לך לך. השם צוה לאברהם ועודנו באור כשדים שיעזוב ארצו ומקום מולדתו גם בית אביו. והטעם שידע השם שתרח אחר שיצא ללכת אל ארץ כנען ישב בחרן. ותרח לא מת עד אחר ששים שנה שיצא אברהם מבית אביו מחרן רק הכתוב לא פירש שניו בצאתו מאור כשדים. ואחר שאמר אשר אראך. גלה לו הסוד כי כן כתוב ויצאו ללכת ארצה כנען. או יהיה טעם אראך הוא שאמר לו כי את כל הארץ אשר אתה רואה לך אתננה: GET THEE OUT. God commanded Abraham while he was yet in Ur of the Chaldees to leave his country, his place of birth and also his father’s house. The reason God told Abraham to leave his father’s house is that the Lord knew that, although he set out for Canaan, Terah would settle in Haran.1Ibn Ezra implies that had Terah gone to Canaan then God would not have commanded Abraham to separate himself from his father. Terah did not die until sixty years after Abraham left his father’s house in Haran.2Terah was 70 when Abraham was born (Gen. 11:26). Abraham was 75 when he left Haran (Gen. 12:4). Terah was thus 145 when Abraham left him. Terah lived 205 years (Gen. 11:32). Hence Terah lived another 60 years after Abraham left Haran. Thus the command “Get thee out” could not have come after Terah’s death, as a cursory reading of Scripture would indicate (Krinsky). However, the Bible does not tell us how old he was when he left Ur of the Chaldees.3He refers to Abraham (Cherez). The Bible tells us how old Abraham was when he left Haran (v. 4) but does not tell us his age when he left Ur of the Chaldees. Had the Bible told us this, we would then know how long Abraham dwelt in Haran. Weiser explains he as referring to Terah. I.E.’s point remains the same. After telling Abraham to go unto the land that I will show thee, God revealed his secret to him,4He told him which land He had in mind. for we read: and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan (v. 5). It is also possible that I will show thee refers to for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it (Gen. 13:15).5The meaning of the phrase is: the land which I will show thee will I give to thee (Cohen). Abraham went from place to place. When he came to Canaan God then told him, this is the land that I have chosen for you (Cherez). According to this interpretation God did not at this point reveal to Abraham his ultimate destination.