Bible: Genesis 14

The Blessing of Victory for God’s People

14:1 At that time 1  Amraphel king of Shinar, 2  Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations 3  14:2 went to war 4  against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 5  14:3 These last five kings 6  joined forces 7  in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 8  14:4 For twelve years 9  they had served Kedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year 10  they rebelled. 11  14:5 In the fourteenth year, Kedorlaomer and the kings who were his allies came and defeated 12  the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzites in Ham, the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim, 14:6 and the Horites in their hill country of Seir, as far as El Paran, which is near the desert. 13  14:7 Then they attacked En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh) again, 14  and they conquered all the territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazazon Tamar.

14:8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) went out and prepared for battle. In the Valley of Siddim they met 15  14:9 Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations, 16  Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar. Four kings fought against 17  five. 14:10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits. 18  When the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, they fell into them, 19  but some survivors 20  fled to the hills. 21  14:11 The four victorious kings 22  took all the possessions and food of Sodom and Gomorrah and left. 14:12 They also took Abram’s nephew 23  Lot and his possessions when 24  they left, for Lot 25  was living in Sodom. 26 

14:13 A fugitive 27  came and told Abram the Hebrew. 28  Now Abram was living by the oaks 29  of Mamre the Amorite, the brother 30  of Eshcol and Aner. (All these were allied by treaty 31  with Abram.) 32  14:14 When Abram heard that his nephew 33  had been taken captive, he mobilized 34  his 318 trained men who had been born in his household, and he pursued the invaders 35  as far as Dan. 36  14:15 Then, during the night, 37  Abram 38  divided his forces 39  against them and defeated them. He chased them as far as Hobah, which is north 40  of Damascus. 14:16 He retrieved all the stolen property. 41  He also brought back his nephew Lot and his possessions, as well as the women and the rest of 42  the people.

14:17 After Abram 43  returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram 44  in the Valley of Shaveh (known as the King’s Valley). 45  14:18 Melchizedek king of Salem 46  brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) 47  14:19 He blessed Abram, saying,

Blessed be Abram by 48  the Most High God,

Creator 49  of heaven and earth. 50 

14:20 Worthy of praise is 51  the Most High God,

who delivered 52  your enemies into your hand.”

Abram gave Melchizedek 53  a tenth of everything.

14:21 Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and take the possessions for yourself.” 14:22 But Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I raise my hand 54  to the Lord, the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth, and vow 55  14:23 that I will take nothing 56  belonging to you, not even a thread or the strap of a sandal. That way you can never say, ‘It is I 57  who made Abram rich.’ 14:24 I will take nothing 58  except compensation for what the young men have eaten. 59  As for the share of the men who went with me – Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre – let them take their share.”

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