Genesis 14:2

2 these kings went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboyim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar).

Read Genesis 14:2 Using Other Translations

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.
these kings made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar).
fought against King Bera of Sodom, King Birsha of Gomorrah, King Shinab of Admah, King Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (also called Zoar).

What does Genesis 14:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 14:2

[That these] made war with Bera king of Sodom
A city in the plain of Jordan, which with the four following made the Pentapolis, or five cities of the plain. Strabo F25 says, in this place formerly were thirteen cities, the metropolis of which was Sodom, and which yet had remaining a compass of sixty furlongs; according to Dr. Lightfoot {z}, it should be placed in the southern extremity of the lake Asphaltites, whereas it is usually set in the maps in the northern bounds of it: and with Birsha king of Gomorrah;
another city in the plain of Jordan, called by Solinus F1 Gomorrum: Shinab king of Admah;
a third city situated in the same plain: and Shemeber king of Zeboiim;
a fourth city of the plain, which seems to have its name from the pleasantness of its situation: and the king of Bela, which is Zoar;
so it was afterwards called by Lot, being a little city, ( Genesis 19:20 Genesis 19:22 ) ; but before, Bela; the name of its king is not mentioned, being a person of no great note and importance, and his city small.


FOOTNOTES:

F25 Geograph. l. 16. p. 526.
F26 Works, vol. 2. p. 6. Vid. Reland. Palestina illustrata, tom. 2. p. 1020.
F1 Polyhistor. c. 48.
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