The New Book of Genesis Chapter 14


14:1     During the times of

Amraphel the chief of Shinar

Arioch the chief of Ellasar

Kedorlaomer the chief of Elam

and Tidal the chief of Goyim


14:2     these tribal chiefs went to war

against Bera the chief of Sodom

Birsha the chief of Gomorrah

Shinab the chief of Admah

Shemeber the chief of Zeboyim

and Zoar the chief of Bela.


14:3     These chiefs came together

in the Valley of Siddim 

at the Salt Sea.


14:4     For 12 years they served Chedorlaomer

but rebelled in the 13th year.


14:5     In the 14th year Chedorlaomer

and his chiefs defeated

the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim

the Zuzim in Ham

the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim


14:6     and the Horites in the hills of Seir

as far as El Paran towards the desert.


14:7     Then they returned

and went to En Mishpat (Kadesh)

and conquered the region of the Amalekites

as well as the Amorites

who dwelled in Hazezon Tamar.


14:8     Then the chief of Sodom

the chief of Gomorrah

the chief of Admah

the chief of Zeboyim

and Zoar the chief of Bela

joined together in the valley of Siddim


14:9     against Chedorlaomer the chief of Elam

Tidal the chief of Goyim

Amraphel the chief of Shinar

and Arioch the chief of Ellasar

—four kings against five.


14:10   Now the valley of Siddim

was full of tar pits.

When the chiefs of Sodom and Gomorrah fled

some men fell into them

and the rest fled to the mountains.


14:11   The four chiefs plundered

Sodom and Gomorrah

and all their food

then left that place.


14:12   They also took Lot

the follower of Abram

and all his possessions

since he lived in Sodom.


14:13   Someone who escaped came

and told this to Abram the Hebrew

living near the trees of Mamre

the Amorite brother of Eshkol and Aner

who were allied with Abram.


14:14   Once Abram heard

his brother was captured

he summoned 318 trained followers

and went in pursuit as far as Dan.


14:15   At night he split up his followers

and attacked them

chasing them into Hobah

on the north side of Damascus.


14:16   Thus he retrieved all the plunder

and recovered his brother Lot

with his belongings

together with the women and others.


14:17   The chief of Sodom met him

in the valley of Shaveh (chief’s valley)

after he and the chiefs that were with him

returned from defeating Chedorlaomer.


14:18   Melchizedek the leader of Salem

brought out food and refreshments.

He was priest of God the Most High.


14:19   Then he blessed him:

Blessed be Abram

by God the Most High

Creator of heaven and earth.


14:20   And praise be to God

the Most High

who delivered your enemies

into your hand.

Then Abram gave him

a tenth of everything.


14:21   The king of Sodom said to Abram:

Bring the people to me

and keep the plunder yourself.


14:22   But Abram told the king of Sodom:

With raised hand I have sworn

an oath to Yahweh

God the Most High,

Creator of heaven and earth


14:23   that I accept nothing of yours

not thread or lace of sandal

so you will never say

you have made Abram rich.


14:24   I will accept nothing

except what my followers eat

and the share for those men

who went with me

to Aner, Eshkol and Mamre.

Let them have their share.