Genesis 20:10
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New International Version
And Abimelek asked Abraham, "What was your reason for doing this?"

New Living Translation
Whatever possessed you to do such a thing?"

English Standard Version
And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you see, that you did this thing?”

Berean Study Bible
Abimelech also asked Abraham, “What prompted you to do such a thing?”

New American Standard Bible
And Abimelech said to Abraham, "What have you encountered, that you have done this thing?"

King James Bible
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?

Christian Standard Bible
Abimelech also asked Abraham, "What made you do this?"

Contemporary English Version
What were you thinking when you did this?

Good News Translation
Why did you do it?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Abimelech also said to Abraham, "What did you intend when you did this thing?"

International Standard Version
Abimelech also asked Abraham, "What could you have been thinking when you did this?"

NET Bible
Then Abimelech asked Abraham, "What prompted you to do this thing?"

New Heart English Bible
Abimelech said to Abraham, "What did you see, that you have done this thing?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abimelech also asked Abraham, "What were you thinking when you did this?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Abimelech said unto Abraham: 'What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?'

New American Standard 1977
And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What have you encountered, that you have done this thing?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What didst thou see that thou hast done this thing?

King James 2000 Bible
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What was your thinking, that you have done this thing?

American King James Version
And Abimelech said to Abraham, What saw you, that you have done this thing?

American Standard Version
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And again he expostulated with him, and said, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this?

Darby Bible Translation
And Abimelech said to Abraham, What hast thou seen that thou hast done this?

English Revised Version
And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abimelech said to Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?

World English Bible
Abimelech said to Abraham, "What did you see, that you have done this thing?"

Young's Literal Translation
Abimelech also saith unto Abraham, 'What hast thou seen that thou hast done this thing?'
Study Bible
Abraham, Sarah, and Abimelech
9Then Abimelech called Abraham and asked, “What have you done to us? How have I sinned against you, that you have brought such tremendous guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should not be done.” 10Abimelech also asked Abraham, “What prompted you to do such a thing?” 11Abraham replied, “I thought to myself, ‘Surely there is no fear of God in this place. They will kill me on account of my wife.’…
Cross References
Genesis 12:18
So Pharaoh summoned Abram and asked, "What have you done to me? Why did you not tell me she was your wife?

Genesis 20:9
Then Abimelech called Abraham and asked, "What have you done to us? How have I sinned against you, that you have brought such tremendous guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should not be done."

Genesis 20:11
Abraham replied, "I thought to myself, 'Surely there is no fear of God in this place. They will kill me on account of my wife.'

Treasury of Scripture

And Abimelech said to Abraham, What saw you, that you have done this thing?







(10) What sawest thou?--Some modern commentators explain the Hebrew as meaning, What purpose hadst thou? What didst thou look for? But the old rendering is probably right. Abimelech first denies by indignant questions that he had been guilty of any wrong towards Abraham, and then asks what he had seen in the conduct of himself and people to justify such mistrust of them. Throughout, the king speaks as a man conscious that his citizens so respected the rights of a stranger and of marriage, that Sarah would have been perfectly safe had Abraham openly said that she was his wife.

Verse 10. - And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, - either, What hadst thou in view? (Knobel, Delitzsch, Keil, Murphy, et alii), or, What didst thou see? Didst thou see any of my people taking the wives of strangers and murdering their husbands? (Rosenmüller, 'Speaker's Commentary') - that thou hast done this thing? And Abimelech said unto Abraham,.... Continuing his discourse with him:

what sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing? he desires to know what he had observed, either in him or his people, that gave him any reason to conclude that they were a lustful people, and would stick at nothing to gratify their lusts, which put him upon taking such a method to secure his life, lest they should kill him for his wife's sake. 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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