Yahweh Appears to Abram
1And Yahweh said to Abram,
“#12:1 Lit Go for yourselfGo forth from your land,
And from your kin
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
2And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so #12:2 Lit be a blessingyou shall be a blessing;
3And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who #12:3 Or declares you insignificant, declares you contemptiblecurses you I will #12:3 Or bind under a cursecurse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
4So Abram went forth as Yahweh had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5So Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the #12:5 Lit soulspersons which they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go forth to the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan. 6And Abram passed through the land as far as the site of Shechem, to the #12:6 Or terebinthoak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land. 7Then Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “To your seed I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to Yahweh who had appeared to him. 8Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to Yahweh and called upon the name of Yahweh. 9And Abram journeyed on, continuing toward the #12:9 South countryNegev.
Abram and Sarai in Egypt
10Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11And it happened as he drew near to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Now behold, I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance; 12and it will be when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that #12:13 Lit my soulI may live on account of you.” 14Now it happened when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians #12:14 Lit saw the woman that she wassaw that the woman was very beautiful. 15And Pharaoh’s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16Therefore he treated Abram well because of her; and sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels #12:16 Lit he hadcame into his possession.
17But Yahweh struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, “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 myself as a wife? So now, #12:19 Or beholdhere is your wife, take her and go.” 20So Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they #12:20 Or let him go, cf. Ex 3:20; 4:21sent him away with his wife and all that belonged to him.