GENESIS CHAPTER TWELVE


1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country,

               Your people and your father’s household and

               Go to the land that I will show you. 2 I

Will make you into a great nation and

               I’ll bless you; I will make your name great, and

               You’ll be a blessing: 3 I will bless those who

Bless you; whoever curses you I’ll curse;

               Through you all the earth’s peoples will be blessed.”

               4 So, as the LORD had told him, Abram left;

And Lot accompanied him. Abram was

               Seventy-five years old when he set out

               From Haran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, Lot,

His nephew, all possessions that they had

               Accumulated and the people they

               Had gained in Haran, and they set out for

The land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

6 And Abram traveled through the land and reached

               The site of the great tree of Moreh at

Shechem, and at that time the Canaanites                 

               Were in the land. 7 The LORD appeared to Abram

               And said, “I’ll give this land to your own offspring.”

And so he built an altar there to God,

               Who had appeared to him, 8 and from there he

               Went on toward the hills east of Bethel and

He pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west,

               Ai on the east, where he built up an altar

               To God and called on God’s name. 9 Abram then

Set out and he continued toward the Negev.

               10 The land now had a famine. Abram went

               To Egypt to live there for a while because

The famine was severe, 11 and as he was

               About to enter Egypt, he told his

               Wife Sarai, “I know what a pretty woman

You are, 12 and when Egyptians see you, they

               Will say, ‘This is his wife.’  Then they will kill

               Me but will let you live, 13 so say you are

My sister, so I will be treated well  

               For your own sake and my life will be spared

               Because of you.” 14 When Abram came to Egypt,

Egyptians saw she was a beautiful

               Woman. 15 When Pharaoh’s staff saw her, they praised

               Her to the Pharaoh, and she was taken into

His palace, 16 and he treated Abram well

               For Sarai’s sake, and Abram gathered sheep

               And cattle, male and female donkeys, men-

Servants and maidservants, and camels, 17 but

               The LORD inflicted serious diseases

               On Pharaoh and his household due to Abram’s

Wife Sarai. 18 Pharaoh therefore summoned Abram.

              “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t

               You tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did

You say, ‘She is my sister,’ so I took

               Her to be my wife? Now then, here’s your wife.

               Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave some orders

To men concerning Abram, and they sent

Him off with Sarai and all he possessed.