Bible: Genesis 12:10-13:4

The Promised Blessing Jeopardized

12:10 There was a famine in the land, so Abram went down to Egypt 1  to stay for a while 2  because the famine was severe. 3  12:11 As he approached 4  Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “Look, 5  I know that you are a beautiful woman. 6  12:12 When the Egyptians see you they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will keep you alive. 7  12:13 So tell them 8  you are my sister 9  so that it may go well 10  for me because of you and my life will be spared 11  on account of you.”

12:14 When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 12:15 When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. So Abram’s wife 12  was taken 13  into the household of Pharaoh, 14  12:16 and he did treat Abram well 15  on account of her. Abram received 16  sheep and cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

12:17 But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his household with severe diseases 17  because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 12:18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram and said, “What is this 18  you have done to me? Why didn’t you tell me that she was your wife? 12:19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her 19  to be my wife? 20  Here is your wife! 21  Take her and go! 22  12:20 Pharaoh gave his men orders about Abram, 23  and so they expelled him, along with his wife and all his possessions.

Abram’s Solution to the Strife

13:1 So Abram went up from Egypt into the Negev. 24  He took his wife and all his possessions with him, as well as Lot. 25  13:2 (Now Abram was very wealthy 26  in livestock, silver, and gold.) 27 

13:3 And he journeyed from place to place 28  from the Negev as far as Bethel. 29  He returned 30  to the place where he had pitched his tent 31  at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai. 13:4 This was the place where he had first built the altar, 32  and there Abram worshiped the Lord. 33 

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