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Genesis 20:6-7

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20:6 Then in the dream God replied to him, “Yes, I know that you have done this with a clear conscience. 1  That is why I have kept you 2  from sinning against me and why 3  I did not allow you to touch her. 20:7 But now give back the man’s wife. Indeed 4  he is a prophet 5  and he will pray for you; thus you will live. 6  But if you don’t give her back, 7  know that you will surely die 8  along with all who belong to you.”

1 tn Heb “with the integrity of your heart.”

2 tn Heb “and I, even I, kept you.”

3 tn Heb “therefore.”

4 tn Or “for,” if the particle is understood as causal (as many English translations do) rather than asseverative.

5 sn For a discussion of the term prophet see N. Walker, “What is a Nabhi?” ZAW 73 (1961): 99-100.

6 tn After the preceding jussive (or imperfect), the imperative with vav conjunctive here indicates result.

sn He will pray for you that you may live. Abraham was known as a man of God whose prayer would be effectual. Ironically and sadly, he was also known as a liar.

7 tn Heb “if there is not you returning.” The suffix on the particle becomes the subject of the negated clause.

8 tn The imperfect is preceded by the infinitive absolute to make the warning emphatic.



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