Genesis 12:13

“Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister, that it may be wel with me, for thy sake; and my soule shall liue, because of thee.”

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Other Translations

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.
- King James Version

"Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Say, 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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Say, then, that you are my sister, and so it will be well with me because of you, and my life will be kept safe on your account.
- Basic English Bible

Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister, that it may be well with me on thy account, and my soul may live because of thee.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

Please say that you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that my soul may live because of you."
- World English Bible

say, I pray thee, thou [art] my sister, so that it is well with me because of thee, and my soul hath lived for thy sake.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Say, 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.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 12:13


12:13 Say thou art my sister - The grace Abram was most eminent for was faith, and yet he thus fell through unbelief and distrust of the divine Providence, even after God had appeared to him twice. Alas, What will become of the willows, when the cedars are thus shaken


Discussion for Genesis 12

  • Teri
    Father of the faith, even with the "lie", to obey is better than sacrifice and to whom else has God called them "friend"??? His faith was tested, as is ours today. i wanna be like believing Abraham!
  • Rain
    Here in Genesis Abram was trusting and obedient to GOD. Abram Faith was at work. Because faith without work is dead. Abram did as he was directed. This was the first call out of the three in which he was called. After receiving directions from GOD, Abram began on his journey. There was a famine in the land of Egypt. Abram knew that he would be killed if he hadn't to a lie that Sari was is sister.
  • Jetts0n
    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.
    Seems to me that they would have took her if they thought she was only his Sister and not his wife.
  • BSP
    Verse 11~Sarah was a beautiful older woman and so Abraham took precautions to keep him and his family safe while they travelled.
  • A disciple
    Cheryl; I don't think there's any indication in the Bible, or ever in history, that would lead us to believe that years today are somehow different from years back then. If God wants someone to live for 175 years like Abraham, that's God's business; our part is to follow Jesus. 12:3/curse; execrate; to have or show feelings of hate towards someone or something;to detest,or to express great hatred.
  • Lu2677
    Genesis 3:15-19 (is a good example of a curse) He cursed women to have "sorrow"= pain during child birth.He cursed women to (desire) their husband."desire" here means that she will rule over him, yet,the husband will rule over her. This explains why women want to be in control of everything. It lasts forever on earth, unless he removes it. It is important for women to fight the urge to control.

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