Old Testament

Genesis 20
Abraham and Abimelek
201Abraham traveled from there toward the Negev, and he lived between Kadesh and Shur. He lived as a resident alien in Gerar. 2About his wife Sarah, Abraham said, “She is my sister.” Abimelek king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. 3But God came to Abimelek in a dream during the night and said to him, “Listen to me! You are a dead man because of the woman you have taken, because she has a husband.”
4Now Abimelek had not come near her. He said, “Lord, will you kill even a righteous nation? 5Didn't he tell me, ‘She is my sister’? Even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ I have done this with a sincere heart and innocent hands.”
6God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this with a sincere heart, so I also prevented you from sinning against me. That is why I did not allow you to touch her. 7Now therefore, return the man's wife. He is a prophet, and he will pray for you, and you will live. If you do not return her, know for sure that you will die, you along with all who are yours.”
8Abimelek rose early in the morning, called all his servants, and told them all these things. The men were terrified. 9Then Abimelek summoned Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? How have I sinned against you, that you have brought this great sin on me and on my kingdom? You have done things to me that should not be done!” 10Abimelek said to Abraham, “What did you see in us that made you do this?”
11Abraham said, “I did it because I said to myself, ‘Surely they do not fear God in this place. They will kill me to get my wife.’ 12Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father but not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife. 13When God had me migrate from my father's house, I said to her, ‘This is the kindness that you shall show to me: Everywhere that we go, say about me, “He is my brother.”’”
14Abimelek took sheep and cattle, male servants and female servants, and he gave them to Abraham. He also returned Sarah, his wife, to him. 15Abimelek said, “Look, my land is in front of you. Dwell wherever it pleases you.” 16To Sarah he said, “Look, I have given your brother a thousand pieces[] of silver. You see, it covers any offense in the eyes of everyone who is with you. In front of all of them you are vindicated.”
17Abraham prayed to God. God healed Abimelek and his wife and his female servants, so that they were able to bear children. 18For the Lord had closed up tight all the wombs of the household of Abimelek over the matter of Sarah, Abraham's wife.


  • 20:16 No unit of measurement is specified. It most likely was shekels.