Abram and Lot
1So Abram went up from Egypt to the #13:1 I.e., South countryNegev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.
2Now Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold. 3And he went #13:3 Lit by his stageson his journeys from the #13:3 I.e., South countryNegev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4to the place of the altar which he had made there previously; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord. 5Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks, herds, and tents. 6And the land could not #13:6 Lit bearsupport both of them #13:6 Lit to livewhile living together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together. 7And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. Now the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land at that time.
8So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are relatives! 9Is the entire land not before you? Please separate from me; if you choose the left, then I will go to the right; or if you choose the right, then I will go to the left.” 10Lot raised his eyes and saw all the #13:10 Lit circlevicinity of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere—this was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah—like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt #13:10 Lit as you gogoing toward Zoar. 11So Lot chose for himself all the #13:11 Lit circlevicinity of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. So they separated from each other. 12Abram #13:12 Lit dweltsettled in the land of Canaan, while Lot #13:12 Lit dweltsettled in the cities of the #13:12 Lit circlevicinity of the Jordan, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. 13Now the men of Sodom were #13:13 Lit wicked and sinners exceedinglyexceedingly wicked sinners against the Lord.
14The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now raise your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward, and eastward and westward; 15for all the land which you see I will give to you and to your #13:15 Lit seeddescendants forever. 16I will make your #13:16 Lit seeddescendants as plentiful as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can count the dust of the earth, then your #13:16 Lit seeddescendants could also be counted. 17Arise, walk about in the land through its length and width; for I will give it to you.” 18Then Abram moved his tent and came and lived by the #13:18 Or terebinthsoaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron; and there he built an altar to the Lord.