Abraham sojourneth at Gerar,
Genesis 20:1 And Abraham departed thence toward the southcontrie & dwelled betwene Cades and Sur and soiourned in Gerar.
denieth his wife, and loseth her.
Genesis 20:2 And Abraham sayde of Sara hys wyfe that she was hys syster. Than Abimelech kyng of Gerar sent and set Sara away.
Abimelech is reproved for her in a dream.
Genesis 20:3 And God came to Abimelech by nyght in a dreame & sayd vnto him: Se, thou art but a dead man for the womans sake whych thou haste taken awaye, for she is a mans wyfe. Genesis 20:4 But Abimelech had not yet come nye her, & therfore sayde: Lorde wylt thou sley ryghtewes people? Genesis 20:5 sayde not he vnto me, that she was hys syster? yea and sayde not she herself that he was her brother? wyth a pure herte and innocent handes haue I done thys. Genesis 20:6 And God sayde vnto hym in a dreame. I wot it wel that thou dyddest it in the purenesse of thy herte. And therfore I kepte the that thou shouldest not synne agaynst me, nether suffred I the to come nygh her. Genesis 20:7 Nowe therfore delyuer the man his wyfe agayne, for he is a Prophete. And let him pray for the that thou mayst lyue. But and yf thou delyuer her not agayn, be sure that thou shalt dye the deth, wyth al that thou hast. Genesis 20:8 Than Abimelech rose vp be tymes in the mornyng and called al his seruauntes, & told all these thynges in their eares, and the men were sore afrayde.
He rebuketh Abraham,
Genesis 20:9 And Abimelech called Abraham and sayd vnto him: What hast thou done vnto us, & what haue I offended the, þt thou shouldest brynge on me and on my kingdome so great a synne? thou hast done dedes vnto me that ought not to be done. Genesis 20:10 And Abimelech sayde moreouer vnto Abraham: What sawest thou þt moued the to do thys thynge? Genesis 20:11 And Abraham answered: I thought that peraduenture the feare of God was not in thys place, & that they shulde sley me for my wyfes sake: Genesis 20:12 yet in very dede she is my syster, þe doughter of my father, but not of my mother: and became my wife. Genesis 20:13 And after god caused me to wandre out of my fathers house, I sayd vnto her: This kyndnesse shalt thou shewe vnto me in all places where we come, that thou saye of me, howe that I am thy brother.
Genesis 20:14 Than toke Abimelech shepe and oxen, men seruauntes & wemen seruauntes & gaue them vnto Abraham, & delyuered hym Sara hys wyfe agayn. Genesis 20:15 And Abimelech sayde: beholde the land lyeth before the, dwel where it pleaseth the best.
and reproveth her.
Genesis 20:16 And vnto Sara he sayde: Se I haue geuen thy brother a thousand peeces of siluer, behold this thing shal be a couering to thyne eyes & vnto al that are wyth the and vnto all men an excuse.
He is healed by Abraham's prayer.
Genesis 20:17 And so Abraham prayd vnto God, & god healed Abimelech and his wyfe and his maydens, so that they bare chyldren. Genesis 20:18 For the lord had closed to, all the matryces of the house of Abimelech, because of Sara Abrahams wyfe.