Bible: Genesis 12:10-20

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.

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