Genesis 14:21
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New International Version
The king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself."

New Living Translation
The king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give back my people who were captured. But you may keep for yourself all the goods you have recovered."

English Standard Version
And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.”

New American Standard Bible
The king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give the people to me and take the goods for yourself."

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the people, but take the possessions for yourself."

International Standard Version
The king of Sodom told Abram, "Return the people to me, and you take the possessions for yourself."

NET Bible
Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the people and take the possessions for yourself."

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the people, and keep everything else for yourself."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the king of Sodom said unto Abram: 'Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.'

New American Standard 1977
And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give the people to me and take the goods for yourself.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons and take the goods to thyself.

King James 2000 Bible
And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to yourself.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king of Sodom said to Abram: Give me the persons, and the rest take to thyself.

Darby Bible Translation
And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the souls, and take the property for thyself.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king of Sodom said to 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."

Young's Literal Translation
And the king of Sodom saith unto Abram, 'Give to me the persons, and the substance take to thyself,'
Study Bible
Melchizedek Blesses Abram
20And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand." He gave him a tenth of all. 21The king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give the people to me and take the goods for yourself." 22Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have sworn to the LORD God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,…
Cross References
Genesis 14:10
Now the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell into them. But those who survived fled to the hill country.

Genesis 14:20
And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand." He gave him a tenth of all.

Genesis 14:22
Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have sworn to the LORD God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,
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And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to yourself.

persons. Heb. souls.

Genesis 14:21 And the king of Sodom said to Abram, Give me the persons, and take …

(21) Grive me the persons.--To this day it is the rule among the Arabs that, if a camp be plundered, anyone who recovers the booty gives up only the persons, and takes the rest for himself. But Abram, with noble generosity, will accept nothing. The "lifting up of the hand" to give solemnity to an oath is mentioned here for the first time.

Verse 21. - And the king of Sodom (who, though first coming, appears to have retired in favor of the greater personage, Melchisedeck, and to have witnessed the interview between him and Abram, but who now, on its termination, advances - said unto Abram, - perhaps anticipating that like donations from the spoils might be made to him as to Melchisedeck, in which case he evinced a remarkable degree of generosity - Give me the persons - literally, the souls, i.e. those of my people whom you have recovered (cf. Genesis 12:5, in which the term is employed to describe domestic slaves) - and take the goods to thyself (which, Michaelis observes, he was justly entitled to do by right of conquest). And the king of Sodom said unto Abram,.... After the conversation between him and Melchizedek was over:

give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself; meaning by "persons" or "souls", as in the original, his own subjects that had been taken and carried away by the four kings, and were now brought back by Abram; and by "the goods", those of his own and his subjects, which their conquerors had spoiled them of, but were now recovered, and which he was very willing Abram should have as his right, according to the laws of war, and as a reward of his labours; and very modestly asks for the other, which he did not deny but he might claim as the fruits of his victory: and this also shows, that the king of Sodom, though a Heathen prince, and perhaps a wicked man, yet had more regard to the persons of his subjects than to his own or their goods: the word for "goods" includes all the substance and possession of a man, gold, silver, cattle, and all movables (w).

(w) R. Sol. Urbin. Ohel Moed, fol. 21. 2.21. the king of Sodom said … Give me the persons—According to the war customs still existing among the Arab tribes, Abram might have retained the recovered goods, and his right was acknowledged by the king of Sodom. But with honest pride, and a generosity unknown in that part of the world, he replied with strong phraseology common to the East, "I have lifted up mine hand" [that is, I have sworn] unto the Lord that I will not take from a thread even to a sandal-thong, and that that I will not take any thing that [is] thine, lest thou shouldst say, I have made Abram rich" [Ge 14:22, 23]. 14:21-24 Observe the king of Sodom's grateful offer to Abram, Give me the souls, and take thou the substance. Gratitude teaches us to recompense to the utmost of our power, those that have undergone fatigues, run hazards, and been at expense for our service and benefit. Abram generously refused this offer. He accompanies his refusal with a good reason, Lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich: which would reflect upon the promise promise and covenant of God, as if He would not have enriched Abraham without the spoils of Sodom. The people of God must, for their credit's sake, take heed of doing any thing that looks mean or mercenary, or that savors of covetousness and self-seeking. Abraham can trust the Possessor of Heaven and earth to provide for him.
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