12 But you have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand(A) of the sea, which cannot be counted.(B)’”

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13 There above it[a] stood the Lord,(A) and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.(B) I will give you and your descendants the land(C) on which you are lying.(D) 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you(E) will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south.(F) All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.[b](G) 15 I am with you(H) and will watch over you(I) wherever you go,(J) and I will bring you back to this land.(K) I will not leave you(L) until I have done what I have promised you.(M)(N)

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 28:13 Or There beside him
  2. Genesis 28:14 Or will use your name and the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)

17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging(A) nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised,(B) he confirmed it with an oath.

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in the hope of eternal life,(A) which God, who does not lie,(B) promised before the beginning of time,(C)

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13 if we are faithless,
    he remains faithful,(A)
    for he cannot disown himself.

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35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.(A)

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29 He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie(A) or change(B) his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.”

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19 God is not human,(A) that he should lie,(B)
    not a human being, that he should change his mind.(C)
Does he speak and then not act?
    Does he promise(D) and not fulfill?

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13 Remember(A) your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self:(B) ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars(C) in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land(D) I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’”

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“I am God, the God of your father,”(A) he said. “Do not be afraid(B) to go down to Egypt,(C) for I will make you into a great nation(D) there.(E) I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again.(F) And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.(G)

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When the messengers returned to Jacob, they said, “We went to your brother Esau, and now he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him.”(A)

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17 I will surely bless you(A) and make your descendants(B) as numerous as the stars in the sky(C) and as the sand on the seashore.(D) Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,(E)

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