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Genesis 12:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister; that it may be well with me for thy sake, and that my soul may live because of thee.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Say, I pray thee, thou [art] my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Say, I pray thee, thou [art] my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister, that it may be well with me on thy account, and my soul may live because of thee.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Say, I beseech thee, that, my sister, art thou,—to the end it may be well with me for thy sake, so shall my soul be preserved alive because of thee.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— say, I pray thee, thou [art] my sister, so that it is well with me because of thee, and my soul hath lived for thy sake.'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Say, therefore, I pray thee, that thou art my sister: that I may be well used for thee, and that my soul may live for thy sake.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister, that it may be wel with me, for thy sake; and my soule shall liue, because of thee.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Say, therefore, I am his sister, that it may be well with me on account of thee, and my soul shall live because of thee.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Say, I pray thee, thou [art] my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Say, 559
{0559} Prime
אָמַר
'amar
{aw-mar'}
A primitive root; to say (used with great latitude).
z8798
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
I pray thee, 4994
{4994} Prime
נָא
na'
{naw}
A primitive particle of incitement and entreaty, which may usually be rendered I pray, now or then; added mostly to verbs (in the imperative or future), or to interjections, occasionally to an adverb or conjugation.
thou x859
(0859) Complement
אַתָּה
'attah
{at-taw'}
A primitive pronoun of the second person; thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you.
[art] my sister: 269
{0269} Prime
אָחוֹת
'achowth
{aw-khoth'}
Irregular feminine of H0251; a sister (used very widely (like H0250), literally and figuratively).
that 4616
{4616} Prime
לְמַעַן
ma`an
{mah'-an}
From H6030; properly heed, that is, purpose; used only adverbially, on account of (as a motive or an aim), teleologically in order that.
it may be well 3190
{3190} Prime
יָטַב
yatab
{yaw-tab'}
A primitive root; to be (causatively) make well, literally (sound, beautiful) or figuratively (happy, successful, right).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
with me for thy sake; x5668
(5668) Complement
בַּעֲבוּר
`abuwr
{aw-boor'}
Passive participle of H5674; properly crossed, that is, (abstractly) transit; used only adverbially on account of, in order that.
and my soul 5315
{5315} Prime
נֶפֶשׁ
nephesh
{neh'-fesh}
From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental).
shall live 2421
{2421} Prime
חָיַה
chayah
{khaw-yaw'}
A prim root (compare H2331, H2424); to live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively to revive.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
because of x1558
(1558) Complement
בִּגְלַל
galal
{gaw-lawl'}
From H1556; a circumstance (as rolled around); only used adverbially, on account of.
thee. y1558
[1558] Standard
בִּגְלַל
galal
{gaw-lawl'}
From H1556; a circumstance (as rolled around); only used adverbially, on account of.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 12:11-13.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Genesis 12:10-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Genesis 12:13

Say thou art my sister — The grace Abram was most eminent for was faith, and yet he thus fell through unbelief and distrust of the divine Providence, even after God had appeared to him twice. Alas, What will become of the willows, when the cedars are thus shaken

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Genesis 12:13

Say, I pray thee, thou [art] my (m) sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

(m) By this we learn not to use unlawful means nor to put others in danger to save ourselves, (Genesis 12:20). Though it may appear that Abram did not fear death, so much as dying without children, he acts as though God's promise had not taken place; in which appeared a weak faith.

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Say:

John 8:44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Romans 3:6-8 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world? ... And not [rather], (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Colossians 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

thou:

Genesis 11:29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife [was] Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
Genesis 20:2 And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She [is] my sister: and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.
Genesis 20:5 Said he not unto me, She [is] my sister? and she, even she herself said, He [is] my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
Genesis 20:12-13 And yet indeed [she is] my sister; she [is] the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. ... And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said unto her, This [is] thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He [is] my brother.
Genesis 26:7 And the men of the place asked [him] of his wife; and he said, She [is] my sister: for he feared to say, [She is] my wife; lest, [said he], the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she [was] fair to look upon.
Isaiah 57:11 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid [it] to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?
Matthew 26:69-75 Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. ... And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
Galatians 2:12-13 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. ... And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.

and:

Psalms 146:3-5 Put not your trust in princes, [nor] in the son of man, in whom [there is] no help. ... Happy [is he] that [hath] the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope [is] in the LORD his God:
Jeremiah 17:5-8 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed [be] the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. ... For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and [that] spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
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Gn 11:29; 20:2, 5, 12; 26:7. Ps 146:3. Is 57:11. Jr 17:5. Ezk 18:4. Mt 26:69. Jn 8:44. Ro 3:6; 6:23. Ga 2:12. Col 3:6.

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