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Genesis 12:1–13:18

Promises to Abram

12 Now the aLord had said to Abram:

“Get bout of your country,

From your family

And from your father’s house,

To a land that I will show you.

2 cI will make you a great nation;

dI will bless you

And make your name great;

eAnd you shall be a blessing.

3 fI will bless those who bless you,

And I will curse him who curses you;

And in gyou all the families of the earth shall be hblessed.”

So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and ithe 1people whom they had acquired jin Haran, and they kdeparted to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan. Abram lpassed through the land to the place of Shechem, mas far as 2the terebinth tree of Moreh. nAnd the Canaanites were then in the land.

oThen the Lord appeared to Abram and said, p“To your 3descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an qaltar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and rcalled on the name of the Lord. So Abram journeyed, sgoing on still toward the 4South.

Abram in Egypt

10 Now there was ta famine in the land, and Abram uwent down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was vsevere in the land. 11 And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that you are wa woman of beautiful countenance. 12 Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they xwill kill me, but they will let you live. 13 yPlease say you are my zsister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that 5I may live because of you.”

14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful. 15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house. 16 He atreated Abram well for her sake. He bhad sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

17 But the Lord cplagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, d“What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’? I might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore, here is your wife; take her and go your way.” 20 eSo Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away, with his wife and all that he had.

Abram Inherits Canaan

13 Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and aLot with him, bto the 1South. cAbram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. And he went on his journey dfrom the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the eplace of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram fcalled on the name of the Lord.

Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. Now gthe land was not able to 2support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. And there was hstrife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. iThe Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.

So Abram said to Lot, j“Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. kIs not the whole land before you? Please lseparate from me. mIf you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”

10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all nthe plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord odestroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) plike the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward qZoar. 11 Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other. 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot rdwelt in the cities of the plain and spitched his tent even as far as Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom twere exceedingly wicked and usinful against the Lord.

14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot vhad separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—wnorthward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see xI give to you and yyour 3descendants forever. 16 And zI will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”

18 aThen Abram moved his tent, and went and bdwelt by 4the terebinth trees of Mamre, cwhich are in Hebron, and built an daltar there to the Lord.

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