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Abram rescues Lot.  Gn.14.1-16

1IT WAS IN THE TIME OF AMRAPHEL king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Kedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goyim. 2They went to war against Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboyim, and the king of Bela, that is Zoar. 3These kings joined forces in the valley of Siddim, which is now the Dead Sea. 4They had been subject to Kedorlaomer for twelve years, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5Then in the fourteenth year Kedorlaomer and his confederate kings came and defeated the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim, 6and the Horites in the hill-country from Seir prob. rdg, Heb in their hill-country, Seir as far as El-paran on the edge of the wilderness. 7On their way back they came to En-mishpat, which is now Kadesh, and laid waste all the country of the Amalekites and also that of the Amorites who lived in Hazazon-tamar. 8Then the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboyim, and Bela, which is now Zoar, marched out and drew up their forces against them in the valley of Siddim, 9against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar, four kings against five. 10Now the valley of Siddim was full of bitumen pits; and when the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, they fell into them, but the rest escaped to the hill-country. 11The four kings captured all the flocks and herds of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their provisions, and went away. 12They also carried off Lot, Abram's nephew, who was living in Sodom, and with him his flocks and herds. 13But a fugitive came and told Abram the Hebrew, who at that time was dwelling by the terebinths of Mamre the Amorite. This Mamre was the brother of Eshcol and Aner, who were allies of Abram. 14When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken prisoner, he mustered his retainers, men born in his household, three hundred and eighteen of them, and pursued as far as Dan. 15Abram and his followers surrounded the enemy by night, attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus; 16he then brought back all the flocks and herds and also his kinsman Lot with his flocks and herds, together with the women and the other captives.

Melchizedek blesses Abram.  Gn.14.17-24

17On his return from this defeat of Kedorlaomer and his confederate kings, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh, which is now the King's Valley. 18Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought food and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19and he pronounced this blessing on Abram:

Abram gave him a tithe of all the booty.

21The king of.Sodom said to Abram, 'Give me the people, and you can take the property'; 22but Abram said to the king of Sodom, 'I lift my hand and swear by the LORD, God Most High, creator of heaven and earth: 23not a thread or a shoe-string will I accept of anything that is yours. You shall never say, "I made Abram rich."? 24I will accept nothing but what the young men have eaten and the share of the men who went with me. Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre shall have their share.'


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