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Genesis 12

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 1 Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go out of your country, from your relatives and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you.

 2 And I will make a great nation of you, and I will bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing.

 3 And I will bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you; and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed."

 4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy five years old when he departed from Haran.

 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they went out to go into the land of Canaan. And when they came into the land of Canaan,

 6  Abram passed through the land to the place of Sichem, to the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land.

 7 And the LORD appeared to Abram and said, "I will give this land to your descendants." So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.

 8 Then he moved from there to a mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west and Hai on the east; and he built an altar to the LORD there and called upon the name of the LORD.

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

 10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down into Egypt to dwell for a time, for the famine was grievous in the land.

 11 And it came to pass, when he came close to entering into Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, "Behold now, I know that you are a beautiful woman to look upon.

 12 Therefore when the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife;' and they will kill me, but they will save you alive.

 13 Say, I pray you, that you are my sister [she was Abram's half sister], so that it may go well with me for your sake and my soul will live because of you."

 14 And when Abram had come into Egypt, the Egyptians saw the woman that she was very beautiful.

 15 The princes of Pharaoh saw her also, and praised her before Pharaoh, and the she was taken into Pharaoh's house.

 16 And he treated Abram well for her sake; he acquired sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

 17 But the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife.

 18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, "What is this that you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife?

 19 Why did you say 'She is my sister?' I might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore, here is your wife; take her and go your way."

 20 And Pharaoh commanded his men about him, and they sent him on his way with his wife and all that he had.


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