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to Pharaoh, their king, and Sarai was taken into his palace. 16 Then Pha
raoh gave Abram many gifts because of her—sheep, goats, cattle, male and
female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
17 But the Lord sent terrible plagues upon Pharaoh and his household
because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram and accused
him sharply. “What have you done to me?” he demanded. “Why d
tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ and allow
me to take her as my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and get
out of here!” 20 Pharaoh ordered some of his men to escort them, and he
sent Abram out of the country, along with his wife and all his possessions.
Abram and Lot Separate
So Abram left Egypt and traveled north into the Negev, along with his
wife and Lot and all that they owned. 2 (Abram was very rich in livestock,
silver, and gold.) 3 From the Negev, they continued traveling by stages toward
Bethel, and they pitched their tents between Bethel and Ai, where they had
camped before. 4 This was the same place where Abram had built the altar, and
there he worshiped the Lord again.
5 Lot, who was traveling with Abram, had also become very wealthy
with flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and many tents. 6 But the
land could not support both Abram and Lot with all their flocks and herds
living so close together. 7 So disputes broke out between the herdsmen of
Abram and Lot. (At that time Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in
8 Finally Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not allow this conflict to come between
us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives! 9 The whole countryside
is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we
will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the
right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.”
10 Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the
direction of Zoar. The whole area was well watered everywhere, like the garden of the Lord or the beautiful land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord
destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 Lot chose for himself the whole Jordan
Valley to the east of them. He went there with his flocks and servants and
parted company with his uncle Abram. 12 So Abram settled in the land of
Canaan, and Lot moved his tents to a place near Sodom and settled among
the cities of the plain. 13 But the people of this area were extremely wicked
and constantly sinned against the Lord.
14 After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see
in e very direction—north and south, east and west. 15 I am giving all this
land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants* as a permanent
possession. 16 And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of
the earth, they cannot be counted! 17 Go and walk through the land in every
direction, for I am giving it to you.”
18 So Abram moved his camp to Hebron and settled near the oak grove
belonging to Mamre. There he built another altar to the Lord.
Abram Rescues Lot
About this time war broke out in the region. King Amraphel of
Babylonia,* King Arioch of Ellasar, King Kedorlaomer of Elam, and King
Tidal of Goiim 2 fought against King Bera of Sodom, King Birsha of Gomorrah,
King Shinab of Admah, King Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (also
3 This second group of kings joined forces in Siddim Valley (that is, the
valley of the Dead Sea*). 4 For twelve years they had been subject to King
er, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled against him.
13:15 Hebrew seed; also in 13:16. 14:1 Hebrew Shinar; also in 14:9. 14:3 Hebrew Salt Sea.
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