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Genesis 20 - NIV

Abraham and Abimelek

1 Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar,

2 and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.

3 But 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.”

4 Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation?

5 Did 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.”

6 Then 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.

7 Now 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.”

8 Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid.

9 Then 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.”

10 And Abimelek asked Abraham, “What was your reason for doing this?”

11 Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’

12 Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife.

13 And 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.”?’”

14 Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him.

15 And Abimelek said, “My land is before you; live wherever you like.”

16 To Sarah he said, “I am giving your brother a thousand shekels[a] of silver. This is to cover the offense against you before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.”

17 Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again,

18 for the Lord had kept all the women in Abimelek’s household from conceiving because of Abraham’s wife Sarah.


a. Genesis 20:16 That is, about 25 pounds or about 12 kilograms

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Shared by: C. Philip Green on Jul, 2016
Summary: In order to regain your integrity after it is lost, let God reveal your sin, rebuke you for it, and then restore you wholly and completely just like He did for Abraham.
Scripture: Genesis 20:1-18
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Shared by: John Gaston on Apr, 2016
Summary: Sometimes when you've made the same dumb mistake again, you get a vague sense of déjà vu. That's what Abraham got when Abimelek rebuked him for lying about Sarah being his sister. Let's don't keep falling into the same sins!
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Shared by: bala samson on Dec, 2015
Summary: None in this world can pat you on your back and cheer you, coax you, urge you, push you, embolden you, support you and stir you like the way our Heavenly dad does!
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Shared by: Horace Wimpey on Nov, 2015
Summary: IN Genesis 20, we see one of the many failures in the life and ministry of Abraham. This sermon highlights how God responds to our failures.
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Aug, 2014
Summary: To show that GOD heals yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) Hebrews 13:8 (Amplified Bible) 13:8 Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).
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Tim White avatar
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Shared by: Tim White on Mar, 2014
Summary: Abraham must receive reconciliation with his neighbors.
Scripture: Genesis 20:1-18
Denomination: Baptist
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Mark A. Barber avatar
The Life of Abraham, Part 12: Abraham's Witness ot Abimelech
Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Feb, 2014
Summary: How good a witness was Abraham to the pagans? How well do we witness?
Scripture: Genesis 20:1-18
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 542
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Shared by: John Shearhart on Jul, 2013
Summary: God saves Abraham and Sarah from Abimelech.
Series: Genesis
Scripture: Genesis 20:1-18
Denomination: Baptist
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Shared by: Steve Ely on Oct, 2012
Summary: We are a long ways from the days of “Leave it to Beaver” and “The Brady Bunch”! What does God have to say to the “Modern Family”?
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Scripture: Genesis 20:1-18
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Shared by: Paul Barreca on May, 2012
Summary: Today we will talk about lying. Our goal is to go beyond the obvious instruction that we should not lie. Our goal is to learn what our lies teach us about the condition of our hearts.
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Scripture: Genesis 20:1-18
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Shared by: Johnny Palmer on Feb, 2012
Summary: Rules for retarding you spiritual progress.
Scripture: Genesis 20:1-18
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Views: 1,042
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Shared by: Edward Hardee on Oct, 2011
Summary: This is a study of the book of Genesis. Genesis and Revelation are two of the most disputed books in the Bible. The premise of this study is the foundation of creation.
Scripture: Genesis 20:1-18
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Shared by: Brian Lewis on Jul, 2011
Summary: Sermon over the 10 Commandments
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Shared by: John Shearhart on Jan, 2011
Summary: Abraham and Abimelech
Series: Genesis
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Shared by: Gordon Curley on Nov, 2010
Summary: Abraham & Abimelech. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)
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Views: 516
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Shared by: Joseph Smith on Oct, 2010
Summary: Done as three monologues: fear compromises integrity, and a compromised integrity breeds more fear.
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Scripture: Genesis 20:1-20
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Shared by: Ross Cochrane on Aug, 2010
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Shared by: Ross Cochrane on Aug, 2010
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Shared by: Ross Cochrane on Aug, 2010
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Shared by: Ross Cochrane on Aug, 2010
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Shared by: Sean Harder on Mar, 2010
Summary: God shows outrageous grace to sinners who continually mess up. His blessings are so undeserved.
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Scripture: Genesis 20:1-18
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Shared by: Tom Owen on Aug, 2009
Summary: verse-by-verse
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Shared by: Carl Allen on Apr, 2009
Summary: These verses before us today portray a horrible failure in the life of one of God’s choice servants. If you remember Abraham’s journey down into Egypt in Genesis 12:10-20, you will notice some similarities between this event and that one.
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Scripture: Genesis 20:1-18
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Shared by: Paul Clemente on Jan, 2009
Summary: If we live by faith, there is no need to fear!
Scripture: Genesis 20:1-18
Denomination: Evangelical Free
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Shared by: Paul Wallace on Oct, 2008
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Shared by: Joel Smith on Oct, 2008
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Scripture: Genesis 20:1-21:34
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Shared by: Tom Owen on Jul, 2008
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