Genesis 13:8-17

From Pete O. This is a variation on SJDs earlier post this time drawing attention to the separation of Lot from Abraham. Abraham shows Lot all the land but YHWH gives Abraham and his “seed” all the land! The centre is the visual appeal to Lot of the area of Sodom, but the men of Sodom were wicked. Abraham’s vision was on the Promises yet to be fulfilled. 

A. (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?

B. 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.

C. (10) And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, 

D. that it was well watered every where,

E. before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah,

D’. even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.

C’.. Gen 13:11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan;

B’. 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.

A’. (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.

 

One thought on “Genesis 13:8-17”

  1. This was what I thought, which is very similar to that one’s central sections:
    d:(9)Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me:

    c: 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.

    b: (10)And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan,

    A: 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.

    b: (11)Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan;

    c: and Lot journeyed east:

    d: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

    I find it interesting that they centre on the fact that Sodom had not yet been destroyed.

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