First Reading: Genesis 12:1-4

A reading from the book of Genesis.

God said to Abram, “Go forth from the land of your kinfolk and from the house familiar to you, to a land that I will show you.

“I will make you a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and it will be used to bless others.
I will bless those who bless you
and curse those who curse you.
All the families of the earth
will be blessed in you.”

Sarai and Abram went as God directed, and Lot went with them. Abram was seventy-five years old when they left Haran.

The Word of God as recorded in the book of Genesis.