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Abram and Lot Separate 13:1 So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb.
2 Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
3 And he journeyed on from the Negeb as far as Bethel to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,
4 to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the Lord.
5 And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,
6 so that the land could not support both of them dwelling 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. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were dwelling in the land.
8 Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen.
9 Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.”
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
11 So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other.
12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.
14 The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward,
15 for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever.
16 I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted.
17 Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.”
18 So Abram moved his tent and came and settled by the oaks of Mamre, which are at Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.
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Abram Rescues Lot 14:1 In the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim,
2 these kings 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 And all these joined forces in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea).
4 Twelve years they had served Chedorlaomer, but in the thirteenth year they rebelled.
5 In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him came and defeated the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim,
6 and the Horites in their hill country of Seir as far as El-paran on the border of the wilderness.
7 Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, Kadesh) and defeated all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who were dwelling 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 Bela (that is, Zoar) went out, and they joined battle in the Valley of Siddim
9 with Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goiim, Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar, four kings against five.
10 Now the Valley of Siddim was full of bitumen pits, and as the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, some fell into them, and the rest fled to the hill country.
11 So the enemy took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way.
12 They also took Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way.
13 Then one who had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, who was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and of Aner. These were allies of Abram.
14 When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
15 And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus.
16 Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.
Abram Blessed by Melchizedek17 After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.)
19 And he blessed him and said,“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 and blessed be God Most High,who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”
And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
21 And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.”
22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth,
23 that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’
24 I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me. Let Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share.”
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Warning Against the Adulteress7:1 My son, keep my wordsand treasure up my commandments with you;
2 keep my commandments and live;keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
3 bind them on your fingers;write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”and call insight your intimate friend,
5 to keep you from the forbidden woman,from the adulteress with her smooth words.
6 For at the window of my houseI have looked out through my lattice,
7 and I have seen among the simple,I have perceived among the youths,a young man lacking sense,
8 passing along the street near her corner,taking the road to her house
9 in the twilight, in the evening,at the time of night and darkness.
10 And behold, the woman meets him,dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.
11 She is loud and wayward;her feet do not stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the market,and at every corner she lies in wait.
13 She seizes him and kisses him,and with bold face she says to him,
14 “I had to offer sacrifices,and today I have paid my vows;
15 so now I have come out to meet you,to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
16 I have spread my couch with coverings,colored linens from Egyptian linen;
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh,aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning;let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For my husband is not at home;he has gone on a long journey;
20 he took a bag of money with him;at full moon he will come home.”
21 With much seductive speech she persuades him;with her smooth talk she compels him.
22 All at once he follows her,as an ox goes to the slaughter,or as a stag is caught fast
23 till an arrow pierces its liver;as a bird rushes into a snare;he does not know that it will cost him his life.
24 And now, O sons, listen to me,and be attentive to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not your heart turn aside to her ways;do not stray into her paths,
26 for many a victim has she laid low,and all her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is the way to Sheol,going down to the chambers of death.
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The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed2:1 Why do the nations rageand the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,and the rulers take counsel together,against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apartand cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have set my Kingon Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree:The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of ironand dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,for his wrath is quickly kindled.Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
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Save Me, O My GodA Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.3:1 O Lord, how many are my foes!Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4 I cried aloud to the Lord,and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of peoplewho have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O Lord!Save me, O my God!For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;your blessing be on your people! Selah
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