Genesis 12:14

14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman.

Read Genesis 12:14 Using Other Translations

And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful.
And sure enough, when Abram arrived in Egypt, everyone noticed Sarai’s beauty.

What does Genesis 12:14 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 12:14

And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt,
&c.] To the city of Heliopolis; for there it was that Abram had his abode, as Eupolemus F18 says, when upon the famine he went into Egypt, and where he conversed with the Egyptian priests, and taught them astrology, and other things belonging to it; and of this descent of Abram into Egypt, and teaching astrology, Artapanus F19, another Heathen writer, speaks; Abram, he says, having learned the science of astrology, went first into Phoenicia and taught it the Phoenicians, and afterwards went into Egypt, and taught it there.

[The] Egyptians beheld the woman, that she was very fair;
Abram knew that Sarai was a fair woman; but in the eyes of the Egyptians she was very fair, exceeding fair, they not being used to see very beautiful women.


F18 Apud Euseb. ut supra. (Praepar. Evangel. c. 17. p. 418, 419.)
F19 Apud ib. c. 18. p. 420.
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