The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 14:17–24

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17  And the king of Sodom went out to meet him, after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, at the vale of Shaveh--the same is the King's Vale.

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18  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine; and he was priest of God the Most High.

18  Then in truth, Melchizedek, the king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine, for he was a priest of the Most High God;

19  And he blessed him, and said: 'Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth;

19  he blessed him, and he said: “Blessed be Abram by the Most High God, who created heaven and earth.

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20  and blessed be God the Most High, who hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.' And he gave him a tenth of all.

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21  And the king of Sodom said unto Abram: 'Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.'

21  Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me these souls, and take the rest for yourself.”

22  And Abram said to the king of Sodom: 'I have lifted up my hand unto YHWH, God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth,

22  And he responded to him: “I lift up my hand to the Lord God, the Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth,

23  that I will not take a thread nor a shoe-latchet nor aught that is thine, lest thou shouldest say: I have made Abram rich;

23  that from one thread within a blanket, even to a single shoelace, I will not take anything from that which is yours, lest you say, ‘I have enriched Abram,’

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24  save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre, let them take their portion.'

24  Except what things the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men that went with me, Eschol, Aunan, Mambre, these shall take a portion.

24  except that which the young men have eaten, and the shares for the men who came with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre. These will take their shares.”