New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 14:1-24

Abram Saves Lot

1Amraphel was the king of Babylon. Arioch was the king of Ellasar. Kedorlaomer was the king of Elam. And Tidal was the king of Goyim. 2They went to war against five other kings. They were Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboyim, and the king of Bela. Bela was also called Zoar. 3These five kings all gathered their armies together in the Valley of Siddim. It was also called the valley of the Dead Sea. 4For 12 years Kedorlaomer had ruled over them. But in the 13th year they opposed him.

5So in the 14th year, Kedorlaomer and the kings who helped him went to war. They won the battle against the Rephaites in Ashteroth Karnaim. They also won the battle against the Zuzites in Ham and the Emites in Shaveh Kiriathaim. 6They did the same thing to the Horites in the hill country of Seir. They marched all the way to El Paran near the desert. 7Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat. En Mishpat was also called Kadesh. They took over the whole territory of the Amalekites. They also won the battle against the Amorites who were living in Hazezon Tamar.

8Then the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboyim and Bela marched out. Bela was also called Zoar. They lined up their armies for battle in the Valley of Siddim. 9They got ready to fight against Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Babylonia, and Arioch king of Ellasar. There were four kings against five. 10The Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits. The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah ran away from the battle. Some of their men fell into the pits, but the rest escaped to the hills. 11The four kings took all the things that belonged to Sodom and Gomorrah. They also took all their food and then left. 12They carried away Abram’s nephew Lot and the things he owned. Lot was living in Sodom at that time.

13A man escaped and came to report everything to Abram. Abram was a Hebrew. He was living near the large trees of Mamre the Amorite. Mamre was a brother of Eshkol and Aner. All of them helped Abram. 14Abram heard that Lot had been captured. So he called out his 318 trained men. All of them were sons of his servants. Abram and his men chased their enemies as far as Dan. 15During the night Abram separated his men into groups. They attacked their enemies and drove them away. They chased them north of Damascus as far as Hobah. 16Abram took back everything the kings had taken. He brought back his nephew Lot and the things Lot owned. He also brought back the women and the other people.

17After Abram won the battle over Kedorlaomer and the kings who helped him, he returned home. The king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh. It was also called the King’s Valley.

18Melchizedek was the king of Jerusalem. He brought out bread and wine. He was the priest of the Most High God. 19He gave a blessing to Abram. He said,

“May the Most High God bless Abram.

May the Creator of heaven and earth bless him.

20Give praise to the Most High God.

He gave your enemies into your hand.”

Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything.

21The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people. Keep everything else for yourself.”

22But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to make a promise to the Lord. He is the Most High God. He is the Creator of heaven and earth. 23I’ve said I will not accept anything that belongs to you. I will not take even a thread or the strap of a sandal. You will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ 24I’ll accept only what my men have eaten and what belongs to Aner, Eshkol and Mamre. These three men went with me. Let them have their share.”

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 14:1-24

Abram Gye Lot

1Na ɛbaa sɛ Babiloniahene Amrafel, Elasarhene Ariok, Elamhene Kedorlaomer, Goiimhene Tideal berɛ so, 2na saa ahemfo yi ne Sodomhene Birsa, Gomorahene Birsa, Admahene Sinab, Seboimhene Semeber ne Belahene a na wɔfrɛ no Soar no dii ako. 3Saa ahemfo yi a ɛyɛ Sodomhene, Gomorahene, Admahene, Seboimhene ne Belahene boaboaa wɔn akodɔm ano wɔ Sidim subɔnhwa a ɛno ne Nkyene Ɛpo no mu. 4Wɔsomm Kedorlaomer mfeɛ dumienu, na afe a ɛtɔ so dumiɛnsa mu no, wɔtee atua.

5Afe akyiri no, Kedorlaomer ne ahemfo a wɔbɛkaa ne ho no tuu ɔsa. Na wɔko dii saa nnipa yi so nkonim: Refaimfoɔ,14.5 Refaimfoɔ asekyerɛ ne “nnipa abrane.” a wɔwɔ Asterot-Karnaim ne Susifoɔ a wɔwɔ Ham ne Emifoɔ a wɔwɔ Kiriataim 6ne Horifoɔ a wɔwɔ bepɔ Seir so de kɔsi El-Paran a ɛda ɛserɛ ano no. 7Afei, wɔsane wɔn akyiri baa En-Mispat a, akyire no, wɔfrɛɛ no Kades bɛkunkumm Amalekfoɔ ne Amorifoɔ nso a na wɔte Hasason-Tamar, sɛee wɔn ɔman no nyinaa.

8Afei, saa ahemfo baanum yi a wɔn ne Sodomhene, Gomorahene, Admahene, Seboimhene ne Belahene a akyire yi, wɔfrɛ no Soar no kɔɔ 9saa ahemfo baanan yi a wɔn ne Elamhene Kedorlaomer, Goiimhene Tideal, Sinearhene Amrafel ne Elasarhene Ariok nkyɛn. Wɔkɔhyiaa wɔ Sidim subɔnhwa mu. 10Na nkomena pii wɔ Sidim Bɔnhwa no mu a wɔatu ama wɔ hɔ pɛn. Enti, ɛbaa sɛ Sodomhene ne Gomorahene akodɔm no redwane no, wɔn mu bi kɔtotɔɔ nkomena no mu, na nkaeɛ no nso dwane kɔɔ mmepɔ a na ɛwɔ hɔ no so. 11Ahemfo baanan a wɔdii nkonim no fom Sodom ne Gomorafoɔ ahodeɛ ne wɔn nnuane nyinaa de kɔeɛ. 12Esiane sɛ na Abram nuabarima ba Lot te Sodom asase so no enti, nkonimdifoɔ no faa ɔno ne nʼagyapadeɛ nyinaa kɔeɛ.

13Na Sodom ne Gomora adwanefoɔ no mu baako bɛbɔɔ Hebrini Abram ɔko no mu amaneɛ. Saa ɛberɛ no, na Abram abɔ ne ho atenaseɛ wɔ odum kwaeɛ bi a ɛyɛ Amorini Mamrɛ dea no ase. Mamrɛ yi nso, na ne nuanom ne Eskol ne Aner a na wɔyɛ Abram aboafoɔ no. 14Ɛberɛ a Abram tee sɛ wɔafa ne busuani Lot dommum no, ɔboaboaa ne fiefoɔ nnipa ahasa ne dunwɔtwe a wɔatete wɔn sɛ akofoɔ ano, ma wɔtii atamfoɔ no, kɔsii kuro bi a wɔfrɛ no Dan mu. 15Ɛda no anadwo, Abram kyekyɛɛ nʼakodɔm no mu, ma wɔto hyɛɛ atamfoɔ no so, kunkumm wɔn, taa wɔn kɔduruu kuro bi a wɔfrɛ no Hoba a ɛwɔ Damasko atifi fam no mu. 16Abram gyee ɔko mu nneɛma a wɔfaeɛ no nyinaa faa ne busuani Lot ne nʼagyapadeɛ ne mmaa ne nnipa foforɔ a wɔkyekyee wɔn no nyinaa sane baeɛ.

17Abram kɔdii Kedorlaomer ne ahemfo a na wɔka ne ho no so nkonim akyiri no, Sodomhene bɛhyiaa no wɔ Sawe bɔnhwa a ɛno ara na wɔfrɛ no Ɔhene Bɔnhwa no mu.

18Na Salemhene14.18 Salem yɛ Yerusalem tete din. Melkisedek a na ɔyɛ Ɔsorosoro Awurade Onyankopɔn ɔsɔfoɔ no de burodo ne nsã brɛɛ no. 19Afei, Melkisedek hyiraa Abram sɛ:

“Ɔsorosoro Onyankopɔn a ɔbɔɔ soro ne asase,

nhyira nka wo, Abram.

20Na nhyira nka Ɔsorosoro Onyankopɔn,

a ɔde wʼatamfoɔ ahyɛ wo nsam no.”

Na Abram maa Melkisedek nneɛma a ne nsa kaeɛ no nyinaa mu biara nkyekyɛmu edu mu baako.

21Afei, Sodomhene ka kyerɛɛ Abram sɛ, “Fa me nnipa a wofaa wɔn no ma me kɛkɛ, na wo nso, fa nneɛma a aka no nyinaa.”

22Nanso, Abram ka kyerɛɛ Sodomhene sɛ, “Madi nse aka ntam akyerɛ Ɔsorosoro Onyankopɔn, ɔsoro ne asase yɛfoɔ sɛ, 23Merennye biribiara, sɛ ɛyɛ asaawa ahoma baako anaa mpaboa so ahoma mpo, mfiri wo nkyɛn, na woanka da sɛ, ‘Me na memaa Abram nyaa ne ho.’ 24Merennye hwee mfiri wo nkyɛn, gye deɛ me mmarima yi adi nko. Me nkurɔfoɔ Aner, Eskol ne Mamrɛ deɛ, ma wɔn wɔn kyɛfa.”