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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 12

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Abram's Call and Migration. 1The LORD said to Abram: “Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father's house to a land that I will show you. k Acts 7, 3; Heb 11, 8 .

2“I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. l Gn 17, 6; Sir 44, 20; Rom 4, 17–22 . 3 m Gn 18, 18; 22, 18; Acts 3, 25; Gal 3, 8 . I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you.”*

4 n 4f: Gn 11, 31; Jos 24, 3; Acts 7, 4 . Abram went as the LORD directed him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy‐five years old when he left Haran. 5Abram took his wife Sarai, his brother's son Lot, all the possessions that they had accumulated, and the persons* they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6Abram passed through the land as far as the sacred place at Shechem, by the terebinth of Moreh. (The Canaanites were then in the land.)

7The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” So Abram built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him. o Ex 33, 1; Dt 34, 4; Acts 7, 5 . 8From there he moved on to the hill country east of Bethel, pitching his tent with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. He built an altar there to the LORD and invoked the LORD by name. 9Then Abram journeyed on by stages to the Negeb.*

Abram and Sarai in Egypt. 10There was famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, since the famine in the land was severe. p Gn 26, 1. 11When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai: “I know well how beautiful a woman you are. 12When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘She is his wife’; then they will kill me, but let you live. 13Please say, therefore, that you are my sister,* so that it may go well with me on your account and my life may be spared for your sake.” q Gn 20, 12f; 26, 7 . 14When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw how beautiful the woman was; 15and when Pharaoh's courtiers saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. So she was taken into Pharaoh's palace. 16On her account it went very well with Abram, and he received flocks and herds, male and female slaves, male and female asses, and camels.*

17But the LORD struck Pharaoh and his household with severe plagues because of Abram's wife Sarai. r Ps 105, 14 . 18Then Pharaoh summoned Abram and said to him: “How could you do this to me! Why didn't you tell me she was your wife? 19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Here, then, is your wife. Take her and be gone!”

20Then Pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and all that belonged to him.

Notes:

k: Acts 7, 3; Heb 11, 8 .

l: Gn 17, 6; Sir 44, 20; Rom 4, 17–22 .

m: Gn 18, 18; 22, 18; Acts 3, 25; Gal 3, 8 .

n: 4f: Gn 11, 31; Jos 24, 3; Acts 7, 4 .

o: Ex 33, 1; Dt 34, 4; Acts 7, 5 .

p: Gn 26, 1.

q: Gn 20, 12f; 26, 7 .

r: Ps 105, 14 .

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