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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 13:5-9

We have here an unhappy falling out between Abram and Lot, who had hitherto been inseparable companions (see Gen. 13:1; and Gen. 12:4), but now parted. I. The occasion of their quarrel was their riches. We read (Gen. 13:2) how rich Abram was; now here we are told (Gen. 13:5) that Lot, who went with Abram, was rich too; and therefore God blessed him with riches because he went with Abram. Note, 1. It is good being in good company, and going with those with whom God is, Zech. 8:23. 2. Those that... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 13:5

And Lot also, which went with Abram ,.... into Egypt, and was now come back with him: had flocks, and herds, and tents ; flocks of sheep, and herds of cattle, of oxen, asses and camels, and tents for himself and his servants to dwell in, and put his substance in. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 13:5

Verse 5 5.And Lot also, which went with Abram. Next follows the inconvenience which Abram suffered through his riches: namely, that he was torn from his nephew, whom he tenderly loved, as if it had been from his own bowels. Certainly had the option been given him he would rather have chosen to cast away his riches, than to be parted from him whom he had held in the place of an only son: yet he found no other method of avoiding contentions. Shall we impute this evil to his own excessive... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 13:1-13

The separation between Abram and Lot. Return to Bethel—to the altar. The circumstances of the patriarch were very different. He was very rich. Lot is with him, and the sojourn in Egypt had far more depraving effect upon his weaker character than upon that of his uncle. We should remember when we take the young into temptation that what may be comparatively harmless to us may be ruinous to them. The subsequent misery of Lot's career may be all traced to the sojourn in Egypt. I. The root... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 13:5-6

And Lot also (literally, and also to Lot), who went with Abram (literally, going with Abram ) , had ( were ) flocks and herds and tents. The uncle's prosperity overflowed upon the nephew. Rosenmüller includes in the tents the domestics and servants, qui in tentoriis degebant (cf. 1 Chronicles 4:41 ). And the land was not able to bear them . Literally, did not bear, i.e. support their households and flocks. That they should dwell together . In consequence partly of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 13:1-18

- Abram and Lot Separate7. פרזי perı̂zı̂y, Perizzi, “descendant of Paraz.” פרז pārāz, “leader,” or inhabitant of the plain or open country.10. ככר kı̂kar, “circle, border, vale, cake, talent;” related: “bow, bend, go round, dance.” ירדן yardēn, Jardan, “descending.” Usually with the article in prose. צער tso‛ar, Tso‘ar, “smallness.”18. ממרא mamrē', Mamre, “fat, strong, ruler.” חברון chebrôn, Chebron, “conjunction, confederacy.”Lot has been hitherto kept in association with Abram by the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 13:1-18

Journey to Egypt and return (12:10-13:18)A long drought in Canaan must have caused Abram to wonder just how reliable this promised land was. In the end he journeyed to Egypt in search of better pastures (10).Fearing that the Egyptians would kill him in order to take his beautiful wife, he preserved himself by saying she was his sister. This was half true, because Sarai was a daughter of Terah by another wife (see 20:12); but Abram and Sarai did wrong in telling only half the truth in order to... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Genesis 13:5

tents. Figure of speech Metonymy (of Subject): "tents" put for the dwellers therein. read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 13:5-7

"And Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. 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. And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and the herdsmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelt then in the land."The marvelous unity and cohesiveness of these three verses must be at once apparent to any thoughtful person. There were three... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 13:5-7

When it became clear that there was not enough pasture to sustain all the flocks of both Abram and Lot, Abram suggested that Lot separate from him. He gave his nephew the choice of where he wanted to settle. This was a magnanimous gesture on Abram’s part. If he was older than Lot, which seems probable, it shows even greater graciousness.Lot would have been the most likely candidate for the role of Abram’s heir since Sarai was barren. He was a part of Abram’s household and a blood relative... read more

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