Genesis 13 New American Standard Bible

Abram and Lot Separate

13 1  So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev , he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him. 2  Now Abram was very rich in livestock , in silver and in gold . 3  He went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel , to the place where e his tent had been at the beginning , between Bethel and Ai , 4  to the place of the altar which he had made there formerly ; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord .

5  Now Lot , who went with Abram , also had flocks and herds and tents . 6  And the land could not sustain them while dwelling together , for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together . 7  And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock . Now the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land . 8  So Abram said to Lot , "Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen , for we are brothers . 9  "Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left , then I will go to the right ; or if to the right , then I will go to the left ."

10  Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley 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 as you go to Zoar . 11  So Lot chose for himself all the valley of the Jordan , and Lot journeyed eastward . Thus they separated from each other . 12  Abram settled in the land of Canaan , while Lot settled in the cities of the valley , and moved his tents as far as Sodom . 13  Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord .

14  The Lord said to Abram , after Lot had separated from him, " Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where e you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward ; 15  for all the land which you see , I will give it to you and to your descendants forever e . 16  "I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth , so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth , then your descendants can also be numbered . 17  "Arise , walk about the land through its length and breadth ; for I will give it to you." 18  Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre , which are in Hebron , and there he built an altar to the Lord .

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