Genesis 14:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 14:12, NIV: "They also carried off Abram's nephew Lot and his possessions, since he was living in Sodom."

Genesis 14:12, ESV: "They also took Lot, the son of Abram’s brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way."

Genesis 14:12, KJV: "And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed."

Genesis 14:12, NASB: "They also took Lot, Abram’s nephew, and his possessions and departed, for he was living in Sodom."

Genesis 14:12, NLT: "They also captured Lot--Abram's nephew who lived in Sodom--and carried off everything he owned."

Genesis 14:12, CSB: "They also took Abram's nephew Lot and his possessions, for he was living in Sodom, and they went on."

What does Genesis 14:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After routing the five rebellious kings in battle, the forces of the four kings of the eastern cities sack Sodom and Gomorrah. They take all of the possessions and provisions, leaving the people destitute. This brings us to the moment where this war story crosses paths with God's story of the people of Israel: The four kings also took Abram's nephew Lot and all of his possessions.

It's important to note that Lot was now living in the city of Sodom—a place known for its obscene wickedness (Genesis 13:13). When last we saw him in Genesis 13:12, Lot had settled his family "near" Sodom. At some point, then, he and his family moved into this town where the people were known for their wickedness. We are not told why. Clearly, though, Lot has grown accustomed to Sodom's sin, at least to the point where he is comfortable living in the middle of it.

Now Lot and all he owns has been taken away by eastern armies, creating another opportunity for God to prove himself faithful to (and through) Abram.