Abram Journeys to Egypt

1 Now 1the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you;
2 And 2I will make you a great nation, And 3I will bless you, And make your name great; And so 4you shall be a blessing;
3 And 5I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. 6And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
4 So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him; and 7Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
5 Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew *, and all their 8possessions which they had accumulated, and 9the persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they set * out for the land of Canaan; 10thus they came to the land of Canaan.
6 Abram passed through the land as far as the site of 11Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land.
7 The LORD 12appeared to Abram and said, "13To your descendants I will give this land." So he built 14an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him.
8 Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with 15Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the LORD and 16called upon the name of the LORD.
9 Abram journeyed on, continuing * toward 17the Negev.
10 Now there was 18a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was 19severe in the land.
11 It came about when he came * near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, "See now, I know that you are a 20beautiful woman;
12 21and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife '; and they will kill me, but they will let you live.
13 "Please say that you are 22my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that 23I may live on account of you."
14 It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful.
15 Pharaoh's officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and 24the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
16 Therefore 25he treated Abram well for her sake; and 26gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels.
17 But the LORD 27struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because * of Sarai, Abram's wife.
18 Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, "28What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell 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, here is your wife, take her and go."
20 Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.