Genesis: Abram Rescues Lot

Genesis 14:1-24

The kings of Shinar, Ellasar, Elam, and Goiim are at war with the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela. The latter kings joined forces in the Valley of Siddim. For twelve years these kings were subjects to Kedorlaomer, the king of Elam, but after thirteen years they rebelled. King Kedorlaomer and all his allies went out and defeated the Rephaites, Zuzites, Emites, Horites, Amalekites, and the Hazazon Tamar in the fourteenth year. The kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela go to battle in the Valley of Siddim against king Kedorlaomer and his allies. This valley is full of tar pits. When the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, and their allies fled from the battle some fell into the tar pits and the rest fled for the hills. King Kedorlaomer and his allies took all the goods in Sodom and Gomorrah, and they also took Lot, who was living in Sodom, and all his possessions. One of the men who escaped the battle went to Abram and told him of Lot’s abduction. Abram gathered 312 men and set off to save his nephew. When he caught up with the army, he attacked at night and routed the troops. He recovered all the good and his nephew Lot. The king of Sodom meets Abram as does Melchizedek king of Salem, who brought out bread and wine, after Abram returns from defeating King Kedorlaomer. The king of Salem says that Abram is blessed by God Most High. Abram gives him a tenth of everything he recovered during his military campaign. The king of Sodom offers Abram to keep all the good he had recovered during his campaign, but Abram denies. Abram says, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread of the thong of a sandal, so that you will be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ I will accept nothing but what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me . . . Let them have their share.”

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