创世记20 Genesis

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20:1 亚伯拉罕从那里向南地迁去,寄居在加低斯和书珥中间的基拉耳。

And Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.

20:2 亚伯拉罕称他的妻撒拉为妹子,基拉耳王亚比米勒差人把撒拉取了去。

And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.

20:3 但夜间神来在梦中对亚比米勒说,你是个死人哪,因为你取了那女人来。她原是别人的妻子。

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.

20:4 亚比米勒却还没有亲近撒拉。他说,主阿,连有义的国,你也要毁灭吗。

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

20:5 那人岂不是自己对我说,她是我的妹子吗。就是女人也自己说,他是我的哥哥。我作这事是心正手洁的。

Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.

20:6 神在梦中对他说,我知道你作这事是心中正直。我也拦阻了你,免得你得罪我,所以我不容你沾着她。

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.

20:7 现在你把这人的妻子归还他。因为他是先知,他要为你祷告,使你存活。你若不归还他,你当知道,你和你所有的人都必要死。

Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.

20:8 亚比米勒清早起来,召了众臣仆来,将这些事都说给他们听,他们都甚惧怕。

Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.

20:9 亚比米勒召了亚伯拉罕来,对他说,你怎吗向我这样行呢。我在什么事上得罪了你,你竟使我和我国里的人陷在大罪里。你向我行不当行的事了。

Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.

20:10 亚比米勒又对亚伯拉罕说,你见了什么才作这事呢。

And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?

20:11 亚伯拉罕说,我以为这地方的人总不惧怕神,必为我妻子的缘故杀我。

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.

20:12 况且她也实在是我的妹子。她与我是同父异母,后来作了我的妻子。

And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.

20:13 当神叫我离开父家,飘流在外的时候,我对她说,我们无论走到什么地方,你可

And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.

20:14 亚比米勒把牛,羊,仆婢赐给亚伯拉罕,又把他的妻子撒拉归还他。

And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him Sarah his wife.

20:15 亚比米勒又说,看哪,我的地都在你面前,你可以随意居住。

And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.

20:16 又对撒拉说,我给你哥哥一千银子,作为你在合家人面前哨羞的(羞原文作眼),你就在众人面前没有不是了。

And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.

20:17 亚伯拉罕祷告神,神就医好了亚比米勒和他的妻子,并他的众女仆,她们便跑生育

So Abraham prayed unto God: and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.

20:18 因耶和华为亚伯拉罕的妻子撒拉的缘故,已经使亚比米勒家中的妇人不能生育。

For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham’s wife.

创世记20参考

性格中的弱点常会是人失足之处──真的?我今天最需要对付的软弱是……
20:2 亚伯拉罕以前也曾使用这样的花招来保护自己(12:11-13)。他虽然是信心上的英雄,却没有汲取上次的教训,再一次屈服于试探之下;冒险把自己犯罪的行为变成习惯──每当觉得生命有危险时,就以撒谎来脱险。
  无论我们怎样爱神,总会遇上一些特别难以抵抗的诱惑──我们灵命上最常受攻击之处。当我们努力战胜自己的软弱时,知道神在看顾我们,正如他保守亚伯拉罕一样,我们就可以得到鼓励。

神多次挽回罪中的人,也在挽回你和我,你知道吗?
20:6 亚比米勒因无知而娶了已婚的妇人,几乎犯了奸淫罪;幸好神阻止他玷污撒拉,使他得免犯罪。神对他是何等的怜悯!神也多次这样挽回我们,使我们不致犯罪,只是我们不察觉。在这段记载中我们可以知道,神用我们可以知道的方法,也用我们察觉不到的方法来工作。

亚伯拉罕误以为眼前的困难是难以克服的,我是否相信神在我认为不可能的地方动工吗?
20:11-13 由于亚伯拉罕误以为亚比米勒是恶人,所以隐瞒真相。他以为瞒骗亚比米勒比信靠神在这位君王的生命中工作更来得有效。不要假设神不会在困难的情况中工作,我们未必完全明白当时的处境,但神会在我们意想不到的时候动工。

有一些困难,是神出于善意拦阻人用的……
20:17-18 亚比米勒并不知道撒拉是个有夫之妇,为甚么在他想娶她的时候,神还要刑罚他呢?(1)他的意图虽是好的,但是只要撒拉住在他的宫中,他就有犯罪的可能。人吃了误以为无毒的蘑菇,虽然意图无错,还是要受苦。不管我们的目的如何,罪都是毁灭我们和周围人的毒药。(2)神警告亚比米勒:只要他跟撒拉有同寝的行动,他就使他全家的妇女不能生育。神是要扭转这种情形,而不是要伤害亚比米勒。(3)这件事清楚表明亚伯拉罕跟全能的神站在同一阵线上,这可能使亚比米勒敬畏亚伯拉罕的神。

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