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The Bible: the Adventures of Abraham Continues

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This starts chapter 14 of Genesis, the second chapter about Abram and before he became Abraham. Due to space constraints, I have left out the conclusions of certain chapters. There are no verse numbers. Everything has been reformatted into paragraphs. These are the continuing adventures of Abraham the Hebrew. This ends at chapter 22.

Chapter 14

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 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).

All these joined together in the Valley of Siddim (that is the Salt Sea). Twelve years, they served Chedorlaoder, and in the thirteenth year, they rebelled.

In the fourteenth year, Chedorlaoder and the kings that were with him came and attacked the Rephaim in Ashteroth Karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh Kiriathaim, and the Horites in their mountain of Seir as far as El Paranm which is by the wilderness.

Then, they turned back and came to En Mishpat (that is Kadesh ) and attacked all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who dwelt in Hazezon Tamar.

And the king of Sodom, the king of Gomorrah, the king of Admah, the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela went out and joined together in battle in the Valley of Siddim against Chedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of nations, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar - four kings against five.

Now the Valley of Siddim was full of asphalt pits, and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled. Some fell there, and the remainder took to the mountains. [Chedorlaoder and his kings] took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. they also took Lot, Abram's brother's son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

Then one who escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, for he dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eschol and brother of Aner; they were allies with Abram. Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.

Abram 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. 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. And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.

Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said:

"Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand."

And Abram gave him a tithe of all.

Now, the king of Sodom said to Abram, "give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself."

But Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, 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 made Abram rich' - 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."

Chapter 15

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision saying, "Do not be afraid. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward."

But Abram said, "Lord God, what will You give me, seeing that I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus? Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!"

And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir."

Then, He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars. if you are able to number them. So shall your descendents be."

And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

Then, He said to him, "I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to inherit it."

And he said, "Lord GOD, how shall I know that I will inherit it?"

So He said to him, "Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon."

Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite each other, but he did not cut the birds in two. And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and a great darkness fell upon him.

Then, He said to Abram: "Know certainly that your descendents will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. Also, the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation, they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete."

And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces.

Chapter 16 features Hagar's adventure. Hagar does have an adventure more than we see in the History channel miniseries.

Chapter 17

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly."

Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying, "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendents after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendents after you. Also, I give to you and to your descendents after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."

And God said to Abraham; "As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendents after you throughout their generations. This is My covenant which you shall keep between Me and you and your descendents after you. Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you; he who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendent."

(read Genesis 17:13-14)

Then God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her."

Then, Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said in his heart, "Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?" And Abraham said to God, "Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!"

Then, God said, "No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish My covenant with him, and with his descendants after him."

Chapter 18 - God goes to Sarah to make the promise. Abraham intercedes for Sodom.

Chapter 19 - the Sodom passage, which I discussed in another article.

Chapter 20

And Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur and stayed in Gerar. Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, "she is my sister." And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.

But God came to Abimelech in a dream and said to him, "Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man's wife."

But Abimelech had not come near her, and he said, "Lord, will You slay a righteous nation also? Did he not say to me, 'she is my sister'? And she, even she herself said, 'he is my brother.' In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands, I have done this."

And God said to him in a dream, "Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore, I did not let you touch her. Now therefore, restore the man's wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours."

So Abimelech rose early in the morning, called all his servants, and told all these things in their hearing, and the men were very much afraid.

And Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, "What have you done to us? How have I offended you, that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? you have done deeds to me that ought not to be done." Then Abimelech said to Abraham, "What did you have in view that you have done this thing?"

And Abraham said, "Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife."

Chapter 21 - birth of Isaac, another Hagar and Ishmael adventure, an alliance between Abimelech and Abraham.

Chapter 22

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!"

And he said, "Here I am."

Then, He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains on which I shall tell you."

So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day, Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.

And Abraham said to his young men, "stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you."

So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.

But Isaac spoke to Abraham and said, "my father!"

And he said, "here I am, my son."

Then, he said, "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?"

And Abraham said, "my son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering."

Then, they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!"

So he said, "Here I am."

And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."

Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.

And Abraham called the name of the place The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of the Lord, it shall be provided."

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