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.

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

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.

Genesis 20:18 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs - Probably by means of some disease with which he had smitten them, hence it is said they were healed at Abraham's intercession; and this seems necessarily to imply that they had been afflicted by some disease that rendered it impossible for them to have children till it was removed. And possibly this disease, as Dr. Dodd conjectures, had afflicted Abimelech, and by this he was withheld, Genesis 20:6, from defiling Abraham's bed.

1. On the prevarication of Abraham and Sarah, see the notes and concluding observations on Genesis 12 (note); (See note Genesis 12:20) and while we pity this weakness, let us take it as a warning.

2. The cause why the patriarch did not acknowledge Sarah as his wife, was a fear lest he should lose his life on her account, for he said, Surely the fear, i.e., the true worship, of the true God is not in this place. Such is the natural bigotry and narrowness of the human heart, that we can scarcely allow that any besides ourselves possess the true religion. To indulge a disposition of this kind is highly blamable. The true religion is neither confined to one spot nor to one people; it is spread in various forms over the whole earth. He who fills immensity has left a record of himself in every nation and among every people under heaven. Beware of the spirit of intolerance! for bigotry produces uncharitableness; and uncharitableness, harsh judging; and in such a spirit a man may think he does God service when he tortures, or makes a burnt-offering of the person whom his narrow mind and hard heart have dishonored with the name of heretic. Such a spirit is not confined to any one community, though it has predominated in some more than in others. But these things are highly displeasing in the sight of God. He, as the Father of the spirits of all flesh, loves every branch of his vastly extended family; and as far as we love one another, no matter of what sect of party, so far we resemble Him. Had Abraham possessed more charity for man and confidence in God at this time, he had not fallen into that snare from which he barely escaped. A hasty judgment is generally both erroneous and harsh; and those who are the most apt to form it are generally the most difficult to be convinced of the truth.

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Genesis 20:7 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...

Genesis 12:17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.

Genesis 16:2 And Sarai said to Abram, Behold now, the LORD has restrained me from bearing: I pray you, go in to my maid...

Genesis 30:2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?

1 Samuel 1:6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.

1 Samuel 5:10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying...

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And to Holy David Indeed it Might More Justly be Said...
22. And to holy David indeed it might more justly be said, that he ought not to have been angry; no, not with one however ungrateful and rendering evil for good; yet if, as man, anger did steal over him, he ought not to have let it so prevail, that he should swear to do a thing which either by giving way to his rage he should do, or by breaking his oath leave undone. But to the other, set as he was amid the libidinous frenzy of the Sodomites, who would dare to say, "Although thy guests in thine own
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Cross References
Genesis 12:17
But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai.

Genesis 30:2
Jacob became angry with her and said, "Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?"

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