Abram had become very wealthy1 in livestock2 and in silver and gold.
From the Negev3 he went from place to place until he came to Bethel,4 to the place between Bethel and Ai5 where his tent had been earlier
and where he had first built an altar.6 There Abram called on the name of the LORD.75
Now Lot,8 who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.
But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together.97
And quarreling10 arose between Abram's herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot. The Canaanites11 and Perizzites12 were also living in the land13 at that time.
So Abram said to Lot,14 "Let's not have any quarreling between you and me,15 or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers.169
Is not the whole land before you? Let's part company. If you go to the left, I'll go to the right; if you go to the right, I'll go to the left."1710
Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain18 of the Jordan19 was well watered, like the garden of the LORD,20 like the land of Egypt,21 toward Zoar.22 (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom23 and Gomorrah.)2411
So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company:
Abram lived in the land of Canaan,25 while Lot26 lived among the cities of the plain27 and pitched his tents near Sodom.28