Genesis 13:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 13:8, NIV: "So Abram said to Lot, 'Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives."

Genesis 13:8, ESV: "Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen."

Genesis 13:8, KJV: "And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren."

Genesis 13:8, NASB: "So Abram said to Lot, 'Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are relatives!"

Genesis 13:8, NLT: "Finally Abram said to Lot, 'Let's not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives!"

Genesis 13:8, CSB: "So Abram said to Lot, "Please, let's not have quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, since we are relatives."

What does Genesis 13:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Previous verses revealed a conflict had between Abram's servants and Lot's servants. Both had extremely large herds of animals, and there simply was not room for them to occupy the same limited space when they had settled around Bethel. Abram didn't want conflict with his kinsman Lot, his brother's son. He didn't want any reason to quarrel to exist between them. So Abram begins, in this verse, to propose a solution.

Genesis clearly shows that Abram has a soft spot in his heart for Lot. His nephew is mentioned as part of Abram's original traveling entourage (Genesis 12:4). Abram will later rescue Lot from kidnappers in a full-blown military raid (Genesis 14:1–16). After taking the name Abraham, Abram will plead with God on behalf of Lot's hometown of Sodom (Genesis 18:22–33). The offer made in the next verse is yet another example of Abram's gracious love for Lot. That offer turns the normal convention of seniority—or the rights of the elder—upside down.