Genesis - Chapter 12

Genesis 12 tells the story of God's command to Abram to leave his homeland and his family and travel to a land that God would show him. Abram obeys, taking Sarai his wife, Lot his brother's son, and all of their possessions with them.

Along their journey, Abram builds an altar to the Lord and is given the promise that his descendants would be given the land of Canaan.

The family eventually arrives in Egypt, where a famine has struck. To protect himself, Abram lies to Pharaoh and tells him that Sarai is his sister, not his wife. Due to her beauty, Pharaoh takes Sarai into his house and lavishes Abram with wealth.

However, God punishes Pharaoh with plagues due to the lie, and Pharaoh realizes the truth and gives Abram and Sarai permission to leave, along with their belongings.

Thus ends the twelfth chapter, in which Abram and Sarai are shown the power of God and His provision.

Genesis - Chapter 12

Choice of Abraham

1 Now the LORD had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you.

2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."


4 So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram [was] seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.

6 Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites [were] then in the land.

7 Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.

8 And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he 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.

9 So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.

In Egypt

10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine [was] severe in the land.

11 And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, "Indeed I know that you [are] a woman of beautiful countenance.

12 "Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, 'This [is] his wife'; and they will kill me, but they will let you live.

13 "Please say you [are] my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you."

14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she [was] very beautiful.

15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh's house.

16 He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

17 But the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram's wife.

18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, "What [is] this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she [was] your wife?

19 "Why did you say, 'She [is] my sister'? I might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore, here is your wife; take [her] and go your way."

20 So Pharaoh commanded [his] men concerning him; and they sent him away, with his wife and all that he had.