Abram’s Family

27 This is the account(A) of Terah’s family line.

Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor(B) and Haran. And Haran became the father of Lot.(C) 28 While his father Terah was still alive, Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans,(D) in the land of his birth. 29 Abram and Nahor(E) both married. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai,(F) and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milkah;(G) she was the daughter of Haran, the father of both Milkah and Iskah. 30 Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.(H)

31 Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot(I) son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law(J) Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans(K) to go to Canaan.(L) But when they came to Harran,(M) they settled there.

32 Terah(N) lived 205 years, and he died in Harran.

The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household(O) to the land(P) I will show you.(Q)

“I will make you into a great nation,(R)
    and I will bless you;(S)
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.[a](T)
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;(U)
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.(V)[b]

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot(W) went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old(X) when he set out from Harran.(Y) He took his wife Sarai,(Z) his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated(AA) and the people(AB) they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan,(AC) and they arrived there.

Abram traveled through the land(AD) as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh(AE) at Shechem.(AF) At that time the Canaanites(AG) were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram(AH) and said, “To your offspring[c] I will give this land.(AI)(AJ) So he built an altar there to the Lord,(AK) who had appeared to him.

From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel(AL) and pitched his tent,(AM) with Bethel on the west and Ai(AN) on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.(AO)

Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.(AP)


  1. Genesis 12:2 Or be seen as blessed
  2. Genesis 12:3 Or earth / will use your name in blessings (see 48:20)
  3. Genesis 12:7 Or seed

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