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.
1耶和華對亞伯蘭說：「你要離開家鄉、親族和父親的家，到我要指示你的地方去。 2我必使你成為大國，我必賜福給你，使你聲名遠播。你必成為別人的祝福。 3我必賜福給那些祝福你的人，咒詛那些咒詛你的人。世上萬族必因你而蒙福。」
4亞伯蘭就照耶和華的吩咐離開哈蘭，侄兒羅得與他同行。那時亞伯蘭七十五歲。 5亞伯蘭帶著妻子撒萊、侄兒羅得以及在哈蘭積攢的財物和所得的奴僕啟程來到迦南。到了迦南以後， 6亞伯蘭繼續前行，來到示劍的摩利橡樹12·6 「橡樹」希伯來文是「大樹」，也可能指靈樹或聖樹，下同13·18；14·13；18·1；35·4；35·8。那裡。當時迦南人住在那地方。 7耶和華向亞伯蘭顯現，對他說：「我要把這片土地賜給你的後裔。」亞伯蘭就在那裡為向他顯現的耶和華築了一座壇。 8然後，他們又啟程前往伯特利東面的山區，在那裡搭起帳篷。他們的西面是伯特利，東面是艾。亞伯蘭又在那裡築了一座壇，求告耶和華。 9之後，亞伯蘭繼續前往南地。
10當時，那地方鬧饑荒，災情非常嚴重，亞伯蘭便下到埃及暫住。 11快要到埃及的時候，他對妻子撒萊說：「我知道你是個美貌的女子， 12埃及人看見你，一定會因為你是我的妻子而殺了我，讓你活著。 13所以，請你說你是我的妹妹，這樣他們會因為你而善待我，留我一命。」 14亞伯蘭一行到了埃及，撒萊的美貌引起了埃及人的注意。 15法老的官員見了撒萊，就在法老面前稱讚她的美貌，她便被帶進法老的王宮。 16因為撒萊的緣故，法老厚待亞伯蘭，賞給他許多牛、羊、驢、駱駝和僕婢。
17耶和華因亞伯蘭妻子撒萊的緣故使法老和他全家患重病。 18法老便召見亞伯蘭，說：「你做的是什麼事？為什麼不告訴我她是你妻子？ 19為什麼說她是你妹妹，以致我娶她為妻呢？現在你妻子在這裡，帶她走吧！」 20法老就吩咐人把亞伯蘭、他妻子以及他所有的一切都送走了。