Genesis 13:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 13:14, NIV: "The LORD said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, 'Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west."

Genesis 13:14, ESV: "The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward,"

Genesis 13:14, KJV: "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:"

Genesis 13:14, NASB: "The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, 'Now raise your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward, and eastward and westward;"

Genesis 13:14, NLT: "After Lot had gone, the LORD said to Abram, 'Look as far as you can see in every direction--north and south, east and west."

Genesis 13:14, CSB: "After Lot had separated from him, the LORD said to Abram, "Look from the place where you are. Look north and south, east and west,"

What does Genesis 13:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the prior passage, Abram and Lot have separated in order to avoid conflict between their growing families (Genesis 13:1–9). Lot chose to live in the rich, but spiritually depraved region near Sodom, while Abram settled further out into the land of Canaan (Genesis 13:10–13). Lot's decision will not only involve him in a war (Genesis 14:1–16), it will eventually lead to his complete ruin (Genesis 19).

The wording of this passage is interesting for its parallel to Lot's decision. There, Lot is said to have lifted his eyes, by his own will (Genesis 13:10), here, however, Abram only "lifts his eyes" to view land at the command of God.

After Lot moved himself and all his possessions away from Abram, the LORDYahweh—visits Abram once more. This echoes verse 10, where Lot lifted his eyes to survey and then claim the land along the Jordan river. Lot did so at Abram's invitation. Now God instructs Abram to lift his own eyes and look in every direction, north, south, east, and west. In the following verse, God will again promise to give to Abram and his descendants all the land Abram can see.