1 Abram and Sarai took everything they owned and went to the Southern Desert. Lot went with them.
2 Abram was very rich. He owned many cattle, sheep, and goats, and had a lot of silver and gold.
3 Abram moved from place to place in the Southern Desert. And finally, he went north and set up his tents between Bethel and Ai,
4 where he had earlier camped and built an altar. There he worshiped the LORD.
5 Lot, who was traveling with him, also had sheep, goats, and cattle, as well as his own family and slaves.
6 At this time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the same area, and so there wasn't enough pastureland left for Abram and Lot with all of their animals. Besides this, the men who took care of Abram's animals and the ones who took care of Lot's animals started quarreling.
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8 Abram said to Lot, "We are close relatives. We shouldn't argue, and our men shouldn't be fighting one another.
9 There is plenty of land for you to choose from. Let's separate. If you go north, I'll go south; if you go south, I'll go north."
10 This happened before the LORD had destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. And when Lot looked around, he saw there was plenty of water in the Jordan Valley. All the way to Zoar the valley was as green as the garden of the LORD or the land of Egypt.
11 So Lot chose the whole Jordan Valley for himself, and as he started toward the east, he and Abram separated.
12 Abram stayed in the land of Canaan. But Lot settled near the cities of the valley and put up his tents not far from Sodom,
13 where the people were evil and sinned terribly against the LORD.
14 After Abram and Lot had gone their separate ways, the LORD said to Abram: Look around to the north, south, east, and west.
15 I will give you and your family all the land you can see. It will be theirs forever!
16 I will give you more descendants than there are specks of dust on the earth, and someday it will be easier to count the specks of dust than to count your descendants.
17 Now walk back and forth across the land, because I am giving it to you.
18 Abram took down his tents and went to live near the sacred trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar in honor of the LORD.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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