Call of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-9)
God is calling Abraham as an origin of new people of God, who will know true God and worship Him. These people will be founded upon trust in promises given by Lord. The whole abrahamic narrative will be about test of this trust.
God is sending Abraham out of his birth land to a completely different, unknown land and promises him perspective. Abraham trust in God and goes out…
|מִן||from, out of, since|
|לְ||to, for, in regard to|
|אֶרֶץ||the earth; land; territory, country|
|יְהוָה||the Lord, Yhwh|
|בְּ||in, at (time, place); by; with; by means of|
|אֶל||towards, in, into|
|ראה||see; look at; choose; get to know|
4So Abram went, as Jehovah had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.5And 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.
6And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Shechem, unto the oak of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.7And Jehovah appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto Jehovah, who appeared unto him.8And he removed from thence unto the mountain on the east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, having Beth-el on the west, and Ai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto Jehovah, and called upon the name of Jehovah.9And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.
10And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was sore in the land.11And 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:12and it will come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they will say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.13Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister; that it may be well with me for thy sake, and that my soul may live because of thee.
14And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.15And the princes of Pharaoh saw her, and praised her to Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh´s house.16And he dealt well with Abram for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he-asses, and men-servants, and maid-servants, and she-asses, and camels.17And Jehovah plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram´s wife.18And 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?19why saidst thou, She is my sister, so that I took her to be my wife? now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.20And Pharaoh gave men charge concerning him: and they brought him on the way, and his wife, and all that he had.