New Land | Genesis 12

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Genesis Chapter 12 – World English Bible – Public Domain

1 Now Yahweh said to Abram, “Leave your country, and your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.”

4 So Abram went, as Yahweh had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Abram took Sarai his wife, Lot his brother’s son, all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they went to go into the land of Canaan. They entered into the land of Canaan. 6 Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. The Canaanites were in the land, then.

7 Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your offspring.” *

He built an altar there to Yahweh, who had appeared to him. 8 He left from there to go to the mountain on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to Yahweh and called on Yahweh’s name. 9 Abram traveled, still going on toward the South.

10 There 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. 11 When he had come near to enter Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman to look at. 12 It 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. 13 Please 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.”

14 When Abram had come into Egypt, Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 The princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16 He dealt well with Abram for her sake. He had sheep, cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels. 17 Yahweh afflicted Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this that you have done to me? Why didn’t you 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, see your wife, take her, and go your way.”

20 Pharaoh commanded men concerning him, and they escorted him away with his wife and all that he had.

Thoughts for the day

You will notice that we switched versions of the Bible. We found out that the Bibles we were using are copyrighted and we could not use more than 100 versus from any one of them. In the format we are using here, we would approach that limit rather rapidly. Sadly, we do not have the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed for royalties that would go to Zondervan Press and or Cambridge.  After doing some research it came down to the 1557, or 1611 version of the King James Bible which we could use freely in all countries aside from the the United Kingdom, or the “World English Bible” which we are free to use worldwide.  Here is more information on this version of the Bible.  We will be using this version of the Bible from here forward in order to keep from having to shut down this site. Now that our 20th century legal distractions are behind us, let’s take a look at Abram.

 At some point Yahweh, also known as God; asked Abram to leave the land in which he currently resides. We are not told why God asked Abram to leave, but Abram did not question God, he just left. God promised to protect Abram, and bless those who blessed him, and curse those who cursed him. (Now this is something to think about. We would all do well to bless all those we meet, and never curse anyone. We could unknowing be cursing ourselves.).

When Abram enters Egypt, he seems to have forgotten the promise that God made to him. He worries the Egyptians will kill him. Abram out of fear for his life; lies to Pharaoh, and tells him Sarai is his sister. (When God is on your side, the truth, will always outperform a lie.) With this lie, Sarai becomes eligible game for the men of Egypt.  Pharaoh attempted to take Sarai as his wife, but God cursed him for attempting to take what was not his.  Pharaoh made right by God and Abram as soon as he figured out what happened.  Pharaoh though was not happy with Abram and his clan and sent them out of the land.

Have a wonderful day, trusting God in all that you do, trust in God don’t lie.

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