Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine prevailed in the land. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sara, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife,’ and they shall slay me, but they shall save thee alive. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”

When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that she was a very beautiful woman. And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, menservants and maidservants, and camels.

And God inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sara. So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go quickly away!” Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.

~ Genesis 12:10-20