Genesis 13 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So Abram left Egypt and went back to the Negev, he and his wife and everything he owned, and Lot still with him. 1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him.
2 By now Abram was very rich, loaded with cattle and silver and gold. 2 Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.
3 He moved on from the Negev, camping along the way, to Bethel, the place he had first set up his tent between Bethel and Ai 3 From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier
4 and built his first altar. Abram prayed there to God. 4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the LORD.
5 Lot, who was traveling with Abram, was also rich in sheep and cattle and tents. 5 Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.
6 But the land couldn't support both of them; they had too many possessions. They couldn't both live there - 6 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.
7 quarrels broke out between Abram's shepherds and Lot's shepherds. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living on the land at the time. 7 And quarreling arose between Abram's herdsmen and the herdsmen of Lot. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
8 Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have fighting between us, between your shepherds and my shepherds. After all, we're family. 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 Look around. Isn't there plenty of land out there? Let's separate. If you go left, I'll go right; if you go right, I'll go left." 9 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."
10 Lot looked. He saw the whole plain of the Jordan spread out, well watered (this was before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah), like God's garden, like Egypt, and stretching all the way to Zoar. 10 Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
11 Lot took the whole plain of the Jordan. Lot set out to the east. 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company:
12 Abram settled in Canaan; Lot settled in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent near Sodom. 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.
13 The people of Sodom were evil - flagrant sinners against God. 13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.
14 After Lot separated from him, God said to Abram, "Open your eyes, look around. Look north, south, east, and west. 14 The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, "Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west.
15 Everything you see, the whole land spread out before you, I will give to you and your children forever. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.
16 I'll make your descendants like dust - counting your descendants will be as impossible as counting the dust of the Earth. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.
17 So - on your feet, get moving! Walk through the country, its length and breadth; I'm giving it all to you." 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you."
18 Abram moved his tent. He went and settled by the Oaks of Mamre in Hebron. There he built an altar to God. 18 So Abram moved his tents and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the LORD.