And Abram went up out of Egypt
That country lying low, and so more easy to be watered by the river Nile, as it was, and Canaan being higher; whither he went, but not till the famine in Canaan ceased: he went out of Egypt, as the Jewish F16 chronologers say, after he had been there three months; but Artapanus F17 an Heathen writer, says, he stayed there twenty years:
he and his wife, and all that he had;
servants and cattle:
and Lot with him:
from whence it is clear that he went down with him into Egypt, and it is highly probable had great respect and favour shown him on account of his relation to Abram and Sarai; for it appears by what follows, that he was become very rich: and they all went up
into the south;
into the southern part of the land of Canaan, for otherwise they came to the north; for as Egypt lay south with respect to Canaan, Canaan was north from Egypt; but they journeyed to that part of that land which was commonly called the south, either Negeb, as here, or Daroma; (See Gill on Zechariah 7:7).
F16 Seder Olam Rabba, p. 2.
F17 Apud Euseb. Evangel. Praepar. l. 9. c. 18. p. 420.