1亚伯兰带着妻子、侄儿罗得和所有的一切离开埃及去南地。 2这时候亚伯兰已经拥有很多牲畜和金银。 3-4他从南地渐渐迁移到伯特利，到了他从前在伯特利和艾中间搭帐篷和筑坛的地方。他又在那里求告耶和华。 5和亚伯兰同行的罗得也有牛群、羊群和帐篷。 6他们的牲畜很多，那地方容纳不下，他们无法住在一起。 7亚伯兰的牧人和罗得的牧人彼此争执。那时，迦南人和比利洗人也住在那里。
8亚伯兰对罗得说：“我们不该彼此争执，我们的牧人也不该互相争执，因为我们是骨肉至亲。 9整片土地不就在你面前吗？我们分开吧。如果你往左边去，我就往右边走；如果你往右边去，我就往左边走。” 10罗得举目眺望，看见整个约旦河平原，远至琐珥，水源充足。在耶和华还没有毁灭所多玛和蛾摩拉之前，那地方就好像耶和华的伊甸园，又像埃及。 11于是，罗得选了整个约旦河平原，向东迁移，他们便分开了。 12亚伯兰住在迦南，罗得则住在平原的城邑里，并渐渐把帐篷迁移到所多玛附近。 13所多玛人极其邪恶，在耶和华眼中罪恶滔天。
14罗得离开后，耶和华对亚伯兰说：“从你站的地方向东西南北眺望， 15你所能看见的地方，我都要赐给你和你的后代，直到永远。 16我要使你的后代多如地上的尘土，人若能数算地上的尘土，才能数算你的后代。 17你起来走遍这片土地，因为我要把这片土地赐给你。” 18亚伯兰就把帐篷迁移到希伯仑幔利的橡树那里居住，在那里为耶和华筑了一座祭坛。
Abram and Lot Separate
1Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev Desert. He took his wife and everything he had. Lot went with him. 2Abram had become very rich. He had a lot of livestock and silver and gold.
3Abram left the Negev Desert. He went from place to place until he came to Bethel. Then he came to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier. 4There he called on the name of the Lord at the altar he had built.
5Lot was moving around with Abram. Lot also had flocks and herds and tents. 6But the land didn’t have enough food for both Abram and Lot. They had large herds and many servants, so they weren’t able to stay together. 7The people who took care of Abram’s herds and those who took care of Lot’s herds began to argue. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
8So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not argue with each other. The people taking care of your herds and those taking care of mine shouldn’t argue with one another either. After all, we’re part of the same family. 9Isn’t the whole land in front of you? Let’s separate. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right. If you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”
10Lot looked around. He saw that the whole Jordan River valley toward the town of Zoar had plenty of water. It was like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. 11So Lot chose the whole Jordan River valley for himself. Then he started out toward the east. The two men separated. 12Abram lived in the land of Canaan. Lot lived among the cities of the Jordan River valley. He set up his tents near Sodom. 13The people of Sodom were evil. They were sinning greatly against the Lord.
14The Lord spoke to Abram after Lot had left him. He said, “Look around from where you are. Look north and south, east and west. 15I will give you all the land you see. I will give it forever to you and your family who comes after you. 16I will make them like the dust of the earth. Can dust be counted? If it can, then your family can be counted. 17Go! Walk through the land. See how long and wide it is. I am giving it to you.”
18So Abram went to live near the large trees of Mamre at Hebron. There he pitched his tents and built an altar to honor the Lord.