Abram Journeys to Egypt
It is perhaps better to start this chapter with an apology. In looking at the previous chapter, I left out a very important part, and that is Abram’s plot. Since I don’t intend to revise the whole chapter here, I will just mention what for my purposes I find as important. Abram is married to Sarai who is his father’s daughter, did I confuse you? No, I meant to say he is married to his sister and there migration from Ur, the land of the Chaldeans. Here you will find a more historical analysis of the passages and place names than I can be able to do. Now that we have that information behind us, we will move straight to chapter 12, if you allow me. Thank you very much.
12 Now the Lord said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
2 And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
3 And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse[Is it only me, but i think this god has a propensity to cursing people or things].
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
4 So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the persons[so here we have the first slave owner and driver] which they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan.
6 Abram passed through the land as far as the site of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “ To your descendants I will give this land[this land belongs to someone else, why give it to Abram? can’t he just relocate him somewhere else? This has been the reason for the loss of so many Palestinian lives and a few Israelis. Can’t we just find a way to coexist in peace?].” So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him. 8 Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel[ for those who are not conversant with god-talk, el here is a reference to god, Bethel means house of el.], and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. 9 Abram journeyed on, continuing toward the Negev.
10 Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife/sister, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman;12 and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live[Why would they want to kill him? Something fishy is in the works, I will not spoil the fun for you though].
13 Please say that you are my sister[which is not far from the truth] so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you[what does she gain from his being alive].”
14 It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 Pharaoh’s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16 Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels[ the father of faith is also the first pimp or should i say the great pimp? Pimps his wife/sister for slaves, donkeys and camels].
17 But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues[why not punish the real culprit here, Abram, for deceiving the Pharaoh? What type of justice does this God give?] because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, “ 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,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.” 20 Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.[Enough said]