So Abram went up from Egypt to 1the Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.
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Now Abram was 2very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold.
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He went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, 3between Bethel and Ai,
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to the place of the 4altar which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
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Now 5Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.
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And 6the land could not sustain them while dwelling together, 7for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together.
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8And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock. Now 9the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land.
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10So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers.
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"Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left."
Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the 11valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere -this was before the LORD 12destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah -like 13the garden of the LORD, 14like the land of Egypt as you go to 15Zoar.
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So Lot chose for himself all the valley of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they separated from each other.
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Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in 16the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom.
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Now 17the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and 18sinners against the LORD.
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The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, "19Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, 20northward and southward and eastward and westward;
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21for all the land which you see, 22I will give it to you and to your descendants forever .
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"I will make your descendants 23as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered.
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"Arise, 24walk about the land through its length and breadth; for 25I will give it to you."
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Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the 26oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built 27an altar to the LORD.
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