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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Genesis 13:1-18

13  Following that A′bram went up out of Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the Neg′eb.+  And A′bram was heavily stocked with herds and silver and gold.+  And he made his way from encampment to encampment out of the Neg′eb and to Beth′el, to the place where his tent had been at first between Beth′el and A′i,+  to the place of the altar that he had made there originally;+ and A′bram proceeded to call there on* the name of Jehovah.+  Now Lot, who was going along with A′bram, also owned sheep and cattle and tents.  So the land did not allow for them to dwell all together, because their goods had become many and they were not able to dwell all together.+  And a quarrel arose between the herders of A′bram’s livestock and the herders of Lot’s livestock; and at that time the Ca′naan·ite and the Per′iz·zite were dwelling in the land.+  Hence A′bram said to Lot:+ “Please, do not let any quarreling continue between me and you and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we men are brothers.+  Is not the whole land available to* you? Please, separate from me. If you go to the left, then I will go to the right; but if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”+ 10  So Lot raised his eyes and saw the whole District* of the Jordan,+ that all of it was a well-watered region before Jehovah brought Sod′om and Go·mor′rah to ruin, like the garden* of Jehovah,+ like the land of Egypt as far as Zo′ar.*+ 11  Then Lot chose for himself the whole District of the Jordan, and Lot moved his camp to the east. So they separated the one from the other. 12  A′bram dwelt in the land of Ca′naan, but Lot dwelt among the cities of the District.+ Finally he pitched tent near Sod′om. 13  And the men of Sod′om were bad and were gross sinners against Jehovah.+ 14  And Jehovah said to A′bram after Lot had separated from him: “Raise your eyes, please, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward* and eastward and westward,*+ 15  because all the land at which you are looking, to you and to your seed I am going to give it until time indefinite.+ 16  And I will constitute your seed like the dust particles of the earth, so that, if a man could be able to count the dust particles of the earth, then your seed could be numbered.+ 17  Get up, go about in the land through its length and through its breadth, because to you I am going to give it.”+ 18  So A′bram continued to live in tents.* Later on he came and dwelt among the big trees of Mam′re,+ which are in He′bron;+ and there he proceeded to build an altar to Jehovah.+

Footnotes

Or, “proceeded to declare (preach) there.”
Lit., “whole land before.”
Or, “Basin.” Heb., Kik·kar′. The roughly circular territory of the lower Jordan Valley around Jericho.
“Paradise,” LXXSyVg.
“Zoan,” Sy.
Lit., “toward the Negeb.”
Lit., “toward the [Mediterranean] sea.”
Or, “Abram went about pitching his tent.”