New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 20:1-18

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.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

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.