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Genesis 12

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

Genesis 12:1 For the Lorde had said vnto Abram, Get thee out of thy countrey, and from thy kindred, and from thy fathers house vnto the land that I will shewe thee. Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and will blesse thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing. Genesis 12:3 I will also blesse them that blesse thee, and curse them that curse thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

He departeth with Lot from Haran.

Genesis 12:4 So Abram departed, euen as ye Lorde spake vnto him, and Lot went with him. (And Abram was seuentie and fiue yeere olde, when he departed out of Haran) Genesis 12:5 Then Abram tooke Sarai his wife, & Lot his brothers sonne, and all their substance that they possessed, and the soules that they had gotten in Haran, & they departed, to goe to the land of Canaan: & to the land of Canaan they came.

He journeyeth through Canaan,

Genesis 12:6 So Abram passed through the land vnto the place of Shechem, and vnto the plaine of Moreh (and the Canaanite was then in ye land)

which is promised him in a vision.

Genesis 12:7 And the Lord appeared vnto Abram, and said, Vnto thy seede will I giue this land; there builded he an altar vnto the Lord, which appeared vnto him. Genesis 12:8 Afterward remouing thence vnto a moutaine Eastward from Beth-el, he pitched his tent hauing Beth-el on the Westside, & Haai on the East: and there he built an altar vnto the Lord, and called on the Name of the Lord. Genesis 12:9 Againe Abram went forth going & iourneying toward the South.

He is driven by a famine into Egypt:

Genesis 12:10 Then there came a famine in the land: therefore Abram went downe into Egypt to soiourne there: for there was a great famine in the lande.

fear maketh him feign his wife to be his sister.

Genesis 12:11 And when he drewe neere to enter into Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, Beholde nowe, I know that thou art a faire woman to looke vpo: Genesis 12:12 Therefore it will come to passe, that when the Egyptians see thee, they will say, She is his wife: so will they kill me, but they will keepe thee aliue. Genesis 12:13 Say, I pray thee, that thou art my sister, that I may fare well for thy sake, & that my life may be preserued by thee.

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

Genesis 12:14 Nowe when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians behelde the woman: for she was very faire. Genesis 12:15 And the Princes of Pharaoh sawe her, and commended her vnto Pharaoh: so the woman was taken into Pharaohs house: Genesis 12:16 Who intreated Abram well for her sake, and he had sheepe, and beeues, and hee asses, and men seruants and maide seruants, and shee asses, and camelles. Genesis 12:17 But the Lorde plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues, because of Sarai Abrams wife. Genesis 12:18 Then Pharaoh called Abram, and saide, Why hast thou done this vnto me? Wherefore diddest thou not tell me, that she was thy wife? Genesis 12:19 Why saidest thou, She is my sister, that I should take her to be my wife? Nowe therefore beholde thy wife, take her and goe thy way. Genesis 12:20 And Pharaoh gaue men commaundement concerning him: and they conueyed him forth, and his wife, and all that he had.

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