Quirks, Queries and Commentary—Genesis 12
Abram and his wife Sarai (later called Abraham and Sarah) had travelled to Egypt to escape famine in Canaan. Abram, afraid for his life, told Sarai that, if asked, she was to say they were brother and sister, rather than husband and wife. So Pharaoh took Sarai into his palace, thinking she was a free woman.
What did Abram think Pharaoh wanted with his wife? Surely he realized that Pharaoh was adding her to his harem! Why didn’t he object? Why didn’t she object? Was Abram’s safety so important to him that he was willing to relinquish his wife to another man to save his own life? (Genesis 12:10-20)