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The call of Abram

CHAP. XII, XIII.

Abram and Lot separate.

sake; and my soul shall live because of 30 But Sarai was barren; she had no ter: that it may be well with me for thy child.

14 And it came to pass, that when 31 And Terah took Abram his son, thee. and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyp Abram's wife; and they went forth with tians beheld the woman that she was very them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into fair. the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh : and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.

32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.

16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen,

CHAP. XII.

unto

and

Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

maid-servants, and she-asses, and camels.
17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and
his house with great plagues because of

18 And Pharaoh called Abram, and
2 And I will make of thee a great na- Sarai,Abram's wife.
tion, and I will bless thee, and make thy
name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: said, What is this that thou hast done
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, unto me? why didst thou not tell me that
and curse him that curseth thee: and in she was thy wife?
thee shall all families of the earth be
blessed.

19 Why saidst thou, She is my sister?
so I might have taken her to me to wife:
now therefore behold thy wife, take her,
and go thy way.

20 And Pharaoh commanded his men
concerning him: and they sent him away,
CHAP. XIII.
and his wife, and all that he had.

4 So Abram departed, as the LORD 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 sub

stance that they had gathered, and the
souls that they had gotten in Haran; and
they went forth to go into the land of Ca-Lot with him, into the south.
naan; and into the land of Canaan they

came.

6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

ND Abram went up out of Egypt, he,
And his wife, and all that he had, and

2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

3 And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth-el, unto the place between Beth-el and Hai; where his tent had been at the beginning,

7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.

4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.

6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.

7 And there was a strife between the men of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdand the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.

9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.

8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there

10 T And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy grievous in the land.

9 Is not the whole land before thee? Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me:

11 And it came to pass, when he was herdmen; for we be brethren. 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 if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the upon: 10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and be12 Therefore it shall come to pass, right hand, then I will go to the left. when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they held all the plain of Jordan, that it was will kill me, but they will save thee alive. well watered every where, before the

13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sis-LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah,

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The battle of four kings

GENESIS. against five. even as the garden of the LORD, like the raphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Ellasar; four kings with five.

11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of 10 And the vale of Siddim was full of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and slime-pits; and the kings of Sodom and they separated themselves the one from Gomorrah fled, and fell there: and they the other. that remained fled to the mountain.

12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom, 13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD, exceedingly.

12 And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his

14 And the LORD said unto Abram, goods and departed. after that Lot was separated from him, 13 T And there came one that had esLift up now thine eyes, and look from the caped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for place where thou art, northward, and he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amosouthward, and eastward, and westward: rite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of

15 For all the land which thou seest, Aner: and these were confederate with to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for Abram.

ever.

14 And when Abram heard that his 16 And I will make thy seed as the brother was taken captive, he armed his dust of the earth: so that if a man can trained servants, born in his own house, number the dust of the earth, then shall three hundred and eighteen, and pursued thy seed also be numbered. them unto Danı

17 Arise, walk through the land in the 15 And he divided himself against them, length of it and in the breadth of it; for he and his servants by night, and smote I will give it unto thee. them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD. CHAP. XIV.

11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.

4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch to meet him (after his return from the Sodom king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the Elam, and Tidal king of nations; kings that were with him,) at the valley of 2 That these made war with Bera king Shaveh, which is the king's dale. of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Go- 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem morrah, Shinab king of Admah, and She-brought forth bread and wine: and he meber king of Zeboiim, and the king of was the priest of the most high God. Bela, which is Zoar.

3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.

19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.

5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,

22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

6 And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto El-paran, which is by the wilderness. 7 And they returned, and came to En- 23 That I will not take from a thread mishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all even to a shoe-latchet, and that I will not the country of the Amalekites, and also take any thing that is thine, lest thou the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezon-shouldest say, I have made Abram rich : 24 Save only that which the young men

tamar.

8 And there went out the king of So-have eaten, and the portion of the men dom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, Mamre; let them take their portion. and the king of Bela, (the same is Zoar;) CHAP. XV. and they joined battle with them in the

vale of Siddim;

FTER these the word of the

LORD came unto Abram in a vision,

9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and with Tidal king of nations, and Am-and thy exceeding great reward.

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God encourages Abram.

Hagar flees from Sarai.
CHAP. XVI.

2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, zer of Damascus ?

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3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

OW Sara, Abram's wife, bare him no
handmaid,
an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Be
hold, now, the LORD hath restrained me
from bearing: I pray thee go in unto my
maid; it may be that I may obtain chil
dren by her. And Abram hearkened to

4 And, behold, the word of the LORD
came unto him, saying, This shall not be
thine heir; but he that shall come forth the voice of Sarai.
out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 3 And Sarai,Abram's wife, took Hagar her
maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt
ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave
her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

4 ¶ And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

8 And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.

6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold,

9 And he said unto him, Take me a heifer of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a ram of three years thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it old, and a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon. pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt

10 And he took unto him all these, and hardly with her, she fled from her face. divided them in the midst, and laid each 7 And the angel of the LORD found piece one against another: but the birds her by a fountain of water in the wilderdivided he not. ness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him.

8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

9 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve 10 And the angel of the LORD said unto them; and they shall afflict them four her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, hundred years; that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

14 And also that nation whom they shall 11 And the angel of the LORD said unto serve, will I judge and afterward shall her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt they come out with great substance. bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.

15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

CHAP. XVI, XVII.

16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

13 And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me ; for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

17 And it came to pass, that when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

18 In that same day the LORD made a Covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river and Bered. of Egypt unto the great river, the river 15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: Euphrates: and Abram called his son's name, which

14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh

19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, Hagar bare, Ishmael. and the Kadmonites,

16 T And Abram was fourscore and

20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to and the Rephaims,

Abram.

21 And the Ainorites, and the Canaan

CHAP. XVII.

ites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebu- AND when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD

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Abraham entertaineth angels.

19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly: twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

22 And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.

6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee; and kings shall come out of thee.

23 ¶ And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, 7 And I will establish my covenant be-every male among men of Abraham's tween me and thee, and thy seed after house; and circumcised the flesh of their thee, in their generations, for an everlast- foreskin, in the self-same day, as God had ing covenant; to be a God unto thee,and said unto him. to thy seed after thee.

24 And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

Circumcision instituted.

GENESIS. Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram; but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

26 In the self-same day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son;

27 And all the men of his house, born

9 ¶ And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee, in their generations. 10 This is my covenant, which ye shall in the house, and bought with money of keep, between me and you, and thy seed the stranger, were circumcised with him. after thee; Every man-child among you shall be circumcised.

CHAP. XVIII.

11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of AND the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the tent-door in the heat of the day; the covenant betwixt me and you.

12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every manchild in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of

2 And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent-door, and bowed himself toward the ground,

13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, pray thee, from thy servant :

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4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:

14 And the uncircumcised man-child, whose flesh of his foreskin is not circum- 5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, cised, that soul shall be cut off from his and comfort ye your hearts; after that people; he hath broken my covenant. ye shall pass on for therefore are ye

15 And God said unto Abraham, As come to your servant. And they said, So for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her do, as thou hast said. name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent

16 And I will bless her, and give thee unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, three measures of fine meal, knead it, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings and make cakes upon the hearth. of people shall be of her.

7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and 17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, fetched a calf tender and good, and gave and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall it unto a young man; and he hasted to a child be born unto him that is a hundred dress it. years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

Abraham intercedes for it.

27 And Abraham answered and said Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes:

Destruction of Sodom revealed: CHAP. XIX. 9 ¶ And they said unto him. Where is Sarah thy wife! And he said, Behold, in

the tent.

10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; 28 Peradventure there shall lack five and lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy And Sarah heard it in the tent-door, which all the city for lack of five? And he said, was behind him. If I find there forty and five, I will not de 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old stroy it.

women.

and well stricken in age; and it ceased 29 And he spake unto him yet again, to be with Sarah after the manner of and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within do it for forty's sake. herself, saying. After I am waxed old shall 30 And he said unto him, Oh, let not I have pleasure, my lord being old also? the LORD be angry, and I will speak:

13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Peradventure there shall thirty be found Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall there. And he said, I will not do it, if I I of a surety bear a child, which am old ? find thirty there.

14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? 31 And he said, Behold now, I have At the time appointed I will return unto taken upon me to speak unto the LORD: thee, according to the time of life, and Peradventure there shall be twenty found Sarah shall have a son. there. And he said, I will not destroy it 15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laugh- for twenty's sake. ed not; for she was afraid. And he said, 32 And he said, Oh, let not the LORD Nay; but thou didst laugh. be angry, and I will speak yet but this 16 And the men rose up from thence, once : Peradventure ten shall be found and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham there. And he said, I will not destroy it went with them to bring them on the way. for ten's sake.

17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide 33 And the LORD went his way, as soon from Abraham that thing which I do ; as he had left communing with Abraham: 18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely and Abraham returned unto his place. become a great and mighty nation, and CHAP. XIX.

all the nations of the earth shall be blessed AND there came two angels to Sodom

in him?

at even; and Lot sat in gate of

19 For I know him, that he will com- Sodom; and Lot,seeing them, rose up to mand his children and his household after meet them; and he bowed himself with him, and they shall keep the way of the his face toward the ground; LORD, to do justice and judgment; that 2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, the LORD may bring upon Abraham that turn in, I pray you, into your servant's which he hath spoken of him. house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous,

21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

3 And he pressed upon them greatly ; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom : but 4 T But before they lay down, the men Abraham stood yet before the LORD. of the city, even the men of Sodom, com23¶ And Abraham drew near, and passed the house round, both old and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous young, all the people from every quarter: with the wicked? 5 And they called unto Lot, and said 24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous unto him, Where are the men which came within the city: wilt thou also destroy in to thee this night? bring them out unto and not spare the place for the fifty right- us, that we may know them. eous that are therein ?

6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked; and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 26 And the LORD said, If I find in So-pray you, bring them out unto you, and dom fifty righteous within the city, then I do ye to them as is good in your eyes: will spare all the place for their sakes. only unto these men do nothing for

8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I

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