Genesis 20:7
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New International Version
Now return the man's wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die."

King James Bible
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.

Darby Bible Translation
And now, restore the man's wife; for he is a prophet, and will pray for thee, that thou mayest live. And if thou do not restore [her], know that thou shalt certainly die, thou and all that is thine.

World English Bible
Now therefore, restore the man's wife. For he is a prophet, and he will pray for you, and you will live. If you don't restore her, know for sure that you will die, you, and all who are yours."

Young's Literal Translation
and now send back the man's wife, for he is inspired, and he doth pray for thee, and live thou; and if thou do not send back, know that dying thou dost die, thou, and all that thou hast.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee - The word prophet, which we have from the Greek προφητες, and which is compounded of προ, before, and φημι, I speak, means, in its general acceptation, one who speaks of things before they happen, i.e., one who foretells future events. But that this was not the original notion of the word, its use in this place sufficiently proves. Abraham certainly was not a prophet in the present general acceptation of the term, and for the Hebrew נביא nabi, we must seek some other meaning. I have, in a discourse entitled "The Christian Prophet and his Work," proved that the proper ideal meaning of the original word is to pray, entreat, make supplication, etc., and this meaning of it I have justified at large both from its application in this place, and from its pointed use in the case of Saul, mentioned 1 Samuel 10, and from the case of the priests of Baal, 1 Kings 18, where prophesying most undoubtedly means making prayer and supplication. As those who were in habits of intimacy with God by prayer and faith were found the most proper persons to communicate his mind to man, both with respect to the present and the future, hence, נביא nabi, the intercessor, became in process of time the public instructor or preacher, and also the predictor of future events, because to such faithful praying men God revealed the secret of his will. Hence St. Paul, 1 Corinthians 14:3, seems to restrain the word wholly to the interpreting the mind of God to the people, and their instruction in Divine things, for, says he, he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification and exhortation and comfort. See the discourse on this text referred to above. The title was also given to men eminent for eloquence and for literary abilities; hence Aaron, because he was the spokesman of Moses to the Egyptian king, was termed נביא nabi, prophet; Exodus 4:16; Exodus 7:1. And Epimenides, a heathen poet, is expressly styled προφητης, a prophet, by St. Paul, Titus 1:12, just as poets in general were termed vates among the Romans, which properly signifies the persons who professed to interpret the will of the gods to their votaries, after prayers and sacrifices duly performed. In Arabic the word naba has nearly the same meaning as in Hebrew, but in the first conjugation it has a meaning which may cast light upon the subject in general. It signifies to itinerate, move from one place or country to another, compelled thereto either by persecution or the command of God; exivit de una regione in aliam - migrans de loco in locum - Golius. Hence Mohammed was called an nabi, because of his sudden removal from Mecca to Medina, when, pretending to a Divine commission, his townsmen sought to take away his life: e Mecca exiens Medinam, unde Muhammed suis Nabi Allah dictus fuit - Golius. If this meaning belonged originally to the Hebrew word, it will apply with great force to the case of Abraham, whose migratory, itinerant kind of life, generally under the immediate direction of God, might have given him the title nabi. However this may be, the term was a title of the highest respectability and honor, both among the He brews and Arabs, and continues so to this day. And from the Hebrews the word, in all the importance and dignity of its meaning, was introduced among the heathens in the προφητης and vates of the Greeks and Romans. See note on the word seer, Genesis 15:1 (note).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a prophet. The word navi, rendered a prophet, not only signifies one who foretell future events, but also an intercessor, instructor. See

1 Sa. ch.

1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it on his head, and kissed him, and said...


1 Kings 18:1-46 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show yourself to Ahab...

1 Corinthians 14:4 He that speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself; but he that prophesies edifies the church.

The title was also given to men eminent for eloquence and literary abilities: hence Aaron, because he was the spokesman of Moses to the Egyptian king, is called a prophet.

Exodus 4:16 And he shall be your spokesman to the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to you instead of a mouth...

Exodus 7:1 And the LORD said to Moses, See, I have made you a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.

Exodus 12:1-3 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying...

Exodus 18:17 And Moses' father in law said to him, The thing that you do is not good.

Exodus 7:1 And the LORD said to Moses, See, I have made you a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.

1 Chronicles 16:22 Saying, Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.

Psalm 105:9-15 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac...

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,


Leviticus 6:4,7 Then it shall be, because he has sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away...

1 Samuel 7:5,8 And Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpeh, and I will pray for you to the LORD...

1 Samuel 12:19,23 And all the people said to Samuel, Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, that we die not...

2 Samuel 24:17 And David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, See, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly...

1 Kings 13:6 And the king answered and said to the man of God, Entreat now the face of the LORD your God, and pray for me...

2 Kings 5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand...

2 Kings 19:2-4 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth...

Job 42:8 Therefore take to you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering...

Jeremiah 14:11 Then said the LORD to me, Pray not for this people for their good.

Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people...

Jeremiah 27:18 But if they be prophets, and if the word of the LORD be with them, let them now make intercession to the LORD of hosts...

James 5:14-16 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him...

1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not to death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not to death...

Revelation 11:5,6 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, and devours their enemies: and if any man will hurt them...


Genesis 20:18 For the LORD had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.

Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.

Genesis 12:17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.

Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor?...

Psalm 105:14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yes, he reproved kings for their sakes;

Ezekiel 3:18 When I say to the wicked, You shall surely die; and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way...

Ezekiel 33:8,14-16 When I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die; if you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way...

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.


Genesis 12:15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.

Numbers 16:32,33 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained to Korah...

2 Samuel 24:17 And David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, See, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly...

The Sick Person Ought Now to Send for Some Godly and Religious Pastor.
In any wise remember, if conveniently it may be, to send for some godly and religious pastor, not only to pray for thee at thy death--for God in such a case hath promised to hear the prayers of the righteous prophets, and elders of the church (Gen. xx. 7; Jer. xviii. 20; xv. 1; 1 Sam. xii. 19, 23; James v. 14, 15, 16)--but also upon thy unfeigned repentance to declare to thee the absolution of thy sins. For as Christ hath given him a calling to baptize thee unto repentance for the remission of thy
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

And to Holy David Indeed it Might More Justly be Said...
22. And to holy David indeed it might more justly be said, that he ought not to have been angry; no, not with one however ungrateful and rendering evil for good; yet if, as man, anger did steal over him, he ought not to have let it so prevail, that he should swear to do a thing which either by giving way to his rage he should do, or by breaking his oath leave undone. But to the other, set as he was amid the libidinous frenzy of the Sodomites, who would dare to say, "Although thy guests in thine own
St. Augustine—Against Lying

Cross References
Acts 8:24
Then Simon answered, "Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me."

Genesis 20:3
But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, "You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman."

Genesis 20:8
Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid.

Genesis 23:6
"Sir, listen to us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead."

1 Samuel 7:5
Then Samuel said, "Assemble all Israel at Mizpah, and I will intercede with the LORD for you."

2 Kings 5:11
But Naaman went away angry and said, "I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.

1 Chronicles 16:22
"Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm."

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