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Genesis 14

The battle of four kings against five.

Genesis 14:1 And it came to passe in the dayes of Amraphel kyng of Sinar, Arioch kyng of Elasar, Chodorlaomer kyng of Elam, and Thidai kyng of the nations: Genesis 14:2 [These] made warre with Bera kyng of Sodome, and with Birsa kyng of Gomorrhe, and with Sinab kyng of Adma, and with Semeber kyng of Seboiim, and with the kyng of Bela, the same is Soar. Genesis 14:3 All these were ioyned together in the vale of Siddim, where [nowe] the salt sea is. Genesis 14:4 For twelue yere were they subiecte to kyng Chodorlaomer, and in the thirteenth yere rebelled. Genesis 14:5 And in the fourteenth yere came Chodorlaomer and the kynges that were with hym, and smote the Giauntes in Astaroth-carnaim, and the Lusimes in Ham, and the Emims in the playne of Cariathaim. Genesis 14:6 And the Horites in their mount Seir, vnto the playne of Paran, which bordereth vpon the wyldernesse. Genesis 14:7 And they returnyng, came to En-mispat, which is Cades, and smote all the countrey of the Amalecites, and also the Amorites that dwelt in Hazezon-thamar. Genesis 14:8 And there went out the kyng of Sodome, and the kyng of Gomorrhe, and the kyng of Adma, and the kyng of Seboiim, and the kyng of Bela, whiche is Soar. Genesis 14:9 And they ioyned battell with them in the vale of Siddim: that is to saye, with Chodorlaomer the kyng of Elam, and with Thidal kyng of nations, and with Amraphel kyng of Sinar, and with Arioch kyng of Elasar, foure kynges agaynst fyue. Genesis 14:10 And the vale of Siddim was full of slyme pyttes: and the kynges of Sodome and Gomorrhe fledde, and fell there, and they that remayned, fledde to the mountayne.

Lot is taken prisoner.

Genesis 14:11 And they takyng all the goodes of Sodome and Gomorrhe, and all their vittayles, went their way. Genesis 14:12 And they caryed awaye Lot also Abrams brothers sonne, & his goodes, (for he dwelled in Sodome) and departed.

Genesis 14:13 And there came one that had escaped, and tolde Abram the Hebrewe, whiche dwelled in the playne of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eschol, and brother of Aner, whiche were confederate with Abram.

Abram rescueth him.

Genesis 14:14 When Abram hearde that his brother was taken, he armed his exercised [seruauntes] whiche were borne in his owne house, three hundreth & eyghteen, and folowed on them vntyll Dan. Genesis 14:15 And he and his seruauntes were parted [in companies] agaynst the by nyght, and smote them, and pursued them vnto Hoba, which lyeth on the left hand of Damascus. Genesis 14:16 And recouered all the goodes, and also brought agayne his brother Lot, & his goodes, the wome also, & the people.

Genesis 14:17 After that he returned agayne from the slaughter of Chodorlaomer, and of the kynges that were with hym, came the kyng of Sodome foorth to meete hym in the valey Sauch, which is the kynges dale.

Melchizedek blesseth Abram.

Genesis 14:18 And Melchisedech kyng of Salem brought foorth breade and wine: & he [was] the priest of the most highest God, Genesis 14:19 And blessed hym, saying: Blessed be Abram vnto the hygh God possessour of heauen and earth.

Abram giveth him tithe.

Genesis 14:20 And blessed [be] the high God, which hath deliuered thyne enemies vnto thy hande: and Abram gaue him tithes of all. Genesis 14:21 And the kyng of Sodome sayde vnto Abram: geue me the soules, and take the goodes to thy selfe.

The rest of the spoil, his partners having had their portions, he restoreth to the king of Sodom.

Genesis 14:22 And Abram aunswered the kyng of Sodome: I haue lyft vp my hande vnto the Lord the hye God, possessour of heauen and earth, Genesis 14:23 That I wyll not take of all that is thyne so muche as a threede or shoe latchet, lest thou shouldest saye, I haue made Abram ryche: Genesis 14:24 Saue onlye that which the young men haue eaten, and the portions of the men which went with Aner, Eschol, & Mamre, which shal take their portios.

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