Genesis 12:1–20

The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s householdd to the lande I will show you.f

“I will make you into a great nation,g

and I will bless you;h

I will make your name great,

and you will be a blessing.a i

I will bless those who bless you,

and whoever curses you I will curse;j

and all peoples on earth

will be blessed through you.kb

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lotl went with him. Abram was seventy-five years oldm when he set out from Harran.n He took his wife Sarai,o his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulatedp and the peopleq they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan,r and they arrived there.

Abram traveled through the lands as far as the site of the great tree of Moreht at Shechem.u At that time the Canaanitesv were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abramw and said, “To your offspringc I will give this land.xy So he built an altar there to the Lord,z who had appeared to him.

From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethela and pitched his tent,b with Bethel on the west and Aic on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.d

Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.e

Abram in Egypt

12:10–20Ref—Ge 20:1–18; 26:1–11

10 Now there was a famine in the land,f and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.g 11 As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai,h “I know what a beautiful womani you are. 12 When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13 Say you are my sister,j so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”

14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman.k 15 And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.l

17 But the Lord inflictedm serious diseases on Pharaoh and his householdn because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?”o he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife?p 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’q so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.

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