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.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 12:1-20

Onyankopɔn Frɛ Abraham

1Awurade Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Abram sɛ, “Gya wo ɔman, wo nkurɔfoɔ ne wo agya fiefoɔ, na kɔ asase a mɛkyerɛ wo no so.

2“Mɛma wo ayɛ ɔman kɛseɛ,

na mɛhyira wo.

Mɛma wo din atrɛ,

na woayɛ nhyira ama nnipa bebree.

3Mɛhyira wɔn a wɔhyira wo,

na obiara a ɔdome wo no, mɛdome no.

Ɛnam wo so na wɔbɛhyira

nnipa a wɔwɔ asase so nyinaa.”

4Enti, Abram kɔeɛ, sɛdeɛ Awurade Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ no no. Na Lot ne no kɔeɛ. Ɛberɛ a Abram refiri Haran asase so akɔ no, na wadi mfeɛ aduɔson enum. 5Na Abram faa ne yere Sarai ne ne nuabarima Haran babarima Lot, nʼagyapadeɛ ne nʼasomfoɔ a ɔnyaa wɔn wɔ Haran nyinaa, siim kɔɔ Kanaan asase so.

6Wɔfaa asase no so ara kɔsii baabi a wɔfrɛ hɔ Sekem, kɔduruu odum dua bi a ɛsi baabi a wɔfrɛ hɔ More. Ɛhɔ na wɔsii wɔn ntomadan. Saa ɛberɛ no, na Kanaanfoɔ na wɔte asase no so. 7Afei, Awurade Onyankopɔn yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ Abram ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Mede saa asase yi bɛma wʼaseni.” Enti, Abram sii afɔrebukyia wɔ hɔ, de kaee Awurade Onyankopɔn a ɔdaa ne ho adi kyerɛɛ no no.

8Akyire yi, Abram firii hɔ, de nʼani kyerɛɛ mmepɔ bi a ɛwɔ apueeɛ fam, sii ne ntomadan wɔ hɔ. Na Bet-El da atɔeɛ fam, na Ai nso da apueeɛ fam. Ɛhɔ na ɔsii afɔrebukyia maa Awurade Onyankopɔn, sɔree no wɔ hɔ.

9Afei, Abram dii atutena ara, kɔɔ anafoɔ fam.

Abram Ne Sarai Kɔ Misraim

10Saa ɛberɛ no, ɛkɔm kɛseɛ bi sii asase a na Abram te so no so. Enti, ɔtu kɔtenaa Misraim12.10 Nsuseneeɛ a ɛdeda Misraim no enti, ɔpɛ denden no anka no. asase so kakra, ɛfiri sɛ, ɛkɔm a ɛbaa asase no so no, na ano yɛ den yie. 11Ɔreyɛ aduru Misraim asase so no, ɔka kyerɛɛ ne yere Sarai sɛ, “Menim sɛ woyɛ ɔbaa a wo ho yɛ fɛ yie. 12Sɛ Misraimfoɔ no hunu wo a, wɔbɛka sɛ, ‘Ne yere nie. Momma yɛnkum no, na yɛmfa no.’ 13Na sɛ woka sɛ woyɛ me nuabaa a, Misraimfoɔ no bɛhwɛ me yie, ɛfiri sɛ, wɔn ani wɔ wo ho, ɛno enti, wɔrenkum me.”

14Ɛberɛ a wɔduruu Misraim asase so no, Misraimfoɔ no hunuu sɛ, ɔbaa no ho yɛ fɛ yie. 15Na ɔhene Farao mpanimfoɔ hunuu no no, wɔkamfoo nʼahoɔfɛ, kɔbɔɔ no amaneɛ. Enti, ɔhene Farao soma ma wɔkɔfaa ɔbaa no baa nʼahemfie hɔ. 16Esiane ɔbaa no ahoɔfɛ enti, ɔhene Farao hwɛɛ Abram yie, maa no nnwan, anantwie, afunumunini ne afunumubereɛ, nkoa, mfenaa ne nyoma.

17Na ɛsiane Abram yere Sarai te a na ɔte Farao ahemfie hɔ no enti, Awurade Onyankopɔn maa ɔyaredɔm baa Farao ne ne fiefoɔ so. 18Yei enti, Farao frɛɛ Abram bisaa no sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn na woayɛ me yi? Adɛn enti na woanka ankyerɛ me sɛ, ɔbaa no yɛ wo yere? 19Adɛn enti na wokaa sɛ, ‘Ɔyɛ me nuabaa’ na woama maware no? Sɛ saa na ɛteɛ deɛ a, gye wo yere. Wo yere nie! Fa wʼadeɛ kɔ!” 20Na Farao hyɛɛ asraafoɔ sɛ, wɔnkɔgya Abram ne ne yere ɛkwan a wɔn fiefoɔ ne wɔn agyapadeɛ nyinaa ka ho.