against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar, four kings against five.
The Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits. When the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, they fell into the tar pits, but the rest escaped into the mountains.
The four kings captured all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, all their food and equipment, and went on their way.
They captured Lot, Abram's nephew who was living in Sodom at the time, taking everything he owned with them.
A fugitive came and reported to Abram the Hebrew. Abram was living at the Oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and Aner. They were allies of Abram.
When Abram heard that his nephew had been taken prisoner, he lined up his servants, all of them born in his household - there were 318 of them - and chased after the captors all the way to Dan.
Abram and his men split into small groups and attacked by night. They chased them as far as Hobah, just north of Damascus.
They recovered all the plunder along with nephew Lot and his possessions, including the women and the people.
After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and his allied kings, the king of Sodom came out to greet him in the Valley of Shaveh, the King's Valley.
Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine - he was priest of The High God -
and blessed him: Blessed be Abram by The High God, Creator of Heaven and Earth.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)