Finding Shelter in Egypt
The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave your own country, your kinsmen, and your father's house, and go to a country that a I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you and make your name so great that it shall be used in blessings:
Those that bless you I will bless,those that curse you, I will execrate.All the families on earth will pray to be blessed as you are blessed.’And so Abram set out as the Lord had bidden him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the property they had collected, and all the dependants they had acquired in Harran, and they started on their journey to Canaan.
There came a famine in the land, so severe that Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while. When he was approaching Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, ‘I know very well that you are a beautiful woman, and that when the Egyptians see you, they will say, “She is his wife”; then they will kill me but let you live. Tell them that you are my sister, so that all may go well with me because of you and my life may be spared on your account.’When Abram arrived in Egypt, the Egyptians saw that she was indeed very beautiful. Pharaoh's courtiers saw her and praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into Pharaoh's household. He treated Abram well because of her, and Abram came to possess sheep and cattle and asses, male and female slaves, she-asses, and camels. But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his household with grave diseases on account of Abram's wife Sarai. Pharaoh summoned Abram and said to him, ‘Why have you treated me like this? why did you say that she was your sister, so that I took her as a wife? Here she is : take her and be gone.’ Then Pharaoh gave his men orders, and they sent Abram away with his wife and all that he had .