Genesis 20:11

“And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the feare of God is not in this place: and they will slay mee for my wiues sake.”

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Other Translations

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.
- King James Version

Abraham said, "Because I thought, surely there is no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Abraham said, Because it seemed to me that there was no fear of God in this place, and that they might put me to death because of my wife.
- Basic English Bible

And Abraham said, Because I said, Surely the fear of God is not in this place, and they will kill me for my wife's sake.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

Abraham said, "Because I thought, 'Surely the fear of God is not in this place. They will kill me for my wife's sake.'
- World English Bible

And Abraham saith, `Because I said, `Surely the fear of God is not in this place, and they have slain me for the sake of my wife;
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 20:11


20:11 I thought surely the fear of God is not in this place, and they will slay me - There are many places and persons that have more of the fear of God in them than we think they have; perhaps they are not called by our name, they do not wear our badges, they do not tie themselves to that which we have an opinion of; and therefore we conclude they have not the fear of God in their hearts!


Discussion for Genesis 20

  • Evangelist Warren
    We develop in knowing the Voice of Our Holy Father. Discerning God's Will follows after accurately discerning His Voice. Alike Abraham's early beginnings, we establish the [FAITH] in God's Voice and TRUST His Promises by experiencing [intimate] challenges in His Presence. It was only in three chapters prior (Ch. 17) when Abram's name (destiny) was sealed as God's Chosen - Abr 'AH' am The Prophet!
  • Kieran88
    L.D. what i think Abraham is saying is, Abraham and Sarah have the same father meaning God. Abraham sees Sarah as a daughter of God. although there are many times people done mistakes and wasn't part of Gods plan. So, they could still be half brother and sister.
  • L.D
    I've read chapter 20 couple of times and there's a of verses that open my, there were a group at my place and we were talking about brother who would married their sisters. verse 12, Abraham said indeed she is the daughter of my father but not the daughter of my mother. Am a little confuse on verse 12, Question, Can a man marry a girl that is his sister from his mother's side but not sister by?
  • BSP
    Verse 6~Adultery is considered a sin against God. Jehovah God here warned Abimelech before he committed a grave sin.
  • A disciple
    "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." Therefore one more great reason for us to be "More ready to hear, than to give the answer of fools." We are to be perfect toward all as our Father in heaven, and let God look on the hearts.
  • A disciple
    "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." There is a difference between walking in darkness and ignorance of facts. Walking in darkness suggests an evil will against receiving the truth; but one can be good and walk in integrity although ignorant.

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