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Genesis 14:1-24

14**  And it befell in the days of King Amraphel of Shinear, King Arjoc of Ellasar, King Kedor-Laghomer of ʽElam, and King Tideal of Gojim, 2  that they made war with King Beraʽ of Sodom, King Birshaʽ of Ghomorrah, King Shinab of Admah, and King Shemeber of Sebojim, and the king of Belaʽ (that is, Soghar). 3  All these had formed a conspiracy about Terrace Vale, that is, the Dead Sea. 4  Twelve years they had been subject to Kedor-Laghomer, and in the thirteenth they broke their allegiance; 5  and in the fourteenth Kedor-Laghomer and the kings he had with him came and struck the ogres at ʽAshtart-Karnaim and the Zuzites at Ham and the Emites on the plain of Kirjathaim 6*  and the Horites on their highland Seʽir to El-Paran by the wilderness, 7  and came back again to Judgment Spring (that is, Kadesh) and struck all the ʽAmalekite countryside and also the Amorites that lived at Hasason-Tamar; 8  and the king of Sodom and the king of Ghomorrah and the king of Admah and the king of Sebojim and the king of Belaʽ (that is, Soghar) went out and offered battle to them in Terrace Vale— 9  to King Kedor-Laghomer of ʽElam and King Tideal of Gojim and King Amraphel of Shinear and King Arjoc of Ellasar: four kings against the five. 10**  And Terrace Vale had asphalt wells all through it; and Sodom and Ghomorrah were routed, and fell in there in their flight, and the remainder fled to the highlands. 11  And they took all the chattels of Sodom and Ghomorrah, and all their food, and went. 12  And they took Lot and his chattels, Abram’s nephew, and went; he being a resident of Sodom. 13  And a man who got away came and told Abram the Hebrew, who was settled at the Oaks of Mamre the Amorite, the brother of Eshcol and of ʽAner, all of whom were in alliance with Abram; 14*  and Abram, hearing that his brother was carried off, mustered his henchmen, the men born in his household, three hundred and eighteen of them, and pursued to Dan. 15*  And he surprised them on different sides at night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah north of Damascus; 16  and he brought back all the chattels, and also brought back his brother Lot and his chattels, and also the women and the people. 17  And the king of Sodom came out to meet him after he came back from defeating Kedor-Laghomer and the kings he had with him, to the Vale of Shaveh, that is, the King’s Vale. 18  And King Malkisedek of Shalem brought out bread and wine; and he was priest to God the Lord Above, 19  and he blessed him, saying “Blessed is Abram of God the Lord Above, framer of sky and earth; 20  and blessed is God the Lord Above, who delivered your foes into your hands.” And he gave him a tenth of everything. 21  And the king of Sodom said to Abram “Give me the persons and take the chattels for yourself.” 22  But Abram said to the king of Sodom “I lift up my hand to Jehovah, God the Lord Above, framer of sky and earth, 23  that not a thread nor a shoestring nor anything at all of yours will I take: you shall not say ‘It was I who made Abram rich’; 24  except only what the boys have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, ʽAner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their share.”


14:1, 9 Conj. Ammurapi
14:1 Var. and King Tirghal
14:6 Var. the highlands of Se’ir
14:10 Codd. the king of Sodom and Ghomorrah were
14:10 Lit. and fell in there, and the remainder
14:14 (mustered) Unc.; susp.
14:15 (surprised them on different sides) Unc.; susp.