abraham the Prophet
The Fear of God
Men Servants
Women Servants
A Thousand Pieces of Silver
Abraham Prayed for Abimelech
God Healed Abimelech's House

Quick Reference Map
Quick Reference Map of the Land of Canaan in the Time of the Patriarchs
Map of the Land of Canaan in the Time of the Patriarchs (Click to Enlarge)

 

Clothing in the Time of Abraham
Clothing in the Time of Abraham

This is how a man or a patriarch would have dressed in ancient times about the time of Abraham which was around 1800 BC. From inside to out he wore an under garment which was bound by a girdle.

Historical Background
Abraham journeys to Gerar, Abimelech King of Gerar desires Sarah and she is preserved and protected by the Lord, Abraham intercedes for Abimelech, the Lord blesses Abimelech and his household.

Ancient Customs
Hospitality
Tents
Generosity

Ancient People
Abimelech - King Abimelech of Gerar in the Bible
Moabites - Moab in the Bible
The Ancient Moabites - Background Bible Study

Geography
Gerar - Bible Map of Philistine Cities

Maps
Map of the Giants and Early Inhabitants of Ancient Israel - Bible Map Collection
Map of the Canaanite Nations - Bible Maps
Map of the World of Abraham - Bible Map Collection
Map of the Journeys of Abraham - Bible Map Collection
Map of Sodom and Gomorrah - - Background Bible Study
Map of the Moabites - Old Testament Israel

The Old Testament

The Old Testament

Genesis Resources

Creation
Adam and Eve
The Flood
The Tower of Babel
Abraham the First Hebrew
Isaac, Son of Promise
Jacob and the 12 Tribes
Joseph and Egypt