Instead, the L-rd has impressed upon my heart that I first take the time to acknowledge Him and all the marvellous things His Providence has afforded me, and so, without further ado:
Genesis 14:17-24, 15:1-
On Abram's return from defeating Kedoralamer and the allied kings, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh, which is now the King's Valley.
Then the king of Salem, Melchizadek, brought food and wine. He was priest of G-d Most High, and he pronounced this blessing upon Abram:
'Blessed be Abram by G-d most High, Creator of the heavens and the earth. And blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.'Then Abram gave a tenth of all the booty.
The king of Sodom said to Abram, 'Give me the people, and you can take the livestock.' But Abram replied, 'I lift my hand and swear by the L-rd, G-d Most High, Creator of the heavens and the earth: not a thread or a sandal-thong shall I accept of anything that is yours. You will never say, "I made Abram rich." I shall accept nothing but what the young men have eaten and the share of the men with me, Aner, Eschol, and Mamre; they must have their share.'
After this the word of the L-rd came to Abram in a vision. He said, 'Do not be afraid, Abram; I am your shield. Your reward will be great.'
My help comes only from the L-rd, Maker of heaven and earth.