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Genesis 12:1-11 (English Standard Version)

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The Call of Abram

1 Now 1the LORD saida to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 2And 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. 3 3I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and 4in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."b 4 So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from 5Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's 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, 6 Abram 6passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to 7the oakc of 8Moreh. At that time 9the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, 10"To your offspring I will give this land." So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of 11Bethel 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. 9 And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.

Abram and Sarai in Egypt

10 Now 12there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, "I know that you are a woman beautiful in appearance,
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