1So Abram went up from Egypthe and his wife and everything that belonged to him, and Lot with himto the Negev.
2Now Abram was very rich in livestock, silver and gold.
3He proceeded by stages from the Negev as far as Beth-Elto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth-El and Ai,
4to the place of the altar that he had made there at first, and there Abram called on the Name of Adonai.
Lot Separates From Abram
5Now Lot, who was going with Abram, also had sheep and cattle and tents,
6so that the land could not support them living together, because their possessions were many, and they were not able to stay together.
7So there was a quarrel between the shepherds of Abrams livestock and the shepherds of Lots livestock. (Now the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land then.)
8So Abram said to Lot, Please, let there be no strife between me and you, or between my shepherds and yours, since we are relatives.
9Isnt the whole land before you? Please separate yourself from me. If to the left, then Ill go to the right, and if to the right, then Ill go to the left.
10Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the whole area surrounding the Jordan was well watered in its entirety (before Adonai destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah)like Adonais garden, like the land of Egypttill you come to Zoar.
11So Lot chose for himself the whole area surrounding the Jordan. Lot journeyed to the east, and they separated from each other.
12Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the valley. And he moved his tent from place to place near Sodom.
13But the people of Sodom were evilvery great sinners against Adonai.
14After Lot separated himself from him, Adonai had said to Abram, lift up your eyes, now, and look from the place where you are, to the north, south, east and west.
15For all the land that you are looking at, I will give to you and to your seed forever.
16I will make your seed like the dust of the earth so that if one could count the dust of the earth, then your seed could also be counted.
17Get up! Walk about the land through its length and widthfor I will give it to you.
18So Abram moved his tent from place to place, and came and dwelt by Mamres large trees, which are in Hebron, and there built an altar to Adonai.
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