Abram and Lot journeyed out of Egypt with their families to explore the south. They went as far as Bethel, where Abram had built an alter when they originally departed for Egypt. Here, Abram stopped to call on the Lord.
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The Separation of Abram and Lot
Both Abram and Lot had an abundance of livestock, the multitude of which left the land unable to support them both. Arguments broke out between the herdsmen which caused strife between the houses. Although they were reluctant to, Abram and Lot separated their companies to avoid further dispute.
Lot and Abram Settle
Abram allowed Lot to decide which part of the land he wanted, so Lot settled in the plain of Jordan near Sodom. Because Lot occupied Jordan, God gave Abram the land of Canaan to inhabit.
God’s Promise to Abram
After Abram had separated from Lot, the Lord spoke to him saying that all the land of Canaan was his and that his inhabitants would be as numerous as the sand on the earth. Abram took down his tent and walked the breadth of the land as God commanded him. He settled in the land of Hebron, and built a new alter to worship the Lord.
Genesis Chapter 13 (King James Version)
1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
3 And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;
4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had make there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.