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Genesis 14

Abram Rescues Lot
1Four kings, Amraphel of Babylonia, Arioch of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer of Elam, and Tidal of Goiim, 2went to war against five other kings: Bera of Sodom, Birsha of Gomorrah, Shinab of Admah, Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (or Zoar). 3These five kings had formed an alliance and joined forces in the Valley of Siddim, which is now the Dead Sea. 4They had been under the control of Chedorlaomer for twelve years, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled against him. 5In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and his allies came with their armies and defeated the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in the plain of Kiriathaim, 6and the Horites in the mountains of Edom, pursuing them as far as Elparan on the edge of the desert. 7Then they turned round and came back to Kadesh (then known as Enmishpat). They conquered all the land of the Amalekites and defeated the Amorites who lived in Hazazon Tamar.
8Then the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela drew up their armies for battle in the Valley of Siddim and fought 9against the kings of Elam, Goiim, Babylonia, and Ellasar, five kings against four. 10The valley was full of tar pits, and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah tried to run away from the battle, they fell into the pits; but the other three kings escaped to the mountains. 11The four kings took everything in Sodom and Gomorrah, including the food, and went away. 12Lot, Abram's nephew, was living in Sodom, so they took him and all his possessions.
13But a man escaped and reported all this to Abram, the Hebrew, who was living near the sacred trees belonging to Mamre the Amorite. Mamre and his brothers Eshcol and Aner were Abram's allies. 14When Abram heard that his nephew had been captured, he called together all the fighting men in his camp, 318 in all, and pursued the four kings all the way to Dan. 15There he divided his men into groups, attacked the enemy by night, and defeated them. He chased them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus, 16and recovered the loot that had been taken. He also brought back his nephew Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other prisoners.
Melchizedek Blesses Abram
17When Abram came back from his victory over Chedorlaomer and the other kings, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (also called the King's Valley). 18#Heb 7.1–10And Melchizedek, who was king of Salem and also a priest of the Most High God, brought bread and wine to Abram, 19blessed him, and said, “May the Most High God, who made heaven and earth, bless Abram! 20May the Most High God, who gave you victory over your enemies, be praised!” And Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the loot he had recovered.
21The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Keep the loot, but give me back all my people.”
22Abram answered, “I solemnly swear before the LORD, the Most High God, Maker of heaven and earth, 23that I will not keep anything of yours, not even a thread or a sandal strap. Then you can never say, ‘I am the one who made Abram rich.’ 24I will take nothing for myself. I will accept only what my men have used. But let my allies, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre, take their share.”
Abram Rescues Lot
1In the days of Amraphel king of #ch. 10:10; 11:2 Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of #ch. 10:22; Isa. 11:11; Acts 2:9Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, 2these kings made war with #ver. 8; ch. 13:10; 19:22 Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of #Deut. 29:23Admah, Shemeber king of #Deut. 29:23Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3And all these joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (#Num. 34:12; Deut. 3:17; Josh. 3:16that is, the Salt Sea). 4Twelve years they had served Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him came and defeated the #ch. 15:20; Deut. 2:11; 3:11 Rephaim in #Deut. 1:4 Ashteroth-karnaim, the #[Deut. 2:20] Zuzim in Ham, the #Deut. 2:10, 11Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim, 6and the #Deut. 2:12, 22 Horites in their hill country of Seir as far as #[ch. 21:21; Num. 12:16; 13:3]El-paran on the border of the wilderness. 7Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, #ch. 16:14; 20:1; Num. 13:26 Kadesh) and defeated all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who were dwelling #2 Chr. 20:2in Hazazon-tamar.
8Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out, and they joined battle in the Valley of Siddim 9with Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar, four kings against five. 10Now the Valley of Siddim was full of #ch. 11:3; Ex. 2:3 bitumen pits, and as the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into them, and the rest fled #ch. 19:17, 30to the hill country. 11So the enemy took #ver. 16, 21all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12They also took Lot, #ch. 12:5 the son of Abram’s brother, #ch. 13:12who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way.
13Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, #ch. 13:18 who was living by the #ch. 12:6oaks#14:13 Or terebinths of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and of Aner. These were allies of Abram. 14When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, #ch. 15:3; 17:12, 13, 23, 27; Eccles. 2:7 born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as #Judg. 18:29Dan. 15And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. 16Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot #ver. 11, 12with his possessions, and the women and the people.
Abram Blessed by Melchizedek
17After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the #2 Sam. 18:18King’s Valley). 18And #Heb. 7:1 Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was #Ps. 110:4; Heb. 5:6, 10; 7:1, 11, 17 priest of #Ps. 57:2; Acts 16:17God Most High.) 19And he blessed him and said,
# Heb. 7:6, 7 “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
# Matt. 11:25 Possessor#14:19 Or Creator; also verse 22 of heaven and earth;
20and blessed be God Most High,
who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”
And Abram gave him #Heb. 7:4; [ch. 28:22]a tenth of everything. 21And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.” 22But Abram said to the king of Sodom, #Ex. 6:8; Num. 14:30; Deut. 32:40; Ezek. 20:5, 6, 15, 23, 28; Dan. 12:7; Rev. 10:5, 6“I have lifted my hand#14:22 Or I have taken a solemn oath to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, 23that #[Esth. 9:15, 16]I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ 24I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me. Let #ver. 13Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share.”