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Spoil, his Partners having had their Portions, he refloreth to the King of Sodom.
h 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 MELCH IS FDEK King of Salem, PRIEST of the MOST HIGH GOD, who met Abraham
returning from the Slaughter of the Kings, and bleffed him:
2 To whom alfo Abraham gave a tenth Part of all: firft being by Interpretation KING of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and after that alfo, KING of SALEM,
which is KING OF PEACE;
3 Without Father, without Mother, without Defcent, having neither BEGINNING of Days, nor END of Life;
but made like unto the Son of God,
abideth a PRIEST continually.
4 Now confider how great this Man was, unto whom even the Patriarch Abraham gave the Tenth of the Spoils.
s And verily they that are of the Sons of Levi, who receive the Office of the Priesthood, have a Commandment 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 of Abraham, and bleffed him that had the Promises.
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.
CHA P. XV.
GOD encourageth Abram. 2 Abram complaineth for want
is promifed again, and confirmed by a Sign, iz and a
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 Houfe is this Eliezer of Damafcus?
3 And Abram faid, 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 faid, Look now toward Heaven, and tell the STARS, if thou be able to NUMBER them: and he faid unto him, So fhall thy SEED
6 i 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
1 Rom. iv. 3 What faith the Scripture? Abraham BELIEVED GOD, and
it was counted unto him for RIGHTEOUSNESS
13 For the PROMISE that he fhould be the HEIR of the World, was not
to Abraham, or to his Seed through the Law, but through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH.
14 For if they which are of the Law be HEIRS, FAITH is made void, and the PROMISE made of none Effect.
15 Because the Law worketh Wrath: for where no Law is, there is no Tranfgreffion.
16 Therefore it is of FAITH, that the PROMISE might be fure to all it might be by GRACE; to the END the Seed, not to that only which is of the FAITH of ABRAham, who is of the Law, but to that allo 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 fpoken, So fhall came down upon the Carca- thy Seed be fes, Abram drove them away.
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.
Iz And when the Sun was going down, a deep Sleep fell upon Abram; and lo, an Horror of great Darkness fell upon him.
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.
20 He STAGGERED not at the PROMISE of GOD through UNBELIEF; but was STRONG in FAITH, giving GLORY to God.
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, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a Tree:
* And he said unto A13 bram, Know of a Surety that thy Seed shall be a Stranger in a Land that is not theirs, and fhall ferve them, and they fhall afflict them FOUR HUNDRED Years.
14 That the BLESSING of Abraham might come on the GENTILES through JESUS CHRIST; that we might receive the PROMISE of the SPIRIT through FAITH.
John viii, 56 Abraham REJOYCED to see 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.
14 And also that Nation whom they shall serve, will I JUDGE Substance.
and afterward fhall they come out with great
15 And thou shalt go to thy Fathers in Peace; thou shalt 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 smoaking 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.
bram's Wife bare him no Children: and the had an Handmaid an Egyptian, whose Name was Ha
Gal. iv. 22. It is written, That Abraham had two Sons, the one by a Bond-maid, the other by a Freewoman.
23 But he who was of the Bondwoman was born after the FLESH:
but he of the Free-woman was by
24 Which Things are an ALLEGORY; for these 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.
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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.
4 And he went in unto Hagar, and fhe conceived: And when she saw that he had conceived, her Mistress was defpiféd in her Eyes.
5 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 pleaseth 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 fubmit 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 AfAliction.
m Gen. XXV. 18 And Imael died
12 m And he will be a 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 spake 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 Ishmael to Abram.
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 circumcised.