Genesis 12:10-13:18 Reading the Passage

Trust in the Lord at All Times – Genesis 12:10-13:18

12 Now there was a famine in the land, so Abram went down into Egypt to stay there for awhile, because the famine was severe in the land. (11) When he came near to the border of Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, Listen, I know that you are a beautiful woman. (12) When the Egyptians see you they will say, This is his wife. They will kill me, but keep you alive. (13) I ask you, Please say that you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.

(14) And so it happened that when Abram had come into Egypt, the Egyptians observed that the woman was very beautiful. (15) The princes of Pharaoh saw her and praised her to Pharaoh. So the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. (16) And Pharaoh treated Abram well for her sake. Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, menservants and maidservants, and camels. (17) But Jehovah inflicted severe plagues upon Pharaoh and his household because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. (18) Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, What is this that you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? (19) Why 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. (20) Then Pharaoh gave his men orders concerning Abram and they escorted him away, together with his wife and all his possessions.

13 Abram departed out of Egypt, he and his wife, with all his possessions. And Lot went with him. They journeyed to the South of Canaan. (2) Now Abram was very rich in cattle and in silver and gold. (3) And he traveled from the South as far north as Beth-el, to the place where he had pitched his tent when he first arrived in Canaan, between Beth-el and Ai. (4) He went to the place of the altar that he had made when he first came; and there Abram called on the name of Jehovah.

(5) Now Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. (6) And the land was not able to sustain them, that they might live together; because their possessions were so great, they could not live together. (7) There occurred a conflict between the herdsmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle; (and the Canaanite and the Perizzite were then living in the land.) (8) Then Abram said to Lot, I beg you, let there be no conflict between me and you, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. (9) Is not the whole land before you? I ask you, please separate yourself from me. If you will go to the left, then I will go to the right. Or if you will go to the right, I will go to the left. (10) Lot looked up and observed that all the Plain of the Jordan was well watered every where, it was like the garden of Jehovah, or like the land of Egypt as you go towards Zoar. (This was before Jehovah destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) (11) So Lot chose for himself all the Plain of the Jordan. Then Lot journeyed east. So they separated themselves from one another. (12) Abram settled in the land of Canaan, but Lot settled in the cities of the Plain and moved his tent as far as Sodom. (13) Now the men of Sodom were wicked and exceedingly great sinners against Jehovah.

(14) After Lot had separated himself from him, Jehovah said to Abram, Now lift up your eyes from the place where you are and look northward and southward and eastward and westward; (15) because I will give to you and to your offspring forever all the land that you see. (16) And I will make your descendants as numerous as the dust of the earth, so that if a man could count the dust of the earth, then may your offspring also be counted. (17) Arise, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I will give it to you. (18) Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, that are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to Jehovah.

Now proceed to the next section of this study, entitled, Exploring the Passage.