1耶和华对亚伯兰说：“你要离开家乡、亲族和父亲的家，到我要指示你的地方去。 2我必使你成为大国，我必赐福给你，使你声名远播。你必成为别人的祝福。 3我必赐福给那些祝福你的人，咒诅那些咒诅你的人。世上万族必因你而蒙福。”
4亚伯兰就照耶和华的吩咐离开哈兰，侄儿罗得与他同行。那时亚伯兰七十五岁。 5亚伯兰带着妻子撒莱、侄儿罗得以及在哈兰积攒的财物和所得的奴仆启程来到迦南。到了迦南以后， 6亚伯兰继续前行，来到示剑的摩利橡树12:6 “橡树”希伯来文是“大树”，也可能指灵树或圣树，下同13:18；14:13；18:1；35:4；35:8。那里。当时迦南人住在那地方。 7耶和华向亚伯兰显现，对他说：“我要把这片土地赐给你的后裔。”亚伯兰就在那里为向他显现的耶和华筑了一座坛。 8然后，他们又启程前往伯特利东面的山区，在那里搭起帐篷。他们的西面是伯特利，东面是艾。亚伯兰又在那里筑了一座坛，求告耶和华。 9之后，亚伯兰继续前往南地。
10当时，那地方闹饥荒，灾情非常严重，亚伯兰便下到埃及暂住。 11快要到埃及的时候，他对妻子撒莱说：“我知道你是个美貌的女子， 12埃及人看见你，一定会因为你是我的妻子而杀了我，让你活着。 13所以，请你说你是我的妹妹，这样他们会因为你而善待我，留我一命。” 14亚伯兰一行到了埃及，撒莱的美貌引起了埃及人的注意。 15法老的官员见了撒莱，就在法老面前称赞她的美貌，她便被带进法老的王宫。 16因为撒莱的缘故，法老厚待亚伯兰，赏给他许多牛、羊、驴、骆驼和仆婢。
17耶和华因亚伯兰妻子撒莱的缘故使法老和他全家患重病。 18法老便召见亚伯兰，说：“你做的是什么事？为什么不告诉我她是你妻子？ 19为什么说她是你妹妹，以致我娶她为妻呢？现在你妻子在这里，带她走吧！” 20法老就吩咐人把亚伯兰、他妻子以及他所有的一切都送走了。
The Call of Abram
1The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.12:2 Or be seen as blessed
3I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”12:3 Or earth / will use your name in blessings (see 48:20)
4So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
6Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring12:7 Or seed I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
9Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Abram in Egypt
10Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
14When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
17But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.