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Genesis 12 Commentary

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Genesis 12:1-3 meaning

God tells Abram to leave his home and country in order to move to another land. God promises blessings to Abram and that through Abram all the families of the earth will be blessed.

Genesis 12:4-7 meaning

Abram, his wife and nephew leave Haran and travel to Canaan. Abram builds an altar for the Lord in Canaan.

Genesis 12:8-10 meaning

There is a great famine in the land, so Abram goes to Egypt.

Genesis 12:11-13 meaning

In Egypt, Abram asks his wife to only say she is his sister for fear that the people will kill him and kidnap Sarai because she is a beautiful woman.

Genesis 12:14-17 meaning

Pharaoh learned of Sarai’s beauty and treated Abram well by giving him gifts and servants. But God sent plagues to Pharaoh because Sarai was Abram’s wife.

Genesis 12:18-20 meaning

Pharaoh realizes that Sarai is Abrams wife and not his sister. He tells them to leave.