At that time there wasn't enough food in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while.
As he was about to enter Egypt, he spoke to his wife Sarai. He said, "I know what a beautiful woman you are.
The people of Egypt will see you. They will say, 'This is his wife.' And they will kill me. But they will let you live.
Say you are my sister. Then I'll be treated well because of you. My life will be spared because of you."
Abram arrived in Egypt. The people of Egypt saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman.
When Pharaoh's officials saw her, they bragged to Pharaoh about her. Sarai was taken into his palace.
Pharaoh treated Abram well because of her. So Abram gained more sheep and cattle. He also got more male and female donkeys. And he gained more male and female servants and some camels.
But the LORD sent terrible sicknesses on Pharaoh and everyone in his palace. He did it because of Abram's wife Sarai.
So Pharaoh sent for Abram. "What have you done to me?" he said. "Why didn't you tell me she was your wife?
Why did you say, 'She's my sister'? That's why I took her to be my wife. Now then, here's your wife. Take her and go!"
Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men. They sent him on his way. He left with his wife and everything he had.