Abraham and Abimelech
The tapestry shown here depicts the fateful first meeting between the patriarch Abraham and Abimelech, king of Gerar (left) and it is is fraught with tension. Though he may not show it, Abraham is actually fearful the king will kill him to get to his beautiful wife, Sarah (in those days what the king wanted, the king usually received). And so, Abraham introduces her as his sister, thinking this might spare his life. It does, but the king promptly summons Sarah to his bedchamber.
Luckily for Abraham and Sarah, God appears to Abimelech in a dream and tells him the truth. The king is not too pleased to have been lied to, but Abraham has one more card up his sleeve – he reveals that he wasn't really lying as Sarah is both his half-sister and his wife.
As a mark of respect, he gave to Abraham valuable gifts, and offered him a settlement in any part of his country; while at the same time he delicately and yet severely rebuked him for having practiced a deception upon him in pretending that Sarah was only his sister.
Among the gifts presented by the king were a thousand pieces of silver as a “covering of the eyes” for Sarah; i.e., either as an atoning gift and a testimony of her innocence in the sight of all, or rather for the purpose of procuring a veil for Sarah to conceal her beauty, and thus as a reproof to her for not having worn a veil which, as a married woman, she ought to have done.
A few years after this Abimelechvisited Abraham, who had removed southward beyond his territory, and there entered into a league of peace and friendship with him. This league was the first of which we have any record. It was confirmed by a mutual oath at Beer-sheba(Gen. 21:22-34).