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“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;”

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Genesis 14:1 Translation & Meaning

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And it came to pass וַיְהִ֗י To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) came pass
in the days בִּימֵי֙ A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) days
of Amraphel אַמְרָפֶ֣ל Amraphel, a king of Shinar Amraphel
king מֶֽלֶךְ A king king
of Shinar, שִׁנְעָ֔ר Shinar, a plain in Babylonia Shinar
Arioch אַרְי֖וֹךְ Arjok, the name of two Babylonians Arioch
king מֶ֣לֶךְ A king king
of Ellasar, אֶלָּסָ֑ר Ellasar, an early country of Asia Ellasar
Chedorlaomer כְּדָרְלָעֹ֙מֶר֙ Kedorlaomer, an early Persian king Chedorlaomer
king מֶ֣לֶךְ A king king
of Elam, עֵילָ֔ם Elam, a son of Shem and his descendants, with their country Elam
and Tidal וְתִדְעָ֖ל Tidal, a Canaanite Tidal
king מֶ֥לֶךְ A king king
of nations; גּוֹיִֽם׃ A foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts nations

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  • 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;

  • 2  That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.

  • 3  All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.


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