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.
Ngai gwĩta Aburamu
112:1 Atũm 7:3; Ahib 11:8Nake Jehova nĩeerĩte Aburamu atĩrĩ, “Thaama uume bũrũri wanyu na ũtige andũ anyu, na nyũmba ya thoguo, ũthiĩ bũrũri ũrĩa ngaakuonia.
212:2 Kĩam 17:2, 4; Kĩam 18:18; Thab 67:6“Niĩ nĩngagũtua rũrĩrĩ rũnene,
nĩngatũma rĩĩtwa rĩaku rĩgĩe igweta,
nawe nĩũgatuĩka kĩrathimo.
312:3 Kĩam 27:29; Ndar 24:9; Kĩam 22:18; Kĩam 26:4; Agal 3:8Nĩngarathima arĩa magaakũrathima,
na ũrĩa o wothe ũgaakũruma na niĩ nĩngatũma anyiitwo nĩ kĩrumi;
nao andũ othe a thĩ
nĩmakarathimwo nĩ ũndũ waku.”
4Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Aburamu akiumagara agĩthiĩ, o ta ũrĩa Jehova aamwathĩte; nake Loti agĩthiĩ nake. Aburamu aarĩ na mĩaka mĩrongo mũgwanja na ĩtano rĩrĩa oimire Harani. 512:5 Kĩam 14:14; Ahib 11:8Nake nĩathiire na mũtumia wake Sarai, na Loti, mũriũ wa mũrũ wa nyina, na indo ciothe iria maagĩte nacio, na andũ arĩa maagĩte nao kũu Harani, na makiumagara marorete bũrũri wa Kaanani, na magĩkinya kuo.
612:6 Josh 17:7Aburamu agĩtuĩkanĩria bũrũri ũcio agĩkinya handũ haarĩ na mũtĩ mũnene wa More kũu Shekemu. Hĩndĩ ĩyo Akaanani nĩo maatũũraga bũrũri ũcio. 712:7 Kĩam 17:1; Kĩam 13:15, 17; Thab 105:9-11Nake Jehova akiumĩrĩra Aburamu, akĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Bũrũri ũyũ nĩguo ngaahe rũciaro rwaku.” Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Aburamu agĩakĩra Jehova kĩgongona hau, o we Jehova ũcio wamuumĩrĩire.
812:8 Kĩam 13:3; Ahib 11:9Kuuma hau agĩthiĩ erekeire irĩma iria irĩ mwena wa irathĩro wa itũũra rĩa Betheli, na akĩamba hema yake, Betheli ĩgĩkorwo ĩrĩ mwena wa ithũĩro na itũũra rĩa Ai rĩrĩ mwena wa irathĩro. Hau nĩho aakĩire Jehova kĩgongona na agĩkaĩra rĩĩtwa rĩa Jehova. 912:9 Josh 10:40Thuutha-inĩ Aburamu akiumagara rĩngĩ agĩthiĩ na mbere na rũgendo arorete Negevu.12:9 Rĩĩtwa Negevu rĩgĩtaũrwo nĩ kuuga “bũrũri mũũmũ”; ũyũ warĩ bũrũri mwaraganu watambũrũkĩte nginya Jerusalemu werekeire werũ-inĩ.
Aburamu gũthiĩ Misiri
10Na rĩrĩ, nĩ kwagĩire ngʼaragu bũrũri ũcio, nake Aburamu agĩikũrũka athiĩ Misiri agaikare kuo kwa ihinda, tondũ ngʼaragu nĩ yarĩ nene mũno.12:10 Bũrũri wa Misiri ndwagĩire na ngʼaragu nĩ ũndũ wa ũrĩmi waguo wa kunithia maaĩ ma Rũũĩ rwa Nili. 11Arĩ o hakuhĩ gũtoonya Misiri-rĩ, akĩĩra mũtumia wake Sarai atĩrĩ, “Nĩnjũũĩ atĩ ũrĩ mũndũ-wa-nja kĩĩrorerwa. 12Na rĩrĩ, andũ a Misiri makuona mekuuga atĩrĩ, ‘Ũyũ nĩ mũtumia wake,’ tondũ ũcio manjũrage no wee makũreke ũtũũre muoyo, makuoe. 1312:13 Kĩam 26:7Nĩ ũndũ ũcio wee uga atĩ ũrĩ mwarĩ wa baba, nĩgeetha ũhonokie muoyo wakwa na manjĩke wega nĩ ũndũ waku.”
14Rĩrĩa Aburamu aakinyire Misiri, andũ a Misiri makĩona atĩ mũtumia wake aarĩ kĩĩrorerwa biũ. 15Nao anene a Firaũni mamuona, makĩmũgaathĩrĩria kũrĩ Firaũni, na makĩmuoya makĩmũtwara nyũmba-inĩ yake ya ũthamaki. 1612:16 Ayub 1:3Nake Firaũni agĩtuga Aburamu nĩ ũndũ wa Sarai, na Aburamu akĩgĩa na mbũri na ngʼombe, na ndigiri cia njamba na cia nga, ndungata cia arũme na cia airĩtu, na ngamĩĩra.
1712:17 1Maũ 16:21No Jehova akĩnyamaria Firaũni na nyũmba yake na mĩrimũ mĩũru nĩ ũndũ wa Sarai, mũtumia wa Aburamu. 1812:18 Kĩam 20:9; 26:10; 29:25; Isa 43:27; Ezek 16:3Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Firaũni agĩtũmanĩra Aburamu akĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ atĩa ũũ ũnjĩkĩte? Nĩ kĩĩ kĩagiririe ũnjĩĩre atĩ ũyũ nĩ mũtumia waku? 19Nĩ kĩĩ gĩatũmire uuge, ‘Ũyũ nĩ mwarĩ wa baba,’ na nĩkĩo ndaamuoire atuĩke mũtumia wakwa? Mũtumia waku nĩwe ũyũ! Muoye mũthiĩ!” 20Hĩndĩ ĩyo Firaũni agĩathana akĩĩra andũ ake ũrĩa megwĩka Aburamu, nao makĩmumagaria arĩ na mũtumia wake na indo ciothe iria aarĩ nacio.