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1. A. "And blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand" (Gen. 14:20):

B. [Since the word for "deliver" yields the letters that serve for the word for plans or schemes,] R. Huna said, "It is that he turned your plans against your enemies."

C. R. Yudan said, "How many schemes did I work out to place them under your hand. They were friendly with one another, sending one another dry dates and other gifts. But I made them rebel against one another so that they would fall into your hand."

2. A. "And Abram gave him a tenth of everything" (Gen. 14:20):

B. R. Judah in the name of R. Nehorai: "On the strength of that blessing the three great pegs on which the world depends, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, derived sustenance.

C. "Abraham: 'And the Lord blessed Abraham in all things' (Gen. 24:1) on account of the merit that 'he gave him a tenth of all things' (Gen. 14:20).

D. "Isaac: 'And I have eaten of all' (Gen. 27:33), on account of the merit that 'he gave him a tenth of all things' (Gen. 14:20).

E. "Jacob: 'Because God has dealt graciously with me and because I have all' (Gen. 33:11) on account of the merit that 'he gave him a tenth of all things' (Gen. 14:20)."

3. A. Whence did Israel gain the merit of receiving the blessing of the priests?

B. R. Judah said, "It was from Abraham: 'So shall your seed be' (Gen. 15:5), while it is written in connection with the priestly blessing: 'So shall you bless the children of Israel' (Num. 6:23)."

C. R. Nehemiah said, "It was from Isaac: 'And I and the lad will go so far' (Gen. 22:5), therefore said the Holy One, blessed be he, 'So shall you bless the children of Israel' (Num. 6:23)."

D. And rabbis say, "It was from Jacob: 'So shall you say to the house of Jacob' (Ex. 19:3) (in line with the statement,'So shall you bless the children of Israel' (Num. 6:23)."

4. A. When shall "I magnify your children like the stars"?

B. R. Eleazar and R. Yose bar Hanina:

C. One of them said, "When I shall be revealed to them with the word 'jo:' 'So shall you say to the house of Jacob' (Ex., 19:3)."

D. The other said, "When I shall be revealed to them through their leaders and give a message invoking the word 'so:' 'So says the Lord, Israel is my son, my firstborn' (Ex. 4:22)."

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