1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram,From the flood to this time were four hundred and twenty-three years.Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, untoIn appointing him no certain place, he proves so much more his faith and obedience.a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt beThe world shall recover by your seed, which is Christ, the blessing which they lost in Adam.a blessing:
3 I will also blesse them that blesse thee, and curse them that curse thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
4 So Abram departed, euen as ye Lorde spake vnto him, and Lot went with him. (And Abram was seuentie and fiue yeere olde, when he departed out of Haran)
5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and theMeaning servants as well as cattle.souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
6 And AbramHe wandered to and fro in the land before he could find a settling place: thus God exercises the faith of his children.passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And theWhich was a cruel and rebellious nation, by whom God kept his in continual exercise.Canaanite [was] then in the land.
7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded heIt was not enough for him to worship God in his heart, but it was expedient to declare by outward profession his faith before men, of which this altar was a sign.an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
8 And he removed fromBecause of the troubles that he had among that wicked people.thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, [having] Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded anAnd so served the true God, and renounced all idolatry.altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
9 Thus the children of God may look for no rest in this world, but must wait for the heavenly rest and quietness.And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
10 And there was aThis was a new trial of Abram's faith: by which we see that the end of one affliction is the beginning of another.famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine [was] grievous in the land.
11 And when he drewe neere to enter into Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife, Beholde nowe, I know that thou art a faire woman to looke vpo:
12 Therefore it will come to passe, that when the Egyptians see thee, they will say, She is his wife: so will they kill me, but they will keepe thee aliue.
13 Say, I pray thee, thou [art] myBy this we learn not to use unlawful means nor to put others in danger to save ourselves, (Gen_12:20). Though it may appear that Abram did not fear death, so much as dying without children, he acts as though God's promise had not taken place; in which appeared a weak faith.sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
14 Nowe when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians behelde the woman: for she was very faire.
15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman wasTo be his wife.taken into Pharaoh's house.
16 Who intreated Abram well for her sake, and he had sheepe, and beeues, and hee asses, and men seruants and maide seruants, and shee asses, and camelles.
17 And the LORDThe Lord took the defence of this poor stranger against a mighty king: and as he is ever careful over his, so did he preserve Sarai.plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.
18 Then Pharaoh called Abram, and saide, Why hast thou done this vnto me? Wherefore diddest thou not tell me, that she was thy wife?
19 Why saidest thou, She is my sister, that I should take her to be my wife? Nowe therefore beholde thy wife, take her and goe thy way.
20 And PharaohTo the intent that none should hurt him either in his person or goods.commanded [his] men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.