War of the Kings1 And it came about in the days of Amraphel king of a Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of b Elam, and Tidal king of ▼
▼ Or nationsGoiim, 2 that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of d Admah, and Shemeber king of e Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, f Zoar). 3 All these ▼
▼ Lit joined togethercame as allies to h the valley of Siddim (that is, i the Salt Sea). 4 Twelve years they had served Chedorlaomer, but the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, came and ▼ defeated the k Rephaim in l Ashteroth-karnaim and the Zuzim in Ham and the Emim in ▼
▼ Or the plain of Kiriathaim, n Shaveh-kiriathaim, 6 and the o Horites in their Mount Seir, as far as p El-paran, which is by the wilderness. 7 Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, q Kadesh), and ▼ conquered all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, who lived in s Hazazon-tamar. 8 And the king of Sodom and the king of Gomorrah and the king of Admah and the king of Zeboiim and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) came out; and they arrayed for battle against them in t the valley of Siddim, 9 against Chedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of ▼
▼ Or nationsGoiim and Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar— four kings against five. 10 Now the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits; and v the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell ▼
▼ Lit thereinto them. But those who survived fled to the x hill country. 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food supply, and departed. 12 They also took Lot y Abram’s nephew, and his possessions and departed z for he was living in Sodom. 13 Then ▼
▼ Lit thea fugitive came and told Abram the ab Hebrew. Now he was ▼
▼ Lit abidingliving by the ▼
▼ Or terebinths, ae oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner, and these were ▼
▼ Lit possessors of the covenant, ag allies with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that ah his ▼
▼ Lit brotherrelative had been taken captive, he ▼
▼ Or musteredled out his trained men ak born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as al Dan. 15 am He divided ▼
▼ Lit himselfhis forces against them by night, he and his servants, and ▼ defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is ▼
▼ Lit on the leftnorth of aq Damascus. 16 He ar brought back all the goods, and also brought back as his ▼
▼ Lit brotherrelative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.
God’s Promise to Abram17 Then after his return from the ▼
▼ Lit smitingdefeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, av the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, aw the King’s Valley). 18 And ax Melchizedek king of Salem brought out ay bread and wine; now he was a az priest of ▼ God Most High. 19 He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of ▼ God Most High,
▼ Or Creator, bd Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be ▼ God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
bf He gave him a tenth of all.
21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give the ▼
▼ Lit soulpeople to me and take the goods for yourself.” 22 Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have ▼
▼ Lit lifted up my handsworn to the Lord ▼ , bj God Most High ▼
▼ Or Creator, bl possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that bm I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ 24 ▼
▼ Lit Not to me except“I will take nothing except what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, bo Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their share.”
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