Abram’s Counsel to Sarai. Artist: James Jacques Joseph Tissot.
Abram’s Counsel to Sarai
Artist: James Jacques Joseph Tissot

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Hebrew: שָׂרָי —transliteration: Saray —meaning: princess or woman of strength

This is the original name of Abram’s wife. It appears 17 times in Scripture, all in the book of Genesis.

Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.” —Genesis 17:15-16

Hebrew: שָׂרָה —transliteration: Sarah —meaning: My princess

The first mention of Sarai is in Genesis 11.

And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.

But Sarai was barren; she had no child.

And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. —Genesis 11:29-31 KJV

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Article Version: April 16, 2024