Genesis 13:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 13:6, NIV: "But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together."

Genesis 13:6, ESV: "so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together,"

Genesis 13:6, KJV: "And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together."

Genesis 13:6, NASB: "And the land could not support both of them while living together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together."

Genesis 13:6, NLT: "But the land could not support both Abram and Lot with all their flocks and herds living so close together."

Genesis 13:6, CSB: "But the land was unable to support them as long as they stayed together, for they had so many possessions that they could not stay together,"

What does Genesis 13:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Abram's large company of travelers included Lot, his nephew. God's blessing on Abram extended to Lot, who had also become quite wealthy in flocks and herds and servants. In fact, God's blessing was so great that the land could not support Abram's and Lot's possessions living near each other. They would soon exhaust all the local resources.

The following verses will make clear that Abram and Lot were going to need to separate and spread out from each other. This development will set up the events of the next several chapters. Lot will choose to live close to the rich—but infamously wicked—city of Sodom. Lot's wealth will result in his own kidnapping, and a rescue by Abram (Genesis 14:1–16). Pursuit of wealth will also lead Lot to an eventual life within Sodom itself, necessitating a rescue when God judges the city for its sin (Genesis 19).