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Abimelech was a king of Gerar during the times of Abraham and Isaac.


Abraham's visit[]

Abimelech was king the king of Gerar when Abraham moved to Negev, and between Kadesh and Shur, then moving to Gerar, Abraham introduced his wife, Sarah, by saying, "She is my sister." So King Abimelech sent for Sarah and had her brought to him at his palace.[1]

But that night God came to Abimelech in a dream and told him, "You are a dead man, for that woman you have taken is already married!"[2]

Abimelech then realized he got deceived by Abraham, though Abimelech was innocent since he had not slept with Sarah, replying to God that he would destroy a innocent nation of his.[3] He then preceded to say, "Didn’t Abraham tell me, 'She is my sister'? And she herself said, 'Yes, he is my brother.' I acted in complete innocence! My hands are clean", God than replies to him agreeing with his plea, that he kept him from sleeping with her.[4]

Due to a interposition of providence, she was returned by Abimelech to Abraham. God commands Abimelech to return Sarah in order for him and his people of Gerar not to die.[5]

In the morning he told his servants and they were all terrified, then Abimelech confronts Abraham, then Abraham replied to his fear, that they might kill him because of his wife's beauty.[6] He later on confessed that she was her partial-sister, the daughter of his father's other wife.[7]

Covenant with Abraham[]

Abimelech then gave Abraham, cattle and male and female servants and gave him a favour to live anywhere he pleases in the land of Gerar[8]. And then he said to Sarah, "Look, I am giving your brother 1,000 pieces of silver before the presence of all these witnesses. This is to compensate you for any wrong I may have done to you. This will settle any claim against me, and your reputation is cleared."[9]

Then Abraham prayed to God, and Abimelech and all his household was blessed with children. For the Lord had caused all the women to be infertile because of what happened with Abraham’s wife, Sarah.[10]

Abimelech's visit to Abraham[]

About the time, of Ishmael's ejection, Abraham went to visit Abimelech and his army commander in Phicol, Abimelech visit came with a greeting saying, "God is obviously with you, helping you in everything you do," Abimelech said. Afterwards he asked Abraham for a covenant, "Swear to me in God's name that you will never deceive me, my children, or any of my descendants..." Abraham solemnly accepted the covenant. Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well that Abimelech’s servants had taken by force from Abraham’s servants.[11]

Abraham proceeds with an gift, his cattle, sheeos and goats to him.[12] But Abraham also took seven additional female lambs and set them off by themselves. Abimelech asks why have he set the seven from others, apart, Abraham replied as proof for the treaty, he named it Beersheba, whom afterwards Abraham set a tamarisk tree and worshipped Yahhweh.[13]

Isaac's visit[]

When there was a famine[14] in Isaac's place they went to visit Gerar comparable to his father, the ruler at that time was Abimelech.

The Lord showed Himself to Isaac, and said, "Do not go to Egypt. Stay in the land I will tell you about. Live in this land and I will be with you and bring good to you. For I will give all these lands to you and your children. I will keep the promise I made to your father Abraham. I will make your children and all your children’s children as many as the stars of heaven. I will give these lands to them. 5 For Abraham obeyed Me. He did what I told him to do. He kept My Word and My Law."[15] Isaac, had the same fear with his father, when they ask who was Rebekah, he said she was his siter.[16] But when Abimelech, saw them having intercourse with each other, Abimelech confronted them, and Isaac confessed.

Furthermore saying that they have brought shame upon the land, therefore leading him making an oath.[17]

Then Isaac planted a seed, and the Lord made him prosper in all the land, but the Philistines were envious of them, filled all the well it which was from his father[18] and Abimelech rebuked Isaac for he was too powerful.[19] He then moved to the Valley of Gerar, then he preceded to dig up Abraham's well, which the Philistines buried, and discovered a well of fresh water there. Most e who tarried there disputed with them, which led to the founding of Esek and Sitnah. And another well name Rehoboth which was also disputed.[20]

A little while after, Abimelech, and his personal officer Ahuzzath, and Phicol the commander, visits Isaac who replied with a confused attitude.[21] They answered that they knew the Yahweh, was with them.

Isaac's Covenant Abimelech[]

Let us make a treaty they said, that they may send them away with no harm, Isaac prepared, a feast, then they departed in the morning with peace.[22]


  1. Genesis 20:1-2 (Link)
  2. Genesis 20:3 (Link)
  3. Genesis 20:4 (Link)
  4. Genesis 20:5-6 (Link)
  5. Genesis 20:7 (Link)
  6. Genesis 20:9-11 (Link)
  7. Genesis 20:12 (Link)
  8. Genesis 20:13-15 (Link)
  9. Genesis 20:16 (Link)
  10. Genesis 20:17-18 (Link)
  11. Genesis 21:22-25 (Link)
  12. Genesis 21:26 (Link)
  13. Genesis 21:28-30, 33 (Link)
  14. Genesis 26:1 (Link)
  15. Genesis 26:2-4 (Link)
  16. Genesis 26:6-7 (Link)
  17. Genesis 26:8-11 (Link)
  18. Genesis 26:12-15 (Link)
  19. Genesis 26:16 (Link)
  20. Genesis 26:17-22 (Link)
  21. Genesis 26:26-27 (Link)
  22. Genesis 26:28-31 (Link)