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The call of Abram

CHAP. XII, XIII. Abram and Lot separate. 30 But Sarai was barren; she had nofter: that it may be well with me for thy child.

sake; and my soul shall live because of 31 And Terah took Abram his son, thee. and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, 14 | And it came to pass, that when 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 15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw Haran, and dwelt there.

her, and commended her before Pharaoh : 32 And the days of Terah were two and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's hundred and five years: and Terah died house. in Haran.

16 And he entreated Abram well for CHAP. XII.

her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, TOW the Lord had said unto Abram, and he-asses, and men-servants, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's 17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and house, unto a land that I will shew thee: his house with great plagues because of

2 And I will make of thee a great na- Sarai,Ahram's wife. tion, and I will bless thee, and make thy 18 And Pharaoh called Abram, and 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 bim that curseth thee: and in she was thy wife? thee shall all families of the earth be 19 Why saidst thou, She is my sister? blessed.

so I might have taken her to me to wife: 4 So Abram departed, as the LORD bad now therefore behold thy wife, take her, spoken unto him, and Lot went with him: and go thy way. and Abram was seventy and five years old 20 And Pharaoh commanded his men when he departed out of Haran. concerning him: and they sent him away,

5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and and his wife, and all that he had. Lot his brother's son, and all their sub

CHAP. XIII. stance that they had gathered, and the A and his wife, and all

that he had, and 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 2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, came.

in silver, and in gold. 6 And Abram passed through the land 3 And he went on his journeys from the unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain south even to Beth-el, unto the place of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then where his tent had been at the beginning, in the land.

between Beth-el and Hai; 7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, 4 Unto the place of the altar, which he and said, Unto thy seed will I give this had made there at the first and there land: and there builded he an altar unto Abram called on the name of the LORD. the LORD, who appeared unto him. 5 And Lot also, which went with Abram,

8 And he removed from thence unto a had Aocks, and herds, and tents. mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitch- 6 And the land was not able to bear ed his tent, having Beth-el on the west, then, that they might dwell together: for and Hai on the east: and there he builded their substance was great, so that they an altar unto the LORD, and called upon could not dwell together. the name of the Lord.

7 And there was a strife between the 9 And Abram journeyed, going on still herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdtoward the south.

men of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite 10 [ And there was a famine in the and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. land: and Abram went down into Egypt 8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there to sojourn there; for the famine was be no strife, I pray thee, between me and grievous in the land.

thee, and between my herdmen and thy 11 And it came to pass, when he was berdmen; for we be ? rethren. come near to enter into Egypt, that he 9 Is not the whole land before thee? said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I Separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: know that thou art a fair woman to look if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will upon :

go to the right; or if thou depart to the 12 Therefore it shall come to pass, right hand, then I will go to the left. when the Egyptians shall see thee, that 10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and bethey 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 Solom and Gomorrah,

ever.

The battle of four kings
GENESIS

against five. goen as the garden of the LORD, like theraphel 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 Aed, and fell there: and they the other.

that remained fled to the mountain. 12 Abram dwelled in the land of Ca- 11 And they took all the goods of Sonaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the dom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. and went their way.

13 But the men of Sodom were wicked 12 And they took Lot, Abram's broand sinners before the LORD, exceedingly. ther'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 | 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.

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 Dans 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, 18 Then Abram removed his tent, and which is on the left hand of Damascus. came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, 16 And he brought back all the goods, which is in Hebron, and built there an and also brought again his brother Lot, altar unto the LORD.

and his goods, and the women also, and CHAP. XIV.

the people. ND it came to pass, in the days of 17 T And the king of Sodom went out

Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch to meet him (after his return from the 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, wbich is Zoar.

19 And he blessed him, and said, 3 All these were joined together in the Blessed be Abram of the most high God, vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea. possessor of heaven and earth :

4 Twelve years they served Chedor- 20 And blessed be the most high God, laomer and in the thirteenth year they re- which hath delivered thine enemies into belled.

thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. 5 And in the fourteenth year came 21 And the king of Sodom said unto Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were Abram, Give me the persons, and take with him, and sinote the Rephaims in Ash- the goods to thyself. teroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, 22 And Abram said to the king of Soand the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim, dom, I have lifted up my hand unto the

6 And the Horites in their mount þeir, LORD, the most high God, the possessor of unto El-paran, which is by the wilderness. heaven and earth,

. 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 Ainorites, that dwelt in Hazezon- shouldest say, I have made Abram rich : tamar.

24 Save only that which the young men 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 Zebojim, Mamre; let them take their portion. and the king of Bela, (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the A FLOR came unto Abram in a vision,

CHAP. XV.

FTER these the vale of Siddim;

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.

God encourages Abram. CHAP. XVI, XVII. Hagar flees from Sarai. 2 And Abram said, Lord God, what

CHAP. XVI. and the steward of my house is this is: No Sara:, Abram's wife, bare him ne

children: and she had handmaid, zer of Damascus ?

an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou 2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Be. hast given no seed: and lo, one born in hold, now, the LORD hath restrained me my house is mine heir.

from bearing : I pray thee go in unto my 4 And, behold, the word of the LORD maid; it may be that I may obtain chil. came unto him, saying, This shall not be dren by her. And Abram hearkened to 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 wise, took Hagar her

5 And he brought him forth abroad, and maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt said, Look now toward heaven, and tell ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave the stars, if thou be able to number them: her to her husband Abram to be his wife. and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 4 And he went in unto Hagar, and

6 And he believed in the Lord; and he she conceived: and when she saw that she counted it to bim for righteousness. had conceived, her mistress was despised

7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD in her eyes. that brought thee out of Ur of the Chal

5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong dees, to give thee this land to inherit it. be upon thee: I have given my maid into

8 And he said, Lord God, whereby thy bosom; and when she saw that she bad shall I know that I shall inherit it? conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the

9 And he said unto him, Take me a LORD judge between me and thee. heiser of three years old, and a she-goat 6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Bebold, 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 Sbur. 11 And when the fowls came down upon 8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, the carcasses, Abram drove them away. whence camest thou ? and whither wilé

12 And when the sun was going down, thou go? And she said, I flee from the face a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and lo, a of my mistress Sarai. horror of great darkness fell upon him. 9 And the angel of the LORD said unto

13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a her, Return to thy mistress, and submit surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in thyself under her hands. 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 Ish

15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in mael; because the LORD hath heard thy peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old affliction.

12 And he will be a wild man; his hand 16 But in the fourth generation they will be against every man, and every man's shall come hither again: for the iniquity hand against him ; and he shall dwell in of the Amorites is not yet full.

the presence of all his brethren. 17 And it came to pass, that when the 13 And she called the name of the LORD sun went down, and it was dark, bebold that spake unto her, Thou God seest me : a smoking, furnace, and a burning lamp for she said, Have I also here looked after that passed hetween those pieces. him that seeth me?

18 In that same day the LORD made a 14 Wherefore the well was called Beercovenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy lahai-roi ; behold, it is between Kadesh seed bave I given this land, from the river and Bered. of Egypt unto the great river, the river 15 And Hagar bare Abram a sor : Euphrates:

and Abram called his son's name, which 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, Hagar bare, Ishmael. and the Kadmonites,

16 | And Abram was fourscore and 20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to and the Rephaims, 21 And the Ainorites, and the Canaan

CHAP. XVII. sites.

and nine, the LORD appeared to

age.

Abram.

Circumcision instituted.

GENESIS. Abraham entertaineth angels. Abram, and said unto him, I am the Al-, 19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall mighty God; walk before me, and be thou bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt perfect.

call his name Isaac: and I will establish 2 And I will make my covenant be- my covenant with him for an everlasting tween me and thee, and will multiply thee covenant, and with his seed after him. exceedingly.

20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and talked with him, saying,

will make him fruitful, and will multiply 4 As for me, behold, my covenant is him exceedingly: twelve princes shall be with thee, and thou shalt be a father of beget,

and I will make him a great nation. many nations.

21 But my covenant will I establish 5 Neither shall thy name any more be with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear unto called Abram; but thy name shall be Abra- thee at this set time in the next year. ham; for a father of many nations have I 22 And he left off talking with him, and made thee.

God went up from Abraham. 6 And I will make thee exceeding fruit- 13 | And Abraham took Ishmael his ful, and I will make nations of thee; and son, and all that were born in his house, kings shall come out of thee.

and all that were bought with his money, And I will establish my covenant be- every male among the 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 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy and nine, when he was circumcised in the seed after thee, the land wherein thou art flesh of his foreskin. a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an 25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen everlasting possession; and I will be their years old, when he was circumcised in God.

the flesh of his foreskin. 9 | And God said unto Abraham, Thou 26 In the self-same day was Abraham shalt keep my covenant therefore, the circumcised, and Ishmael his son; and thy seed afterthee, in their generations. 27 And all the men of his house, born

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

CHAP. XVIII. shall be circumcised.

11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh od AND the Lord appeared unto him 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.

2 And he listed up his eyes and looked, 12 And be that is eight days old shall and lo, three men stood by him: and be circuncised among you, every man- when he saw them, he ran to meet them child in your generations, he that is born frım the tent-door, and bowed himself toin the house, or bought with money of ward the ground, any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 3 And said, My Lord, if now I have

13 He that is born in thy house, and he found favour in thy sight, pass not away, that is bought with thy money, must needs I pray thee, from thy servant : be circumcised: and iny covenant shall be 4 Let a little water, I pray you, be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. fetched, and wash your feet, and rest

14 And the uncircumcised man-child, yourselves under the tree : 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 Sarai, 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 he 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 8 And he took butter, and milk, and ye'is old, bear?

the calf which be had dressed, and set it 18 And Abraham said unto God, O that before them; and he stood by them under Ishmael might live before thee! the tree, and they did eat.

Destruction of Sodom repealed: CHAP. XIX. Abraham intercedes for it.

9 And they said unto him, Where is 27 And Abraham answered and said Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in Behold now, I have taken upon me to the tent.

speak unto the LORD, which ain but dust 10 And he said, I will certainly return and ashes : un'o 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 beard 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 des 11 Now Abraham and Sarab were old stroy it. 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 for women.

ty 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 be 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 Sarab shall bave 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 destruy it Fent 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. be the nations of the earth shall be blessed A Pebere, cand Lot sat in the gate of in him ?

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 bim, 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 servants which he hath spoken of him.

bouse, and tarry all night, and wash your 20 And the LORD said, Because the cry feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and be-on your ways. And they said, Nay; but cause their sin is very grievous,

we will abide in the street all night. 21 I will go down now, and see whether 3 And he pressed upon them greatly they have done altogether according to the and they turned in unto him, and entered cry of it, which is come unto me, and if into his house; and he made them a feast, not, I will know.

and did bake unleavened bread, and they 22 And the men turned their faces from did cat. thence, and went toward Sodom : but 4 | But before they lay down, the men Abraham stood yet before the Lord. of the city, even the men of Sodom, com

23 | 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 25 That be far from thee to do after them, and shut the door after him, this manner, to slay the righteous with the 7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do wicked; and that the righteous should be not so wickedly. as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall 8 Behold now, I have two daughters not the Judge of all the earth do right? which have not known man; let me, I

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 mea do noihing ; for

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