God calleth Abram, and blesseth him with a promise of Christ.
Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the 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 be thou a blessing: Genesis 12:3 and I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
He departeth with Lot from Haran.
Genesis 12:4 So Abram went, 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.
He journeyeth through Canaan,
Genesis 12:6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Shechem, unto the oak of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
which is promised him in a vision.
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 the mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Ai 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.
He is driven by a famine into Egypt:
Genesis 12:10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was sore in the land.
fear maketh him feign his wife to be his sister.
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 and 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 that my soul may live because of thee.
Pharaoh, having taken her from him, by plagues is compelled to restore her.
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 And the princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to 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 that I took her to be my wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way. Genesis 12:20 And Pharaoh gave men charge concerning him: and they brought him on the way, and his wife, and all that he had.