Genesis 20: Abraham and King Abimelech

Why do you think Abraham moved to Gerar?

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Genesis 20:1 Abraham moved southward to the land between Kadesh and Shur and settled in Gerar.
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Genesis 20:1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

After Abraham introduced his wife as his sister, why did he allow her to be taken into Abimelech’s palace?

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Genesis 20:2 When Abraham introduced his wife as his sister to Abimelech, king of Gerar, the king took Sarah into his palace.
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Genesis 20:2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

What kind of relationship did Abimelech have with God?

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Genesis 20:3–6 In a dream, God said to Abimelech, “You’re as good as dead, because the woman you have taken is already married.”
Abimelech said, “Lord, I have not slept with her. Would you slay an innocent person? Didn’t Abraham tell me Sarah was his sister? She said he was her brother. My motives were pure, my hands clean. I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong.”
“Yes,” God said, “I saw the innocence of your heart. That is why I kept you from touching her.
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Genesis 20:3–6 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.
But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? 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.
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.

What qualified Abraham as a prophet?

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Genesis 20:7 Give the man’s wife back. He is a prophet. He will pray for you, and you will live. Otherwise, you will surely die with all your household.”
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Genesis 20:7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.

Why did Abraham think Abimelech and his servants had no fear of God?

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Genesis 20:8–11 Early the next morning, Abimelech summoned his servants to tell them what had happened. They were terrified.
Abimelech then summoned Abraham. “What have you done? What did I do to you that you would bring such guilt upon me and my kingdom? Nobody should ever do what you have done. What were you thinking?”
“I thought,” Abraham said, “that the people here had no fear of God. I felt sure someone would kill me so they could have my wife.
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Genesis 20:8–11 Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.
Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done. And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.

Did Abraham lie when he said Sarah was his sister? Why?

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Genesis 20:12–13 She really is my sister. She is the daughter of my father but not my mother, and she became my wife. When God directed me to leave my father’s house to wander, unsure what others might do, I asked this favor for her to say I was her brother wherever we went.”
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Genesis 20:12–13 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.

Why didn’t Abimelech expel Abraham for his deception and instead welcomed him and gave him gifts?

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Genesis 20:14–15 Besides returning Sarah to her husband, Abimelech gave Abraham sheep, cattle, and servants, both male and female. “My land is your land,” Abimelech said. “Live wherever you want.”
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Genesis 20:14–15 And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife. And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.

How could a thousand pieces of silver be needed for compensation?

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Genesis 20:16 He said to Sarah, “I have given a thousand pieces of silver to your brother to compensate for any perception of wrongdoing. In everyone’s eyes, you are blameless.”
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Genesis 20:16 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.

How long was Sarah in Abimelech’s palace? How long after that did God answer Abraham’s prayer for healing?

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Genesis 20:17–18 Abraham prayed and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants so they could have children. Because of Abraham’s wife Sarah, the Lord had made it impossible for anyone in Abimelech’s household to have children.
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Genesis 20:17–18 So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children. For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.