And it cometh to pass in the days of Amraphel king of
Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of
they have made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha
king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboim, and the
king of Bela, which is Zoar.
All these have been joined together unto the valley of
Siddim, which is the Salt Sea;
twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and the thirteenth
year they rebelled.
And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings
who are with him, and they smite the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, and
the Zuzim in Ham, and the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim,
and the Horites in their mount Seir, unto El-Paran, which is
by the wilderness;
and they turn back and come in unto En-Mishpat, which is
Kadesh, and smite the whole field of the Amalekite, and also the Amorite who is
dwelling in Hazezon-Tamar.
And the king of Sodom goeth out, and the king of Gomorrah,
and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboim, and the king of Bela, which is
Zoar; and they set the battle in array with them in the valley of Siddim,
with Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goyim, and
Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with the five.
And the valley of Siddim is full of bitumen-pits; and
the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah flee, and fall there, and those left have fled
to the mountain.
And they take the whole substance of Sodom and Gomorrah, and
the whole of their food, and go away;
and they take Lot, Abram's brother's son (seeing he is
dwelling in Sodom), and his substance, and go away.
And one who is escaping cometh and declareth to Abram the
Hebrew, and he is dwelling among the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of
Eshcol, and brother of Aner, and they are Abram's allies.
And Abram heareth that his brother hath been taken captive,
and he draweth out his trained domestics, three hundred and eighteen, and
pursueth unto Dan.
And he divideth himself against them by night, he and his
servants, and smiteth them, and pursueth them unto Hobah, which is at
the left of Damascus;
and he bringeth back the whole of the substance, and also
Lot his brother and his substance hath he brought back, and also the women and
And the king of Sodom goeth out to meet him (after his
turning back from the smiting of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings who are
with him), unto the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's valley.
And Melchizedek king of Salem hath brought out bread and
wine, and he is priest of God Most High;
and he blesseth him, and saith, 'Blessed is Abram to
God Most High, possessing heaven and earth;
and blessed is God Most High, who hath delivered
thine adversaries into thy hand;' and he giveth to him a tenth of all.
And the king of Sodom saith unto Abram, 'Give to me the
persons, and the substance take to thyself,'
and Abram saith unto the king of Sodom, 'I have lifted up my
hand unto Jehovah, God Most High, possessing heaven and earth --
from a thread even unto a shoe-latchet I take not of
anything which thou hast, that thou say not, I -- I have made Abram rich;
save only that which the young men have eaten, and the
portion of the men who have gone with me -- Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre -- they
take their portion.'