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  • 1.Mose 12

The Call of Abram

121Now mthe Lord said1 to Abram, “Go from your country2 and your kindred and your fathers house to the land that I will show you.

Acts 7:3; Heb. 11:8

Or land

Or had said

2nAnd I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

17:6; 18:18; [Gal. 3:14]

3oI will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and pin you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”3

18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; Jer. 4:2; Acts 3:25; Gal. 3:16; Cited Gal. 3:8

27:29; Num. 24:9

Or by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves

4So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from qHaran.


5And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brothers son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan,

6Abram rpassed through the land to the place at Shechem, to sthe oak4 of tMoreh. At that time uthe Canaanites were in the land.


Deut. 11:30; Judg. 7:1


[Heb. 11:9]

Or terebinth

7Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, v“To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

13:15; 17:8; Ex. 33:1; Ps. 105:9-12; [Num. 32:11]; Gal. 3:16

8From there he moved to the hill country on the east of wBethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.


9And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.

Abram and Sarai in Egypt

10Now xthere was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land.

26:1; 43:1

11When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance,

12and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they ywill kill me, but they will let you live.

See 20:1-18; 26:6-11

13Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.”

14When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful.

15And when the princes of Pharaoh saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaohs house.

16And for her sake he dealt well with Abram; and he had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

17But the Lord zafflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abrams wife.

1 Chr. 16:21; Ps. 105:14

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

19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife; take her, and go.”

20And Pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and they sent him away with his wife and all that he had.