The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 14:1–24

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And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim,

Now it happened in that time that Amraphel, king of Shinar, and Arioch, king of Pontus, and Chedorlaomer, king of the Elamites, and Tidal, king of the Nations,

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that they 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--the same is Zoar.

made war with Balla king of Sodom, and with Barsa king of Gomorrha, and with Sennaar, king of Adama, and with Symobor king of Seboim and the king of Balac, this is Segor.

went to war against Bera, king of Sodom, and against Birsha, king of Gomorrah, and against Shinab, king of Admah, and against Shemeber, king of Zeboiim, and against the king of Bela, that is Zoar.

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All these came as allies unto the vale of Siddim--the same is the Salt Sea.

All of these joined together in the valley of Siddim, which is the Salt Sea.

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Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

For they had served Chedorlaomer for twelve years, and in the thirteenth year they withdrew from him.

And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaim in Ashteroth- karnaim, and the Zuzim in Ham, and the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim,

Therefore, in the fourteenth year, Chedorlaomer arrived, and the kings who were with him. And they struck the Rephaim at Ashteroth of the two horns, and the Zuzim with them, and the Emim at Shaveh-Kiriathaim.

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and the Horites in their mount Seir, unto El-paran, which is by the wilderness.

And the Chorrhaeans in the mountains of Seir, to the turpentine tree of Pharan, which is in the desert.

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And they turned back, and came to En-mishpat--the same is Kadesh--and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazazon-tamar.

And having turned back they came to the well of judgement; this is Cades, and they cut in pieces all the princes of Amalec, and the Amorites dwelling in Asasonthamar.

And they returned and arrived at the fountain of Mishpat, which is Kadesh. And they struck the entire region of the Amalekites, and the Amorites who dwelt in Hazazontamar.

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And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela--the same is Zoar; and they set the battle in array against them in the vale of Siddim;

And the king of Sodom went out, and the king of Gomorrha, and king of Adama, and king of Seboim, and king of Balac, this is Segor, and they set themselves in array against them for war in the salt valley,

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against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings against the five.

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10  Now the vale of Siddim was full of slime pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell there, and they that remained fled to the mountain.

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11  And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.

11  Then they took all the substance of the Sodomites and the Gomorrahites, and all that pertained to food, and they went away,

11  And the raiders took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way.

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12  And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

12  along with both Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who lived in Sodom, and his substance.

13  And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew--now he dwelt by the terebinths of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner; and these were confederate with Abram.

13  And behold, one who had escaped reported it to Abram the Hebrew, who lived in the steep valley of Mamre the Amorite, who was the brother of Eshcol, and the brother of Aner. For these had formed an agreement with Abram.

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14  And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued as far as Dan.

14  And Abram having heard that Lot his nephew had been taken captive, numbered his own home-born servants three hundred and eighteen, and pursued after them to Dan.

14  When Abram had heard this, namely, that his brother Lot had been taken captive, he numbered three hundred and eighteen of his own armed men and he went in pursuit all the way to Dan.

15  And he divided himself against them by night, he and his servants, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

15  And he came upon them by night, he and his servants, and he smote them and pursued them as far as Choba, which is on the left of Damascus.

15  And dividing his company, he rushed upon them in the night. And he struck them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

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16  And he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

16  And he recovered all the cavalry of Sodom, and he recovered Lot his nephew, and all his possessions, and the women and the people.

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17  And the king of Sodom went out to meet him, after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, at the vale of Shaveh--the same is the King's Vale.

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18  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine; and he was priest of God the Most High.

18  Then in truth, Melchizedek, the king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine, for he was a priest of the Most High God;

19  And he blessed him, and said: 'Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth;

19  he blessed him, and he said: “Blessed be Abram by the Most High God, who created heaven and earth.

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20  and blessed be God the Most High, who hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.' And he gave him a tenth of all.

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21  And the king of Sodom said unto Abram: 'Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.'

21  Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me these souls, and take the rest for yourself.”

22  And Abram said to the king of Sodom: 'I have lifted up my hand unto YHWH, God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth,

22  And he responded to him: “I lift up my hand to the Lord God, the Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth,

23  that I will not take a thread nor a shoe-latchet nor aught that is thine, lest thou shouldest say: I have made Abram rich;

23  that from one thread within a blanket, even to a single shoelace, I will not take anything from that which is yours, lest you say, ‘I have enriched Abram,’

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24  save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre, let them take their portion.'

24  Except what things the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men that went with me, Eschol, Aunan, Mambre, these shall take a portion.

24  except that which the young men have eaten, and the shares for the men who came with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre. These will take their shares.”