1 Now HaShem said unto Abram: 'Get thee out of
thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land
that I will show thee.
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless
thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing.
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth
thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.'
4 So Abram went, as HaShem had spoken unto him; and Lot went
with him; and Abram was seventy and five years old 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 the 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 Abram passed through the land unto the place of Shechem,
unto the terebinth of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
7 And HaShem appeared unto Abram, and said: 'Unto thy seed
will I give this land'; and he builded there an altar unto HaShem, who appeared
8 And he removed from thence unto the mountain on the east of
Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Ai on the east;
and he builded there an altar unto HaShem, and called upon the name of HaShem.
9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.
10 And there was a famine in the land; and Abram went down
into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was sore in the land.
11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into
Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife: 'Behold now, I know that thou art a
fair woman to look upon.
12 And it will come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see
thee, that they will say: This is his wife; and they will kill me, but thee they
will keep alive.
13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister; that it may be well
with me for thy sake, and that my soul may live because of thee.'
14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt,
the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.
15 And the princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to
Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.
16 And he dealt well with Abram for her sake; and he had
sheep, and oxen, and he-asses, and men-servants, and maid-servants, and
she-asses, and camels.
17 And HaShem plagued Pharaoh and his house with great
plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.
18 And Pharaoh called Abram, and said: 'What is this that
thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?
19 Why saidst thou: She is my sister? so that I took her to
be my wife; now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.'
20 And Pharaoh gave men charge concerning him; and they
brought him on the way, and his wife, and all that he had.
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
JPS Electronic Edition, based on the 1917 JPS translation, Copyright © 1998 by Larry Nelson, All Rights Reserved