New Living Translation
At that time a severe famine struck the land of Canaan, forcing Abram to go down to Egypt, where he lived as a foreigner.
King James Bible
And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
Darby Bible Translation
And there was a famine in the land. And Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was grievous in the land.
World English Bible
There was a famine in the land. Abram went down into Egypt to live as a foreigner there, for the famine was severe in the land.
Young's Literal Translation
And there is a famine in the land, and Abram goeth down towards Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine is grievous in the land;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
12:10 And there was a famine in the land - Not only to punish the iniquity of the Canaanites, but to exercise the faith of Abram. Now he was tried whether he could trust the God that brought him to Canaan, to maintain him there, and rejoice in him as the God of his salvation, when the fig - tree did not blossom. And Abram went down into Egypt - See how wisely God provides, that there should be plenty in one place, when there was scarcity in another; that, as members of the great body, we may not say to one another, I have no need of you.
LibraryI Will Bless Thee, --And Thou Shalt be a Blessing. " --Gen. xii. 2
I will bless thee,--and thou shalt be a blessing."--Gen. xii. 2. Where'er the Patriarch pitch'd his tent, He built an altar to his God, And sanctified, where'er he went, With faith and prayer, the ground he trod. Through all the East, for riches famed, Heaven's gifts, he set his heart on none; Nor, when the dearest was reclaim'd, Withheld his son, his only son. Wherefore, in blessing, he was blest; Friendless, the friend of God became; Long-wandering, every where found rest; Long child-less, nations …
James Montgomery—Sacred Poems and Hymns
Letter xxi (Circa A. D. 1128) to the Abbot of S. John at Chartres
The vineyard of the Lord
Four Shaping Centuries
A severe famine now struck the land, as had happened before in Abraham's time. So Isaac moved to Gerar, where Abimelech, king of the Philistines, lived.
And people from all around came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph because the famine was severe throughout the world.
So Jacob's sons arrived in Egypt along with others to buy food, for the famine was in Canaan as well.
But the famine continued to ravage the land of Canaan.
In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him.
2 Samuel 21:1
There was a famine during David's reign that lasted for three years, so David asked the LORD about it. And the LORD said, "The famine has come because Saul and his family are guilty of murdering the Gibeonites."
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