Chapter 13: Abram Inherits Canaan
1 Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had and Lot with him to the South (Negev). 2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold. 3 And he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethyl to the place where his tent had been at the beginning between Bethyl and Ai. 4 To the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of Yah. 5 Lot also, who went with Abram had flocks and herds and tents. 6 Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. 7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land. 8 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen for we are brothers”. 9 “Is not the whole land before you”? “Please separate from me. If you take the left then I will go to the right. Or if you go to the right then I will go to the left”. 10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Yordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before Yah destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of Yah, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Yordan and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other. 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against Yah. 14 And Yah said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are–northward, southward, eastward and westward”. 15 “For all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants (seed) forever. 16 “And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered”. 17 “Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you”. 18 Then Abram moved his tent and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre (Hebrew Alon Mamre) which are in Hebron and built an altar there to Yah.
Chapter 14: Lot’s Captivity and Rescue
1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of nations (Goyim or Gentiles). 2 That they made war with Bera king of Sodom, Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, Shemeber king of Zeboiim and the king of Bela (that is Zoar). 3 All these joined together in the Valley of Siddim (that is the Salt Sea or Dead Sea). 4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer and in the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him came and attacked the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim. 6 And the Horites in their mountain of Seir as far as Yl Paran which is by the wilderness. 7 Then they turned back and came to En Mishpat (that is Kadesh) and attacked by all the country of the Amalekites and also the Amorites who dwelt in Hazezon Tamar. 8 And the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim and the king of Bela (that is Zoar) went out and joined together in battle in the Valley of Siddim. 9 Against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five. 10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of asphalt pits and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled. Some fell there and the remainder fled to the mountains. 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their provisions and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom and his goods and departed. 13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew for he dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre (Alon Mamre) the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner and they were allies with Abram. 14 Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who wee born in his own house and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 He divided his forces against them by night and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah which is north of Damascus. 16 So he brought back all the goods and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods as well as the women and the people. 17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is the King’s Valley) after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.
Abram and Melchizedek
18 Then Melchizedek king of Shalem (or Shalom) brought out bread and wine. He the priest of Yah Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of Yah Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth. 20 And blessed be Yah Most High who has delivered your enemies into your hand”. And he gave him a tithe of all. 21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons and take the goods for yourself”. 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Almighty, Yah Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth”. 23 “That I will take nothing from a thread to a sandal strap and that I will not take anything that is yours”. Lest you should say, “I have made Abram rich”. 24 “Except only what the young men have eaten and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eschol and Mamre , let them take their portion.”
*According to the Book of Yasher 9:5 Abram learned under Noah and Shem. Abram knew Yah from 3 years old and lived in a cave hiding from Nimrod. Shem is Melchizedek the priest, Yasher 16:11.