Genesis: A Story of Beginnings Part 18

GENESIS 14

In the days of Amraphel king of vShinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of wElam, and Tidal king of Goiim, these kings made war with xBera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of yAdmah, Shemeber king of yZeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). And all these joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (zthat is, the Salt Sea). Twelve years they had served Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled. In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him came and defeated the aRephaim inbAshteroth-karnaim, the cZuzim in Ham, the dEmim in Shaveh-kiriathaim, and the eHorites in their hill country of Seir as far as fEl-paran on the border of the wilderness.Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, gKadesh) and defeated all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who were dwelling hin Hazazon-tamar. Then 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 with Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar, four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full ofbitumen pits, and as the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into them, and the rest fledto the hill country. 11 So the enemy tookk all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way.12 They also took Lot,l the son of Abram’s brother,m who was dwelling in Sodom,and his possessions, and went their way. 13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew,n who was living by theo oaksof Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and of Aner. These were allies of Abram. 14 When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his  trained men,born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far asq Dan. 15 And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and  pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lotr with his possessions, and the women and the people.

Abram Blessed by Melchizedek

17 After 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 sKing’sValley). 18 And tMelchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine.(He wasupriest of vGod Most High.) 19 And he blessed him and said,w“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,xPossessor 2of heaven and earth; 20 and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”And Abram gave him ya tenth of everything. 21 And the king of Sodom said to Abram,“Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.” 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom,z“I have lifted my hand to the LORD,God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 thatI would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say,‘I have made Abramrich.’ 24 I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me. LetbAner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share.”

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