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Spoil, his Partners having had their Portions, he refloreth to the King of Sodom.

Ver. 17

AND the King of

Sodom went out to meet Abram (after his Return from the Slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the Kings that were with him) at the Valley of Shaveh, which is the King's Dale.

18 And MELCHISEDEK King of SALEM brought forth Bread and Wine: and he was the PRIEST of the MOST HIGH GOD.

19 And he BLESSED him, and faid, Bleffed be Abram of the MOST HIGH GOD, Poffeffor of Heaven and Earth:


20 And bleffed be the MOST HIGH GOD, which hath delivered thine Enemies into thy Hand. And he gave him Tithes of all.

Heb. vii. For this MELCHISEDEK King of Salem, PRIEST of the MOST HIGH GOD, who met Abraham returning from the Slaughter of the Kings, and bleffed him tenth Part of all: firft being by In2 To whom alfo Abraham gave a terpretation KING of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and after that alfo, KING of SALEM,

which is KING of PEACE;

3 Without Father, without Mother, without Defcent, having neither BGINNING of Days, nor END of Life;

abideth a PRIEST continually.
but made like unto the Son of God,

4 Now confider how great this
Man was, unto whom even the Pa-
the Spoils.
triarch Abraham gave the Tenth of

s And verily they that are of the of the Priesthood, have a CommandSons of Levi, who receive the Office ment to take Tithes of the People according to the Law, that is, of their Brethren, though they come out of the Loyns of Abraham:

6 But he whofe DESCENT is not counted from them, received Tithes had the Promises. of Abraham, and bleffed him that

21 And the King of Sodom faid unto Abram, Give me the Perfons, and take the Goods to thy felf.

22 And Abram faid to the King of Sodom, I have lift up mine Hand unto the LORD, the MOST HIGH GOD, the Poffeffor of Heaven and Earth,

23 That I will not take from a Thread even to a Shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, left thou fhouldft fay, I have made Abram rich:

24 Save only that which the young Men have eaten, and the Portion of the Men which went with me, Aner, Efl col, and Mamre; let them take their Portion.


GOD encourageth Abram. 2 Abram complaineth for want of an Heir. 4 GOD promifeth him a Son, and a multiply6 Abram is justified by Faith. 7 Canaan

ing of his Seed.

is promised again, and confirmed by a Sign, iz and a


Ver. 1

FTER thefe Things the Word of the LORD came unto Abram in a VISION, faying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy SHIELD, and thy exceeding great RE


2 And Abram faid, LORD GOD, what wilt thou give me, feeing I go CHILDLESS, and the Steward of my House is this Eliezer of Damafcus ?

3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou haft given No SEED and lo, one born in my Houfe is mine Heir.

4 And behold, the WORD of the LORD came unto him, faying, This fhall not be thine Heir, but he that shall come forth out of thine own Bowels fhall be thine Heir..

5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward Heaven, and tell the STARS, if thou be able to NUMBER them: and he faid unto him, So fhall thy SEED be.

6 And he BELIEVED in the LORD; and he counted it to him for RIGHTEOUSNESS. 7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of the Land of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this Land to inherit it.

8 And he faid, LORD GOD, whereby fhall I know that I fhall inherit it?

9 And he faid unto him, Take me an Heifer of three Years old, and a She-goat of three Years old, and a Ram of three Years old, and a Turtle-dove, and a young Pigeon.

10 And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the Midft, and laid each Piece one against another: but the Birds divided he


Rom. iv. 3 What faith the Scripture? Abraham BELIEVED GOD, and

it was counted unto him for RIGH


13 For the PROMISE that he should be the HEIR of the World, was not

to Abraham, or to his Seed through the Law, but through the RIGHTE OUSNESS OF FAITH.

14 For if they which are of the Law be HEIRS, FAITH is made void, and the PROMISE made of none Effeat.

Is Because the Law worketh Wrath: for where no Law is, there is no Tranfgreffion.

16 Therefore it is of FAITH, that it might be by GRACE; to the END the PROMISE might be fure to all the Seed, not to that only which is of the FAITH of ABRAHAM, who is of the Law, but to that alfo which is the FATHER of us all,

17 (As it is written, I have made before him whom he BELIEVED, even thee a FATHER of many Nations) GOD who QUICKNETH the DEAD, and calleth thofe Things which BE NOT, as though THEY WERE.

18 Who against HOPE, BELIEVED in HOPE, that he might become the FATHER of many Nations; according

II And when the Fowls to that which was spoken, So fhall

came down upon the Carcafes, Abram drove them away. Iz And when the Sun was going down, a deep Sleep fell upon Abram; and lo, an Horror of great Darkness fell upon him.

thy Seed be

19 And being not WEAK in FAITH, he confidered not his own Body now DEAD, when he was about an hundred Years old, neither yet the DeadNESS of Sarah's Womb.

20 He STAGGERED not at the PROMISE of GOD through UNBELIEF; but was STRONG in FAITH, giving GLORY to God.

21 And being fully PERSWADED, that what he had PROMISED, he was able alfo to perform.

22 And therefore it was IMPUTED to him for RIGHTEOUSNESS.

23 Now it was not WRITTEN for his SAKE ALONE, that it was imputed to him;

24 But for us ALSO, to whom it fhall be IMPUTED, if we BELIEVE on him that RAISED UP JESUS Our LORD from the Dead,

25 Who was DELIVERED for our OFFENCES, and was RAISED again for our JUSTIFICATION.

Gal. iii. 6 Even as Abraham BELIEVED GOD, and it was accounted to him for RIGHTEOUSNESS.

7 Know ye therefore, that they which are of FAITH, the fame are the CHILDREN of Abraham.

8 And the Scripture foreseeing that God would juftify the HEATHEN through FAITH, preached before the GOSPEL unto Abraham, saying, In thee fhall all NATIONS be BLESSED.

9 So then they which be of FAITH, are BLESSED with faithful Araham. 13 CHRIST hath redeemed us from the Curfe of the Law, being made a Curfe for us for it is written, Curfed is every one that hangeth on a


14 That the BLESSING of Abraham might come on the GENTILES through JESUS CHRIST; that we might receive the PROMISE of the SPIRIT through


John viii. 56 Abraham REJOYCED to fee my Day, and he SAW IT, and was glad.

57 Then faid the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty Years old, and haft thou feen Abraham?

58 And Jesus faith unto them, Before Abraham was, I AM.

13 And he faid unto Abram, Know of a Surety that thy Seed fhall be a Stranger in a Land that is not theirs, and fhall ferve them, and they fhall afflict them FOUR HUNDRED Years.

* Als vii. 6 And GOD fpake on this wife, That his SEED fhould fo

journ in a ftrange Land, and that they fhould bring them into Bondage, and intreat them EVIL FOUR


7 And he Nation to whom they fhall be in Bondage, will I JUDGE, faid GoD: and after that fhall they come forth, and ferve me in this Place.

14 And also that Nation whom they shall serve, will I JUDGE and afterward fhall they come out with great Substance.

15 And thou fhalt go to thy Fathers in Peace; thou fhalt be buried in a good old Age.

16 But in the fourth Generation they fhall come hither again for the Iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

17 And it came to país, that when the Sun went down, and it was dark, behold, a fmoaking Furnace, and 'a burning Lamp that paffed between those Pieces.

18 In that fame Day the LORD made a Covenant with Abram, faying, Unto thy Seed have I given this Land, from the River of Egypt, unto the great River, the River Euphrates :

19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgafhites, and the Jebufites.


1 Sarai, being barren, giveth Hagar to Abram. 6 Hagar, being afflicted for defpifing her Miftrefs, runneth away: 9 An Angel fendeth her back to fubmit herself, 11 and telleth ber of her Child. 15 Ishmael is born.

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2 And Sarai faid unto Abram, Behold, now the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee go in unto my Maid; it may be that I may obtain Children by her: and Abram hearkned to the Voice of Sarai.

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24 Which Things are an ALLEGORY; for thefe are the two COVENANTS; the one from the MOUNT SINAI, which gendereth to BONDAGE, which is Agar.

25 For this Agar is MOUNT SINAI in Arabia, and anfwereth to Jerufalem which now is, and is in BONDAGE

with her Children.

26 But Jerufalem which is above is FREE, which is the Mother of us

3 And Sarai Abram's Wife. all. took Hagar her Maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten Years in the Land of Canaan, and gave her to her Hufband Abram to be his Wife.

4 And he went in unto Hagar, and fhe conceived: And when she saw that she had conceived, her Miftrefs was defpiféd in her Eyes.

5 And

s And Sarai faid unto Abram, My Wrong be upon thee: I have given my Maid into thy Bofom; and when she saw that he had conceived, I was defpifed in her Eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.

6 But Abram faid unto Sarai, Behold, thy Maid is in thy Hand; do to her as it pleafeth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, fhe fled from her Face.

7 And the Angel of the LORD found her by a Fountain of Water in the Wilderness, by the Fountain in the Way to Shur.

8 And he faid, Hagar, Sarai's Maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And fhe faid, I flee from the Face of my Mistress Sarai.

9 And the Angel of the LORD faid unto her, Return to thy Mistress, and submit thy felf under her Hands.

10 And the Angel of the LORD faid unto her, I will multiply thy Seed exceedingly, that it fhall not be numbred for multitude.

11 And the Angel of the LORD faid unto her, Behold, thou art with Child, and fhalt bear a Son, and fhalt call his Name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy Affiction.

12 m And he will be a m Gen. XXV. 18 And Imael died wild Man; his Hand will be in the Presence of all his Brethren. against every Man, and every Man's Hand against him; and he fhall dwell in the Prefence of all his Brethren.

13 And the called the Name of the LORD that fpake unto her, Thou GOD feeft me: for fhe faid, Have I alfo here looked after him that feeth me?

14 Wherefore the Well was called Beer-lahairoi.

15 And Hagar bare Abram a Son: and Abram called his Son's Name, which Hagar bare, Ifhmael.

16 And Abram was fourfcore and fix Years old, when Hagar bare Ifhmael to Abram.

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1 GOD reneweth the Covenant. 5 Abram's Name is changed, in Token of a greater Bleffing. 10 Circumcifion is inftituted. 15 Sarai's Name is changed, and fhe bleffed. 16 Ifaac is promifed. 23 Abraham and Ishmael are circumcifed.

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