Abraham, Sarah, and Lot return to Canaan.
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 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.
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.
But the men of Sodom
were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.
(13:13) The men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.
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
see Ezekiel 16:49, which claims the sins of Sodom were pride,
gluttony, sloth, greed, and failure to help the poor.)
God promises to give Abraham everything else.
And the LORD 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:
For all the land which
thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
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.
Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it;
for I will give it unto thee.
Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre,
which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.
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.
(13:14) The LORD said unto Abram ... look from the place
where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward.
(13:15) All the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
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.