1Yahweh said to Abram, 'Leave your country, your kindred and your father's house for a country whichI shal show you; 2and I shal make you a great nation, I shal bless you and make your name famous; you are to be ablessing! 3I shal bless those who bless you, and shal curse those who curse you, and al clans on earth willbless themselves by you.' 4So Abram went as Yahweh told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old whenhe left Haran. 5Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had amassed and the people theyhad acquired in Haran. They set off for the land of Canaan, and arrived there. 6Abram passed through the country as far as the holy place at Shechem, the Oak of Moreh. TheCanaanites were in the country at the time. 7Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, 'I shal give this country to your progeny.' And there, Abrambuilt an altar to Yahweh who had appeared to him. 8From there he moved on to the mountainous district east of Bethel, where he pitched his tent, withBethel to the west and Ai to the east. There he built an altar to Yahweh and invoked the name of Yahweh. 9Then Abram made his way stage by stage to the Negeb. 10There was a famine in the country, and Abram went down to Egypt to stay there for a time, since thefamine in the country was severe. 11When he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, 'Look, I know you are a beautifulwoman. 12When the Egyptians see you they wil say, "That is his wife," and they wil kil me but leave you alive. 13Therefore please tell them you are my sister, so that they may treat me wel because of you andspare my life out of regard for you.' 14When Abram arrived in Egypt the Egyptians did indeed see that the woman was very beautiful. 15When Pharaoh's officials saw her they sang her praises to Pharaoh and the woman was taken intoPharaoh's household. 16And Abram was very well treated because of her and received flocks, oxen, donkeys, men andwomen slaves, she-donkeys and camels. 17But Yahweh inflicted severe plagues on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai. 18So Pharaoh summoned Abram and said, 'What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell meshe was your wife? 19Why did you say, "She is my sister," so that I took her to be my wife? Now, here is your wife. Takeher and go!' 20And Pharaoh gave his people orders about him; they sent him on his way with his wife and al hispossessions.
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