Bible: Gen 13

Abram’s Solution to the Strife

13:1 So Abram went up from Egypt into the Negev. 1  He took his wife and all his possessions with him, as well as Lot. 2  13:2 (Now Abram was very wealthy 3  in livestock, silver, and gold.) 4 

13:3 And he journeyed from place to place 5  from the Negev as far as Bethel. 6  He returned 7  to the place where he had pitched his tent 8  at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai. 13:4 This was the place where he had first built the altar, 9  and there Abram worshiped the Lord. 10 

13:5 Now Lot, who was traveling 11  with Abram, also had 12  flocks, herds, and tents. 13:6 But the land could 13  not support them while they were living side by side. 14  Because their possessions were so great, they were not able to live 15  alongside one another. 13:7 So there were quarrels 16  between Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen. 17  (Now the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land at that time.) 18 

13:8 Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no quarreling between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are close relatives. 19  13:9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself now from me. If you go 20  to the left, then I’ll go to the right, but if you go to the right, then I’ll go to the left.”

13:10 Lot looked up and saw 21  the whole region 22  of the Jordan. He noticed 23  that all of it was well-watered (before the Lord obliterated 24  Sodom and Gomorrah) 25  like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, 26  all the way to Zoar. 13:11 Lot chose for himself the whole region of the Jordan and traveled 27  toward the east.

So the relatives separated from each other. 28  13:12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, but Lot settled among the cities of the Jordan plain 29  and pitched his tents next to Sodom. 13:13 (Now 30  the people 31  of Sodom were extremely wicked rebels against the Lord.) 32 

13:14 After Lot had departed, the Lord said to Abram, 33 Look 34  from the place where you stand to the north, south, east, and west. 13:15 I will give all the land that you see to you and your descendants 35  forever. 13:16 And I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone is able to count the dust of the earth, then your descendants also can be counted. 36  13:17 Get up and 37  walk throughout 38  the land, 39  for I will give it to you.”

13:18 So Abram moved his tents and went to live 40  by the oaks 41  of Mamre in Hebron, and he built an altar to the Lord there.

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