創世記 20

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1 亞伯拉罕從那裡向南地遷去,寄居在加低斯和書珥中間的基拉耳。

2 亞伯拉罕稱他的妻撒拉為妹子,基拉耳亞比米勒差人把撒拉取了去。

3 但夜間,,在夢中對亞比米勒:你是個人哪!因為你取了那女人;他原是別人的妻子

4 亞比米勒卻還沒有親撒拉;他:主阿,連有的國,你也要毀滅麼?

5 那人豈不是自己對我他是我的妹子麼?就是女人也自己:他是我的哥哥。我作這事是心正手潔的。

6 在夢中對他:我知道你作這事是心中正直;我也攔阻了你,免得你得罪我,所以我不容你沾著他。

7 現在你把這妻子歸還他;因為他是先知,他要為你禱告,使你存活。你若不歸還他,你當知道,你和你所有的都必要

8 亞比米勒清起來,召了眾臣僕來,將這些事都說給他們聽,他們都甚懼怕。

9 亞比米勒召了亞伯拉罕,對他:你怎麼向我這樣行呢?我在甚麼事上得罪了你,你竟使我和我國裡的人陷在罪裡?你向我行不當行的事了!

10 亞比米勒又對亞伯拉罕:你見了甚麼才做這事呢?

11 亞伯拉罕:我以為這地方的人總不懼怕,必為我妻子的緣故我。

12 況且他也實在是我的妹子;他與我是同父異母,後來作了我的妻子

13 叫我離開父家、飄流在外的時候,我對他:我們無論走到甚麼地方,你可以對人:他是我的哥哥;這就是你待我的恩典了。

14 亞比米勒把牛、、僕婢賜亞伯拉罕,又把他的妻子撒拉歸還他。

15 亞比米勒又:看哪,我的地都在你面前,你可以隨意居住

16 又對撒拉:我哥哥子,作為你在閤家人面前遮羞(原文作眼)的,你就在眾人面前沒有不是了。

17 亞伯拉罕禱告就醫好了亞比米勒和他的妻子,並他的眾女僕,他們便能生育。

18 耶和華亞伯拉罕的妻子撒拉的緣故,已經使亞比米勒家中的婦人不能生育。


Exploring the Meaning of 創世記 20      

Napsal(a) Emanuel Swedenborg

Here are some excerpts from Swedenborg's "Arcana Coelestia" that help explain the inner meaning of this chapter:

AC 2496. In the twelfth chapter above, Abraham‘s sojourning in Egypt has been treated of; by which was signified the Lord’s instruction in memory-knowledges while still a boy. In this chapter the subject treated of is Abraham‘s sojourn in Gerar, where Abimelech was; by which the Lord’s instruction is in like manner signified, but in the doctrinal things of charity and faith. The subject that is especially treated of here is the doctrine of charity and faith in respect to its origin; namely, that it is spiritual from a celestial origin, but is not from the rational.

AC 2497. The Lord‘s state in which He was when He first instructed Himself in the doctrinal things of charity and faith is treated of; the state itself is signified by "Kadesh and Shur;" the doctrine of faith by "Abimelech king of Gerar" (verses 1, 2). That He at first thought in regard to the rational that it should be consulted (verse 2). That still it was not consulted (verses 3, 4, 8, 9). The reasons why He so thought (verses 5, 6, 10-13). That the doctrine of charity and faith is spiritual from a celestial origin (verse 7). That He was so instructed; and that then all things rational, as well as all memory-knowledges, were of service to Him, being like a covering or garment (verses 14-16). And in this way the doctrine was perfect (verse 17). That it would have been otherwise if the doctrine had come from the rational (verse 18).