Genesis 13:17


1. As a matter of business it was good.

2. In its moral aspects the step was dangerous. But -

3. Doubtless at first Lot did not intend entering the city. And perhaps -

4. Lot may have justified his doubtful conduct by hoping that he would have opportunities of doing good to the Sodomites.


1. Surprised them to see a good man like Lot coming to a neighborhood so bad.

2. Led them to think adversely of a religion that preferred worldly advantage to spiritual interest.

3. Rendered them impervious to any influence for good from Lot's example. Lessons: -

1. It is perilous to go towards Sodom if one wants to keep out of Sodom.

2. It is useless preaching to Sodomites while gathering wealth in Sodom. - W.

All the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.

1. We need this consolation to confirm our faith.

2. We require a renewed sense of the Divine approval.

3. We require comfort for the evils we have suffered on account of religion.


1. We are more free to survey the greatness of our inheritance.

2. We have an enhanced idea of the plentifulness of the Divine resources.


1. Our senses deceive us.

2. Our youthful hopes deceive us. Let us learn, then, that "there is nothing sure but heaven."


1. When God speaks to the soul, our sense of reverence is deepened.

2. When God speaks, our sense of duty is deepened.

(T. H. Leale.)




(F. B. Meyer, B. A.)

1. Saints who hang loose, and are indifferent for the world, have the best appearance of God.

2. God is not forgetful to comfort His, who are willing to bear injuries from men for His sake.

3. God hath a speech to make His own to understand His mind. So God said to Abram.

4. When creature comforts leave God's servants, usually He comes Himself to them.

5. God singles out souls to whom He speaks comfortably in His promises; a stranger intermeddleth not with their joy.

6. Sensible demonstrations God sometimes affords of future mercies unto His.

7. Large bounds God hath allowed for the typical inheritance of His Church here, which note larger in the heavenly Canaan.

8. God's demonstration of mercies sometimes precedes His donation and infers it (ver. 14).

9. God is free and full in allotting the inheritance of His Church.

10. Jehovah hath what He giveth, therefore He giveth surely; He cannot deceive.

11. God's promise to Abram is fulfilled to his seed, through many generations.

12. God hath His ever in making covenant with His people according to His will; which it concerneth God's covenanted ones to know (ver. 15).

(G. Hughes, B. D.)

There is nothing lost by meekness and yielding. Abraham yields over his right of choice: Lot taketh it. And, behold, Lot is crossed in that which he chose, Abraham blessed in that which was left him. As heaven is taken by violence, so is earth with meekness. And God (the true Proprietary) loves no tenants better, nor grants larger leases to any, than the meek.

(J. Trapp.)

Men use to reckon their wealth, not by what ready money they have only, but by the good bonds and leases they can produce. A great part of a Christian's estate lies in bonds and bills of God's hands.

(J. Trapp.)

In commercial crises, manhood is at a greater discount than funds are. Suppose a man had said to me last spring, "If there comes a pinch in your affairs, draw on me for ten thousand dollars." The man said so last spring, but I should not dare to draw on him this autumn. I should say, "Times have changed; he would not abide by it." But God's promises are from everlasting to everlasting; and He always stands up to them. There never was a run on heaven which was not promptly met. No creature in all the world, or in lying, audacious hell, shall ever say that he drew a draft on heaven and that God dishonoured it.

(H. W. Beecher.)

I will make thy seed as the dust. —

1. Promise to promise, seed to land, God adds to His covenanted friend Abram, for his good.

2. God's word of promise calleth things that are not, as if they were. that is, puts into being what is not.

3. God's word of promise putting into being is irreversible. He speaketh and doth it.

4. Innumerable issues, as the dust, sand, and stars, can God raise out of dead bodies (Hebrews 11:22).

5. Children are God's gift, when and to whom He pleaseth (Psalm 127).

6. Man's reach of understanding is too shallow to compass the works of God's promise (ver. 16).

(G. Hughes, B. D.)

Walk through the land.

1. Double demonstrations of mercies, and double promises, will God give for the support of the faith of His servants.

2. God enjoins experience sometimes for the help of faith in His promises.

3. God would have His saints reach the utmost dimensions of His promises (Ephesians 3:19).

4. God showeth good things to His people which He purposeth to bestow on their succeeding generations.

5. God's promise to the head is performed in the seed.

6. Free promise should provoke souls to get experience of the good things to come.

(G. Hughes, B. D.)

Abram, Canaanites, Lot, Mamre, Perizzites, Zoar
Ai, Bethel, Betonim, Canaan, Egypt, Gomorrah, Hebron, Jordan River, Negeb, Sodom, Zoar
Arise, Breadth, Giving, Length, Rise, Walk
1. Abram and Lot return with great riches out of Egypt.
6. Strife arises between Abram's herdsmen and those of Lot.
8. Abram allows Lot to choose his part of the country,
10. and Lot goes toward Sodom.
14. God renews his promise to Abram.
18. He moves to Hebron, and there builds an altar.

Dictionary of Bible Themes
Genesis 13:17

     4803   breadth
     4832   length
     5197   walking

Genesis 13:14-17

     5477   property, land
     7258   promised land, early history

Genesis 13:15-17

     4207   land, divine gift

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Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

August 11. "All the Land which Thou Seest" (Gen. xiii. 15).
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Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Importance of a Choice
'And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth-el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth-el and Hal; Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the Lord. And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. And the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Land of Promise
"All the Land which thou seest, to thee will I give it."--Gen. xiii. 15. Gertrude of Hellfde, 1330. tr., Emma Frances Bevan, 1899 It was as if upon His breast He laid His piercèd hand, And said "To thee, beloved and blest, I give this goodly land." O Land of fountains and of deeps, Of God's exhaustless store-- O blessed Land, where he who reaps Shall never hunger more-- O summer Land, for ever fair With God's unfading flowers; O Land, where spices fill the air, And songs the golden towers--
Frances Bevan—Hymns of Ter Steegen and Others (Second Series)

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S. D. Gordon—Quiet Talks about Jesus

Notes on the Third Century
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Thomas Traherne—Centuries of Meditations

Discourse on the Good Shepherd.
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J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

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Samuel Davidson—The Canon of the Bible

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John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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