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Verses of Genesis 12

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Genesis 12:10 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

10. a famine in the land ] Cf. Gen 26:1, Gen 42:1. The failure of crops in Palestine and the adjacent countries, owing to defective rainfall, often compelled the inhabitants to “go down” into Egypt, where the crops were not dependent on rainfall. They were wont to “sojourn” (i.e. to reside temporarily) there, until the scarcity was passed.

Gen 12:10 to Gen 13:2. Abram in Egypt. (J.)

The narrative in this section should be compared with the similar ones in 20, 26. It is repellent to our sense of honour, chivalry, and purity. It is true that Abram’s cowardice is reproved, and that the action of the Egyptian Pharaoh is represented in a more favourable light. On the other hand, Abram, though dismissed from the court, leaves Egypt enriched with great spoil. By a subterfuge he had hoped to save his own life at the cost of his wife’s honour. His cowardly deceit is detected: and his life is not imperilled. Sarai’s honour is spared; and the patriarch withdraws immensely enriched in possessions. This story, doubtless, would not have appeared so sordid to the ancient Israelite as it does to us. Perhaps the cunning, the detection, and the increase of wealth, may have commended the story to the Israelite of old times. Its popularity must account for its re-appearance in 20, 26.

It would be gratifying, if, in this story and in its variants, we were warranted in recognizing under an allegorical form the peril, to which nomad tribes of the Hebrew stock were exposed, of being absorbed among the inhabitants of a civilized community. Such a tribal misadventure might well be commemorated under the imagery of such a story. It is more probable, however, that the story illustrates the Divine protection over the patriarch amid the dangers of a foreign country. God’s goodness, not Abram’s merit, averts the peril.

In the present sequence of patriarchal narratives, this section shews how the fulfilment of the Divine promise is first imperilled through the patriarch’s own failure in courage and faith. The very qualities for which he is renowned, are lacking in the hour of temptation. God’s goodness and grace alone rescue him and his wife. A heathen king of Egypt upholds the universal law of virtue more successfully than the servant of Jehovah. The story reveals that Jehovah causes His will to be felt in Egypt no less than in Palestine. But the moral of the story does not satisfy any Christian standard in its representation either of Jehovah or of the patriarch. The knowledge of God is progressive.

Verses of Genesis 12

10

Consult other comments:

Genesis 12:10 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Genesis 12:10 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Genesis 12:10 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Genesis 12:10 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Genesis 12:10 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Genesis 12:10 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Genesis 12:10 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Genesis 12:10 - James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary

Genesis 12:10 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 12:10 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 12:10 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Genesis 12:10 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Genesis 12:10 - Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books

Genesis 12:10 - Geneva Bible Notes

Genesis 12:10 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Genesis 12:10 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 12:10 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Genesis 12:10 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Genesis 12:10 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Genesis 12:10 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Genesis 12:10 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Genesis 12:10 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Genesis 12:10 - Peake's Commentary on the Bible

Genesis 12:10 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Genesis 12:10 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Genesis 12:10 - The Preacher's Complete Homiletical Commentary Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Genesis 12:10 - The Complete Pulpit Commentary

Genesis 12:10 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Genesis 12:10 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 12:10 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Genesis 12:10 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Genesis 12:10 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges