Abram and Lot Separate
1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
3 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;
4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had make there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.
5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.
6 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.
7 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 the land.
8 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.
9 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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
It says in today’s reading that Abram had a lot of possessions. Those were the same possession Pharaoh allowed him to take when he ordered Abram to take his wife and leave Egypt. We learn here that Abram had both gold and silver and a lot of livestock.
Lot, Abrams nephew who traveled along with him, also had many possessions. The whole company traveled from place to place until they came to Bethel, already inhabited by Canaanites and Perizzites.
The land in the area could not support so many people and so much livestock. Abram’s and Lot’s herdsmen began to quarrel with one another.
One would think that Abram might have wished to keep Lot and all his possessions with his own people. As the elder, he might have thought he should be the ruler over all the people. But Abram did not seek to subdue Lot as he did not wish to quarrel with his close kinsman.
Instead, Abram wisely suggested to Lot that they go separate ways. The two communities of people and their possessions parted company. (Once again, mankind was spread across more of the earth.)
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