Genesis 12-13 New English Translation (NET Bible)
The Obedience of Abram
“Go out[c] from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household
4 So Abram left,[l] just as the Lord had told him to do,[m] and Lot went with him. (Now[n] Abram was 75 years old[o] when he departed from Haran.) 5 And Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew[p] Lot, and all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired[q] in Haran, and they left for[r] the land of Canaan. They entered the land of Canaan.
6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the oak tree[s] of Moreh[t] at Shechem.[u] (At that time the Canaanites were in the land.)[v] 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants[w] I will give this land.” So Abram[x] built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 Then he moved from there to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and worshiped the Lord.[y] 9 Abram continually journeyed by stages[z] down to the Negev.[aa]
The Promised Blessing Jeopardized
10 There was a famine in the land, so Abram went down to Egypt[ab] to stay for a while[ac] because the famine was severe.[ad] 11 As he approached[ae] Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “Look,[af] I know that you are a beautiful woman.[ag] 12 When the Egyptians see you they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will keep you alive.[ah] 13 So tell them[ai] you are my sister[aj] so that it may go well[ak] for me because of you and my life will be spared[al] on account of you.”
14 When Abram entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15 When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. So Abram’s wife[am] was taken[an] into the household of Pharaoh,[ao] 16 and he did treat Abram well[ap] on account of her. Abram received[aq] sheep and cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
17 But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his household with severe diseases[ar] because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram and said, “What is this[as] you have done to me? Why didn’t you tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her[at] to be my wife?[au] Now, here is your wife. Take her and go!”[av] 20 Pharaoh gave his men orders about Abram,[aw] and so they expelled him, along with his wife and all his possessions.
Abram’s Solution to the Strife
3 And he journeyed from place to place[bb] from the Negev as far as Bethel. He returned[bc] to the place where he had pitched his tent[bd] at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai. 4 This was the place where he had first built the altar,[be] and there Abram worshiped the Lord.[bf]
5 Now Lot, who was traveling[bg] with Abram, also had[bh] flocks, herds, and tents. 6 But the land could[bi] not support them while they were living side by side.[bj] Because their possessions were so great, they were not able to live[bk] alongside one another. 7 So there were quarrels[bl] between Abram’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen.[bm] (Now the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land at that time.)[bn]
8 Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no quarreling between me and you, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are close relatives.[bo] 9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself now from me. If you go[bp] to the left, then I’ll go to the right, but if you go to the right, then I’ll go to the left.”
10 Lot looked up and saw[bq] the whole region[br] of the Jordan. He noticed[bs] that all of it was well watered (this was before the Lord obliterated[bt] Sodom and Gomorrah)[bu] like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt,[bv] all the way to Zoar. 11 Lot chose for himself the whole region of the Jordan and traveled[bw] toward the east.
So the relatives separated from each other.[bx] 12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, but Lot settled among the cities of the Jordan plain[by] and pitched his tents next to Sodom. 13 (Now[bz] the people[ca] of Sodom were extremely wicked rebels against the Lord.)[cb]
14 After Lot had departed, the Lord said to Abram,[cc] “Look[cd] from the place where you stand to the north, south, east, and west. 15 I will give all the land that you see to you and your descendants[ce] forever. 16 And I will make your descendants like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone is able to count the dust of the earth, then your descendants also can be counted.[cf] 17 Get up and[cg] walk[ch] throughout the land,[ci] for I will give it to you.”