Genesis 12:13
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New International Version
Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you."

New Living Translation
So please tell them you are my sister. Then they will spare my life and treat me well because of their interest in you."

English Standard Version
Say you are my sister, that it may go well with me because of you, and that my life may be spared for your sake.”

New American Standard Bible
"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."

King James 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Please say you're my sister so it will go well for me because of you, and my life will be spared on your account."

International Standard Version
Please say that you are my sister, so things will go well for me for your sake. That way, you'll be saving my life."

NET Bible
So tell them you are my sister so that it may go well for me because of you and my life will be spared on account of you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Please say that you're my sister. Then everything will be alright for me, and because of you I will live."

Jubilee Bible 2000
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 2000 Bible
Say, I pray you, that you are my sister: that it may be well with me for your sake; and my soul shall live because of you.

American King James Version
Say, I pray you, you are my sister: that it may be well with me for your sake; and my soul shall live because of you.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Say, therefore, I pray thee, that thou art my sister: that I may be well used for thee, and that my soul may live for thy sake.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English 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."

Young's Literal Translation
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.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:10-20 There is no state on earth free from trials, nor any character free from blemishes. There was famine in Canaan, the glory of all lands, and unbelief, with the evils it ever brings, in Abram the father of the faithful. Perfect happiness and perfect purity dwell only in heaven. Abram, when he must for a time quit Canaan, goes to Egypt, that he might not seem to look back, and meaning to tarry there no longer than needful. There Abram dissembled his relation to Sarai, equivocated, and taught his wife and his attendants to do so too. He concealed a truth, so as in effect to deny it, and exposed thereby both his wife and the Egyptians to sin. The grace Abram was most noted for, was faith; 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 weak faith, when strong faith is thus shaken! If God did not deliver us, many a time, out of straits and distresses which we bring ourselves into, by our own sin and folly, we should be ruined. He deals not with us according to our deserts. Those are happy chastisements that hinder us in a sinful way, and bring us to our duty, particularly to the duty of restoring what we have wrongfully taken or kept. Pharaoh's reproof of Abram was very just: What is this that thou hast done? How unbecoming a wise and good man! If those who profess religion, do that which is unfair and deceptive, especially if they say that which borders upon a lie, they must expect to hear of it; and they have reason to thank those who will tell them of it. The sending away was kind. Pharaoh was so far from any design to kill Abram, as he feared, that he took particular care of him. We often perplex ourselves with fears which are altogether groundless. Many a time we fear where no fear is. Pharaoh charged his men not to hurt Abram in any thing. It is not enough for those in authority, that they do not hurt themselves; they must keep their servants and those about them from doing hurt.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Say, I pray thee, that thou art my sister,.... Which though it was not putting a direct lie into her mouth, she being his sister in some sense, as appears from Genesis 20:12 yet it was done to conceal truth, and to deceive the Egyptians, and tended to endanger his wife's chastity, as well as showed great timorousness in him, and distrust of the divine care and protection of him; and upon the whole it must be criminal in him, and shows that the best of men are liable to sin, and the strongest believer to fall, and that a saint may fail in the exercise of that grace for which he is most eminent, as Abram was for his faith, and yet fell into unbelief, and through that into other sins; this he said to his wife, and desired her to say on occasion, when she found it necessary:

that it may be well with me for thy sake; his life spared, as follows:

and my soul shall live because of thee; his life be safe and secure for her sake, being reckoned her brother, whereas he feared it would be in the utmost danger should it be known she was his wife.



Genesis 12:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Abram and Sarai in Egypt
12and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife'; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13"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." 14It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful.…
Cross References
Genesis 12:14
When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman.

Genesis 20:2
and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.

Genesis 20:5
Did he not say to me, 'She is my sister,' and didn't she also say, 'He is my brother'? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands."

Genesis 20:13
And when God had me wander from my father's household, I said to her, 'This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, "He is my brother."'"

Genesis 26:7
When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," because he was afraid to say, "She is my wife." He thought, "The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful."

Jeremiah 38:17
Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "This is what the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'If you surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, your life will be spared and this city will not be burned down; you and your family will live.

Jeremiah 38:20
"They will not hand you over," Jeremiah replied. "Obey the LORD by doing what I tell you. Then it will go well with you, and your life will be spared.
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