Genesis 14:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 14:7, NIV: "Then they turned back and went to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they conquered the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who were living in Hazezon Tamar."

Genesis 14:7, ESV: "Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, Kadesh) and defeated all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who were dwelling in Hazazon-tamar."

Genesis 14:7, KJV: "And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezontamar."

Genesis 14:7, NASB: "Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and conquered all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, who lived in Hazazon-tamar."

Genesis 14:7, NLT: "Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (now called Kadesh) and conquered all the territory of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites living in Hazazon-tamar."

Genesis 14:7, CSB: "Then they came back to invade En-mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and they defeated the whole territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who lived in Hazazon-tamar."

What does Genesis 14:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The previous verses described how four eastern kings, led by Chedorlaomer, king of Elam, went to war against the city-states in Canaan in response to a rebellion against their rule.

Their route took them south along a line east of the Jordan River, defeating all in their path all of the way to the edge of the southern wilderness at El-paran. Next, they turned back to the north and west, defeating En-mishpat (Kadesh), along with the Amalekites and Amorites in the region. That would have brought the four kings, at last, to the southern end of the Dead Sea. There the five kings of the city-states in that region had gathered in the Valley of Siddim to await their attack (Genesis 14:3).

In the verses to follow, it will finally become clear what all of this has to do with God's man Abram, who was living in the region. Specifically, the connection is to Abram's nephew, Lot, who has chosen to live very near to one of these rebelling cities, Sodom (Genesis 13:10–12).