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Book of Genesis  Chapter 12

God sends Abraham from Ur to Canaan: "Get thee out of thy country, and  from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew  thee:" In Hebrew - "Kum Lech Lecha..."  And then Abraham journeys to Egypt.

GENESIS 12:1  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and  from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew  thee:

GENESIS 12:2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and  make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

GENESIS 12:3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth  thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

GENESIS 12:4  So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with  him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

GENESIS 12:5  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all  their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in  Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land  of Canaan they came.

GENESIS 12:6  And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the  plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

GENESIS 12:7  And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give  this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto  him.

GENESIS 12:8  And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and  pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there  he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.

GENESIS 12:9  And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.

GENESIS 12:10  And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt  to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.

GENESIS 12:11  And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that  he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to  look upon:

GENESIS 12:12  Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee,  that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will  save thee alive.

GENESIS 12:13  Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me  for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

GENESIS 12:14  And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the  Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.

GENESIS 12:15  The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before  Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.

GENESIS 12:16  And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and  oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and  camels.

GENESIS 12:17  And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues  because of Sarai Abram's wife.

GENESIS 12:18  And Pharaoh called Abram and said, What is this that thou hast done  unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?

GENESIS 12:19  Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me  to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.

GENESIS 12:20  And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him  away, and his wife, and all that he had.


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