And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and
Lot with him, into the south.
And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place
where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;
Unto the place of the altar, which he had make there at the first: and
there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
Abraham, Sarah, and Lot leave Egypt, taking their cattle, silver, and gold south to Bethel.
Abraham and Lot split up
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 there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the
herdmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in
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 be brethren.
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
depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
When Abraham and Lot arrived back in Canaan, they split up, since they had too much stuff to live together.
Lot chooses Sodom for his new home
And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it
was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah,
even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto
Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and
they separated themselves the one from the other.
Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the
plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
Abraham went to the land of Canaan; Lot went to Sodom.
But the men of Sodom
were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
The men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked sinners. 
The men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly. [v.13]
This verse doesn't say what the Sodomites did to make them such exceedingly
great sinners, though most bible believers equate "Sodomite" with homosexual. (But
Ezekiel 16:49 says the sins of Sodom were pride,
gluttony, sloth, greed, and failure to help the poor.)
To thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. [v.15]
God gives Abraham and his descendants all
of the land of Canaan "forever". This promise is still used to justify the
unending battles over the land in the Middle East.
But according to Acts 7:5
and Hebrews 11:13, God's promise to Abraham was not
fulfilled. And, of course, for most of the time after the promise was made the land was controlled by other folks.
In which God sends Avram on the first Birthright trip ever, famine strikes immediately, and some kings get into a fight. Recorded live at the Parkside Lounge on February 18, 2013. Guest: Esther Werdiger