GENESIS CHAPTER THIRTEEN


1 So Abram went from Egypt to the Negev;

               He had his wife and his belongings, and

               Lot traveled with him. 2 Abram had become

Well-off in livestock, gold and silver. 3 From

               The Negev Abram went from place to place

               Until he came to Bethel, to the place

Between Bethel and Ai where his tent

               Was earlier 4 and where he had first built

               An altar. Abram there called on the name

Of God. 5 Now Lot, who moved about with Abram,

               Had flocks and herds and tents, too, 6 but the land

Could not support them while they stayed together,

For their possessions were so great, they could

               Not stay together– 7 quarreling then rose

              Up between Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen.

The Canaanites and Perizzites were also

               Residing in the land, 8 so Abram said

               To Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling

Between you and me, or between your herdsmen

               And mine, for we are brothers. 9 The whole land

               Is there before you, is it not? Let us

Part company. If you go to the left,

               I will go to the right; if you go to

               The right, I will go to the left.” 10 Lot looked

Up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan

               Was watered well, like the LORD’s garden, like

               The land of Egypt, near to Zoar. (This

Occurred before the LORD destroyed both Sodom

               And Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself

               The Jordan’s whole plain and he set out toward

The east, the two men parting company,

               12 With Abram living in the land of Canaan,

               While Lot resided in the cities of

The plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now

               The men of Sodom were depraved and they

               Were sinning mightily against the LORD.

14 The LORD told Abram after Lot had left

               Him, “Lift your eyes up from where you are and

               Look north and south, and east and west. 15 All land

You see I will give to you and your offspring

               Forever, 16 and I’ll make your offspring like

               The dust of earth, so that if anyone

Could count the dust, your offspring could be counted.

               17 Go, walk the length and breadth throughout the land,

               Because I give you it,” 18 so Abram moved

His tents and went to live near the great trees  

               Of Mamre right at Hebron, where he built

               An altar to the LORD upon a hill.