“Go away from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; 2 And [a]I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you [abundantly], And make your name great (exalted, distinguished); And you shall be a blessing [a source of great good to others]; 3 And I will bless (do good for, benefit) those who bless you, And I will curse [that is, subject to My wrath and judgment] the one who curses (despises, dishonors, has contempt for) you. And in you all the families (nations) of the earth will be blessed.”
Genesis 12:2These verses (2, 3) give the basic outline of God’s covenant with Abraham.
3 Then Abram fell on his face [in worship], and God spoke with him, saying,
4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And [as a result] you shall be the father of many nations. 5 “No longer shall your name be Abram (exalted father), But your name shall be Abraham (father of a multitude); For I will make you the father of many nations.
6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and [a]kings will come from you. 7 I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.8 I will give to you and to your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger [moving from place to place], all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession [of property]; and I will be their God.”
Genesis 17:6This prophecy and promise has been literally fulfilled countless times—for example, by all of the kings of Israel and Judah.
“Your name is Jacob; You shall no longer be called Jacob, But Israel shall be your name.”
So he was called [a]Israel. 11 And God said to him,
“I am [b]God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, And kings shall be born of your [c]loins. 12 “The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and to your descendants after you I will give the land.”
Genesis 35:10“He who strives with God” or “God strives” or “Prince of God.”
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