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The battle of four kings

GENESIS.

against five. even as the garden of the LORD, like the raphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Ellasar; four kings with five.

11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of 10 And the vale of Siddim was full of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and slime-pits; and the kings of Sodom and they separated themselves the one from Gomorrah fled, and fell there: and they that remained fled to the mountain.

the other.

11 And they took all the goods of S>dom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.

12 And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD, exceedingly. 14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, 13 T And there came one that had esLift up now thine eyes, and look from the caped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for place where thou art, northward, and he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amosouthward, and eastward, and westward: rite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of 15 For all the land which thou seest, Aner: and these were confederate with to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for Abram.

ever.

14 And when Abram heard that his 16 And I will make thy seed as the brother was taken captive, he armed his dust of the earth: so that if a man can trained servants, born in his own house, number the dust of the earth, then shall three hundred and eighteen, and pursued thy seed also be numbered. them unto Dan.

17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.

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CHAP. XIV.

15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

ND it came to pass, in the days of 17 And the king of Sodom went out Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch to meet him (after his return from the king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of slaughter of Chedoriaomer, and of the Elam, and Tidal king of nations; kings that were with him) at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale.

2 That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.

3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.

4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer,and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the Most High God.

19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the Most High God, possessor of heaven and earth:

20 And blessed be the Most High God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.

22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up mine hand unto the LORD, the Most High God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

6 And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto El-paran, which is by the wilderness. 7 And they returned, and came to En- 23 That I will not take from a thread mishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all even to a shoe-latchet, and that I will not the country of the Amalekites, and also take any thing that is thine, lest thou the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezon- shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: 24 Save only that which the young men

tamar.

8 And there went out the king of So-have eaten, and the portion of the men dom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the which went with ine, Aner, Eshcol, and king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, Mamre; let them take their portion. and the king of Bela, (the same is Zoar;) CHAP. XV.

and they joined battle with them in the AFTER these things the word of the

vale of Siddim;

came unto Abram in a vision, 9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and with Tidal king of nations, and Am-and thy exceeding great reward.

God encourages Abram

CHAP. XVI, XVII. Hagar flees from Sarai.

CHAP. XVI.

2 And Abram said, Lord GOD, what] wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Elie: NOW Sarai, Abram's wife, bare him no

zer of Damascus ?

3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

children: and she had a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold, now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to

4 And behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth the voice of Sarai. out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 3 And Sarai,Abram's wife, took Hagar her 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. 8 And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

4 T And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.

6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold,

9 And he said unto him, Take me a heifer of three years old, and a she-goat of three years old, and a ram of three years thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it old, and a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon. pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt 10 And he took unto him all these, and hardly with her, she fled from her face. divided them in the midst, and laid each 7 And the angel of the LORD found piece one against another: but the birds her by a fountain of water in the wilderdivided he not. ness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

11 And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him. 9 And the angel of the LORD said unto 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a her, Return to thy mistress, and submit surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in thyself under her hands.

a land that is not theirs, and shall serve 10 And the angel of the LORD said unto them; and they shall afflict them four her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, hundred years; that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

14 And also that nation whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ish15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in mael; because the LORD hath heard thy peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

affliction.

12 And he will be a wild man; his hand 16 But in the fourth generation they will be against every man, and every man's shall come hither again: for the iniquity hand against him; and he shall dwell in of the Amorites is not yet full. the presence of all his brethren.

17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

13 And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

18 In that same day the LORD made a 14 Wherefore the well was called Beercovenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh seed have I given this land, from the river and Bered. of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: 19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, Hagar bare, Ishmael.

and the Kadmonites,

15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which

16 ¶ And Abram was fourscore and

20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to and the Rephaims,

21 And the Amorites, and the Canaan

Abram.

CHAP. XVII.

ites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebu-AND when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to

Circumcision instituted.

GENESIS. Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee; and kings shall come out of thee.

Abraham entertaineth angels.

19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly: twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

22 And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.

23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, 7 And I will establish my covenant be-every male among the men of Abraham's tween me and thee, and thy seed after house; and circumcised the flesh of their thee, in their generations, for an everlast-foreskin, in the self-same day, as God had ing covenant; to be a God unto thee, and said unto him. to thy seed after thee.

8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee, in their generations.

24 And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years. old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

26 In the self-same day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son;

27 And all the men of his house, born

10 This is my covenant, which ye shall in the house, and bought with money of keep,between me and you, and thy seed the stranger, were circumcised with him.

after thee; Every man-child among you

shall be circumcised.

11 Andye shall circumcise the flesh of

the covenant betwixt me and you.

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your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the tent-door in the heat of the day; 2 And he lifted up his eyes and looked, 12 And he that is eight days old shall and lo, three men stood by him: and be circumcised among you, every man- when he saw them, he ran to meet them child in your generations, he that is born from the tent-door, and bowed himself toin the house, or bought with money of ward the ground, any stranger, which is not of thy seed. 3 And said, My Lord, if now I have 13 He that is born in thy house, and he found favour in thy sight, pass not away, that is bought with thy money, must needs pray thee, from thy servant : be circumcised and my covenant shall be 4 Let a little water, I pray you, be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. fetched, and wash your feet, and rest 14 And the uncircumcised man-child, yourselves under the tree :

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whose flesh of his foreskin is not circum- 5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, cised, that soul shall be cut off from his and comfort ye your hearts; after that people; he hath broken my covenant. you shall pass on: for therefore are ye 15 T And God said unto Abraham, As come to your servant. And they said, So for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her do, as thou hast said.

name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. 6 And Abraham hastened into the tent 16 And I will bless her, and give thee unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, three measures of fine meal, knead it, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings and make cakes upon the hearth. of people shall be of her.

7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and 17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, fetched a calf tender and good, and gave and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall it unto a young man; and he hasted to a child be born unto him that is a hundred dress it. years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it

18 And Abraham said unto God, O that before them; and he stood by them under Ishmael might live before thee! the tree, and they did eat.

Destruction of Sodom revealed: CHAP. XIX.

9 T And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in

the tent.

Abraham intercedes for it.

27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes:

10 And he said, I will certainly return 28 Peradventure there shall lack five unto thee according to the time of life; and lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy And Sarah heard it in the tent-door, which all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not dewas behind him.

11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old stroy it. and well stricken in age; and it ceased

29 And he spake unto him yet again,

to be with Sarah after the manner of and said, Peradventure, there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not

women.

12 Therefore Sarah laughed within do it for forty's sake. 30 And he said unto him, Oh, let not herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? the LORD be angry, and I will speak: 13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Peradventure there shall thirty be found And he said, I will not do it, if I Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall there. I have I of a surety bear a child, which am old ? find thirty there. 31 And he said, Behold now, 14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto taken upon me to speak unto the LORD: thee, according to the time of life, and Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it Sarah shall have a son.

15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laugh- for twenty's sake. ed not; for she was afraid. And he said,

Nay; but thou didst laugh.

32 And he said, Oh,let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this 16 And the men rose up from thence, once : Peradventure ten shall be found and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham there. And he said, I will not destroy it went with them to bring them on the way. for ten's sake. 17 T And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do ;

18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed

in him?

33 And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place. CHAP. XIX.

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2 And he said, Behold now, my lords,

AND there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of 19 For I know him, that he will com-Sodom; and Lot seeing them, rose up to mand his children and his household after meet them; and he bowed himself with him, and they shall keep the way of the his face toward the ground; LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your which he hath spoken of him. 20 And the LORD said, Because the cry feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go And they said, Nay; but of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and be-on your ways. we will abide in the street all night. cause their sin is very grievous,

21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

22 And the men turned their faces from 4 ¶ But before they lay down, the men thence, and went toward Sodom: but of the city, even the men of Sodom, comAbraham stood yet before the LORD. 23 T And Abraham drew near, and passed the house round, both old and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous young, all the people from every quarter: 5 And they called unto Lot, and said with the wicked? 24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous unto him, Where are the men which came within the city: wilt thou also destroy in to thee this night? bring them out unto and not spare the place for the fifty right- us, that we may know them. eous that are therein ?

25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked; and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?

26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then will spare all the place for their sakes.

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6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for

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Lot entertaineth two angels.

GENESIS. Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed.

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therefore came they under the shadow of thither therefore the name of the city my roof. was called Zoar.

9 And they said, Stand back. And 23 ¶ The sun was risen upon the earth they said again, This one fellow came in when Lot entered into Zoar. to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: 24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom Now will we deal worse with thee than and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire with them. And they pressed sore upon from the LORD out of heaven;

the door.

the man, even Lot, and came near to break 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the 10 But the men put forth their hand, cities, and that which grew upon the and pulled Lot into the house to them, ground. and shut to the door.

26 ¶ But his wife looked back from be11 And they smote the men that were hind him, and she became a pillar of salt. at the door of the house with blindness, 27 ¶ And Abraham gat up early in the both small and great: so that they wea-morning, to the place where he stood beried themselves to find the door. fore the LORD:

12 T And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son-in-law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place :

28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. 29And it came to pass, when God 13 For we will destroy this place, be- destroyed the cities of the plain, that God cause the cry of them is waxen great be- remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out fore the face of the LORD; and the LORD of the midst of the overthrow, when he overbath sent us to destroy it. threw the cities in the which Lot dwelt. 14 And Lot went out, and spake unto 30 ¶ And Lot went up out of Zoar, and his sons-in-law, which married his daugh- dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this ters with him; for he feared to dwell in place; for the LORD will destroy this city: Zoar; and he dwelt in a cave, he, and but he seemed as one that mocked unto his two daughters.

his sons-in-law.

31 T And the first-born said unto the

15 ¶ And when the morning arose, younger, Our father is old, and there is then the angels hastened Lot, saying, not a man in the carth to come in unto us Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daugh- after the manner of all the earth: ters which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of 33 And they made their father drinki his wife, and upon the hand of his two wine that night and the first-born went daughters; the LORD being merciful unto in, and lay with her father; and he perhim and they brought him forth, and set ceived not when she lay down, nor when him without the city. she arose.

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17 And it came to pass, when they had 34 And it came to pass on the morrow, brought them forth abroad, that he said, that the first-born said unto the younger, Escape for thy life: look not behind thee, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father neither stay thou in all the plain: escape let us make him drink wine this night to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. also; and go thou in, and lie with him, 18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, that we may preserve seed of our father. my Lord! 35 And they made their father drink 19 Behold now, thy servant hath found wine that night also: and the younger grace in thy sight, and thou hast magni- arose, and lay with him; and he perceiv fied thy mercy, which thou hast shewed ed not when she lay down, nor when she unto me in saving my life: and I cannot arose. escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die :

36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. 20 Behold now, this city is near to flee 37 And the first-born bare a son, and unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me called his name Moab the same is the escape thither! (is it not a little one?) father of the Moabites unto this day. and my soul shall live. 38 And the younger, she also bare 21 And he said unto him, See, I have son, and called his name Ben-ammi: the accepted thee concerning this thing also, same is the father of the children of Amthat I will not overthrow this city, for the mon unto this day. which thou hast spoken.

CHAP. XX.

22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come AND Abraham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwell

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