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Abram and Lot Separate

13 So Abram went up from Egyptr to the Negev,s with his wife and everything he had, and Lott went with him. Abram had become very wealthyu in livestockv and in silver and gold.

From the Negevw he went from place to place until he came to Bethel,x to the place between Bethel and Aiy where his tent had been earlier and where he had first built an altar.z There Abram called on the name of the Lord.a

Now Lot,b who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together.c And quarrelingd arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanitese and Perizzitesf were also living in the landg at that time.

So Abram said to Lot,h “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me,i or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives.j Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”k

10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plainl of the Jordan toward Zoarm was well watered, like the garden of the Lord,n like the land of Egypt.o (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodomp and Gomorrah.)q 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan,r while Lots lived among the cities of the plaint and pitched his tents near Sodom.u 13 Now the people of Sodomv were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.w

14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west.x 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspringa forever.y 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.z 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land,a for I am giving it to you.”b

18 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamrec at Hebron,d where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord.e


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