This chapter is a very strange story. Abraham and Sarah pretend to be brother and sister. Abimelek therefore thinks Sarah is available and takes her for himself. God prevents him from having sex with her so that technically nothing wrong happens. Then He appears to Abimelek in a dream and tells him about it all and says to give Sarah back to Abraham and be glad that he hadn’t done anything wrong.
By all accounts, it’s an incredibly weird story! What was the purpose of the whole exercise? By all accounts, it seems that Abraham thought he’d be killed and Sarah taken by force, so they lied in order that she be taken peacefully, to goodness knows what end. Very strange.
In any case, Sarah is returned to Abraham, along with numerous gifts, Abimelek is absolved of any wrongdoing, and the women of his household are able to bear children again.
Does anyone have a clue what it was all about???