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And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

26:7 my sister. Critics allege that this is merely another version of the story of Abraham’s experience in Gerar (Genesis 20:1-8). This is not possible; the scribal “redactors” whom these same critics think brought the different components of Genesis together would have been far too shrewd to deliberately create such an obvious barrier to its acceptance by their readers. The event must have taken place as described. Isaac and Rebekah repeated the same fabrication that Abraham and Sarah had attempted over a century earlier, for essentially the same reasons, and with essentially the same results–human rebuke for their deception, but God’s protection in spite of this.

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