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.
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.
10 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this 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.
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.
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.
14 And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.
15 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
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.
17 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
18 For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.
K.J.V. Bible Text
After God told Abimelek that Sarah was Abraham’s wife, Abimelek conferred with his officials and then called Abraham in to ask why he had said Sarah was his sister.
Abraham explained that he had thought there would be no fear of God in that place and that he might be killed so that his wife could be taken. He also explained that Sarah was truly his half-sister although she was also his wife.
Abraham said that Sarah was showing her love for him by telling people he was her brother.
Once again, Abraham is rewarded materially for having said Sarah was his sister. Abimelek gave him sheep, cattle and slaves and a thousand shekels of silver. He also returned Sarah to Abraham.
With all the riches Abimelek gave, he also offered Abraham his choice of places to live.
In return for what he had been given, Abraham prayed to God to allow the women in Abimelek’s household to conceive, which God had prevented during the time Sarah was in Abimelek’s household.
I don’t know about my readers, but at this point, I’m having a hard time understanding Abraham’s relationship with God. Why, I wonder, did Abraham not trust God to protect him along the road? Why did he have to seek protection by allowing his beautiful wife to be taken by another man?
The ways of God are of course, impossible for men to understand; but once again we see that God is with Abraham no matter what.
Just one final note: These Bible names, such as Abimelek, are difficult to type!
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