Genesis 20:3

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But God came to Abimelech in a dreame by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken: for shee is a mans wife.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, "Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is married."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, because of the woman whom thou hast taken. For she is a man's wife.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But God came to Abimelech in a dream in the night, and said to him, Truly you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man's wife.
- Basic English Bible

But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art [but] a dead man, because of the woman that thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.
- Darby Bible

But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, on account of the woman whom thou hast taken: for she is a man's wife.
- Webster's Bible

But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, "Behold, you are a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken. For she is a man's wife."
- World English Bible

And God cometh in unto Abimelech in a dream of the night, and saith to him, `Lo, thou [art] a dead man, because of the woman whom thou hast taken -- and she married to a husband.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him: 'Behold, thou shalt die, because of the woman whom thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 20:3


20:3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream - It appears by this that God revealed himself by dreams, which evidenced themselves to be divine and supernatural, not only to his servants the prophets, but even to those that were out of the pale of the church; but then usually it was with some regard to God's own people.


Discussion for Genesis 20

  • Anne
    It seems that Abraham was using his wife's beauty to get through difficult situations but God had a plan for Sarah's life to fulfill His promise to Abraham and therefore protected her.
  • Barbara
    It was not about the age of Sarah it was about God power how he preserved Sarah beauty also God withheld Abimelech from sinning against God
  • BSP
    Jehovah God showed his protective power in this instance. Not only were Abraham and Sarah protected but so was King Abimelech.
  • Lynn
    Abraham offered no prayer to God in this matter. He took things into his own hands and trouble came to him. I hope I will pray when trouble approaches and I need guidance instead of just reasoning things out in my own way, which I'm prone to do.
  • Lee
    Verse 6 "for I also withheld thee from sinning against Me" Is it possible that adultery is a direct sin against God? If I think about it, it probably is because our bodies are God's temple. Oh, we can only but thank God for being so merciful with us.
  • how old was Sarah and Abimelech wanted to be with her? IF she was old then God made her look ageless, youon? He preserved her beauty he could do the same for all of us

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