The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 12:10–13:1

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10  And there was a famine in the land; and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was sore in the land.

10  But a famine occurred in the land. And Abram descended to Egypt, to sojourn there. For famine prevailed over the land.

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11  And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife: 'Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon.

11  And it came to pass when Abram drew nigh to enter into Egypt, Abram said to Sara his wife, I know that thou art a fair woman.

11  And when he was close to entering Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai: “I know you to be a beautiful woman.

12  And it will come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they will say: This is his wife; and they will kill me, but thee they will keep alive.

12  It shall come to pass then that when the Egyptians shall see thee, they shall say, This is his wife, and they shall slay me, but they shall save thee alive.

12  And when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘She is his wife.’ And they will put me to death, and retain you.

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13  Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister; that it may be well with me for thy sake, and that my soul may live because of thee.'

13  Therefore, I beg you to say that you are my sister, so that it may be well with me because of you, and so that my soul may live by your favor.”

13  Say, therefore, that you are my sister because I will be treated well for your sake; and my life shall be spared because of you.

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14  And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.

14  And so, when Abram had arrived in Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was exceedingly beautiful.

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15  And the princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.

15  that the princes of Pharao saw her, and praised her to Pharao and brought her into the house of Pharao.

15  And the princes reported it to Pharaoh, and they praised her to him. And the woman was inducted into the house of Pharaoh.

16  And he dealt well with Abram for her sake; and he had sheep, and oxen, and he-asses, and men-servants, and maid-servants, and she-asses, and camels.

16  And they treated Abram well on her account, and he had sheep, and calves, and asses, and men-servants, and women-servants, and mules, and camels.

16  In truth, they treated Abram well because of her. And he had sheep and oxen and male donkeys, and men servants, and women servants, and female donkeys, and camels.

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17  And YHWH plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.

17  And God afflicted Pharao with great and severe afflictions, and his house, because of Sara, Abram’s wife.

17  But the Lord scourged Pharaoh and his house with great wounds because of Sarai, the wife of Abram.

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18  And Pharaoh called Abram, and said: 'What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?

18  So Pharaoh called Abram, and said to him, What is this that you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife?

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19  Why saidst thou: She is my sister? so that I took her to be my wife; now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.'

19  Wherefore didst thou say, She is my sister? and I took her for a wife to myself; and now, behold, thy wife is before thee, take her and go quickly away.

19  For what reason did you claim her to be your sister, so that I would take her to me as a wife? Now therefore, behold your mate, receive her and go.”

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20  And Pharaoh gave men charge concerning him; and they brought him on the way, and his wife, and all that he had.

20  And Pharao gave charge to men concerning Abram, to join in sending him forward, and his wife, and all that he had.

20  And Pharaoh instructed his men about Abram. And they led him away with his wife and all that he had.

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13:1  And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the South.

Therefore, Abram ascended from Egypt, he and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, toward the southern region.