Genesis 20:4

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

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Other Translations

But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
- King James Version

Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, "Lord, will You slay a nation, even {though} blameless?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now Abimelech had not come near her. And he said, Lord, wilt thou slay even a righteous nation?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, Lord, will you put to death an upright nation?
- Basic English Bible

But Abimelech had not come near her. And he said, Lord, wilt thou also kill a righteous nation?
- Darby Bible

But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou also slay a righteous nation?
- Webster's Bible

Now Abimelech had not come near her. He said, "Lord, will you kill even a righteous nation?
- World English Bible

And Abimelech hath not drawn near unto her, and he saith, `Lord, also a righteous nation dost thou slay?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said: 'Lord, wilt Thou slay even a righteous nation?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 20:4


20:4 Wilt thou slay also a righteous nation - Not such a nation as Sodom.


Discussion for Genesis 20

  • Teri
    through Abimelech God showed mercy? Just a thought!
  • 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.

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