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1. Mosebog 20:1-18

Abraham hos kong Abimelek

1Abraham flyttede nu fra Mamres egelund til Negev, hvor han først slog sig ned mellem Kadesh og Shurs ørken, og senere boede han en tid som fremmed nær ved byen Gerar. 2Han omtalte sin kone, Sara, som om hun var hans søster. Derfor sendte kong Abimelek af Gerar bud efter hende.

3Men en nat sagde Gud til Abimelek i en drøm: „Du skal dø! For kvinden, du tog, er gift med en anden!” 4Abimelek havde imidlertid ikke ligget med Sara. Derfor sagde han: „Herre, vil du slå uskyldige mennesker ihjel? 5Manden sagde jo, at hun var hans søster—og i øvrigt bekræftede hun det selv. Det var bestemt ikke min hensigt at gøre noget forkert!”

6„Det ved jeg,” svarede Herren. „Det var derfor, jeg hindrede dig i at synde imod mig, idet jeg ikke tillod dig at røre hende. 7Send hende tilbage til hendes mand. Han er en profet, så han kan gå i forbøn for dig, så du ikke dør. Men hvis du ikke sender hende tilbage, skal du og hele din husstand dø!”

8Tidligt næste morgen sammenkaldte Abimelek alle sine tjenere og fortalte dem, hvad der var sket, og de blev skrækslagne. 9Derefter sendte Abimelek bud efter Abraham. „Hvad er det dog, du har gjort imod os?” sagde han. „Hvad har du imod mig, siden du synes, jeg og mit rige fortjener at blive skyldige i sådan en stor synd? Sådan noget burde ikke ske! 10Hvorfor har du gjort det imod os?”

11„Jeg regnede med, at det her var et gudløst sted, og at man derfor uden videre ville slå mig ihjel og tage min kone,” svarede Abraham. 12„Desuden er hun faktisk min søster, for vi har samme far, men ikke samme mor. Men vi giftede os alligevel. 13Da Gud i sin tid pålagde mig at rejse bort fra mit eget land, sagde jeg til hende: ‚Hvor som helst vi kommer frem, så vær sød at sige, at jeg er din bror.’ ”

14Derefter gav Abimelek Abraham får, køer og slaver, både mænd og kvinder, og gav ham også hans kone tilbage. 15Abimelek sagde desuden: „Se dig omkring i mit rige og vælg det sted, hvor du helst vil slå dig ned.” 16Til Sara sagde han: „Jeg giver din bror 1000 sølvstykker i erstatning for det, som er overgået dig. Så regner jeg med, at vi er kvit.”

17Abraham bad nu til Gud og gik i forbøn for kong Abimelek, og Gud helbredte både ham, hans kone og de øvrige kvinder i hans harem, så de igen kunne få børn. 18Herren havde nemlig gjort alle kvinderne i Abimeleks husstand ufrugtbare på grund af det med Sara.

New International Version - UK

Genesis 20:1-18

Abraham and Abimelek

1Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, ‘She is my sister.’ Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.

3But 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.’

4Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, ‘Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 5Did he not say to me, “She is my sister,” and didn’t she also say, “He is my brother”? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands.’

6Then God said to him in the dream, ‘Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. 7Now 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.’

8Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid. 9Then Abimelek called Abraham in and said, ‘What have you done to us? How have I wronged you that you have brought such great guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.’ 10And Abimelek asked Abraham, ‘What was your reason for doing this?’

11Abraham replied, ‘I said to myself, “There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.” 12Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. 13And when God caused me to wander from my father’s household, I said to her, “This is how you can show your love to me: everywhere we go, say of me, ‘He is my brother.’ ” ’

14Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. 15And Abimelek said, ‘My land is before you; live wherever you like.’

16To Sarah he said, ‘I am giving your brother a thousand shekels20:16 That is, about 12 kilograms of silver. This is to cover the offence against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.’

17Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again, 18for the Lord had kept all the women in Abimelek’s household from conceiving because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.