3晚上，上帝在夢中對亞比米勒說：「你的死期到了，因為你帶來的那個女人是別人的妻子。」 4亞比米勒還沒有親近撒拉，因此他說：「主啊，難道你要毀滅一個無辜的國家嗎？ 5那人親口對我說這女人是他妹妹，她也說那人是她哥哥。我問心無愧，沒有做錯。」 6上帝在夢中對他說：「我知道你問心無愧，所以我才阻止你，不讓你親近她，免得你得罪我。 7現在你要把那人的妻子還給他，他是個先知，他會為你禱告，使你活命。要知道，如果你不這樣做，你和你的人民都必死。」
8亞比米勒清早起來召來他的臣僕，把這件事情告訴他們，他們聽了都十分害怕。 9亞比米勒召見亞伯拉罕，對他說：「你為什麼要害我們？我什麼地方得罪了你？你竟使我和我的人民陷入大罪！你不該這樣做。」 10又說：「你為什麼這樣做？」 11亞伯拉罕回答說：「因為我想這裡的人不敬畏上帝，他們必為了奪我妻子而殺我。 12況且，她真是我的妹妹，與我同父異母，後來做了我的妻子。 13上帝吩咐我離開家鄉到外面漂泊的時候，我對她說，『無論我們到哪裡，你都要說我是你哥哥，這就是你對我的恩情。』」
14於是，亞比米勒帶來牛、羊和男女僕婢送給亞伯拉罕，並把他妻子撒拉還給他， 15又對他說：「我的國土就在你面前，你想住在哪裡都可以。」 16亞比米勒對撒拉說：「我給你哥哥十一公斤銀子，在你家人面前證明你是清白的，你沒有做錯什麼。」
Abraham and Abimelek
1Abraham moved south into the Negev Desert. He lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar. 2There Abraham said about his wife Sarah, “She’s my sister.” Then Abimelek, the king of Gerar, sent for Sarah and took her.
3So God appeared to Abimelek in a dream one night. He said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken. She is already married.”
4But Abimelek hadn’t gone near her. So he said, “Lord, will you destroy a nation that hasn’t done anything wrong? 5Didn’t Abraham say to me, ‘She’s my sister’? And didn’t she also say, ‘He’s my brother’? I had no idea I was doing anything wrong.”
6Then God spoke to him in the dream. He said, “Yes, I know you had no idea you were doing anything wrong. 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 to him. He is a prophet. So he will pray for you, and you will live. But what if you do not return her? Then you can be sure that you and all your people will die.”
8Early the next morning Abimelek sent for all his officials. When he told them everything that had happened, they were really afraid. 9Then Abimelek called Abraham in. Abimelek said, “What have you done to us? Have I done something wrong to you? Why have you brought so much guilt on me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.” 10Abimelek also asked Abraham, “Why did you do this?”
11Abraham replied, “I thought, ‘There is no respect for God in this place. They will kill me because of my wife.’ 12Besides, she really is my sister. She’s the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother. And she became my wife. 13God had me wander away from my father’s house. So I said to her, ‘Here is how you can show your love to me. Everywhere we go, say about me, “He’s my brother.” ’ ”
14Then Abimelek gave Abraham sheep and cattle and male and female slaves. He also returned his wife Sarah to him. 15Abimelek said, “Here is my land. Live anywhere you want to.”
16He said to Sarah, “I’m giving your brother 25 pounds of silver. This will show everyone with you that I am sorry for what I did to you. You haven’t done anything wrong.”
17Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek. He also healed his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again. 18The Lord had kept all the women in Abimelek’s house from having children. He had done it because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.