Genesis 14:22

“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,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Abram said to the King of Sodome, I haue lift vp my hand vnto the LORD, the most high God, the possessour of heauen and earth,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have sworn to the LORD God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand unto Jehovah, God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,
- American Standard Version (1901)

But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have taken an oath to the Lord, the Most High God, maker of heaven and earth,
- Basic English Bible

And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand to Jehovah, the Most High God, possessor of heavens and earth,
- Darby Bible

And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted my hand to the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
- Webster's Bible

Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have lifted up my hand to Yahweh, God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,
- World English Bible

and Abram saith unto the king of Sodom, `I have lifted up my hand unto Jehovah, God Most High, possessing heaven and earth --
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Abram said to the king of Sodom: 'I have lifted up my hand unto the LORD, God Most High, Maker of heaven and earth,
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 14:22


14:22 I have lift up mine hand to the Lord that I will not take anything - Here Observe, The titles he gives to God, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth - The same that Melchizedek had just now used. It is good to learn of others how to order our speech concerning God, and to imitate those who speak well in divine things. The ceremony used in this oath; I have lift up my hand - In religious swearing we appeal to God's knowledge of our truth and sincerity, and imprecate his wrath if we swear falsely; and the lifting up of the hands is expressive of both. Lest thou shouldst say, I have made Abram rich - Probably, Abram knew the king of Sodom to be a proud and scornful man, and one that would be apt to turn such a thing as this to his reproach afterwards, and when we have to do with such men, we have need to act with particular caution.


Discussion for Genesis 14:22

  • Jeyasingh Samuel Rivington for verse 22
    According to Exodus 6:3, the name of Lord "Jehovah" was not known to Abraham.So, Abraham, I believe, might have used the name "Most High God", possessor of heaven and earth, as said by Melchizedek because "Jehovah" the Lord is the "Son of man" who is the creator and care taker of human race and God of Israel, came out of "El,Elohim", the Most High God.

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