The Call of Abram

12 The Lord said to Abram:

Go out from your land,
your relatives,
and your father’s house
to the land that I will show you.(A)
I will make you into a great nation,(B)
I will bless you,(C)
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.[a](D)
I will bless those who bless you,
I will curse those who treat you with contempt,(E)
and all the peoples[b] on earth
will be blessed[c] through you.[d](F)

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran.(G) He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated, and the people he had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the site of Shechem,(H) at the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your offspring.”(I) So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 12:2 Or great. Be a blessing!
  2. Genesis 12:3 Lit clans
  3. Genesis 12:3 Or will find blessing
  4. Genesis 12:3 Or will bless themselves by you

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