Promises to Abram(A)

12 Now the (B)Lord had said to Abram:

“Get (C)out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
(D)I will make you a great nation;
(E)I will bless you
And make your name great;
(F)And you shall be a blessing.
(G)I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in (H)you all the families of the earth shall be (I)blessed.”

So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and (J)the [a]people whom they had acquired (K)in Haran, and they (L)departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan. Abram (M)passed through the land to the place of Shechem, (N)as far as [b]the terebinth tree of Moreh. (O)And the Canaanites were then in the land.

(P)Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, (Q)“To your [c]descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an (R)altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and (S)called on the name of the Lord. So Abram journeyed, (T)going on still toward the [d]South.

Abram in Egypt

10 Now there was (U)a famine in the land, and Abram (V)went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was (W)severe in the land. 11 And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that you are (X)a woman of beautiful countenance. 12 Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they (Y)will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 (Z)Please say you are my (AA)sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that [e]I may live because of you.”

14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful. 15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house. 16 He (AB)treated Abram well for her sake. He (AC)had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

17 But the Lord (AD)plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, (AE)“What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’? I might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore, here is your wife; take her and go your way.” 20 (AF)So Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away, with his wife and all that he had.

Abram Inherits Canaan

13 Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and (AG)Lot with him, (AH)to the [f]South. (AI)Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. And he went on his journey (AJ)from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the (AK)place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram (AL)called on the name of the Lord.

Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. Now (AM)the land was not able to [g]support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. And there was (AN)strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. (AO)The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.

So Abram said to Lot, (AP)“Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. (AQ)Is not the whole land before you? Please (AR)separate from me. (AS)If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”

10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all (AT)the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord (AU)destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) (AV)like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward (AW)Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other. 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot (AX)dwelt in the cities of the plain and (AY)pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom (AZ)were exceedingly wicked and (BA)sinful against the Lord.

14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot (BB)had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—(BC)northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see (BD)I give to you and (BE)your [h]descendants forever. 16 And (BF)I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”

18 (BG)Then Abram moved his tent, and went and (BH)dwelt by [i]the terebinth trees of Mamre, (BI)which are in Hebron, and built an (BJ)altar there to the Lord.

Lot’s Captivity and Rescue

14 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king (BK)of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of (BL)Elam, and Tidal king of [j]nations, that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of (BM)Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, (BN)Zoar). All these joined together in the Valley of Siddim (BO)(that is, the Salt Sea). Twelve years (BP)they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him came and attacked (BQ)the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, (BR)the Zuzim in Ham, (BS)the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim, (BT)and the Horites in their mountain of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is by the wilderness. Then they turned back and came to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and attacked all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who dwelt (BU)in Hazezon Tamar.

And the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and joined together in battle in the Valley of Siddim against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of [k]nations, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of (BV)asphalt pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled; some fell there, and the remainder fled (BW)to the mountains. 11 Then they took (BX)all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s (BY)brother’s son (BZ)who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the (CA)Hebrew, for (CB)he dwelt by [l]the terebinth trees of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner; (CC)and they were allies with Abram. 14 Now (CD)when Abram heard that (CE)his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were (CF)born in his own house, and went in pursuit (CG)as far as Dan. 15 He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants (CH)attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is [m]north of Damascus. 16 So he (CI)brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.

17 And the king of Sodom (CJ)went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the (CK)King’s Valley), (CL)after his return from the [n]defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.

Abram and Melchizedek(CM)

18 Then (CN)Melchizedek king of Salem brought out (CO)bread and wine; he was (CP)the priest of (CQ)God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said:

(CR)“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
(CS)Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And (CT)blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”

And he (CU)gave him [o]a tithe of all.

21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the [p]persons, and take the goods for yourself.”

22 But Abram (CV)said to the king of Sodom, “I (CW)have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, (CX)the Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that (CY)I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’— 24 except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”


  1. Genesis 12:5 Lit. souls
  2. Genesis 12:6 Heb. Alon Moreh
  3. Genesis 12:7 Lit. seed
  4. Genesis 12:9 Heb. Negev
  5. Genesis 12:13 Lit. my soul
  6. Genesis 13:1 Heb. Negev
  7. Genesis 13:6 Lit. bear
  8. Genesis 13:15 Lit. seed
  9. Genesis 13:18 Heb. Alon Mamre
  10. Genesis 14:1 Heb. goyim
  11. Genesis 14:9 Heb. goyim
  12. Genesis 14:13 Heb. Alon Mamre
  13. Genesis 14:15 Lit. on the left hand of
  14. Genesis 14:17 Lit. striking
  15. Genesis 14:20 one-tenth
  16. Genesis 14:21 Lit. souls