1 Now the LordA said to Abram,B “GoC from your countryD
and your kindredE and your father’sF houseG to the landH that I will showI you.
2 I will makeJ of you a greatK nation,L and I will blessM you,
and make your nameN great,O so that you will beP a blessing.Q
3 I will bless those who bless you, and the one who cursesR you I will curse;S and in you all the familiesT of the earthU shall be blessed.”
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had toldV him; and LotW went with him. Abram was seventyX-five years oldY when he departedZ from Haran.AA
5 Abram took his wifeBB SaraiCC and his brother’sDD sonEE Lot,
and all the possessionsFF that they had gathered,GG and the personsHH whom they had acquiredII in Haran;
and they set forthJJ to go to the land of Canaan.KK When they had comeLL to the land of Canaan,
6 Abram passed throughMM the land to the placeNN at Shechem,OO to the oakPP of Moreh.QQ At that time the CanaanitesRR were in the land.
7 Then the Lord appearedSS to Abram, and said, “To your offspringTT I will give this land.” So he builtUU there an altarVV to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 From there he movedWW on to the hill country on the eastXX of Bethel,YY and pitchedZZ his tent,AAA
with Bethel on the westBBB and AiCCC on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and invokedDDD the name of the Lord. 9 And Abram journeyedEEE on by stagesFFF toward the Negeb.GGG
10 Now there was a famineHHH in the land. So Abram went downIII to EgyptJJJ to reside there as an alien,KKK for the famine was severeLLL in the land.
11 When he was about toMMM enterNNN Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “OOOI knowPPP well that you are a womanQQQ beautifulRRR in appearance;SSS
12 and when the EgyptiansTTT see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; then they will killUUU me, but they will let you live.VVV
13 SayWWW you are my sister,XXX so that it may go wellYYY with me because of you, and that my lifeZZZ may be sparedAAAA on your account.”
14 When Abram entered Egypt the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 When the officialsBBBB of PharaohCCCC saw her, they praisedDDDD her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.
16 And for her sake he dealt wellEEEE with Abram; and he had sheep,FFFF oxen,GGGG male donkeys,HHHH
maleIIII and female slaves,JJJJ female donkeys,KKKK and camels.LLLL
17 But the Lord afflictedMMMM Pharaoh and his house with great plaguesNNNN because ofOOOO Sarai, Abram’s wife.
18 So Pharaoh calledPPPP Abram, and said, “What is this you have doneQQQQ to me? Why did you not tellRRRR me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, hereSSSS is your wife, take her, and be gone.”TTTT
20 And Pharaoh gave his menUUUU ordersVVVV concerning him; and they set him on the way,WWWW with his wife and all that he had.
Image credit: “Abraham and Sarah in the Pharaoh’s Palace” by Giovanni Muzzioli, 1875.