Genesis 20:7
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New International Version
Now return the man's wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die."

New Living Translation
Now return the woman to her husband, and he will pray for you, for he is a prophet. Then you will live. But if you don't return her to him, you can be sure that you and all your people will die."

English Standard Version
Now then, return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”

New American Standard Bible
"Now therefore, restore the man's wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours."

King James Bible
Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now return the man's wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, know that you will certainly die, you and all who are yours."

International Standard Version
Now then, return the man's wife. As a matter of fact, he's a prophet and can intercede for you so you'll live. But if you don't return her, be aware that you and all who are yours will certainly die."

NET Bible
But now give back the man's wife. Indeed he is a prophet and he will pray for you; thus you will live. But if you don't give her back, know that you will surely die along with all who belong to you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Give the man's wife back to him now, because he's a prophet. He will pray for you, and you will live. But if you don't give her back, you and all who belong to you are doomed to die."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now therefore restore the man his wife, for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live. And if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou and all that are thine.

King James 2000 Bible
Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live: and if you restore her not, know that you shall surely die, you, and all that are yours.

American King James Version
Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live: and if you restore her not, know you that you shall surely die, you, and all that are yours.

American Standard Version
Now therefore restore the man's wife. For he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live. And if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now therefore restore the man his wife, for he is a prophet: and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: but if thou wilt not restore her, know that thou shalt surely die, thou and all that are thins.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, restore the man's wife; for he is a prophet, and will pray for thee, that thou mayest live. And if thou do not restore [her], know that thou shalt certainly die, thou and all that is thine.

English Revised Version
Now therefore restore the man's wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now therefore restore to the man his wife, for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou shalt not restore her, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou and all that are thine.

World English Bible
Now therefore, restore the man's wife. For he is a prophet, and he will pray for you, and you will live. If you don't restore her, know for sure that you will die, you, and all who are yours."

Young's Literal Translation
and now send back the man's wife, for he is inspired, and he doth pray for thee, and live thou; and if thou do not send back, know that dying thou dost die, thou, and all that thou hast.'
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 7. - Now therefore restore the man his wife. Literally, the wife of the man, God now speaking of Abraham non tanquam de homine quolibet, sod peculiariter sibi charum (Calvin). For he is a prophet Nabi, from naba, to cause to bubble up; hence to pour forth, applied to one who speaks by a Divine afflatus (Deuteronomy 13:2; Judges 6:8; 1 Samuel 9:9; 1 Kings 22:7). The office of the Nabi was twofold - to announce the will of God to melt Exodus 4:15; Exodus 7:1), and also to intercede with God for men (Ver. 7; Jeremiah 7:16; Jeremiah 11:14; Jeremiah 14:11). The use of the term Nabi in this place neither proves that the spirit of prophecy had not existed from the beginning (cf. Genesis 9:25-27), nor shows that the Pentateuch, which always uses this term, cannot be of greater antiquity than the time of Samuel, before which, according to 1 Samuel 9:9, the prophet was called a seer (Bohlen, Hartmann). As used in the Pentateuch the term describes the recipient of Divine revelations, and as such it was incorporated in the Mosaic legislation. During the period of the Judges the term Roeh appears to have come into use, and to have held its ground until the reformation of Samuel, when the older theocratic term was again reverted to (vide Havernick, § 19). And he shall pray for thee (vide supra), and thou shalt live. Literally, live thou, the imperative being used for the future in strong prophetic assurances (cf. Psalm 128:5; vide Gesenius, § 130). And if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, - literally, dying thou shalt die (cf. Genesis 2:17) - thou, and all that are thine.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now therefore restore the man his wife,.... Which will be a full proof and evidence to all of the integrity of thy heart, and the innocence of thine hands, which thou pleadest, and which I:own:

for he is a prophet; familiar with God, dear unto him, a friend of his, to whom he communicates his secrets; is able to foretell things to come, as well as to interpret the mind of God, and instruct in the knowledge of divine things, all which agrees with Abraham's character; and he is the first man that is dignified in Scripture with the title of a prophet; so he is called in the Apocrypha:"Beware of all whoredom, my son, and chiefly take a wife of the seed of thy fathers, and take not a strange woman to wife, which is not of thy father's tribe: for we are the children of the prophets, Noe, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: remember, my son, that our fathers from the beginning, even that they all married wives of their own kindred, and were blessed in their children, and their seed shall inherit the land.'' (Tobit 4:12)Jarchi thinks this is observed to encourage Abimelech to return his wife to him, because being a prophet he knew he had not touched her, and therefore would receive her more readily, and entertain no ill opinion of her; but rather it is mentioned for the reason following:

and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live; it being one part of the business of a prophet to pray for others, and make intercession for them, especially in any distress or trouble, see Jeremiah 27:18. Prophets were praying persons, had usually a great gift in prayer, and great power with God, and prevailed with him for the good of others; and such an one was Abraham; and it is here intimated, that upon the restoration of his wife to him, as he was familiar with God, and had an interest with him, he would make use of it, and pray for Abimelech, that whatsoever offence he had been guilty of to God or men, it might be forgiven, and that he might be healed of the disease with which he was smitten, and so recover of it, and live in health and happiness:

and if thou restore her not, know thou, that thou shalt surely die,

thou, and all that are thine: if he proceeded to take her to be his wife, and defile her, he is strongly assured that he should die, death being the punishment for adultery before the law of Moses, see Genesis 38:24; and not only he, but all his family, especially such who had been, or would be accessory to this affair, and even all who might he justly punished of God for other sins they had committed; and Abimelech being punished, both in his own person, and in his servants and subjects, the greater his punishment was, the greater abhorrence and detestation was shown to the sin he would be guilty of, to deter him from which this threatening is given out.



Genesis 20:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech
6Then God said to him in the dream, "Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also kept you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. 7"Now therefore, restore the man's wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours." 8So Abimelech arose early in the morning and called all his servants and told all these things in their hearing; and the men were greatly frightened.…
Cross References
Acts 8:24
Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me."

Genesis 20:3
But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, "You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman."

Genesis 20:8
Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid.

Genesis 23:6
"Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead."

1 Samuel 7:5
Then Samuel said, "Assemble all Israel at Mizpah, and I will intercede with the LORD for you."

2 Kings 5:11
But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.

1 Chronicles 16:22
"Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm."

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."

Psalm 105:14
He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings:
Treasury of Scripture

Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live: and if you restore her not, know you that you shall surely die, you, and all that are yours.

a prophet. The word navi, rendered a prophet, not only signifies one who foretell future events, but also an intercessor, instructor. See

1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it on his head, and kissed …

1 Kings 18:1-46 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came …

1 Corinthians 14:4 He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that …

Exodus 4:16 And he shall be your spokesman to the people: and he shall be, even …

Exodus 7:1 And the LORD said to Moses, See, I have made you a god to Pharaoh: …

Exodus 12:1-3 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying…

Exodus 18:17 And Moses' father in law said to him, The thing that you do is not good.

Exodus 7:1 And the LORD said to Moses, See, I have made you a god to Pharaoh: …

1 Chronicles 16:22 Saying, Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show …

Psalm 105:9-15 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac…

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past …

pray.

Leviticus 6:4,7 Then it shall be, because he has sinned, and is guilty, that he shall …

1 Samuel 7:5,8 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for …

1 Samuel 12:19,23 And all the people said to Samuel, Pray for your servants to the …

2 Samuel 24:17 And David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the …

1 Kings 13:6 And the king answered and said to the man of God, Entreat now the …

2 Kings 5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, …

2 Kings 19:2-4 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the …

Job 42:8 Therefore take to you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to …

Jeremiah 14:11 Then said the LORD to me, Pray not for this people for their good.

Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, …

Jeremiah 27:18 But if they be prophets, and if the word of the LORD be with them, …

James 5:14-16 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; …

1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not to death, he shall …

Revelation 11:5,6 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, …

surely.

Genesis 20:18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, …

Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not …

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

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor …

Psalm 105:14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yes, he reproved kings for their sakes;

Ezekiel 3:18 When I say to the wicked, You shall surely die; and you give him …

Ezekiel 33:8,14-16 When I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die; if …

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators …

all.

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

Numbers 16:32,33 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their …

2 Samuel 24:17 And David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the …

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