Genesis 14:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 14:11, NIV: "The four kings seized all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food; then they went away."

Genesis 14:11, ESV: "So the enemy took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way."

Genesis 14:11, KJV: "And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way."

Genesis 14:11, NASB: "Then they took all the possessions of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food supply, and departed."

Genesis 14:11, NLT: "The victorious invaders then plundered Sodom and Gomorrah and headed for home, taking with them all the spoils of war and the food supplies."

Genesis 14:11, CSB: "The four kings took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food and went on."

What does Genesis 14:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The five kings of the city-states grouped near the southern end of the Dead Sea, including Sodom and Gomorrah, took their stand against their eastern overlords. They lost. In fact, their loss seems to be so thorough that the Bible makes no mention of the battle itself. Instead, the narrative skips directly to the aftermath, which includes the rebellious forces fleeing into tar pits and hiding in the wilderness. The four kings of the east literally sent the forces of the five rebellious kings running.

Afterwards, the forces of the eastern kings looted the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for all their possessions and provisions, leaving the people destitute. Among those taken in this plunder are Lot, the nephew of Abram, who has recently moved into Sodom (Genesis 13:10–12; Genesis 14:12).