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“Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.”

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Genesis 14:4 Translation & Meaning

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Twelve עֶשְׂרֵה֙ Ten (only in combination), i.e., -teen; also (ordinal) -teenth Twelve
years שָׁנָ֔ה A year (as a revolution of time) years
they served עָֽבְד֖וּ To work (in any sense); by implication, to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc served
Chedorlaomer, כְּדָרְלָעֹ֑מֶר Kedorlaomer, an early Persian king Chedorlaomer
and in the thirteenth וּשְׁלֹשׁ Three; occasionally (ordinal) third, or (multiple) thrice thirteenth
year שָׁנָ֖ה A year (as a revolution of time) year
they rebelled. מָרָֽדוּ׃ To rebel rebelled

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  • 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.

  • 4  Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

  • 5  And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim,

  • 6  And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto El-paran, which is by the wilderness.


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