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Genesis 12

God calleth Abram, and blesseth him with a promise of Christ.

Genesis 12:1 And ye LORDE sayde vnto Abram: Get the out of thy countre, and from thy kynred, and out of thy fathers house, in to a londe which I wil shew the. Genesis 12:2 And I wil make of the a mightie people, and wyll blesse the, and make the a greate name, yee thou shalt be a very blessynge. Genesis 12:3 I wil blesse them that blesse the, and curse them that curse the: and in the shal all the generacions of the earth be blessed.

He departeth with Lot from Haran.

Genesis 12:4 Then wente Abram out, as the LORDE commaunded him, and Lot wente with him. Fyue & seuentie yeare olde was Abra, whan he wente out of Haran. Genesis 12:5 So Abram toke Sarai his wife, and Lot his brothers sonne, wt all their goodes which they had gotten, and soules which they begat in Hara, and departed to go in to ye londe of Canaan.

He journeyeth through Canaan,

Genesis 12:6 And whe they were come in to the same londe, he wente thorow, tyll he came vnto the place of Sichem, and vnto the Okegroue of More: for ye Cananites dwelt in ye lode at ye same time.

which is promised him in a vision.

Genesis 12:7 Then the LORDE appeared vnto Abra, & sayde: This londe wil I geue vnto yi sede. And there he buylded an aulter vnto ye LORDE, which appeared vnto him. Genesis 12:8 The brake he vp fro thece, vnto a mountayne yt laye on ye east syde of the cite of Bethel, & pitched his tent: so yt he had Bethel on the west side, and Ay on ye east syde: & there buylded he an altare also vnto the LORDE, & called vpon the name of the LORDE. Genesis 12:9 Afterwarde departed Abram farther, & toke his iourneye southwarde.

He is driven by a famine into Egypt:

Genesis 12:10 But there came a derth in the londe. Then wente Abram downe in to Egipte to kepe himself there as a straunger, for the derth was sore in the londe.

fear maketh him feign his wife to be his sister.

Genesis 12:11 And whan he was come nye for to entre in to Egipte, he sayde vnto Sarai his wife: Beholde, I knowe yt thou art a fayre woman to loke vpon. Genesis 12:12 Now whan the Egipcians se the, they wil saye: She is his wife, and so shal they slaye me, and saue the alyue. Genesis 12:13 Therfore (I pray ye) saye thou art my sister, that I maye fare the better by reason of the, and that my soule maye lyue for thy sake.

Pharaoh, having taken her from him, by plagues is compelled to restore her.

Genesis 12:14 Now whan he came in to Egipte, ye Egipcians sawe ye woman, yt she was very faire: Genesis 12:15 & Pharaos prynces sawe her also, & praysed her before him. Then was she brought in to Pharaos house, Genesis 12:16 and Abram was well intreated for hir sake: and he had shepe, oxe, and he Asses, seruauntes, maydes, she Asses and Camels. Genesis 12:17 But ye LORDE plaged Pharao & his house wt greate plages, because of Sarai Abras wife. Genesis 12:18 Then Pharao called Abra vnto him, and sayde: Why hast thou dealt thus wt me? Wherfore toldest thou not me at the first, yt she was thy wife? Genesis 12:19 Why saydest thou then, that she was yi sister? Wherfore I toke her to my wife. And now lo, there is yi wife, take her, and go thy waye. Genesis 12:20 He gaue his officers also a charge ouer him, to conveye him out, and his wife, and all that he had.

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