Genesis 13:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 13:11, NIV: "So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company:"

Genesis 13:11, ESV: "So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other."

Genesis 13:11, KJV: "Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other."

Genesis 13:11, NASB: "So Lot chose for himself all the vicinity of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. So they separated from each other."

Genesis 13:11, NLT: "Lot chose for himself the whole Jordan Valley to the east of them. He went there with his flocks and servants and parted company with his uncle Abram."

Genesis 13:11, CSB: "So Lot chose the entire plain of the Jordan for himself. Then Lot journeyed eastward, and they separated from each other."

What does Genesis 13:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

To resolve recurring conflicts caused by sharing limited resources, Abram approached Lot and suggested they move in two different directions to occupy different areas of the land. Abram gave Lot the first choice of where to settle. This was a generous gesture, since Abram was the older and more entitled member of the family.

The previous verse describes the best spot, the well-watered plain along the Jordan river. Lot surveyed it, and now he chooses it for himself. Some have suggested this was a selfish choice, but the text does not say so. Lot simply received the generous gift Abram had offered to him. Lot's choice is not necessarily wrong, nor is it sinful. It was certainly the most profitable land.

What we learn in the next few chapters, however, proves that this decision is unwise. Lot's choice to move his large estate to the east and settle near Sodom will prove destructive in the end. By this time, the reputation of this region has been established (Genesis 13:13). The depravity is so bad that God will eventually destroy these cities. By then, however, Lot will become so accustomed to the culture that he has to be dragged from the city by angels (Genesis 19:15–16)!