GENESIS 20:4

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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

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Genesis 20:4 Translation & Meaning

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But Abimelech וַֽאֲבִימֶ֕לֶךְ Abimelek, the name of two Philistine kings and of two Israelites Abimelech
had not לֹ֥א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
come near קָרַ֖ב To approach (causatively, bring near) for whatever purpose come near
her: and he said, וַיֹּאמַ֕ר To say (used with great latitude) said
Lord, אֲדֹנָ֕י The Lord (used as a proper name of God only) Lord
wilt thou slay תַּֽהֲרֹֽג׃ To smite with deadly intent wilt slay
also גַּם Properly, assemblage; used only adverbially also, even, yea, though; often repeated as correl. both...and also
a righteous צַדִּ֖יק Just righteous
nation? הֲג֥וֹי A foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts nation

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  • 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?

  • 5  Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.

  • 6  And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.




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