There was a very bad *famine in the country called Canaan. 3o Abram went down to "gypt in order to stay there. 2e went to "gypt because there was no food in Canaan.
When Abram was near "gypt$ he said this to his wife 3arai& 50 know that you are a beautiful woman.
The people who live in "gypt will see you. Then they will say$ This is Abram1s wife. Then they will kill me$ but they will let you live.
3ay that you are my sister. Then they will act well towards me because of you. They will let me live because of you.1
Then Abram entered "gypt. And people saw that the woman was very beautiful.
*=haraoh1s princes saw her. Then they told *=haraoh how beautiful she was. 3o *=haraoh took the woman into his palace.
Because of 3arai$ *=haraoh was very kind to Abram. *=haraoh gave him sheep$ *oxen$ *donkeys$ slaves #male and female/ and camels.
But od made *=haraoh and his *household very ill because of 3arai$ Abram1s wife.
3o *=haraoh called Abram and *=haraoh said this& 5ou have done an evil thing to me. ou should have told me that she was your wife.
ou should not have said$ 3he is my sister. 0 took her as my wife because you said that. 2ere she is. Take your wife and go away.1
*=haraoh ordered his men to send Abram away with his wife and possessions.:erse '< The country called Canaan did not have regular rain. ;ften$ there was not enough food there. "gypt was flatter and the Diver 8ile provided water.4ater$ the *0sraelites went to "gypt because there was not enough food in Canaan #enesis >6&>/. 3o$ perhaps people in Canaan often had to go to "gypt in order to buy food.:erses ''-'% Abram thought that he needed to lie in order to protect himself. We can see that Abram was not trusting od. Abram1s story was partly true. 3arai and Abram had the same father but different mothers. But Abram was pretending that 3arai and Abram were not married. 3o the story was still a lie.:erses '>-'( Abram was right. 3arai was attractive. *=haraoh believed that 3arai was Abram1s sister. 3o$ *=haraoh took her as a wife #verse '/. Abram got rich because of this situation$ but *=haraoh suffered from plagues. #=lagues are very bad things that affect very many people. They include diseases and large Euantities of insects./ 0n that way$ od showed that he punishes *sinners. They may not know that they are *sinning. But even then$ od punishes them. *=haraoh knew that *adultery was wrong. 2e saw that od was *blessing Abram.
Abram and ot separate, 1:1-1%
Then Abram went up from "gypt. 2e took his wife with him. And he took everything that they had. 4ot went with them to the area called the 8egev.
Abram was very rich. 2e had a lot of *cattle$ silver and gold.
Abram travelled from the 8egev to Bethel. 2e stopped sometimes on the way. Then he went beyond Bethel towards Ai. That was the place where he had had his tent at the beginning.
That was where he had made an *altar before. There Abram *worshipped the *4ord.
4ot$ who was with Abram$ also had *flocks$ *herds and tents.
When Abram and 4ot were together$ there were a lot of people and animals. The land could not produce enough to keep them all alive. Abram and 4ot owned so much that they could not live near each other.
3ome *herdsmen looked after Abram1s *cattle and some *herdsmen looked after 4ot1s *cattle. And there were Euarrels between those two groups of *herdsmen. The people called *Canaanites and =eriFFites were living in that part of Canaan then.
3o Abram said to 4ot$ 5We are men and we belong to the same family. 3o we must not argue$ nor must our *herdsmen Euarrel.
2ere is the whole country. o away from me. 0f you go to the left$ 0 shall go to the right. 0f you go to the right$ 0 shall go to the left.1
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