Genesis 20:11
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New International Version
Abraham replied, "I said to myself, 'There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.'

New Living Translation
Abraham replied, "I thought, 'This is a godless place. They will want my wife and will kill me to get her.'

English Standard Version
Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’

New American Standard Bible
Abraham said, "Because I thought, surely there is no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Abraham replied, "I thought, 'There is absolutely no fear of God in this place. They will kill me because of my wife.'

International Standard Version
"I thought that there's no fear of God in this place," Abraham replied, "and that they would kill me because of my wife.

NET Bible
Abraham replied, "Because I thought, 'Surely no one fears God in this place. They will kill me because of my wife.'

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abraham said, "I thought that because there are no God-fearing people in this place, I'd be killed because of my wife.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.

New American Standard 1977
And Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely there is no fear of God in this place; and they will kill me because of my wife.

Jubilee Bible 2000
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.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Abraham answered: I thought with myself, saying: Perhaps there is not the fear of God in this place: and they will kill me for the sake of my wife:

Darby Bible Translation
And Abraham said, Because I said, Surely the fear of God is not in this place, and they will kill me for my wife's sake.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

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

Young's Literal Translation
And Abraham saith, 'Because I said, 'Surely the fear of God is not in this place, and they have slain me for the sake of my wife;
Study Bible
Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech
10And Abimelech said to Abraham, "What have you encountered, that you have done this thing?" 11Abraham said, "Because I thought, surely there is no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife. 12"Besides, she actually is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife;…
Cross References
Genesis 12:12
and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife'; and they will kill me, but they will let you live.

Genesis 20:10
And Abimelech said to Abraham, "What have you encountered, that you have done this thing?"

Genesis 20:12
"Besides, she actually is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife;

Genesis 26:7
When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," for he was afraid to say, "my wife," thinking, "the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is beautiful."

Nehemiah 5:15
But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people and took from them bread and wine besides forty shekels of silver; even their servants domineered the people. But I did not do so because of the fear of God.

Proverbs 16:6
By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.
Treasury of Scripture

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.

Surely.

Genesis 22:12 And he said, Lay not your hand on the lad, neither do you any thing …

Genesis 42:18 And Joseph said to them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

Nehemiah 5:15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable …

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man …

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

Psalm 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people …

Psalm 36:1-4 The transgression of the wicked said within my heart, that there …

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise …

Proverbs 2:5 Then shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the …

Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD …

Romans 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

slay.

Genesis 12:12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see you, …

Genesis 26:7 And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She …

(11) Surely the fear of God . . . --Abraham's general condemnation of the people had some excuse in the widespread depravity of the nations in Canaan, but was nevertheless unjust. Even as regards these nations, they were not utterly corrupt (Genesis 15:16), and both in Egypt and in Gerar the standard of morality was higher than Abraham supposed. His difficulty was the result of his own imperfect faith; but the fact that this artifice was arranged between man and wife when starting on their long wanderings, proves that they rather over-rated than under-rated the risks that lay before them. The expedient was indeed a sorry one, and shows that Abraham's faith was not yet that of a martyr; but it also shows that both of them felt that Abraham might have to save his life by a means almost as bad as death. And thus, after all, it was no common-place faith, but one as firm at root as it was sorely tried and exercised.

Verse 11. - And Abraham said (offering as his first apology for his sinful behavior the fear which he entertained of the depravity of the people), Because I thought, - literally, said (sc. in my heart) - Surely the fear of God is not in this place; - otherwise, there is not any fear of God, רק having usually a confirming sense with reference to what follows (cf. Deuteronomy 4:6; 1 Kings 14:8; vide Gesenius, p. 779) - and they will slay me for my wife's sake. And Abraham said,.... In defence of himself, as well as he could:

because I thought; within himself, concluding from the general depravity of the Canaanites, that this was the case of the inhabitants of Gerar:

surely the fear of God is not in this place; this is a certain truth, which he thought might be depended upon, and taken for granted, since so it was everywhere: or "only" (e), as the word used signifies; this was the only thing he had to plead, that he verily thought with himself that there was no true religion and godliness in Gerar: that the inhabitants of it were without any fear of God before their eyes, or in their hearts; and he knew, where this is the case, there is nothing to restrain from the commission of the grossest sins:

and they will slay me for my wife's sake; that they might marry her, see Genesis 12:12.

(e) "tantum", Montanus; so Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Drusius; so the Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan, and Ben Melech. 11. And Abraham said … I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place—From the horrible vices of Sodom he seems to have taken up the impression that all other cities of Canaan were equally corrupt. There might have been few or none who feared God, but what a sad thing when men of the world show a higher sense of honor and a greater abhorrence of crimes than a true worshipper!20:9-13 See here much to blame, even in the father of the faithful. Mark his distrust of God, his undue care about life, his intent to deceive. He also threw temptation in the way of others, caused affliction to them, exposed himself and Sarah to just rebukes, and yet attempted an excuse. These things are written for our warning, not for us to imitate. Even Abraham hath not whereof to glory. He cannot be justified by his works, but must be indebted for justification, to that righteousness which is upon all and unto all them that believe. We must not condemn all as hypocrites who fall into sin, if they do not continue in it. But let the unhumbled and impenitent take heed that they do not sin on, thinking that grace may abound. Abimelech, being warned of God, takes the warning; and being truly afraid of sin and its consequences, he rose early to pursue the directions given him.
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