Genesis 14
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1It happened in the days of Amraphel, king of Shinar, Arioch, king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer, king of Elam, and Tidal, king of Goiim, 2that they made war with Bera, king of Sodom, and with Birsha, king of Gomorrah, Shinab, king of Admah, and Shemeber, king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3All these joined together in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 4Twelve years they served Kedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year, they rebelled. 5In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him came and attacked the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzim in Ham, and the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 6and the Horite, in the hills of Seir, to El Paran, which is near the desert. 7They returned, and came to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and attacked all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that lived in Hazazon Tamar. 8The 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 took up battle positions in the Valley of Siddim 9against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings against the five. 10Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits; and the king of Sodom and the king of Gomorrah fled, and they fell there, and those who remained fled to the hills. 11They took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their food, and left. 12They also took Lot, Abram?s brother?s son, who lived in Sodom, and his possessions, and departed.

13One who had escaped came and told Abram, the Hebrew. Now he lived by the oaks of Mamre, the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner; and these were allies of Abram. 14When Abram heard that his relative was taken captive, he mobilized his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued as far as Dan. 15He divided his forces against them at night, he and his servants, and attacked them, and pursued them to Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16He brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his relative, Lot, and his possessions, as well as the women and the other people.

17The king of Sodom went out to meet him, after his return from the defeat of Kedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King's Valley). 18Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was priest of God Most High.

19He blessed him, and said, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth:

20and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand." And he gave him a tenth of everything.

21Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the people, and take the possessions for yourself." 22But Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I take an oath to God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth, 23that I will not take a thread nor a sandal strap nor anything that is yours, lest you should say, 'I have made Abram rich.' 24I will accept nothing from you except that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre. Let them take their portion."

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
Public Domain 2008-2023

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