Genesis 12:1-20

12  And Jehovah said to Abram “Betake yourself from your country, your home, and your family, to the country I will show you, 2  and I will make you a great nation and bless you and make your name famous, and it shall be a blessing; 3  and I will bless those who bless you, and whoever misspeaks you I will curse; and all the clans of the world shall bless by you.” 4  And Abram went, as Jehovah had told him, and Lot went with him; and Abram was seventy-five years old when he went out of Harran. 5  And Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot, and all their chattels that they had accumulated and the persons that they had acquired in Harran, and they went out to go to Canaan. And they came to Canaan, 6 * and Abram passed along through the country to Shekem’s place, to the Oak of Moreh; and the Canaanites were in the country then. 7  And Jehovah appeared to Abram and said “To your descendants I will give this country”; and he built an altar there to Jehovah who had appeared to him. 8  And he moved on from there to the highland on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and the Ghai on the east, and built an altar there to Jehovah and invoked Jehovah’s name. 9  And Abram shifted his camp further and further toward the South. 10  And there came a famine in the country; and Abram went down to Egypt to live there as an immigrant, because the famine was severe in the country. 11  And when he was just going to enter Egypt he said to his wife Sarai “Here, you know you are a beauty; 12  and when the Egyptians see you and think ‘This is his wife’ they will kill me and keep you alive. 13  Say you are my sister, in order that I may be well treated for your sake and may have my life preserved on your account.” 14  And when Abram came into Egypt the Egyptians saw the woman was very beautiful; 15  and the Pharaoh’s generals saw her and praised her to the Pharaoh, and the woman was taken into the Pharaoh’s palace; 16  and he treated Abram well for her sake, and he got sheep and cows, a great fortune in cattle, and slaves and donkeys and camels. 17  But Jehovah struck the Pharaoh down with severe ailments, and his family, for the affair with Abram’s wife Sarai. 18  And the Pharaoh summoned Abram and said “What is this you have been doing to me? why did you not tell me she was your wife? 19  why did you say? ‘She is my sister’ and have me take her for my wife? Now here is your wife: take her and go.” 20  And the Pharaoh gave men orders about him, and they saw him off, him and his wife and everything that belonged to him.


12:6 Or to the place at Shekem