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Genesis 20:2

    Genesis 20:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister. And Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Abraham said of Sarah, his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent and took Sarah.

    Webster's Revision

    And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister. And Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

    World English Bible

    Abraham said about Sarah his wife, "She is my sister." Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 20:2

    She is my sister - See the parallel account, Genesis 12 (note), and the notes there. Sarah was now about ninety years of age, and probably pregnant with Isaac. Her beauty, therefore, must have been considerably impaired since the time she was taken in a similar manner by Pharaoh, king of Egypt; but she was probably now chosen by Abimelech more on the account of forming an alliance with Abraham, who was very rich, than on account of any personal accomplishments. A petty king, such as Abimelech, would naturally be glad to form an alliance with such a powerful chief as Abraham was: we cannot but recollect his late defeat of the four confederate Canaanitish kings. See note on Genesis 14:14, etc. This circumstance was sufficient to establish his credit, and cause his friendship to be courted; and what more effectual means could Abimelech use in reference to this than the taking of Sarah, who he understood was Abraham's sister, to be his concubine or second wife, which in those times had no kind of disgrace attached to it?