Genesis 20:2
Parallel Verses
New International Version
and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.

New Living Translation
Abraham introduced his wife, Sarah, by saying, "She is my sister." So King Abimelech of Gerar sent for Sarah and had her brought to him at his palace.

English Standard Version
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.

New American Standard Bible
Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." So Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.

King James Bible
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Abraham said about his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." So Abimelech king of Gerar had Sarah brought to him.

International Standard Version
because Abraham kept saying about his wife Sarah, "She is my sister," King Abimelech of Gerar summoned them and took Sarah into his household.

NET Bible
Abraham said about his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." So Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent for Sarah and took her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abraham told everyone that his wife Sarah was his sister. So King Abimelech of Gerar sent men to take Sarah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister. And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.

King James 2000 Bible
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

American King James Version
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

American Standard Version
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister. And Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said of Sara his wife: She is my sister. So Abimelech the king of Oerara sent, and took her.

Darby Bible Translation
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister. And Abimelech the king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.

English Revised Version
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, she is my sister: And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.

World English Bible
Abraham said about Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

Young's Literal Translation
and Abraham saith concerning Sarah his wife, 'She is my sister;' and Abimelech king of Gerar sendeth and taketh Sarah.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

20:1-8 Crooked policy will not prosper: it brings ourselves and others into danger. God gives Abimelech notice of his danger of sin, and his danger of death for his sin. Every wilful sinner is a dead man, but Abimelech pleads ignorance. If our consciences witness, that, however we may have been cheated into a snare, we have not knowingly sinned against God, it will be our rejoicing in the day of evil. It is matter of comfort to those who are honest, that God knows their honesty, and will acknowledge it. It is a great mercy to be hindered from committing sin; of this God must have the glory. But if we have ignorantly done wrong, that will not excuse us, if we knowingly persist in it. He that does wrong, whoever he is, prince or peasant, shall certainly receive for the wrong which he has done, unless he repent, and, if possible, make restitution.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister. As formerly he had done on descending into Egypt (Genesis 12:13). That Abraham should a second time have resorted to this ignoble expedient after the hazardous experience of Egypt and the richly-merited rebuke of Pharaoh, but more especially after the assurance he had lately received of his own acceptance before God (Genesis 15:6), and of Sarah's destiny to be the mother of the promised seed (Genesis 17:16), is well nigh unaccountable, and almost irreconcilable with any degree of faith and piety. Yet the lapse of upwards of twenty years since that former mistake may have deadened the impression of sinfulness which Pharaoh's rebuke must have left upon his conscience; while altogether the result of that experiment may, through a common misinterpretation of Divine providence, have encouraged him to think that God would watch over the purity of his house as he had done before. Thus, though in reality a tempting of God, the patriarch's repetition of his early venture may have had a secret connection with his deeply-grounded faith in the Divine promise (cf. Kalisch in loco). And Abimelech - i.e. Father-king, a title of the Philistine kings (Genesis 21:22; Genesis 26:1; Psalm 34:1), as Pharaoh was of the Egyptian (Genesis 12:15), and Hamor of the Shechemite (Genesis 34:4) monarchs; cf. Padishah (father-king), a title of the Persian kings, and Atalik (father, properly paternity), of the Khans of Bokhara (Gesenius, p. 6) - king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. I.e. into his harem, as Pharaoh previously had done (Genesis 12:15), either having been fascinated by her beauty, which, although she was twenty years older than when she entered Egypt, need not have been much faded (vide Genesis 12:11; Calvin), or may have been miraculously rejuvenated when she received strength to conceive seed (Kurtz); or, what is as probable, having sought through her an alliance with the rich and powerful nomad prince who had entered his dominions (Delitzsch).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, she is my sister,.... This he gave out in all conversation he came into, and said it to every one that asked who she was, which was little better than a lie; it at least was an equivocation and deception, and not at all justifiable, and tended to expose his wife's chastity, and discovered a distrust of divine Providence; the same infirmity be had given way to, and the same evil he had fallen into in Egypt, Genesis 12:11, and therefore was the more inexcusable now; good men not only fall into sin, but have their relapses:

and Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah; having heard or seen what a beautiful woman. Sarah was, though ninety years of age, having never bore children; and understanding she was a single person, sent his servants to take her, and bring her to his house, in order to be his wife, which seems to be done with some kind of force; and it can hardly be thought that Abraham and Sarah would freely agree to it, at least it must be done with reluctance on their parts. Whether Abimelech was the first king of Palestine of this name, is not certain; if he was, which is not improbable, it became usual afterwards for the kings thereof to be so called, as Pharaoh was a common name to the kings of Egypt; it signifies "father" and "king", as kings should be the fathers of their people.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister—Fear of the people among whom he was, tempted him to equivocate. His conduct was highly culpable. It was deceit, deliberate and premeditated—there was no sudden pressure upon him—it was the second offense of the kind [see on [6]Ge 12:13]—it was a distrust of God every way surprising, and it was calculated to produce injurious effects on the heathen around. Its mischievous tendency was not long in being developed.

Abimelech (father-king) … sent and took Sarah—to be one of his wives, in the exercise of a privilege claimed by Eastern sovereigns, already explained (see on [7]Ge 12:15).

Genesis 20:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech
1Now Abraham journeyed from there toward the land of the Negev, and settled between Kadesh and Shur; then he sojourned in Gerar. 2Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." So Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. 3But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, "Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is married."…
Cross References
Genesis 12:11
As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are.

Genesis 12:13
Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you."

Genesis 12:15
And when Pharaoh's officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace.

Genesis 20:12
Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife.

Genesis 21:22
At that time Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, "God is with you in everything you do.

Genesis 26:1
Now there was a famine in the land--besides the previous famine in Abraham's time--and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar.

Genesis 26:7
When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," because he was afraid to say, "She is my wife." He thought, "The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful."

Proverbs 29:25
Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
Treasury of Scripture

And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

said.

Genesis 12:11-13 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that …

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

2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said …

2 Chronicles 20:37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, …

2 Chronicles 32:31 However, in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon…

Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked …

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man on earth, that does good, and sins not.

Galatians 2:11,12 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, …

Ephesians 4:25 Why putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: …

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that you have put off the old man …

Abimelech.

Genesis 12:15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: …

Genesis 26:1,16 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that …

Jump to Previous
Abimelech Abim'elech Abraham Gerar Sarah Sister Wife
Jump to Next
Abimelech Abim'elech Abraham Gerar Sarah Sister Wife
Links
Genesis 20:2 NIV
Genesis 20:2 NLT
Genesis 20:2 ESV
Genesis 20:2 NASB
Genesis 20:2 KJV

Genesis 20:2 Bible Apps
Genesis 20:2 Bible Suite
Genesis 20:2 Biblia Paralela
Genesis 20:2 Chinese Bible
Genesis 20:2 French Bible
Genesis 20:2 German Bible

Alphabetical: Abimelech Abraham and for Gerar her his is king my of said Sarah sent She sister So Then there took wife

OT Law: Genesis 20:2 Abraham said about Sarah his wife She (Gen. Ge Gn) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Genesis 20:1
Top of Page
Top of Page