Genesis 14:19-20

19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Genesis 14:19 in Other Translations

KJV
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
ESV
19 And he blessed him and said, "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;
NLT
19 Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.
MSG
19 and blessed him: Blessed be Abram by The High God, Creator of Heaven and Earth.
CSB
19 He blessed him and said: Abram is blessed by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,

Genesis 14:19-20 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 14

This chapter gives an account of a war that was waged, and a battle fought between four kings on one side, and five on the other, and of the occasion and issue of it, who were the first kings, and this the first battle the Scriptures speak of, Ge 14:1-11; Lot and his goods being taken and carried off, with those of Sodom, by the conquerors, Abram hearing of it armed his men, and pursued after them, and overtook and overcame them, and rescued Lot and his goods, with others, and returned, Ge 14:12-16; when he was met by the kings of Sodom and Salem, who congratulated him on his victory, Ge 14:17-19; and what passed between him, and those great personages, is related, Ge 14:20-24.

Genesis 14:19-20 In-Context

17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High,
19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.”
22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,

Cross References 5

  • 1. Hebrews 7:6
  • 2. ver 18
  • 3. ver 22; S Genesis 1:1; Genesis 24:3; Joshua 2:11; Psalms 148:5; Matthew 11:25
  • 4. S Genesis 9:26; S Genesis 24:27
  • 5. Genesis 28:22; Deuteronomy 14:22; Deuteronomy 26:12; Luke 18:12; Hebrews 7:4
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