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Genesis 12

Genesis 12:1  
Now Yahweh said to Abram, “Leave your country, and your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you.

Genesis 12:2  
I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing.

Genesis 12:3  
I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who treats you with contempt. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 12:4  
So Abram went, as Yahweh had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

Genesis 12:5  
Abram took Sarai his wife, Lot his brother’s son, all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they went to go into the land of Canaan. They entered into the land of Canaan.

Genesis 12:6  
Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time, Canaanites were in the land.

Genesis 12:7  
Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your offspring.” He built an altar there to Yahweh, who had appeared to him.

Genesis 12:8  
He left from there to go to the mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to Yahweh and called on Yahweh’s name.

Genesis 12:9  
Abram traveled, still going on toward the South.

Genesis 12:10  
There was a famine in the land. Abram went down into Egypt to live as a foreigner there, for the famine was severe in the land.

Genesis 12:11  
When he had come near to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman to look at.

Genesis 12:12  
It will happen that when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ They will kill me, but they will save you alive.

Genesis 12:13  
Please say that you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that my soul may live because of you.”

Genesis 12:14  
When Abram had come into Egypt, Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful.

Genesis 12:15  
The princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.

Genesis 12:16  
He dealt well with Abram for her sake. He had sheep, cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

Genesis 12:17  
Yahweh afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife.

Genesis 12:18  
Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this that you have done to me? Why didn’t you tell me that she was your wife?

Genesis 12:19  
Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now therefore, see your wife, take her, and go your way.”

Genesis 12:20  
Pharaoh commanded men concerning him, and they escorted him away with his wife and all that he had.


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