And Abram went down to Egypt.
Rabbi Shim'on said
"Come and see:
Everything has secret wisdom.
This verse hints at wisdom and the levels down below,
to the depths of which Abraham descended.
He knew them but did not become attached.
He returned to face his Lord,
was not seduced by them like Adam,
was not seduced by them like Noah.
When Adam reached that level,
he was seduced by the serpent
and dragged Death into the world.
When Noah descended to that level,
what is written?
'He drank of the wine and became drunk
and uncovered himself within his tent'
The spelling implies 'her tent.'
But what is written of Abraham?
'Abram went up from Egypt'
He went up and did not come down.
He returned to his domain,
the high rung he had grasped before.
This story appears in the Torah to reveal wisdom.
Abraham fulfilled himself,