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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 12

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1 THE LORD said to Abram, ‘Leave your own country, your kin, and your father's house, and go to a country that I will show you. 2I shall make you into a great nation; I shall bless you and make your name so great that it will be used in blessings:3

those who bless you, I shall bless; those who curse you, I shall curse. All the peoples on earth will wish to be blessed as you are blessed a 12:3 will wish…are blessed: or will be blessed because of you. .

4Abram, who was seventy-five years old when he left Harran, set out as the LORD had bidden him, and Lot went with him. 5He took his wife Sarai, his brother's son Lot, and all the possessions they had gathered and the dependants they had acquired in Harran, and they departed for Canaan. When they arrived there, 6Abram went on as far as the sanctuary at Shechem, the terebinth tree of Moreh. (At that time the Canaanites lived in the land.) 7When the LORD appeared to him and said, ‘I am giving this land to your descendants,’ Abram built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him. 8From there he moved on to the hill-country east of Bethel and pitched his tent between Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. He built there an altar to the LORD whom he invoked by name. 9Thus Abram journeyed by stages towards the Negeb.

10The land was stricken by a famine so severe that Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a time. 11As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, ‘I am well aware that you are a beautiful woman, and 12I know that when the Egyptians see you and think, “She is his wife,” they will let you live but they will kill me. 13Tell them you are my sister, so that all may go well with me because of you, and my life be spared on your account.’

14When Abram arrived in Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was indeed very beautiful, 15and Pharaoh's courtiers, when they saw her, sang her praises to Pharaoh. She was taken into Pharaoh's household, 16and he treated Abram well because of her, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle and donkeys, male and female slaves, she-don-keys, and camels. 17But when the LORD inflicted plagues on Pharaoh and his household on account of Abram's wife Sarai, 18Pharaoh summoned Abram. ‘Why have you treated me like this?’ he said. ‘Why did you not tell me she was your wife? 19Why did you say she was your sister, so that I took her as a wife? Here she is: take her and go.’ 20Pharaoh gave his men orders, and they sent Abram on his way with his wife and all that belonged to him.

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a 12:3 will wish…are blessed: or will be blessed because of you.

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