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Abram and Lot Separate

1Abram went up out of Egypt, he, his wife, all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negev.
  2Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
  3He went on his journeys from Negev even to Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,
  4to the place of the altar that he had made there at the first. Abram called on the name of Yahweh there.
 

5Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents.
  6The land was not able to bear them when they lived together; for their possessions were so great that they could not live together.
  7And there were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock, and the Canaanite and the Perizzite lived in the land at that time.
 

8Abram said to Lot, “Please, do not let there be any quarrels between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are relatives.
  9Isn’t the whole land before you? Please separate yourself from me. If you go to the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you go to the right hand, then I will go to the left.”
 

10Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the plain of the Jordan, that it was well-watered everywhere like the garden of Yahweh, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar. (This was before Yahweh destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah).
  11So Lot chose the Plain of the Jordan for himself and Lot traveled east. So they separated themselves from each other.
  12Abram lived in the land of Canaan, and Lot lived in the cities of the plain and moved his tent near Sodom.
  13Now the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinners against Yahweh.
 

14Yahweh said to Abram, after Lot was separated from him, “Now, lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward,
  15for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your seed forever.
  16I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then your seed may also be numbered.
  17Arise, walk through the land; through its length and its breadth, for I will give it to you.”
 

18Abram moved his tent and went and lived by the oaks of Mamre that are in Hebron, and built an altar to Yahweh there.
 


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