Genesis 13:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

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

Genesis 13:12, ESV: "Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom."

Genesis 13:12, KJV: "Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom."

Genesis 13:12, NASB: "Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the vicinity of the Jordan, and moved his tents as far as Sodom."

Genesis 13:12, NLT: "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."

Genesis 13:12, CSB: "Abram lived in the land of Canaan, but Lot lived in the cities on the plain and set up his tent near Sodom."

What does Genesis 13:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, Abram and Lot parted company to keep the peace between their servants. They had both grown too wealthy in animals and servants to possess the same area of land together. In a gracious, generous gesture, Abram offered Lot first pick of the available land.

Lot moved to the east, to the plain along the Jordan river near Sodom. Abram lived, more generally, in the land of Canaan. In the following verses, we will see Abram move more specifically to the area around Hebron.

Lot's choice of land was not necessarily wrong—the territory he selected was fertile and a good pick for his family's future success. However, the culture of Sodom was already known for wickedness (Genesis 13:13), and Lot knew it. However, he seems not to have grasped the dangers of living so close to it. Lot's unwise choice to pitch his tents near Sodom will become critical. Lot will go from living near Sodom, to living in Sodom, and it will cost him dearly (Genesis 19).