1 And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar. 2 And Abraham said again of Sarah, his wife, She is my sister. 3 And Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said unto him, Behold, thou hast taken a woman which is not thine own; for she is Abraham’s wife. 4 And the Lord said unto him, Thou shalt return her unto Abraham; for if thou do it not, thou shalt die. 5 And Abimelech had not come near her, for the Lord had not suffered him. 6 And he said, Lord, wilt thou slay me and also a righteous nation? Behold, said he not unto me, She is my sister? And she, even she herself, said, He is my brother. And in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. 7 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst do this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me; therefore suffered I not thee to touch her. 8 Now, therefore, restore the man’s wife to him, for he is a prophet; and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live; and if thou restore her not to him, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou and all that are thine. 9 Therefore, Abimelech arose early in the morning, and called his servants, and told all these things in their ears; and the men were sore afraid.10 Then Abimelech called Abraham and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? And in what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? 11 Thou hast done things unto me that ought not to be done. And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing? 12 And Abraham said, Because I thought assuredly the fear of God was not in this place and they would slay me for my wife’s sake;13 And yet, indeed, she was my sister; she was the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. 14 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This shall be thy kindness which thou shalt show unto me: At every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother. 15 And Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and menservants and women servants, and gave unto Abraham, and restored unto him Sarah his wife. 16 And Abimelech said, Behold, my land lieth before thee; dwell where it pleaseth thee. 17 And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, he shall give unto thee a covering of the eyes, and it shall be a token unto all that thou mayest not be taken again from Abraham, thy husband. And thus she was reproved. 18 So Abraham prayed unto God; and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants, and they bare unto him children.19 For because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech.
1 And Sarah was a hundred and twenty-seven years old, and she died; and thus ended the years of the life of Sarah. 2 And Sarah died in Kirjath-arba; the same is now called Hebron in the land of Canaan. 3 And Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her, his wife which was dead. 4 And Abraham stood up from before his dead and spake unto the sons of Heth, saying, I am a stranger and a sojourner with you; give me a possession of a burying place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight. 5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying unto him, Hear us, my lord; thou art a mighty prince among us; in the choicest of our sepulchers bury thou thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulcher, but that thou mayest bury thy dead. :6 And Abraham stood up and bowed himself to the people of the land, and to the children of Heth; and he communed with them, saying, 7 If it be your mind that I should bury my dead out of my sight, hear me and entreat Ephron, the son of Zohar, for me, that he may give me the cave of Machpelah, which he hath in the end of his field; 8 For as much money as it is worth, he shall have if he will give it me for a possession of a burying place among you. 9 And Ephron dwelt among the children of Heth. 10 And Ephron, the Hittite, answered Abraham in the audience of the children of Heth, among all of them that went in at the gates of the city, saying, 11 Hearken, my lord, and hear me; the field I give thee and the cave that is therein; I give it thee in the presence of the sons of my people; and I give it thee; therefore, bury thy dead. 12 And Abraham bowed himself down before the people of the land, and he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, I pray thee, hear me; 13 If thou wilt take it of me, I will give thee money for the field, and I will bury my dead there; but I will give thee money for it. 14 And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him, My lord, hearken unto me; the land thou shalt have for four hundred shekels of silver. What shall that be betwixt me and thee? Bury, therefore, thy dead. 15 And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed unto Ephron the silver which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, which was current with the merchant. 16 And the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field and that were in all the borders round about were made sure unto Abraham for a possession, in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of the city 7 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah, his wife, in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre; the same is called Hebron in the land of Canaan. 18 And the field and the cave that was therein were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a burying place by the sons of Heth.