1 In the days of King Amraphel of Shinar, King Arioch of Ellasar, King Chedorlaomer of Elam, and King Tidal of Goiim,
2 these four kings made war with King Bera of Sodom, King Birsha of Gomorrah, King Shinab of Admah, King Shemeber of Zeboiim, and the king of Zoar.
3 These joined forces in the Valley of Siddim at the Dead Sea.
4 They served Chedorlaomer for twelve years. They rebelled in the thirteenth year.
5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him came and subdued the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim,
6 and the Horites in the hill country of Seir as far as El-paran on the edge of the wilderness.
7 They turned back and came to En-mishpat Kadesh, and subdued all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who lived in Hazazon-tamar.
8 Then the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Zoar went out, and they joined battle in the Valley of Siddim.
9 They fought against King Chedorlaomer of Elam, King Tidal of Goiim, King Amraphel of Shinar, and King Arioch of Ellasar, four kings against five.
10 The Valley of Siddim was full of bitumen tar pits. As the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into them. The rest fled to the hill country.
11 The enemy took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their food provisions, and went their way.
12 They also captured Lot, son of Abrams brother, who lived in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew. He was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and of Aner. They were Abrams allies.
14 Abram heard that his nephew had been taken captive. Abram led his trained men, born in his house, three hundred eighteen of them, in pursuit as far as Dan.
15 He divided his forces against them by night. He and his servants routed them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus.
16 Then he brought back all the goods. He also brought back his nephew Lot and all the men and women.
17 As soon as the king of Sodom returned from defeating Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, he went out to meet Abram at the King's Valley of Shaveh.
18 King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High.
19 He blessed him and said: »Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth.
20 »Blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!« Abram gave him one tenth of everything.
21 Then the king of Sodom said to Abram: »Give me the people, but take the goods for yourself.«
22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom: »I have sworn to Jehovah, God Most High, maker of heaven and earth:
23 "I will take nothing. Not a thread or a sandal strap. You will not be able to say: 'I have made Abram rich.
24 »Let the young men who came with me take their portion: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre.«