1亞伯蘭帶著妻子、侄兒羅得和所有的一切離開埃及去南地。 2這時候亞伯蘭已經擁有很多牲畜和金銀。 3-4他從南地漸漸遷移到伯特利，到了他從前在伯特利和艾中間搭帳篷和築壇的地方。他又在那裡求告耶和華。 5和亞伯蘭同行的羅得也有牛群、羊群和帳篷。 6他們的牲畜很多，那地方容納不下，他們無法住在一起。 7亞伯蘭的牧人和羅得的牧人彼此爭執。那時，迦南人和比利洗人也住在那裡。
8亞伯蘭對羅得說：「我們不該彼此爭執，我們的牧人也不該互相爭執，因為我們是骨肉至親。 9整片土地不就在你面前嗎？我們分開吧。如果你往左邊去，我就往右邊走；如果你往右邊去，我就往左邊走。」 10羅得舉目眺望，看見整個約旦河平原，遠至瑣珥，水源充足。在耶和華還沒有毀滅所多瑪和蛾摩拉之前，那地方就好像耶和華的伊甸園，又像埃及。 11於是，羅得選了整個約旦河平原，向東遷移，他們便分開了。 12亞伯蘭住在迦南，羅得則住在平原的城邑裡，並漸漸把帳篷遷移到所多瑪附近。 13所多瑪人極其邪惡，在耶和華眼中罪惡滔天。
14羅得離開後，耶和華對亞伯蘭說：「從你站的地方向東西南北眺望， 15你所能看見的地方，我都要賜給你和你的後代，直到永遠。 16我要使你的後代多如地上的塵土，人若能數算地上的塵土，才能數算你的後代。 17你起來走遍這片土地，因為我要把這片土地賜給你。」 18亞伯蘭就把帳篷遷移到希伯崙幔利的橡樹那裡居住，在那裡為耶和華築了一座祭壇。
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.