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Genesis 12:4-5

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12:4 So Abram left, 1  just as the Lord had told him to do, 2  and Lot went with him. (Now 3  Abram was 75 years old 4  when he departed from Haran.) 12:5 And Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew 5  Lot, and all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired 6  in Haran, and they left for 7  the land of Canaan. They entered the land of Canaan.

1 sn So Abram left. This is the report of Abram’s obedience to God’s command (see v. 1).

2 tn Heb “just as the Lord said to him.”

3 tn The disjunctive clause (note the pattern conjunction + subject + implied “to be” verb) is parenthetical, telling the age of Abram when he left Haran.

4 tn Heb “was the son of five years and seventy year[s].”

sn Terah was 70 years old when he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran (Gen 11:26). Terah was 205 when he died in Haran (11:32). Abram left Haran at the age of 75 after his father died. Abram was born when Terah was 130. Abram was not the firstborn – he is placed first in the list of three because of his importance. The same is true of the list in Gen 10:1 (Shem, Ham and Japheth). Ham was the youngest son (9:24). Japheth was the older brother of Shem (10:21), so the birth order of Noah’s sons was Japheth, Shem, and Ham.

5 tn Heb “the son of his brother.”

6 tn For the semantic nuance “acquire [property]” for the verb עָשָׂה (’asah), see BDB 795 s.v. עָשָׂה.

7 tn Heb “went out to go.”



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