Genesis 12:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 12:5, NIV: "He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there."

Genesis 12:5, ESV: "And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan,"

Genesis 12:5, KJV: "And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came."

Genesis 12:5, NASB: "Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the people which they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan; so they came to the land of Canaan."

Genesis 12:5, NLT: "He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his wealth--his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran--and headed for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Canaan,"

Genesis 12:5, CSB: "He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated, and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan,"

What does Genesis 12:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God called Abram to leave his country, people, and father's household to go to a new country. But God does not just call Abram to "go from" his old life. The Lord also instructs Abram to "go to" a new land, and a new future. As part of this command, God also gave Abram great and powerful promises: to bless him and make of him a great nation. This moment in history marks the foundations for God's relationship with the nation of Israel, His chosen people.

Abram believed God and obeyed. He went. This verse shows us what a wealthy man Abram was. He and Sarai had possessions and servants acquired during their time in Haran. They took those with them to the Canaan.

Abram also brought along his late brother's son Lot (Genesis 11:27). The two had apparently become close. Lot had no living father (Genesis 11:28), and Abram had no children. Their relationship will play a significant role in the following chapters.