Genesis 12

Chapter 12

Abram will become a great nation—He and his seed will bless all the families of the earth—He travels from Haran to the land of Canaan—Because of famine, he goes down into Egypt—Abram and Sarai are tested in Pharaoh’s court.

1 Now the Lord had asaid unto bAbram, cGet thee out of thy dcountry, and from thy ekindred, and from thy ffather’s house, unto a gland that I will shew thee:

2 And I will make of thee a agreat bnation, and I will cbless thee, and make thy dname great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3 And I will abless them that bless thee, and bcurse him that ccurseth thee: and in thee shall all dfamilies of the earth be eblessed.

4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was aseventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

5 And Abram took aSarai his wife, and bLot his cbrother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had dgotten in eHaran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the aCanaanite was then in the land.

7 And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, aUnto thy bseed will I give this cland: and there builded he an daltar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.

8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of aBeth-el, and pitched his tent, having bBeth-el on the west, and cHai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and dcalled upon the ename of the Lord.

9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.

10 And there was a afamine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he asaid unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:

12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.

13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my asister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians abeheld the woman that she was very fair.

15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.

16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.

17 And the Lord aplagued Pharaoh and his house with great bplagues because of Sarai Abram’s wife.

18 And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast adone unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?

19 Why saidst thou, She is my asister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.

20 And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.