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Genesis 14:21

    Genesis 14:21 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to yourself.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the prisoners and take the goods for yourself.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    The king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the people, and take the goods to yourself."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 14:21

    The king of Sodom concedes to Abram, according to custom, the spoils of conquest as his right, and claims for himself only his subjects who had been rescued from the foe. Abram however declines any personal advantage from the enterprise, or material recompense for his services. To this he was led partly by the present disposition of his mind, in which the spiritual prevailed over the carnal, and partly by the character of the one with whom he had to deal; since the Sodomites were notorious for their wickedness. On other occasions he accepted unmerited gifts Genesis 12:16; Genesis 20:14, Genesis 20:16. On the present occasion, he, no doubt, felt himself amply rewarded by the recovery of his own kinsman, and the blessing of Melkizedec. Disinterestedness has had another victory in Abram. And, accordingly, the minister of God meets him on the field of a common humanity, and pronounces on him a blessing. The unselfish, unsectarian heart of the heir of special promise, bows in acknowledgment of the representative of the universal and anterior covenant of God with Noah.

    Wesley's Notes on Genesis 14:21

    14:21 Give me the souls, and take thou the substance - So the Hebrew reads it. Here he fairly begs the persons, but as freely bestows the goods on Abram. Gratitude teaches us to recompense to the utmost of our power those that have undergone fatigues, or been at expence for our service.