The Call of Abram

12 The Lord said to Abram:

Go from your land,
your relatives,
and your father’s house
to the land that I will show you.(A)
I will make you into a great nation,(B)
I will bless you,(C)
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.(D)
I will bless those who bless you,
I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt,(E)
and all the peoples on earth
will be blessed[a] through you.[b](F)

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Footnotes

  1. 12:3 Or will find blessing
  2. 12:3 Or will bless themselves by you

The Abrahamic Covenant

15 After these events, the word of the Lord came(A) to Abram in a vision:

Do not be afraid,(B) Abram.
I am your shield;(C)

your reward will be very great.

But Abram said, “Lord God, what can you give me, since I am childless and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” [a] Abram continued, “Look, you have given me no offspring, so a slave born in[b] my house will be my heir.”

Now the word of the Lord came to him: “This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body[c] will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look at the sky and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “Your offspring will be that numerous.”(D)

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. 15:2 Hb obscure
  2. 15:3 Lit a son of
  3. 15:4 Lit loins

15 God said to Abraham, “As for your wife Sarai, do not call her Sarai, for Sarah[a] will be her name. 16 I will bless her; indeed, I will give you a son by her.(A) I will bless her, and she will produce nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”

17 Abraham fell facedown. Then he laughed(B) and said to himself, “Can a child be born to a hundred-year-old man? Can Sarah, a ninety-year-old woman, give birth?” 18 So Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael were acceptable[b] to you!”

19 But God said, “No. Your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac.[c] I will confirm my covenant with him as a permanent covenant for his future offspring.

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Footnotes

  1. 17:15 = Princess
  2. 17:18 Lit alive
  3. 17:19 = He Laughs

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