1From Egypt Abram returned to the Negeb with his wife and al he possessed, and Lot with him. 2Abram was very rich in livestock, silver and gold. 3By stages he went from the Negeb to Bethel, where he had first pitched his tent, between Bethel andAi, 4at the place where he had formerly erected the altar. There Abram invoked the name of Yahweh. 5Lot, who was travelling with Abram, had flocks and cattle of his own, and tents too. 6The land was not sufficient to accommodate them both at once, for they had too many possessions tobe able to live together. 7Dispute broke out between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and those of Lot. (The Canaanites andPerizzites were living in the country at the time.) 8Accordingly Abram said to Lot, 'We do not want discord between us or between my herdsmen andyours, for we are kinsmen. 9Is not the whole land open before you? Go in the opposite direction to me: if you take the left, I shalgo right; if you take the right, I shal go left.' 10Looking round, Lot saw all the Jordan plain, irrigated everywhere -- this was before Yahwehdestroyed Sodom and Gomorrah-like the garden of Yahweh or the land of Egypt, as far as Zoar. 11So Lot chose all the Jordan plain for himself and moved off eastwards. Thus they parted company: 12Abram settled in the land of Canaan; Lot settled among the cities of the plain, pitching his tents onthe outskirts of Sodom. 13Now the people of Sodom were vicious and great sinners against Yahweh. 14Yahweh said to Abram after Lot had parted company from him, 'Look al round from where you are,to north and south, to east and west, 15for al the land within sight I shal give to you and your descendants for ever. 16I shal make your descendants like the dust on the ground; when people succeed in counting thespecks of dust on the ground, then they wil be able to count your descendants too! 17On your feet! Travel the length and breadth of the country, for I mean to give it to you.' 18So Abram moved his tent and went to settle at the Oak of Mamre, at Hebron, and there he built analtar to Yahweh.
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