10 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 Zoar.
11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.
14 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:
15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
16 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.
17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
18 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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Abram allowed Lot to choose where he would go and Lot chose to go to the plain of Jordan while Abram stayed in the Land of Canaan.
The Plain of Jordan where Lot pitched his tents was near Sodom a city inhabited by sinners but Lot saw only the fertile plains and did not think to avoid the area where the sinful city was located.
After Lot left, the Lord promised Abram all the land that surrounded him for his offspring and promised to make his offspring like the dust of the earth—far more than could ever be counted.
Abram settled at Hebron and built an altar to the Lord.
I note as I read this that the scripture does not say that Lot did not build an altar, but it expressly says that Abram did. In doing so, he was showing the authority of the Lord and also his thankfulness for all the Lord had already given him and had promised to him for his offspring.
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