Genesis Chapter 20
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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.
9 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.
13 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.
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.
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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 20 Bible commentary...
Abraham's sojourn at Gerar, Sarah is taken by Abimelech. (1-8) Abimelech's rebuke to Abraham. (9-13) Abimelech restores Sarah. (14-18)1-8 Crooked policy will not prosper: it brings ourselves and others into danger. God gives Abimelech notice of his danger of sin, and his danger of death for his sin. Every wilful sinner is a dead man, but Abimelech pleads ignorance. If our consciences witness, that, however we may have been cheated into a snare, we have not knowingly sinned against God, it will be our rejoicing in the day of evil. It is matter of comfort to those who are honest, that God knows their honesty, and will acknowledge it. It is a great mercy to be hindered from committing sin; of this God must have the glory. But if we have ignorantly done wrong, that will not excuse us, if we knowingly persist in it. He that does wrong, whoever he is, prince or peasant, shall certainly receive for the wrong which he has done, unless he repent, and, if possible, make restitution.
9-13 See here much to blame, even in the father of the faithful. Mark his distrust of God, his undue care about life, his intent to deceive. He also threw temptation in the way of others, caused affliction to them, exposed himself and Sarah to just rebukes, and yet attempted an excuse. These things are written for our warning, not for us to imitate. Even Abraham hath not whereof to glory. He cannot be justified by his works, but must be indebted for justification, to that righteousness which is upon all and unto all them that believe. We must not condemn all as hypocrites who fall into sin, if they do not continue in it. But let the unhumbled and impenitent take heed that they do not sin on, thinking that grace may abound. Abimelech, being warned of God, takes the warning; and being truly afraid of sin and its consequences, he rose early to pursue the directions given him.
14-18 We often trouble ourselves, and even are led into temptation and sin, by groundless suspicions; and find the fear of God where we expected it not. Agreements to deceive generally end in shame and sorrow; and restraints from sin, though by suffering, should be thankfully acknowledged. Though the Lord rebuke, yet he will pardon and deliver his people, and he will give them favour in the sight of those with whom they sojourn; and overrule their infirmities, when they are humbled for them, so that they shall prove useful to themselves and others.
Comments for Genesis Chapter 20...
Alison's Genesis Chapter 20 comment on 4/15/2013, 2:23pm...
I think genesis is a wonderful book, its image links the reader, in which a way, for as to understand the nature of god. it is like looking at god in a painting ,allowing you to step back to be amazed by wonder and love at the same time.
Pastor paul akweze's Genesis Chapter 20 comment on 4/28/2012, 1:08pm...
There is no doubt that our unfaithfulness will never change God's faithfulness. To be saved and anointed is man's guarantee for a blessed life , no matter who is against you. Abraham enjoyed grace though he lived in the old testament;that's the benefit of salvation. Are you saved? Genesis 20 is an explicit new testament revelation.
Annie Mckenzie's Genesis Chapter 20 comment on 3/15/2012, 11:40am...
Amen Amen ...God is proving to be always faithful..
Carmen's Genesis Chapter 20 comment on 6/23/2011, 5:28pm...
The more I understand or think I do Genesis, I do not. Why was it so exceptable to have so many wives and be an adultor with maid servants, sleep with your father, allow your wife to be had by another man, etc. etc.?
Jane Obina's Genesis Chapter 20 comment on 3/28/2011, 8:36pm...
Indeed God is ever faithful despite of our unfaithfulness to Him..Nevertheless, everyday is a chance He gave for us to be faithful to Him & to trust in Him. In this chapter, I have seen how God has been faithful to Abraham. God's favor to Abraham is such an inspiration. To God be the glory!
RALPH M. WATERS's Genesis Chapter 20 comment on 12/31/2010, 11:48am...
Abraham is a prime example of people today. GOD shows us so many examples of his majesty, yet we still doubt HIM and fear MAN.
Doris's Genesis Chapter 20 comment on 3/15/2010, 3:00pm...
Amen Amen....God is proving to be always faithful..
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