Genesis 20:17
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New International Version
Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again,

New Living Translation
Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants, so they could have children.

English Standard Version
Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children.

New American Standard Bible
Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, so that they bore children.

King James Bible
So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female slaves so that they could bear children,

International Standard Version
Then Abraham interceded with God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants so they could bear children,

NET Bible
Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, as well as his wife and female slaves so that they were able to have children.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female slaves so that they could have children.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So Abraham prayed unto God; and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maidservants; and they bore children.

King James 2000 Bible
So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bore children.

American King James Version
So Abraham prayed to God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bore children.

American Standard Version
And Abraham prayed unto God. And God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maid-servants. And they bare children.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Abraham prayed, God healed Abimelech and his wife, and his handmaids, and they bore children:

Darby Bible Translation
And Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and his wife and his handmaids, and they bore [children].

English Revised Version
And Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.

Webster's Bible Translation
So Abraham prayed to God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maid-servants, and they bore children.

World English Bible
Abraham prayed to God. God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his female servants, and they bore children.

Young's Literal Translation
And Abraham prayeth unto God, and God healeth Abimelech and his wife, and his handmaids, and they bear:
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:14-18 We often trouble ourselves, and even are led into temptation and sin, by groundless suspicions; and find the fear of God where we expected it not. Agreements to deceive generally end in shame and sorrow; and restraints from sin, though by suffering, should be thankfully acknowledged. Though the Lord rebuke, yet he will pardon and deliver his people, and he will give them favour in the sight of those with whom they sojourn; and overrule their infirmities, when they are humbled for them, so that they shall prove useful to themselves and others.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - So Abraham prayed unto God. Literally, the Elohim, the personal and true God, and not Elohim, or Deity in general, to whom belonged the cure of Abimelech and his household (Keil), as the next clause shows. And God (Elohim, without the art.) healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maid-servants; - i.e. his concubines, as distinguished from the women servants (Ver. 14) - and they bare children. The verb may apply to both sexes, and the malady under which they suffered may be here described as one which prevented procreation, as the next verse explains.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

So Abraham prayed unto God,.... As the Lord had told Abimelech be would, Genesis 20:7; he might pray for the forgiveness of him and his wife, and might give thanks that Sarah had been restored to him; but chiefly it was on account of Abimelech and his family:

and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants: who by reason of some disease were rendered unfit for and incapable of cohabitation with their husbands, and they with them; but upon Abraham's prayer for them, who was heard, they were healed, and the disorder removed; the Targum of Jonathan is,"his wife and concubines;"

and they bare children; cohabited and conceived, and bare and brought forth children, all which are comprehended in this expression.



Genesis 20:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech
16To Sarah he said, "Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, it is your vindication before all who are with you, and before all men you are cleared." 17Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, so that they bore children. 18For the LORD had closed fast all the wombs of the household of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.
Cross References
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Numbers 12:13
So Moses cried out to the LORD, "Please, God, heal her!"

Numbers 21:7
The people came to Moses and said, "We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us." So Moses prayed for the people.

Job 42:8
So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has."
Treasury of Scripture

So Abraham prayed to God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bore children.

Genesis 20:7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and …

Genesis 29:31 And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but …

1 Samuel 5:11,12 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, …

Ezra 6:10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet smells to the God of heaven, …

Job 42:9,10 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite …

Proverbs 15:8,29 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Isaiah 45:11 Thus said the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me …

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.

Acts 3:24 Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, …

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication …

1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brothers, pray for us.

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that …

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