GENESIS 12

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

WORDS OF GOD IN RED

Abraham and his family travels from Ur to Canaan. By József Molnár (1850). See Genesis 11:27–32, Genesis 12, Genesis 13, Genesis 14, Genesis 15:1–21. Source

Chapter Summary

God tells Abram (Abraham) to leave his homeland to travel to a new land God would reveal unto Abraham saying: "I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." (Gen 12:2-3) So Abraham departed from Haran with Sarah and his nephew Lot to go to Canaan. In Canaan God appeared to Abraham saying "Unto thy seed will I give this land" (Gen 12:7) and Abraham built an altar to God there. Then they travelled East of Bethel and then, since famine had struck, they went South to Egypt for a period. As Sarah was very beautiful, Abraham told her to pretend she was his brother so the Egyptians wouldn't kill him. And the Egyptians did find Sarah attractive and took her into Pharaoh's house while treating Abraham well for her sake. God then "plagued Pharaoh and his house" (Gen 12:17) on account of Sarah. Then Pharaoh called unto Abraham asking why he had tricked him into believing Sarah was his sister. Pharoah informed his men of Abraham and Sarah's matrimonial relationship and sent them away.

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  • And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

    God, Genesis 12:3

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Chapter 12 Scripture

  • 1  Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

  • 2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

  • 3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

  • 4  So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

  • 5  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

  • 6  And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

  • 7  And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.

  • 8  And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.

  • 9  And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.

  • 10  And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

  • 11  And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon:

  • 12  Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.

  • 13  Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

  • 14  And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.

  • 15  The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.

  • 16  And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.

  • 17  And 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 thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?

  • 19  Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.

  • 20  And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.



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