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War of the Kings

1 And it came about in the days of Amraphel king of aShinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of bElam, and Tidal king of IGoiim, 2 [that] they made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of aAdmah, and Shemeber king of bZeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, cZoar). 3 All these Icame as allies to athe valley of Siddim (that is, bthe Salt Sea). 4 Twelve years they had served Chedorlaomer, but the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, came and Idefeated the aRephaim in bAshteroth-karnaim and the Zuzim in Ham and the Emim in IIcShaveh-kiriathaim, 6 and the aHorites in their Mount Seir, as far as bEl-paran, which is by the wilderness. 7 Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, aKadesh), and Iconquered all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, who lived in bHazazon-tamar. 8 And 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 athe valley of Siddim, 9 against Chedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of IGoiim and Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits; and athe kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell Iinto them. But those who survived fled to the bhill country. 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food supply, and departed. 12 They also took Lot, aAbram’s nephew, and his possessions and departed, bfor he was living in Sodom.

[1] IOr nations aGn 10:10; 11:2 bGn 10:22; Is 11:11; Dn 8:2
[2] aGn 10:19 bDt 29:23 cGn 13:10; 19:22
[3] ILit joined together aGn 14:8, 10 bNu 34:12; Dt 3:17; Jsh 3:16
[5] ILit smote IIOr the plain of Kiriathaim aDt 3:11, 13 bDt 1:4; Jsh 9:10 cNu 32:37
[6] aGn 36:20; Dt 2:12, 22 bGn 21:21; Nu 10:12
[7] ILit smote aNu 13:26 b2Ch 20:2
[8] aGn 14:3
[9] IOr nations
[10] ILit there aGn 14:17, 21, 22 bGn 19:17
[12] aGn 11:27 bGn 13:12

13 ¶ Then Ia fugitive came and told Abram the aHebrew. Now he was IIliving by the IIIboaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner, and these were IVcallies with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that ahis Irelative had been taken captive, he IIled out his trained men, bborn in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as cDan. 15 aHe divided Ihis forces against them by night, he and his servants, and IIdefeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is IIInorth of bDamascus. 16 He abrought back all the goods, and also brought back bhis Irelative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.

[13] ILit the IILit abiding IIIOr terebinths IVLit possessors of the covenant aGn 40:15; Ex 3:18 bGn 13:18; 14:24 cGn 21:27, 32
[14] ILit brother IIOr mustered aGn 14:12 bGn 12:5; 15:3; 17:27; Ec 2:7 cDt 34:1; Jg 18:29; 1K 15:20
[15] ILit himself IILit smote IIILit on the left aJg 7:16 bGn 15:2
[16] ILit brother a1S 30:8, 18, 19 bGn 14:12, 14

God’s Promise to Abram

17 ¶ Then after his return from the Idefeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, athe king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, bthe King’s Valley). 18 And aMelchizedek king of Salem brought out bbread and wine; now he was a cpriest of IGod Most High. 19 He blessed him and said,
  “Blessed be Abram of IGod Most High,
  IIaPossessor of heaven and earth;
  20 And blessed be IGod Most High,
  Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
aHe gave him a tenth of all. 21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give the Ipeople to me and take the goods for yourself.” 22 Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have Isworn to the LORD IIaGod Most High, IIIbpossessor of heaven and earth, 23 that aI 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 II will take nothing except what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, aAner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their share.”

[17] ILit smiting aGn 14:10 b2S 18:18
[18] IHeb El Elyon aHe 7:1-10 bPs 104:15 cPs 110:4; He 5:6, 10
[19] IHeb El Elyon IIOr Creator aGn 14:22
[20] IHeb El Elyon aHe 7:4
[21] ILit soul
[22] ILit lifted up my hand IIHeb El Elyon IIIOr Creator aGn 14:19 bPs 24:1
[23] a2K 5:16
[24] ILit Not to me except aGn 14:13


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The battle of four kings against five.

1 ¶ And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations; 2 [That these] 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, which is Zoar. 3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea. 4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that [were] with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 6 And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which [is] by the wilderness. 7 And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which [is] Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezontamar. 8 And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same [is] Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim; 9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five. 10 And the vale of Siddim [was full of] slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.

[1] Gn 10:10, 22; 11:2; Is 11:11; 21:2; 22:6; 37:12; Jr 25:25; 49:34; Ezk 32:24; Dn 1:2; Zc 5:11.
[2] Gn 10:19; 13:10; 19:20, 24; Dt 29:23; 34:3; 1S 13:18; Ne 11:34; Is 1:9; 15:5; Jr 48:34; Ho 11:8.
[3] Gn 19:24; Nu 34:12; Dt 3:17; Jsh 3:16; Ps 107:34.
[4] Gn 9:25; Ezk 17:15.
[5] Gn 15:20; Dt 1:4; 2:10, 20; 3:11, 20, 22; Jsh 12:4; 13:12, 19, 31; 2S 5:18, 22; 23:13; 1Ch 4:40; 11:15; 14:9; Ps 78:51; 105:23, 27; 106:22; Is 17:5; Jr 48:1, 23.
[6] Gn 16:7; 21:21; 36:8, 20; Nu 12:16; 13:3; Dt 2:12, 22; 1Ch 1:38; Hab 3:3.
[7] Gn 16:14; 20:1; 36:12, 16; Ex 17:8; Nu 14:43, 45; 20:1; 24:20; Dt 1:19, 46; Jsh 15:62; 1S 15:1; 27:1; 30:1; 2Ch 20:2.
[8] Gn 13:10; 14:2, 3, 10; 19:20, 22.
[9] Gn 14:1.
[10] Gn 11:3; 19:17, 30; Jsh 8:24; Ps 83:10; Is 24:18; Jr 48:44.

Lot is taken prisoner.

11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way. 12 And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

[11] Gn 12:5; 14:16, 21; Dt 28:31, 35, 51.
[12] Gn 11:27; 12:5; 13:12; Nu 16:26; Jb 9:23; Jr 2:17; 1Ti 6:9; Rv 3:19; 18:4.

13 ¶ And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these [were] confederate with Abram.

[13] Gn 10:16; 13:18; 14:24; 39:14; 40:15; 41:12; 43:32; Ex 2:6, 11; Nu 21:21; 1S 4:12; Jb 1:15; Jna 1:9; 2Co 11:22; Php 2:5.

Abram rescueth him.

14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained [servants], born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued [them] unto Dan. 15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which [is] on the left hand of Damascus. 16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

[14] Gn 11:27; 12:5, 16; 13:8; 15:3; 17:12, 27; 18:19; 23:6; Dt 34:1; Jg 18:29; 20:1; Ps 45:3; 68:12; Pv 17:17; 24:11; Ec 2:7; Is 41:2; Ga 6:1; 1Jn 2:18.
[15] Dt 15:2; 1K 15:18; Ps 112:5; Is 41:2; Ac 9:2.
[16] Gn 12:2; 14:11; 1S 30:8, 18; Is 41:2.

17 ¶ And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that [were] with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which [is] the king's dale.

[17] Jg 11:34; 1S 18:6; 2S 18:18; Pv 14:20; 19:4; He 7:1.

Melchizedek blesseth Abram.

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he [was] the priest of the most high God. 19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed [be] Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

[18] Ru 3:10; 2S 2:5; Ps 7:17; 50:14; 57:2; 76:2; 110:4; Mi 6:6; Mt 26:26; Ac 7:48; 16:17; Ga 6:10; He 5:6, 10; 6:20; 7:1, 3, 10.
[19] Gn 14:22; 27:4, 25; 47:7, 10; 48:9; 49:28; Nu 6:23; Ru 3:10; 2S 2:5; Ps 24:1; 50:10; 115:16; Mi 6:6; Mt 11:25; Mk 10:16; Lk 10:21; Ac 16:17; Ep 1:3, 6; He 7:6.

Abram giveth him tithe.

20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. 21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.

[20] Gn 9:26; 24:27; 28:22; Lv 27:30; Nu 28:26; Dt 12:17; 14:23, 28; Jsh 10:42; 2Ch 31:5, 12; Ne 10:37; 13:12; Ps 44:3; 68:19; 72:17; 144:1; Am 4:4; Mal 3:8, 10; Lk 18:12; Ro 15:16; Ep 1:3; He 7:4; 1P 1:3.
[21] Gn 14:21.

The rest of the spoil, his partners having had their portions, he restoreth to the king of Sodom.

22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, 23 That I will not [take] from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that [is] thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: 24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.

[22] Gn 14:19, 20; 17:1; 21:23, 33; Ex 6:8; Dt 32:40; Jg 11:35; Ps 24:1; 83:18; Is 57:15; Dn 4:34; 12:7; Hg 2:8; Rv 10:5.
[23] 1K 13:8; 2K 5:16, 20; Es 9:15; 2Co 11:9, 12; 12:14; He 13:5.
[24] Gn 14:13; Pv 3:27; Mt 7:12; Ro 13:7; 1Co 9:14; 1Ti 5:18.


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