Genesis 12:20
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New International Version
Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.

New Living Translation
Pharaoh ordered some of his men to escort them, and he sent Abram out of the country, along with his wife and all his possessions.

English Standard Version
And Pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and they sent him away with his wife and all that he had.

New American Standard Bible
Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.

King James Bible
And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Pharaoh gave his men orders about him, and they sent him away with his wife and all he had.

International Standard Version
So Pharaoh assigned men to Abram, and they escorted him, his wife, and all that he had out of the country.

NET Bible
Pharaoh gave his men orders about Abram, and so they expelled him, along with his wife and all his possessions.

New Heart English Bible
Pharaoh commanded men concerning him, and they brought him on the way with his wife and all that he had.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pharaoh gave his men orders concerning Abram. They sent Abram away with his wife and everything that he had.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Pharaoh gave men charge concerning him; and they brought him on the way, and his wife, and all that he had.

New American Standard 1977
And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away and his wife with all that he had.

King James 2000 Bible
And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

American King James Version
And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

American Standard Version
And Pharaoh gave men charge concerning him: and they brought him on the way, and his wife, and all that he had.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Pharao gave his men orders concerning Abram: and they led him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

Darby Bible Translation
And Pharaoh commanded [his] men concerning him, and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

English Revised Version
And Pharaoh gave men charge concerning him: and they brought him on the way, and his wife, and all that he had.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

World English Bible
Pharaoh commanded men concerning him, and they brought him on the way with his wife and all that he had.

Young's Literal Translation
And Pharaoh chargeth men concerning him, and they send him away, and his wife, an all that he hath.
Study Bible
Abram and Sarai in Egypt
19"Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go." 20Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.
Cross References
Genesis 12:19
"Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go."

Genesis 13:1
So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.
Treasury of Scripture

And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.

Exodus 18:27 And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.

1 Samuel 29:6-11 Then Achish called David, and said to him, Surely, as the LORD lives, …

Psalm 105:14,15 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yes, he reproved kings for their sakes…

Proverbs 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: …

Verse 20. - And Pharaoh commanded his men (i.e. certain officers designated for the purpose) concerning him (to see to his departure): and they seat him away, and his wife, and all that he had. The partitionists assign this entire section to the Jehovist.



And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him,.... His courtiers and servants, not to do him any hurt or injury in his person or substance; who he might suppose would be enraged at hearing how the king and they had been imposed upon and deceived; he ordered a guard about him while he was there, and to conduct him, and all that belonged to him, safely out of his dominions, as appears by what follows: but Dr. Lightfoot (m) is of opinion, that he gave charge to the Egyptians, making it as it were a law for the time to come, that they should not converse with Hebrews, nor with foreign shepherds, in any so near familiarity, as to eat or drink with them, which the Egyptians observed strictly ever after, Genesis 43:32.

and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had; they did not drive him out by force, or in any disgraceful manner, but being committed to a guard of men, appointed by the king, he had safe conduct out of the land, with his family, and all that he had; all that he brought with him, and all the increase he had made there, and all the gifts he had received of the king. The Jews (n) interpret it of the writings and gifts he had given to Sarai; and they (o) observe a great likeness between Abram's descent into Egypt, his being there, and departure out of it, and that of his posterity in later times; as that they both went thither on account of a famine; that they both went down to sojourn there; and that they both went out with great substance; with other particulars observed by them.

(m) See his Works, vol. 1. p. 694. (n) Pirke Eliezer, c. 26. (o) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 40. fol. 35. 3.12:10-20 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.
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