Abram and Lot Separate1So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, ainto the Negeb. 2 bNow Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. 3And he journeyed on from the Negeb as far as Bethel to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4to cthe place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the Lord. 5And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, 6so that dthe land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together, 7 eand there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. At that time fthe Canaanites and the Perizzites were dwelling in the land. 8Then Abram said to Lot, g“Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, hfor we are kinsmen. ▼
▼Hebrew we are men, brothers9 jIs not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.” 10And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the kJordan Valley was well watered everywhere like lthe garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of mZoar. (This was before the Lord ndestroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other. 12Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom. 13Now the men of Sodom owere wicked, great sinners against the Lord. 14The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, pnorthward and southward and eastward and westward, 15for all the land that you see I will give qto you and rto your offspring forever. 16 sI will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. 17Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.” 18So Abram moved his tent and came and tsettled by the uoaks ▼
▼Or terebinthsof Mamre, which ware at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.
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