Genesis 14

War of the Kings

1And 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 nations
2that 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). 3All these
Lit joined together
came as allies to h  the valley of Siddim (that is, i  the Salt Sea).
4Twelve years they had served Chedorlaomer, but the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, came and
Lit smote
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,
6and the o  Horites in their Mount Seir, as far as p  El-paran, which is by the wilderness. 7Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, q  Kadesh), and
Lit smote
conquered all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, who lived in s  Hazazon-tamar.
8And 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, 9against Chedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of
Or nations
Goiim and Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasarfour kings against five.
10Now the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits; and v  the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell
Lit there
into them. But those who survived fled to the x  hill country.
11Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food supply, and departed. 12They also took Lot y  Abram’s nephew, and his possessions and departed z  for he was living in Sodom.

Lit the
a fugitive came and told Abram the ab  Hebrew. Now he was
Lit abiding
living 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.
14When Abram heard that ah  his
Lit brother
relative had been taken captive, he
Or mustered
led 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 himself
his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and
Lit smote
defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is
Lit on the left
north of aq  Damascus.
16He ar  brought back all the goods, and also brought back as  his
Lit brother
relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.

God’s Promise to Abram

17Then after his return from the
Lit smiting
defeat 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).
18And ax  Melchizedek king of Salem brought out ay  bread and wine; now he was a az  priest of
Heb El Elyon
God Most High.
19He blessed him and said, Blessed be Abram of
Heb El Elyon
God Most High,
Or Creator
bd  Possessor of heaven and earth;
20And blessed be
Heb El Elyon
God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
bf  He gave him a tenth of all.

21The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give the
Lit soul
people to me and take the goods for yourself.”
22Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have
Lit lifted up my hand
sworn to the  Lord
Heb El Elyon
bj  God Most High
Or Creator
bl  possessor of heaven and earth,
23that 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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