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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 had me 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 25 pounds or about 12 kilograms of silver. This is to cover the offense 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.

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1 Mose 20:1-18

Abraham Ne Abimelek

1Afei, Abraham tu fii hɔ kɔɔ anafo mantam asase bi a wɔfrɛ no Negeb kɔtenaa nkurow Kades ne Sur ntam. Ɔtenaa Gerar kakra. 2Abraham maa nnipa no tee ase sɛ, Sara yɛ ne nuabea. Enti, Gerarhene Abimelek soma kɔfaa Sara baa nʼahemfi.

3Nanso Onyankopɔn soo Abimelek dae, ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Wosɛ owu, efisɛ ɔbea a woakɔfa no no yɛ obi yere.”

4Nanso na Abimelek nnya ne Sara nnae, enti ɔkae se, “Awurade, enti wobɛsɛe onipa a ɔnyɛɛ bɔne bi? 5Abraham ka kyerɛɛ me se, ‘Ɔyɛ me nuabea.’ Na Sara no nso kae se, ‘Ɔyɛ me nuabarima.’ Enti mede adwene mu fann ne koma mu tew na ɛyɛɛ nea meyɛe no.”

6Na Onyankopɔn soo Abimelek dae bio ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Ɛyɛ nokware turodoo sɛ, wode adwene mu fann ne koma mu tew na ɛyɛɛ nea woyɛe no; ɛno nti, mamma woanyɛ bɔne antia me. Ɛno nti na mamma woamfa wo ho anka no no. 7Ne saa nti san fa ɔbarima no yere no kɔma no, efisɛ saa ɔbarima no yɛ odiyifo a obetumi abɔ mpae ama wo ama woatena. Na sɛ woansan amfa no ankɔma no a, hu sɛ, wo ne wʼasefo nyinaa bewuwu.”

8Ade kyee anɔpatutuutu no, Abimelek frɛɛ ne mpanyimfo nyinaa bɔɔ wɔn nsɛm a asisi no ho amanneɛ. Na wosuroo yiye. 9Afei, Abimelek frɛɛ Abraham ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Dɛn na woayɛ yɛn yi? Bɔne bɛn na mayɛ wo a woakɔfa afɔbusɛm kɛse a ɛte sɛɛ yi abɛto me ne me man so yi? Ade a wode ayɛ me yi nyɛ ade a anka ɛsɛ sɛ wode yɛ me.” 10Afei, Abimelek bisaa Abraham se, “Dɛn adwene na ɛkaa wo a ɛma woyɛɛ saa?”

11Abraham buae se, “Misusuwii sɛ nokware, Onyankopɔn biara nni mo mu, na me yere nti, mubekum me. 12Eyi akyi no, ampa ara, ɔyɛ me nuabea. Yefi agya koro na yemfi ɛna koro. Ɛno nti na mewaree no no. 13Na bere a Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ me Abraham se mintu mfi mʼagya fi nkɔ asase a ɔbɛkyerɛ me so no. Me nso, meka kyerɛɛ Sara se, ‘Adɔe a ɛsɛ sɛ woyɛ me ni: baabiara a yebedu no, ka se meyɛ wo nuabarima.’ ”

14Enti Abimelek de nguan, anantwi, nkoa ne mfenaa brɛɛ Abraham. Na ɔde ne yere Sara san brɛɛ no. 15Abimelek kae se, “Mʼasasetam na ɛda wʼanim yi, ɛso baabiara a wopɛ sɛ wotena no, fa.”

16Abimelek ka kyerɛɛ Sara nso se, “Mede dwetɛ kilogram dubaako ne fa rema wo nuabarima no. Eyi ne mpata a mede rema wo wɔ bɔne a wɔde too wo so no, wɔ wɔn a wɔka wo ho no nyinaa anim. Asodi biara nna wo so.”

17Enti Abraham bɔɔ mpae, srɛɛ Onyankopɔn sɛ ɔnsa ɔhene Abimelek, ɔhemmea ne mfenaa a wɔwɔ fie hɔ no yare mma wɔnwo mma. 18Esiane Abraham yere Sara nti, Awurade too Abimelek fifo nyinaa yafunu mu de twee Abimelek aso.