Noah had many
descendants. In the tenth generation of the family of Shem, three
sons were born to Terah, who dwelt in the land of Ur. They were
named Abraham and Nahor and Haran.
After the death
of his youngest son, Terah left his home. He took with him Abraham
and his wife, Sarah, and Lot,
Haran's son. Leaving
behind Nahor and his wife, Milcah, they went forth to settle in
the land of Haran. There they lived until the death of Terah, many
Soon after the
death of Terah, the Lord appeared to Abraham and said, "Leave
your father's house and country. I will show you a new land where
you are to go. There a great nation will spring from you, and your
name shall be great. In you all the families of the earth shall be
Abraham took his
wife, Sarah, and his nephew, Lot, and all their belongings and
followers. They departed from Haran and traveled down toward the
land of Canaan.
On the way, the
herdsmen of Lot and Abraham quarreled over which should have the
better grazing land for his flocks. Therefore, Abraham said to
Lot, "Let there be no strife between us, for we are brethren.
The whole land is before us. Choose in which direction you will go
and let us separate in peace."