Understanding the Scriptures
|Confederate (v. 13)||Friendly and had an agreement to help one another|
|Pursued (vv. 14–15)||Chased|
|Divided himself against them (v. 15)||Split into groups to try to surround them|
|Smote (v. 15)||Attacked|
|Goods (vv. 16, 21)||Things that had been taken|
|Slaughter (v. 17)||Killing|
|Dale (v. 17)||Valley|
|Lift up mine hand (v. 22)||Made a promise or covenant|
|Shoelachet (v. 23)||Shoelaces|
|Save (v. 24)||Except|
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A and then do either activity B or C as you study Genesis 14:13–24.
Who Was Melchizedek?
Notice that footnote 24a has a reference to JST, Genesis 14:25–40 (pp. 797–98). Read JST, Genesis 14:25–40; Alma 13:14–19; Doctrine and Covenants 84:14; 107:1–4; 138:41. Describe who Melchizedek was and why you think Abraham paid tithes to and received blessings from him.
Make Your Own Conclusion
The city of Sodom was known for having wealth and many worldly pleasures and for its great wickedness. What did Abraham’s actions toward the king of Sodom teach us about his values and commitment to God? As you answer that question, consider what Abraham could have gained from the king of Sodom. Also consider the principle found in Moroni 10:30.
Draw something that represents or symbolizes the story of Abraham in Genesis 14:17–24.