Genesis 12:4-6

4 So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.

Genesis 12:4-6 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 12

In this chapter an account is given of the call of Abram to depart from his own country, with a promise of a divine blessing, Ge 12:1-3 of his obedience to it, Ge 12:4,5 of his journey through the land of Canaan, and of the Lord's appearance to him in it, and his promise of it to his seed, and of Abram's building altars in it, and calling on the name of the Lord, Ge 12:6-9 and of a famine there, which occasioned him to go into Egypt, Ge 12:10 where, through fear of being slain, he desired his wife to call herself his sister, Ge 12:11-13 and she being greatly admired by the Egyptians for her beauty, it went well with Abram for her sake, Ge 12:14-16 but the Egyptians were plagued because of her, who, when they understood she was Abram's wife, sent them both away, and all that belonged to them, Ge 12:17-20.

Genesis 12:4-6 In-Context

2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.
7 The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.

Cross References 11

  • 1. S Genesis 11:27
  • 2. Genesis 16:3,16; Genesis 17:1,17,24; Genesis 21:5
  • 3. S Genesis 11:31
  • 4. S Genesis 11:29
  • 5. ver 16; Genesis 13:2,6; Genesis 31:18; Genesis 46:6
  • 6. Genesis 14:14; Genesis 15:3; Genesis 17:23; Ecclesiastes 2:7
  • 7. Genesis 11:31; Genesis 16:3; Hebrews 11:8
  • 8. Hebrews 11:9
  • 9. Genesis 35:4; Deuteronomy 11:30; Joshua 24:26; Judges 7:1; Judges 9:6
  • 10. Genesis 33:18; Genesis 37:12; Joshua 17:7; Joshua 20:7; Joshua 24:1; Judges 8:31; Judges 21:19; 1 Kings 12:1; Psalms 60:6; Psalms 108:7
  • 11. S Genesis 10:18