At that time there was not enough food in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while.
As he was about to enter Egypt, he spoke to his wife Sarai. He said, “I know what a beautiful woman you are.
The people of Egypt will see you and say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me. But they will let you live.
Tell them you are my sister. Then I’ll be treated well and my life will be spared because of you.”
Abram arrived in Egypt. The Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman.
When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they told Pharaoh how beautiful she was. So she was taken into his palace.
Pharaoh treated Abram well because of her. So Abram gained more sheep and cattle and male and female donkeys. He also gained more male and female servants and some camels.
But the Lord sent terrible sicknesses on Pharaoh and everyone in his palace. The Lord did it because of Abram’s wife Sarai.
So Pharaoh sent for Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife?
Why did you say she was your sister? That’s why I took her to be my wife. Now then, here’s your wife. Take her and go!”
Then Pharaoh gave orders to his men about Abram. They sent him on his way. So he left with his wife and everything he had.