Abram Inherits Canaan
1Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and ⚓Lot with him, ⚓to the South.
2⚓Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
3And he went on his journey ⚓from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,
4to the ⚓place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram ⚓called on the name of the Lord.
5Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents.
6Now ⚓the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.
7And there was ⚓strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. ⚓The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.
8So Abram said to Lot, ⚓“Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren.
9⚓Is not the whole land before you? Please ⚓separate from me. ⚓If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”
10And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all ⚓the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord⚓destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) ⚓like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward ⚓Zoar.
11Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other.
12Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot ⚓dwelt in the cities of the plain and ⚓pitched his tent even as far as Sodom.
13But the men of Sodom ⚓were exceedingly wicked and ⚓sinful against the Lord.
14And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot ⚓had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—⚓northward, southward, eastward, and westward;
15for all the land which you see ⚓I give to you and ⚓your descendants forever.
16And ⚓I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.
17Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
18⚓Then Abram moved his tent, and went and ⚓dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre, ⚓which are in Hebron, and built an ⚓altar there to the Lord.