Ge 20:1
20:1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country,
     and dwelled between Kadesh and {a} Shur, and sojourned in

     (a) Which was toward Egypt.

Ge 20:2
20:2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, {b} She [is] my sister:
     and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

     (b) Abraham had now twice fallen into this sin: such is
         man's frailty.

Ge 20:3
20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to
     him, Behold, {c} thou [art but] a dead man, for the woman
     which thou hast taken; for she [is] a man's wife.

     (c) So greatly God detests the breach of marriage.

Ge 20:4
20:4 But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord,
     wilt thou slay also {d} a righteous nation?

     (d) The infidels confessed that God would not punish but
         for just occasion: therefore, when he punishes, the
         occasion is just.

Ge 20:5
20:5 Said he not unto me, She [is] my sister? and she, even she
     herself said, He [is] my brother: in the integrity of my
     {e} heart and {f} innocency of my hands have I done this.

     (e) As one falling by ignorance, and not doing evil on
     (f) Not thinking to do any man harm.

Ge 20:6
20:6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou
     didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also {g}
     withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I
     thee not to touch her.

     (g) God by his holy Spirit restrains those who offend in
         ignorance, that they not fall into greater offence..

Ge 20:7
20:7 Now therefore restore the man [his] wife; for he [is] a {h}
     prophet, and he {i} 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.

     (h) That is, one to whom God reveals himself familiarly.
     (i) For the prayer of the godly is of force towards God.

Ge 20:9
20:9 Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast
     thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou
     hast brought on me and on my {k} kingdom a great sin? thou
     hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.

     (k) The wickedness of the king brings God's wrath on the
         whole realm.

Ge 20:11
20:11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the {l} fear
      of God [is] not in this place; and they will slay me for
      my wife's sake.

      (l) He shows that no honesty can be hoped for, where there
          is no fear of God.

Ge 20:12
20:12 And yet indeed [she is] my {m} sister; she [is] the
      daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother;
      and she became my wife.

      (m) By sister, he means his full cousin, and by daughter
          Abraham's niece, @Ge 11:29 for so the Hebrews use
          these words.

Ge 20:16
20:16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a
      thousand [pieces] of silver: behold, he [is] to thee a {n}
      covering of the eyes, unto all that [are] with thee, and
      with all [other]: {o} thus she was reproved.

      (n) Such a head as with whom you may be preserved from all
      (o) God caused this heathen king to reprove her because
          she concealed her identity, seeing that God had given
          her a husband as her veil and defence.

Ge 20:18
20:18 For the LORD {p} had fast closed up all the wombs of the
      house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

      (p) Had taken away from them the gift of conceiving.

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