The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household1 to the land2 I will show you.32
"I will make you into a great nation,4 and I will bless you;5 I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.a63
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;7 and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.8"b4
So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot9 went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old10 when he set out from Harran.115
He took his wife Sarai,12 his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated13 and the people14 they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan,15 and they arrived there.
Abram traveled through the land16 as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh17 at Shechem.18 At that time the Canaanites19 were in the land.
The LORD appeared to Abram20 and said, "To your offspringc I will give this land.21"22 So he built an altar there to the LORD,23 who had appeared to him.
From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel24 and pitched his tent,25 with Bethel on the west and Ai26 on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.279
Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.28
Now there was a famine in the land,29 and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.3011
As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai,31 "I know what a beautiful woman32 you are.