New International Version

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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 20:1-18


1亞伯拉罕幔利遷往南地,住在加低斯書珥之間。在基拉耳寄居期間, 2他稱妻子撒拉是自己的妹妹。基拉耳亞比米勒派人帶走了撒拉

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。」

17亞伯拉罕祈求上帝,上帝就治好了亞比米勒,也使他妻子和眾婢女恢復了生育能力。 18原來耶和華因為亞伯拉罕的妻子撒拉這件事,使亞比米勒宮中所有的婦女都不能生育。