Abram kept moving toward the Negev.
There was a famine in the land. Abram went to Egypt to stay awhile because the famine was severe.
When he was about to enter Egypt, Abram said to his wife Sarai, "I know that you're a beautiful woman.
When the Egyptians see you, they'll say, 'This is his wife!' Then they'll kill me but let you live.
Please say that you're my sister. Then everything will be alright for me, and because of you I will live."
When Abram arrived in Egypt, the Egyptians saw how very beautiful his wife was.
When Pharaoh's officials saw her, they raved about her to Pharaoh, so Sarai was taken to Pharaoh's palace.
Everything went well for Abram because of her, and he was given sheep, cattle, donkeys, male and female slaves, and camels.
However, the LORD struck Pharaoh and his household with terrible plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife.
Then Pharaoh called for Abram. "What have you done to me?" he asked. "Why didn't you tell me that she's your wife?
Why did you say, 'She's my sister' and allow me to take her for my wife? Here's your wife! Take her and go!"