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Genesis 14

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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.”
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Abram rescues Lot
1About this time, King Amraphel of Babylonia,#14.1 Babylonia: See the note at 10.6-20. King Arioch of Ellasar, King Chedorlaomer of Elam, and King Tidal of Goiim 2attacked King Bera of Sodom, King Birsha of Gomorrah, King Shinab of Admah, King Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, also known as the city of Zoar. 3-4King Chedorlaomer and his allies had ruled these last five kings for twelve years, but in the thirteenth year the kings rebelled and came together in Siddim Valley, which is now covered by the southern part of the Dead Sea.
5A year later King Chedorlaomer and his allies attacked and defeated the Rephaites in Ashteroth-Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, and the Emites in Shaveh-Kiriathaim. 6They also defeated the Horites in the hill country of Edom,#14.6 Edom: The Hebrew text has “Seir”, another name for Edom. as far as El-Paran, near the desert.
7They went back to the city of Enmishpat, better known as Kadesh. Then they captured all the land that belonged to the Amalekites, and they defeated the Amorites who were living in Hazazon-Tamar.
8-9At Siddim Valley, the armies of the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela fought the armies of King Chedorlaomer of Elam, King Tidal of Goiim, King Amraphel of Babylonia, and King Arioch of Ellasar. The valley 10was full of tar pits, and when the troops from Sodom and Gomorrah started running away, some of them fell into the pits. Others escaped to the hill country. 11Their enemies took everything of value from Sodom and Gomorrah, including their food supplies. 12They also captured Abram's nephew Lot, who lived in Sodom. They took him and his possessions and then left.
13At this time Abram the Hebrew was living near the oaks that belonged to Mamre the Amorite. Mamre and his brothers Eshcol and Aner were Abram's friends. Someone who had escaped from the battle told Abram 14that his nephew Lot had been taken away. Three hundred and eighteen of Abram's servants were fighting men, so he took them and followed the enemy as far north as the city of Dan.
15That night, Abram divided up his troops, attacked from all sides, and won a great victory. But some of the enemy escaped to the town of Hobah north of Damascus, 16and Abram went after them. He brought back his nephew Lot, together with Lot's possessions and the women and everyone else who had been captured.
Abram is blessed by Melchizedek
17Abram returned after he had defeated King Chedorlaomer and the other kings. Then the king of Sodom went to meet Abram in Shaveh Valley, which is also known as King's Valley.
18King Melchizedek of Salem was a priest of God Most High. He brought out some bread and wine#He 7.1-10. 19and said to Abram:
“I bless you in the name
of God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20All praise belongs
to God Most High
for helping you defeat
your enemies.”
Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything.
21The king of Sodom said to Abram, “All I want are my people. You can keep everything else.”
22Abram answered:
The LORD God Most High made the heavens and the earth. And I have promised him 23that I won't keep anything of yours, not even a sandal strap or a piece of thread. Then you can never say that you are the one who made me rich. 24Let my share be the food that my men have eaten. But Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre went with me, so give them their share of what we brought back.