Genesis 12:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

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

Genesis 12:20, ESV: "And Pharaoh gave men orders concerning him, and they sent him away with his wife and all that he had."

Genesis 12:20, KJV: "And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had."

Genesis 12:20, NASB: "And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him."

Genesis 12:20, NLT: "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."

Genesis 12:20, CSB: "Then Pharaoh gave his men orders about him, and they sent him away with his wife and all he had."

What does Genesis 12:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After grilling Abram over why he had not told Pharaoh that Sarai was his wife, Pharaoh sends Abram away with Sarai and all the goods Pharaoh has already given to him. In the end, Abram comes out ahead despite his fearfulness, foolishness, deceptiveness, and silence. This is not an unintentional aspect of the story of Genesis—God's use of flawed people, whom He blesses despite their sin, is a crucial point in understanding our relationship to the Lord.

It is becoming clear that God's promise to Abram is completely one-sided. No matter what Abram does, God will keep His promise to bless Abram, to protect him, and to make him and his offspring into a great nation. Abram won't earn it; God will give it. Over time, Abram will learn to trust God. His obedience with his son, Isaac, after being renamed Abraham (Genesis 22), will become a key example of godly faith in the face of doubt and danger (Hebrews 11:17–19).