Genesis 12

1The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country and your people. Leave your father’s family and go to the country I will show you. 2I will build a great nation from you. I will bless you and make your name famous. People will use your name to bless other people. 3I will bless people who bless you, and I will curse people who curse you. I will use you to bless all the people on earth.” 4So Abram left Haran just like the Lord said. And Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. 5Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the slaves and all the other things he got in Haran. Then Abram and his group moved to the land of Canaan. 6Abram traveled through the land of Canaan as far as the town of Shechem and then went to the big tree at Moreh. The Canaanite people lived in that place at this time. 7The Lord appeared to Abram. The Lord said, “I will give this land to your descendants.” The Lord appeared to Abram at that place. So Abram built an altar for worshiping the Lord there. 8Then Abram left that place and traveled to the mountains east of Bethel. Abram set up his tent there. The city of Bethel was to the west. The city of Ai was to the east. At that place Abram built another altar to the Lord. And Abram worshiped the Lord there. 9After this, Abram began traveling again. He traveled toward the Negev. 10During this time, the land was very dry. There was no rain, and no food was able to grow. So Abram went down to Egypt to live. 11Abram saw how beautiful his wife Sarai was. So just before they arrived in Egypt, Abram told Sarai, “I know that you are a very beautiful woman. 12The Egyptian men will see you. They will say, 'This woman is his wife.’ Then they will kill me because they want you. 13So tell people that you are my sister. Then they will not kill me. They will think I am your brother, and they will be kind to me. In this way, you will save my life.” 14So Abram went into Egypt. The men of Egypt saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15Some of the Egyptian leaders saw her also. They told Pharaoh that she was a very beautiful woman. Those leaders took Sarai to Pharaoh’s home. 16Pharaoh was kind to Abram because he thought Abram was Sarai’s brother. Pharaoh gave Abram sheep, cattle, and donkeys. Abram also got men servants, women servants, and camels. 17Pharaoh took Abram’s wife. So the Lord caused Pharaoh and all the people in his house to have very bad diseases. 18So Pharaoh called Abram. Pharaoh said, “You have done a very bad thing to me! You didn’t tell me Sarai was your wife! Why? 19You said, 'She is my sister.’ Why did you say that? I took her so she could be my wife. But now I give your wife back to you. Take her and go!” 20Then Pharaoh commanded his men to lead Abram out of Egypt. So Abram and his wife left that place. And they carried everything they had with them.

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