Genesis 12

Abram Journeys to Egypt

1Now a  the  Lord said to Abram,
Lit Go for yourself
Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
2And c  I will make you a great nation,
And d  I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so
Lit be a blessing
f  you shall be a blessing;
3And g  I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who
Or reviles
curses you I will
Or bind under a curse
j  And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

4So Abram went forth as the  Lord had spoken to him; and k  Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their l  possessions which they had accumulated, and m  the
Lit souls
persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they
Lit went forth to go to
set out for the land of Canaan; p  thus they came to the land of Canaan.
6Abram passed through the land as far as the site of q  Shechem, to the
Or terebinth
oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land.
7The  Lord s  appeared to Abram and said, t  “To your
Lit seed
descendants I will give this land.” So he built v  an altar there to the  Lord who had appeared to him.
8Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with w  Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the  Lord and x  called upon the name of the  Lord. 9Abram journeyed on, continuing toward y  the
I.e. South country

10Now there was aa  a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was ab  severe in the land. 11It came about when he
Lit drew near to enter
came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a
Lit woman of beautiful appearance
ae  beautiful woman;
12 af  and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13Please say that you are ag  my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that
Lit my soul
ai  I may live on account of you.”
14It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians
Lit saw the woman that she was
saw that the woman was very beautiful.
15Pharaoh’s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and ak  the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16Therefore al  he treated Abram well for her sake; and
Lit he had
an  gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels.

17But the  Lord ao  struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18Then Pharaoh called Abram and said ap  What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then,
Or behold
here is your wife, take her and go.”
20Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they
Lit sent
escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.
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