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5 One year later Kedorlaomer and his allies arrived and defeated the
Rephaites at A
shteroth-karnaim, the Zuzites at Ham, the Emites at Shavehkiriathaim, 6 and the H
orites at Mount Seir, as far as El-paran at the edge
of the wilderness. 7 Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (now
called Kadesh) and conquered all the territory of the Amal ekites, and also
the Amorites living in Hazazon-tamar.
8 Then the rebel kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela
(also called Zoar) prepared for battle in the valley of the Dead Sea.* 9 They
fought against King Kedorlaomer of Elam, King Tidal of Goiim, King Amra
phel of B
abylonia, and King Arioch of Ellasar—four kings against five.
10 As it happened, the valley of the Dead Sea was filled with tar pits. And
as the army of the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into the
tar pits, while the rest escaped into the mountains. 11 The victorious invaders then plundered Sodom and Gomorrah and headed for home, taking
with them all the spoils of war and the food supplies. 12 They also captured
Lot—Abram’s nephew who lived in Sodom—and carried off everything he
13 But one of Lot’s men escaped and reported everything to Abram the
Hebrew, who was living near the oak grove belonging to Mamre the Amo
rite. Mamre and his relatives, Eshcol and Aner, were Abram’s allies.
14 When Abram heard that his nephew Lot had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men who had been born into his household. Then
he pursued Kedorlaomer’s army until he caught up with them at Dan.
15 There he divided his men and attacked during the night. Kedorlaomer’s
army fled, but Abram chased them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus.
16 Abram recovered all the goods that had been taken, and he brought back
his nephew Lot with his possessions and all the women and other captives.
Melchizedek Blesses Abram
17 After Abram returned from his victory over Kedorlaomer and all his
allies, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that
is, the King’s Valley).
18 And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High,*
brought Abram some bread and wine. 19 Melchizedek blessed Abram with
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And blessed be God Most High,
who has defeated your enemies for you.”
Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.
21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give back my people who were captured. But you may keep for yourself all the goods you have recovered.”
22 Abram replied to the king of Sodom, “I solemnly swear to the Lord,
God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, 23 that I will not take so much
as a single thread or sandal thong from what belongs to you. Otherwise you
might say, ‘I am the one who made Abram rich.’ 24 I will accept only what my
young warriors have already eaten, and I request that you give a fair share
of the goods to my allies—Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre.”
The Lord’s Covenant Promise to Abram
Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him,
“Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will
14:8 Hebrew Siddim Valley (see 14:3); also in 14:10. 14:18 Hebrew El-Elyon; also in 14:19,
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