:B:1 Abraham left there for the terri- tory of the Negeb, and lived be tween Kadesh and Shur
3 But God came to Abimelech in a dream at night. He said to him, You are a dead man because of this woman you have taken, for she is a married woman. 4 But Abimelech had not gone near her, so he said, My Lord, are you going to kill a pagan who acted with good intention? 5 Didnt he say to me: She is my sister? And she said to me: He is my brother. I acted in the simplicity of my heart and with innocent hands. 6 God said to him in the dream, I knew that you did that in the simplicity of your heart and I prevented you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. 7 Now give the woman back to the man for he is a prophet
8 So Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his officials and told them all these things. The officials were terrified. 9 Abimelech then called Abra ham and said to him, What have you done to us? In what way have I wronged you, for you to bring against me and my kingdom such a grave sin? You have done to me things that should not be done. 10 Abimelech said to Abra ham, Why did you act as you did? 11 Abra ham said, I thought there is no fear of God at all in this place and they will kill me because of my wife. 12 Yet it is true that she is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not of my mother, and she became my wife. 13 So, when the gods made me wander far from my fathers family, I said to her: Now, if you love me, I beg you to say that I am your brother wherever we go.
14 Abimelech then brought sheep and cattle, male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he had Sarah returned to her husband. 15 And he told Abraham, See, you have the run of my land