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

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Genesis 20:2 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And Abraham אַבְרָהָ֛ם Abraham, the later name of Abram Abraham
said וַיֹּ֧אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
of אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to of
Sarah שָׂרָ֥ה Sarah, Abraham's wife Sarah
his wife, אִשְׁתּ֖וֹ A woman wife
She הִ֑וא He (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are She
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
my sister: אֲחֹ֣תִי A sister (used very widely [like H0251], literally and figuratively) sister
and Abimelech אֲבִימֶ֙לֶךְ֙ Abimelek, the name of two Philistine kings and of two Israelites Abimelech
king מֶ֣לֶךְ A king king
of Gerar גְּרָ֔ר Gerar, a Philistine city Gerar
sent, וַיִּשְׁלַ֗ח To send away, for, or out (in a great variety of applications) sent
and took וַיִּקַּ֖ח To take (in the widest variety of applications) took
Sarah. שָׂרָֽה׃ Sarah, Abraham's wife Sarah

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  • 1  And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

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

  • 3  But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.

  • 4  But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?


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