The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 13:1–18

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And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the South.

Therefore, Abram ascended from Egypt, he and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, toward the southern region.

And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

But he was very wealthy by the possession of gold and silver.

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And he went on his journeys from the South even to Beth-el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth-el and Ai;

And he went to the place whence he came, into the wilderness as far as Baethel, as far as the place where his tent was before, between Baethel and Aggai,

And he returned by the way that he came, from the meridian into Bethel, all the way to the place where before he had pitched his tent, between Bethel and Hai.

unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first; and Abram called there on the name of YHWH.

to the place of the altar, which he built there at first, and Abram there called on the name of the Lord.

There, at the place of the altar he had made before, he again called upon the name of the Lord.

And Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.

And Lot who went out with Abram had sheep, and oxen, and tents.

But Lot also, who was with Abram, had flocks of sheep, and cattle, and tents.

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.

And the land was not large enough for them to live together, because their possessions were great; and the land was not large enough for them to live together.

Neither was the land able to contain them, so that they might dwell together. Indeed, their substance was so great that they could not live in common.

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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 dwelt then in the land.

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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 are brethren.

Therefore, Abram said to Lot: “I ask you, let there be no quarrel between me and you, and between my shepherds and your shepherds. For we are brothers.

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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 take the right hand, then I will go to the left.'

Behold, the entire land is before your eyes. Withdraw from me, I beg you. If you will go to the left, I will take the right. If you choose the right, I will pass to the left.”

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10  And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of the Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before YHWH destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of the YHWH, like the land of Egypt, as thou goest unto Zoar.

10  And Lot having lifted up his eyes, observed all the country round about Jordan, that it was all watered, before God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha, as the garden of the Lord, and as the land of Egypt, until thou come to Zogora.

10  And so Lot, lifting up his eyes, saw all the region around the Jordan, which was thoroughly irrigated, before the Lord overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It was like the Paradise of the Lord, and it was like Egypt, approaching toward Zoar.

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11  So Lot chose him all the plain of the Jordan; and Lot journeyed east; and they separated themselves the one from the other.

11  And Lot chose for himself all the country round Jordan, and Lot went from the east, and they were separated each from his brother. And Abram dwelt in the land of Chanaan.

11  Then Lot chose for himself all the land of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east; thus they separated one brother from the other.

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12  Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the Plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom.

12  And Lot dwelt in a city of the neighbouring people, and pitched his tent in Sodom.

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13  Now the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners against YHWH exceedingly.

13  But the men of Sodom were evil, and exceedingly sinful before God.

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14  And YHWH 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;

14  And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot was divided from him: “Lift up your eyes, and gaze out from the place where you are now, to the north and to the meridian, to the east and to the west.

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15  for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

15  All the land that you see, I will give to you, and to your offspring even forever.

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.

16  And I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth. If any man is able to number the dust of the earth, he will be able to number your offspring as well.

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17  Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for unto thee will I give it.'

17  Arise and traverse the land, both in the length of it and in the breadth; for to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

17  Arise and walk through the land in its length, and breadth. For I will give it to you.”

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18  And Abram moved his tent, and came and dwelt by the terebinths of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built there an altar unto YHWH.

18  Therefore, moving his tent, Abram went and dwelt by the steep valley of Mamre, which is in Hebron. And he built an altar there to the Lord.

18  Then Abram removed his tent and came and dwelt by the oak of Mamre which is in Hebron, and built there an altar to the LORD