17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him 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 Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor 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, lest thou shouldest say, 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, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.
K.J.V. Bible Text
In the last part of Genesis Chapter 14, Abram once more proves he is a man of God. The King of Salem, Melchizedek, was also a priest. When Abram came back from the battle where he rescued Lot, Melchizedek came out to him. Abram gave this priest a tenth of everything he had taken in battle and the priest blessed him.
The king of Sodom asked only to have his people back and told Abram to keep all the recovered goods but Abram refused to keep anything for himself. He had sworn before God that he would not accept anything that belonged to Sodom.
All he would take was food for his men and the men’s share of the spoils. He didn’t want anyone to be able to say it was Sodom that made him rich.
I believe that Abram, as a righteous man, did not want to accept the goods associated with Sodom because it was such a sinful city.
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