New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 12:1-20

God Chooses Abram

1The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s family. Go 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.

You will be a blessing to others.

3I will bless those who bless you.

I will put a curse on anyone who puts a curse on you.

All nations on earth

will be blessed because of you.”

4So Abram went, just as the Lord had told him. Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Harran. 5He took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot. They took all the people and possessions they had acquired in Harran. They started out for the land of Canaan. And they arrived there.

6Abram traveled through the land. He went as far as the large tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were living in the land. 7The Lord appeared to Abram at Shechem. He said, “I will give this land to your family who comes after you.” So Abram built an altar there to honor the Lord, who had appeared to him.

8From there, Abram went on toward the hills east of Bethel. He set up his tent there. Bethel was to the west, and Ai was to the east. Abram built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord.

9Then Abram left and continued south toward the Negev Desert.

Abram Goes to Egypt

10At that time there was not enough food in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while. 11As he was about to enter Egypt, he spoke to his wife Sarai. He said, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12The people of Egypt will see you and say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me. But they will let you live. 13Tell them you are my sister. Then I’ll be treated well and my life will be spared because of you.”

14Abram arrived in Egypt. The Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they told Pharaoh how beautiful she was. So she was taken into his palace. 16Pharaoh treated Abram well because of her. So Abram gained more sheep and cattle and male and female donkeys. He also gained more male and female servants and some camels.

17But the Lord sent terrible sicknesses on Pharaoh and everyone in his palace. The Lord did it because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18So Pharaoh sent for Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19Why did you say she was your sister? That’s why I took her to be my wife. Now then, here’s your wife. Take her and go!” 20Then Pharaoh gave orders to his men about Abram. They sent him on his way. So he left with his wife and everything he had.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 12:1-20

Onyankopɔn Frɛ Abraham

1Awurade ka kyerɛɛ Abram se, “Fi wʼabusuafo nkyɛn ne wʼasase so kɔ asase a mɛkyerɛ wo no so.

2“Mɛma wo ayɛ ɔman kɛse,

na mehyira wo.

Mɛma wo din atrɛw,

na woayɛ nhyira ama nnipa bebree.

3Mehyira wɔn a wohyira wo,

na obiara a ɔdome wo no, mɛdome no.

Ɛnam wo so na wobehyira

nnipa a wɔwɔ asase so nyinaa.”

4Enti Abram kɔe, sɛnea Awurade Nyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ no no. Na Lot ne no kɔe. Bere a Abram refi Haran asase so akɔ no, na wadi mfe aduɔson anum. 5Na Abram faa ne yere Sarai ne ne nuabarima Haran babarima Lot, nʼagyapade ne nʼasomfo a onyaa wɔn wɔ Haran nyinaa, sii mu kɔɔ Kanaan asase so.

6Wɔfaa asase no so ara kosii baabi a wɔfrɛ hɔ Sekem, koduu odum dua bi a esi baabi a wɔfrɛ hɔ More. Ɛhɔ na wosii wɔn ntamadan. Saa bere no, na Kanaanfo na wɔte asase no so. 7Afei, Awurade Nyankopɔn yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ Abram ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Mede saa asase yi bɛma wʼaseni.” Enti Abram sii afɔremuka wɔ hɔ, de kaee Awurade Nyankopɔn a ɔdaa ne ho adi kyerɛɛ no no.

8Akyiri no, Abram fii hɔ, de nʼani kyerɛɛ mmepɔw bi a ɛwɔ apuei fam, sii ne ntamadan wɔ hɔ. Na Bet-El da atɔe fam, na Ai nso da apuei fam. Ɛhɔ na osii afɔremuka maa Awurade Nyankopɔn, sɔree no wɔ hɔ.

9Na Abram fii hɔ toaa so de nʼani kyerɛɛ Negeb.

Abram Ne Sarai Kɔ Misraim

10Saa bere no, ɔkɔm kɛse bi sii asase a na Abram te so no so. Enti otu kɔtenaa Misraim12.10 Asuten a ɛdeda Misraim no nti, ɔpɛ dennen no anka no. asase so kakra, efisɛ ɔkɔm a ɛbaa asase no so no, na ano yɛ den yiye. 11Ɔreyɛ adu Misraim asase so no, ɔka kyerɛɛ ne yere Sarai se, “Minim sɛ woyɛ ɔbea a wo ho yɛ fɛ yiye. 12Sɛ Misraimfo no hu wo a, wɔbɛka se, ‘Ne yere ni. Momma yenkum no, na yɛmfa no.’ 13Na sɛ woka sɛ woyɛ me nuabea a, Misraimfo no bɛhwɛ me yiye, efisɛ wɔn ani wɔ wo ho nti wɔrenkum me.”

14Bere a woduu Misraim asase so no, Misraimfo no huu sɛ ɔbea no ho yɛ fɛ yiye. 15Na ɔhene Farao mpanyimfo huu no no, wɔkamfoo nʼahoɔfɛ, kɔbɔɔ no amanneɛ. Enti ɔhene Farao soma ma wɔkɔfaa ɔbea no baa nʼahemfi hɔ. 16Esiane ɔbea no ahoɔfɛ nti, ɔhene Farao hwɛɛ Abram yiye, maa no nguan, anantwi, afurumnini ne afurumbere, nkoa, mfenaa ne yoma.

17Na esiane Abram yere Sarai te a na ɔte Farao ahemfi hɔ no nti, Awurade Nyankopɔn maa ɔyaredɔm baa Farao ne ne fifo so. 18Eyi nti, Farao frɛɛ Abram bisaa no se, “Dɛn na woayɛ me yi? Adɛn nti na woanka ankyerɛ me sɛ ɔbea no yɛ wo yere? 19Adɛn nti na wokae se, ‘Ɔyɛ me nuabea’ na woama maware no? Sɛ saa na ɛte de a, gye wo yere. Wo yere ni! Fa wʼade kɔ!” 20Na Farao hyɛɛ asraafo sɛ wonkogya Abram ne ne yere kwan a wɔn fifo ne wɔn agyapade nyinaa ka ho.