Genesis 12:13
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.”

Berean Study Bible
Please say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake, and on account of you my life will be spared.”

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.

New King James Version
Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.”

New American Standard Bible
Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well for me because of you, and that I may live on account of you.”

NASB 1995
"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."

NASB 1977
“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.”

Amplified Bible
Please tell them that you are my sister so that things will go well for me for your sake, and my life will be spared because of you.”

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.”

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."

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Say, ‘I am his sister’, so that it will be good for me because of you and my soul will live because of you.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Say, therefore, I am his sister, that it may be well with me on account of thee, and my soul shall live because of thee.

Contemporary English Version
Please save my life by saying you are my sister."

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.

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.

Good News Translation
Tell them that you are my sister; then because of you they will let me live and treat me well."

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."

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."

JPS Tanakh 1917
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.'

Literal Standard Version
please say you [are] my sister, so that it is well with me because of you, and my soul has lived for your sake.”

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."

New Heart 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."

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.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Abram and Sarai in Egypt
12and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13Please say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake, and on account of you my life will be spared.” 14So when Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful.…

Cross References
Genesis 12:14
So when Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful.

Genesis 20:2
Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." So Abimelech king of Gerar had Sarah brought to him.

Genesis 20:5
Didn't Abraham tell me, 'She is my sister'? And she herself said, 'He is my brother.' I have done this in the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands."

Genesis 20:13
So when God had me journey from my father's house, I said to Sarah, 'This is how you can show your loyalty to me: Wherever we go, say of me, "He is my brother."'"

Genesis 26:7
But when the men of that place asked about his wife, he said, "She is my sister." For he was afraid to say, "She is my wife," since he thought to himself, "The men of this place will kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is so beautiful."

Jeremiah 38:17
Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "This is what the LORD God of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: 'If you indeed surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, then you will live, this city will not be burned down, and you and your household will survive.

Jeremiah 38:20
"They will not hand you over," Jeremiah replied. "Obey the voice of the LORD in what I am telling you, that it may go well with you and you may live.


Treasury of Scripture

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.

Say.

John 8:44
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Romans 3:6-8
God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? …

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

thou.

Genesis 11:29
And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.

Genesis 20:2,5,12,13
And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah…

Genesis 26:7
And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon.

and.

Psalm 146:3-5
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help…

Jeremiah 17:5-8
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD…

Ezekiel 18:4
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.









(13) My sister.--True literally, as Sarai was Terah's daughter (Genesis 20:12), but absolutely false, as it implied that she was wholly his sister, and therefore not his wife.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Please
נָ֖א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

say that
אִמְרִי־ (’im·rî-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - feminine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

you are
אָ֑תְּ (’āt)
Pronoun - second person feminine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

my sister,
אֲחֹ֣תִי (’ă·ḥō·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 269: Sister -- a sister

so that
לְמַ֙עַן֙ (lə·ma·‘an)
Conjunction
Strong's 4616: Purpose -- intent

I will be treated well
יִֽיטַב־ (yî·ṭaḇ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3190: To be good, well, glad, or pleasing

for your sake,
בַעֲבוּרֵ֔ךְ (ḇa·‘ă·ḇū·rêḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 5668: Crossed, transit, on account of, in order that

and on account of you
בִּגְלָלֵֽךְ׃ (biḡ·lā·lêḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 1558: A circumstance, on account of

my life
נַפְשִׁ֖י (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

will be spared.”
וְחָיְתָ֥ה (wə·ḥā·yə·ṯāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2421: To live, to revive


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