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The Call of Abram

1Now Yahweh said to Abram, “Get out of your country and from your relatives and from your father’s house and go to the land that I will show you.
  2And I will make of you a great nation. and I will bless you and make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
  3And I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse the one who curses you, and all of the clans of the earth will be blessed in you.”

4So Abram went, as Yahweh had told him to. Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he departed out of Haran.
  5Abram took Sarai his wife, Lot his brother’s son, all their possessions that they had accumulated, and the souls whom they had acquired in Haran, and they went to go into the land of Canaan. When they came into the land of Canaan,
  6Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. (And the Canaanite was already in the land).
  7Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your seed.” So he built an altar there to Yahweh, who appeared to him.
  8From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. He built an altar to Yahweh there, and called on the name of Yahweh.
  9Abram traveled, going on by stages toward the Negev.

Abram in Egypt

10There was a famine in the land. Abram went down into Egypt to live as a foreigner there, for the famine was severe in the land.
  11It came to pass that when he was about to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a woman who is beautiful in appearance.
  12It will happen when the Egyptians see you that they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ They will kill me, but they will save you alive.
  13Please say that you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that my soul may live because of you.”
  14It came to pass that when Abram had come into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful.
  15The officials of Pharaoh saw her and praised her to Pharaoh, and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house.
  16He treated Abram well for her sake, and he acquired sheep, cattle, male donkeys, male slaves, female slaves, female donkeys, and camels.

17But Yahweh plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife.
  18Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this that you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife?
  19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now therefore, here is your wife! Take her, and go your way.”

20Pharaoh commanded men concerning him, and they brought him on the way with his wife and all that he had.

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