14-Lot Captured

The beginning of this event is not often taught, but the ending is one to which preachers frequently refer.

Four kings battled with five kings (including the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah) in the valley of Siddim, which is the salt sea. The valley of Siddim was full of slimepits. The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled and fell there. All who remained fled to the mountain.   

The victorious kings took all the goods and food of Sodom and Gomorrah. And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

One who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew. When Abram heard that his nephew was taken captive, he armed his 318 trained servants, born in his own house, and pursued them.  

Abram defeated the kings. He brought back all the goods, and the women, and the people. He brought back his nephew Lot and his goods. The king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the battle.  

Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine. He was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed Abram. 

Melchizedek: Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth. And blessed be the most high God, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.  

Abram gave Melchizedek tithes of all.  

The king of Sodom (to Abram): Give me the people, and take the goods for yourself. 

Abram (to the king of Sodom): I have lifted up my hand to the Lord, the most high  

God, the possessor of heaven and earth, vowing that I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet. I will not take any thing that is yours, lest you should say, I (the king of Sodom) have made Abram rich. I will not take anything, save only that which the young men have eaten. And let the men who went with me take their portion.

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