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Genesis 14 (New American Standard)

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War of the Kings

1 And it came about in the days of Amraphel king of 1Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of 2Elam, and Tidal king of aGoiim, 2 that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of 3Admah, and Shemeber king of 4Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, 5Zoar ). 3 All these bcame as allies to 6the valley of Siddim (that is, 7the 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 cdefeated the 8Rephaim in 9Ashteroth-karnaim and the Zuzim in Ham and the Emim in d10Shaveh-kiriathaim, 6 and the 11Horites in their Mount Seir, as far as 12El-paran, which is by the wilderness. 7 Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, 13Kadesh ), and econquered all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, who lived in 14Hazazon-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 15the valley of Siddim, 9 against Chedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of fGoiim 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 16the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell ginto them. But those who survived fled to the 17hill country. 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food supply, and departed. 12 They also took Lot, 18Abram's nephew , and his possessions and departed, 19for he was living in Sodom. 13 Then ha fugitive came and told Abram the 20Hebrew. Now he was iliving by the j21oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner, and these were k22allies with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that 23his lrelative had been taken captive, he mled out his trained men, 24born in his house, three hundred and eighteen , and went in pursuit as far as 25Dan. 15 26He divided nhis forces against them by night, he and his servants, and odefeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is pnorth of 27Damascus. 16 He 28brought back all the goods, and also brought back 29his qrelative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.

God's Promise to Abram

17 Then after his return from the rdefeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, 30the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, 31the King's Valley ). 18 And 32Melchizedek king of Salem brought out 33bread and wine; now he was a 34priest of sGod Most High. 19 He blessed him and said, "Blessed be Abram of tGod Most High, u35Possessor of heaven and earth; 20 And blessed be vGod Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand." 36He gave him a tenth of all. 21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give the wpeople to me and take the goods for yourself." 22 Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have xsworn to the LORD y37God Most High, z38possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that 39I 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 "aaI will take nothing except what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, 40Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their share."
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