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1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 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 substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; 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. 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 Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel 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. 9 And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south. 10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. 11 And it came to pass, when he was 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 upon: 12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. 13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee. 14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. 15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. 16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels. 17 And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife. 18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? 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, and his wife, and all that he had.

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1 Cary W = "When God calls each of us by name to enter into partnership and fellowship with Him and His work, He has a plan already in place for us to follow."
2 Sarah R = "Stephen quotes this verse in his speech in front of the Sanhedrin, just before he is martyred. See Acts 7."
3 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The Hebrew words "Lech Lecha" are translated in English as "go out" however the literal meaning is "Go to you / Go to yourself". The literal Hebrew teaches us that God wanted Abraham to leave for his own benefit, in other words his journey was for the benefit of his character development and spiritual growth. We should always recognize the "Lech Lecha" benefit that when God calls us to Journey it is for our own spiritual growth."
4 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Without God, this "promise" would be meaningless however history has shown that this has been fulfilled many times throughout history. The Romans, Greeks, Persians, Nazi's and other civilizations have tried to destroy the Jews numerous times and have failed. In actuality, these nations brought about their own destruction as a result of their actions. The nations that have sheltered the Jewish people have received blessings which can be easily seen today such as in the United States and Japan which accepted many Jewish refugees after WWII. Israel is proof to the world that God exists."
5 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The "souls" are the converts to Monotheism which Abraham and Sarah had made."
6 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The Midrash Aggadah (Tan. Lech Lecha 5) states that until now, he did not recognize her beauty because of their modesty, but now he recognized her beauty because they were entering dangerous lands where her beauty would potentially cause them problems."
7 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The Egyptians would kill the husband and forcefully take the wife since she was now a widow, however the brother of a woman they would not need to kill since she was already "free" to take. They would only offer a dowry to the brother (or father) in exchange for her hand in marriage. Hence, Abraham fearing for his life requested that Sarah claim she was Abraham's sister."
8 Cary W = "Like many of us, even though we have a calling with God, still tend to enter fear and attempt deceit in order to avoid trouble, rather than trust God to guide and protect all the way."