Genesis 20:18
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New International Version
for the LORD had kept all the women in Abimelek's household from conceiving because of Abraham's wife Sarah.

New Living Translation
For the LORD had caused all the women to be infertile because of what happened with Abraham's wife, Sarah.

English Standard Version
For the LORD had closed all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

New American Standard Bible
For the LORD had closed fast all the wombs of the household of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

King James Bible
For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for the LORD had completely closed all the wombs in Abimelech's household on account of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

International Standard Version
since the LORD had made all the women barren in Abimelech's household on account of Abraham's wife Sarah.

NET Bible
For the LORD had caused infertility to strike every woman in the household of Abimelech because he took Sarah, Abraham's wife.

New Heart English Bible
For the LORD had closed up tight all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(The LORD had made it impossible for any woman in Abimelech's household to have children because of Abraham's wife Sarah.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

New American Standard 1977
For the LORD had closed fast all the wombs of the household of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the LORD had completely closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

King James 2000 Bible
For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

American King James Version
For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

American Standard Version
For Jehovah had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the Lord had closed up every womb of the house of Abimelech on ac- count of Sara, Abraham's wife.

Darby Bible Translation
For Jehovah had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

English Revised Version
For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the LORD had made barren all the females of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

World English Bible
For Yahweh had closed up tight all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

Young's Literal Translation
for Jehovah restraining had restrained every womb of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.
Study Bible
Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech
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
Genesis 12:17
But the LORD struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife.

Genesis 30:2
Then Jacob's anger burned against Rachel, and he said, "Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?"
Treasury of Scripture

For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

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

Genesis 12:17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because …

Genesis 16:2 And Sarai said to Abram, Behold now, the LORD has restrained me from …

Genesis 30:2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in …

1 Samuel 1:6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because …

1 Samuel 5:10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, …

Verse 18. - For the Lord (Jehovah; vide supra on Ver. 3) had fast closed up all the wombs - i.e. prevented conception, or produced barrenness (cf. Genesis 16:2; Isaiah 66:9; 1 Samuel 1:5, 6; for the opposite, Genesis 29:31; Genesis 30:22); "poena convenientissima; quid enim convenientius esse poterat, quam ut amittat, qui ad se rapit aliena" (Musculus). Vide Havernick, § 19 - of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife - the motive obviously being to protect the purity of the promised seed.



For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech,.... With large tumours probably, so that they could not cohabit with their husbands and conceive; nor could those that had conceived bring forth: and this disorder they were smitten with:

because of Sarah Abraham's wife; who was taken into the house of Abimelech, in order to be his; to rebuke and punish for which, and to convince of the evil of it, and cause to abstain from it, this disorder was inflicted on them. 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.
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