Genesis 13:12
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New International Version
Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.

New Living Translation
So Abram settled in the land of Canaan, and Lot moved his tents to a place near Sodom and settled among the cities of the plain.

English Standard Version
Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.

Berean Study Bible
Abram lived in the land of Canaan, but Lot settled in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

New American Standard Bible
Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom.

King James Bible
Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

Christian Standard Bible
Abram lived in the land of Canaan, but Lot lived in the cities on the plain and set up his tent near Sodom.

Contemporary English Version
Abram stayed in the land of Canaan. But Lot settled near the cities of the valley and put up his tents not far from Sodom,

Good News Translation
Abram stayed in the land of Canaan, and Lot settled among the cities in the valley and camped near Sodom,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Abram lived in the land of Canaan, but Lot lived in the cities of the valley and set up his tent near Sodom.

International Standard Version
So Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the plain, setting up his tent in the vicinity of Sodom.

NET Bible
Abram settled in the land of Canaan, but Lot settled among the cities of the Jordan plain and pitched his tents next to Sodom.

New Heart English Bible
Abram lived in the land of Canaan, and Lot lived in the cities of the plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Abram lived in Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain, moving his tents as far as Sodom.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the Plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom.

New American Standard 1977
Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tents toward Sodom.

King James 2000 Bible
Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

American King James Version
Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

American Standard Version
Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the Plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Abram dwelt in the land of Chanaan; and Lot abode in the towns that were about the Jordan, and dwelt in Sodom.

Darby Bible Translation
Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan; and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain, and pitched tents as far as Sodom.

English Revised Version
Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the Plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom.

Webster's Bible Translation
Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent towards Sodom.

World English Bible
Abram lived in the land of Canaan, and Lot lived in the cities of the plain, and moved his tent as far as Sodom.

Young's Literal Translation
Abram hath dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot hath dwelt in the cities of the circuit, and tenteth unto Sodom;
Study Bible
Lot Proceeds Toward Sodom
11So Lot chose the whole plain of the Jordan for himself and set out toward the east. And Abram and Lot parted company. 12Abram lived in the land of Canaan, but Lot settled in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent toward Sodom. 13But the men of Sodom were wicked, sinning greatly against the LORD.…
Cross References
Genesis 13:11
So Lot chose the whole plain of the Jordan for himself and set out toward the east. And Abram and Lot parted company.

Genesis 14:2
went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar).

Genesis 14:12
They also carried off Abram's nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom.

Genesis 19:24
Then the LORD rained down brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah--from the LORD out of the heavens.

Genesis 19:25
Thus He destroyed these cities and the entire plain, including all the inhabitants of the cities and everything that grew on the ground.

Treasury of Scripture

Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.

Lot dwelled.

Genesis 19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, …

pitched.

Genesis 14:12 And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelled in Sodom, and …

Genesis 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate …

Psalm 26:5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

2 Peter 2:7,8 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked…







(12, 13) Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain.--Heb., of the Ciccar. Not as yet within their walls, but in their neighbourhood, and evidently with a longing "toward Sodom," where, in Genesis 19, we find him sitting in the gate as a citizen, and with his tent changed to a house. While, then, Abram continued to lead a hardy life as a stranger upon the bracing hills, Lot sighed for the less self-denying habits of the city; and probably, when he had descended into the Ghor, the enervating climate, which so developed the sensual vices of the people as to make them "sinners before Jehovah" (see on Genesis 10:9), disposed Lot also to quit his tent, and yield himself to a luxurious and easy manner of living.

Verse 12. - Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan. Strictly so called; in its larger sense Canaan included the circle of the Jordan. And Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain. Being desirous of a permanent settlement within the gates, or at least in the immediate neighborhood, of the wealthy cities of the laud; in contrast to his uncle, who remained a wanderer throughout its borders, sojourning as in a strange country (Hebrews 11:9). And (with this purpose in contemplation), he pitched his tent toward (i.e. in the direction of, and as far as to) Sodom. Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan,.... In that part of the land strictly so called, where the family of the Canaanites had their abode; for otherwise taking Canaan in a more general sense, the plain of Jordan, and cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, were in the land of Canaan.

And Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain; in the neighbourhood of them, or near those cities, which were built on the plain of Jordan, for he could not dwell in more than one, if in one; for it looks as if at his first settlement he did not dwell in any, but near them all, especially Sodom: since it follows:

and pitched his tent toward Sodom, or "even unto Sodom" (a); and it may be rendered, as it is by some, "he pitched his tents" (b), for himself, his family, and his servants, his shepherds and his herdsmen, which reached unto Sodom, and where he afterwards dwelt, at least at the gate of it.

(a) "usque Sodom", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schmidt. (b) "movens tentoria", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator & Tigurine version; so Jarchi. 13:10-13 Abram having offered Lot the choice, he at once accepted it. Passion and selfishness make men rude. Lot looked to the goodness of the land; therefore he doubted not that in such a fruitful soil he should certainly thrive. But what came of it? Those who, in choosing relations, callings, dwellings, or settlements, are guided and governed by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, or the pride of life, cannot expect God's presence or blessing. They are commonly disappointed even in that which they principally aim at. In all our choices this principle should rule, That is best for us, which is best for our souls. Lot little considered the badness of the inhabitants. The men of Sodom were impudent, daring sinners. This was the iniquity of Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness, Eze 16:49. God often gives great plenty to great sinners. It has often been the vexatious lot of good men to live among wicked neighbours; and it must be the more grievous, if, as Lot here, they have brought it upon themselves by a wrong choice.
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