We studied Genesis 14:8-24 in Part 1. In this study, we are going to focus our attention on Genesis 14:20.

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
Genesis 14:20 (KJV):

20And blessedH1288 be the mostH5945 highH5945 GodH410, whichH834 hath deliveredH4042 thine enemiesH6862 into thy handH3027. And he gaveH5414 him tithesH4643 of allH3605.

We will now concentrate on "And he gave him tithes of all." First, let's look at the definition of tithes:

Notice the definition is strickly a tenth, or tenth part. Tithes in this verse is a mathematical term, not a religious term.

Now let's look at the definition of gave:

Note that the Hebrew word could have been translated into the word pay, but the King James Version chose the word give as being the most accurate translation. Abraham gave him tithes, not paid him tithes. There is nothing in the scriptures to indicated that Abraham was obligated, or required, to pay a tenth. This is very important as we will see later.

Abraham's tithe is referenced in the New Testament in Hebrews:

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
Hebrews 7:2 (KJV):

2To whomG3739 alsoG2532 AbrahamG11 gave a tenthG1181 partG3307 of allG3956; firstG4412 being by interpretationG2059 KingG935 of righteousnessG1343, and afterG1899 that alsoG2532 KingG935 of SalemG4532, whichG3739 is, KingG935 of peaceG1515;

Hebrews 7:4 (KJV):

4NowG1161 considerG2334 howG4080 greatG4080 thisG3778 man was, unto whomG3739 evenG2532 the patriarchG3966 AbrahamG11 gaveG1325 the tenthG1181 of the spoilsG205.

Notice in verse 2 the word gave is again used. In verse 3 the word gave is also used and is defined below:

Notice this time the word pay isn't even an option. Hebrews 7:2 and 4 corroborate the use of the word gave in Genesis:14:20.

Now let's look at the definition of the word tenth as used in both verses:

Again, the tenth is a mathematical term only.

Now let's contrast the above to:

Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
Hebrews 7:9 (KJV):

9And as I may soG5613 sayG2031-G2036, LeviG3017 alsoG2532, whoG3588 receivethG2983 tithesG1183, payedG1183 tithesG1183 in AbrahamG11.

Notice is verse 9 the word payed tithes is used, not give tithes. Verse 9 is referring to the Levites paying the Levitical tithe, which was law. You pay to satisfy a debt. This is a major point in your studies. See the definition below:

The King James Version chose the word payed in verse 9 as the most accurate translation.

At this point in our study, we learned that Abraham gave the tithe, and that the Levites paid the tithe. This will become even more clear in the Summary.

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