Art, Books, Egypt, mythology, Philosophy, Stuart France

Pharaoh…

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…There was famine in the land so Abram and Sarai,

 his wife, went into Egypt to avoid the grievous blight…

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On nearing Egypt Abram said to Sarai,

“Because of your great beauty, when the Egyptians see you,

they will kill me in order to possess you,

say therefore that you are not my wife

but my sister and that way

it may go well with us in this land.”

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When Abram came to Egypt,

the Egyptians saw Sarai

and commended her before Pharaoh…

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Sarai was taken into Pharaoh’s house

and Abram was given sheep, and oxen,

and camels, and slaves for her…

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But the Lord sent a pestilent wind

which blew through Pharaoh’s house all night.

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When Pharaoh discovered the cause of the pestilent wind,

he called Abram before him and said,

“Why did you tell me Sarai was your sister,

when she is your wife?

What would have happened had I taken her to bed?

Begone from these lands, the pair of you, and do not return!”

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So, Abram and Sarai left Egypt

with all that the Pharaoh had bestowed on them.

5 thoughts on “Pharaoh…”

    1. Pharaoh would have consulted his ‘seers’. The ancient links between kingship and nature were very strong. A pestilent wind in the kingdom could have spelled the end of Pharaoh’s reign. Far better to propitiate and expel the cause of the pestilence… 😉

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  1. Wow, what a story! Incredible implications – that winds had characters as I have thought with the things of the world that existed long before mankind as we know him. So I love this relationship showing the strong bond between kingship and nature. I suspect much of the same in the story Gilgamesh. This changes a lot of beliefs for sure. At least mine.

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