God calleth Abram, and blesseth him with a promise of Christ.
Genesis 12:1 And the Lord said to Abram: Go forth out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and out of thy father's house, and come into the land which I shall shew thee. Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and magnify thy name, and thou shalt be blessed. Genesis 12:3 I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee, and IN THEE shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
He departeth with Lot from Haran.
Genesis 12:4 So Abram went out as the Lord had commanded him, and Lot went with him: Abram was seventy-five years old when he went forth from Haran. Genesis 12:5 And he took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all the substance which they had gathered, and the souls which they had gotten in Haran: and they went out to go into the land of Chanaan. And when they were come into it,
He journeyeth through Canaan,
Genesis 12:6 Abram passed through the country unto the place of Sichem, as far as the noble vale: now the Chanaanite was at that time in the land.
which is promised him in a vision.
Genesis 12:7 And the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him: To thy seed will I give this land. And he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. Genesis 12:8 And passing on from thence to a mountain, that was on the east side of Bethel, he there pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: he built there also an altar to the Lord, and called upon his name. Genesis 12:9 And Abram went forward, going and proceeding on to the south.
He is driven by a famine into Egypt:
Genesis 12:10 And there came a famine in the country: and Abram went down into Egypt, to sojourn there: for the famine was very grievous in the land.
fear maketh him feign his wife to be his sister.
Genesis 12:11 And when he was near to enter into Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife: I know that thou art a beautiful woman: Genesis 12:12 And that when the Egyptians shall see thee, they will say: She is his wife: and they will kill me, and keep thee. Genesis 12:13 Say, therefore, I pray thee, that thou art my sister: that I may be well used for thee, and that my soul may live for thy sake.
Pharaoh, having taken her from him, by plagues is compelled to restore her.
Genesis 12:14 And when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians saw the woman that she was very beautiful. Genesis 12:15 And the princes told Pharao, and praised her before him: and the woman was taken into the house of Pharao. Genesis 12:16 And they used 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 But the Lord scourged Pharao and his house with most grievous stripes for Sarai, Abram's wife. Genesis 12:18 And Pharao called Abram, and said to him: What is this that thou hast done to me? Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? Genesis 12:19 For what cause didst thou say, she was thy sister, that I might take her to my wife? Now therefore there is thy wife, take her, and go thy way. Genesis 12:20 And Pharao gave his men orders concerning Abram: and they led him away and his wife, and all that he had.