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Genesis 12:1-7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Call of Abram

12 The Lord said to Abram:

Go out from your land,
your relatives,
and your father’s house
to the land that I will show you.
I will make you into a great nation,
I will bless you,
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.[a]
I will bless those who bless you,
I will curse those who treat you with contempt,
and all the peoples[b] on earth
will be blessed[c] through you.[d]

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated, and the people he had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the site of Shechem, at the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your offspring.” So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him.


  1. Genesis 12:2 Or great. Be a blessing!
  2. Genesis 12:3 Lit clans
  3. Genesis 12:3 Or will find blessing
  4. Genesis 12:3 Or will bless themselves by you

Isaiah 2:3 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

and many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us about His ways
so that we may walk in His paths.”
For instruction will go out of Zion
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Malachi 1:11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 “For My name will be great among the nations, from the rising of the sun to its setting. Incense[a] and pure offerings will be presented in My name in every place because My name will be great among the nations,”[b] says Yahweh of Hosts.


  1. Malachi 1:11 Or Burnt offerings
  2. Malachi 1:11 Or is great . . . are presented . . . is great

Matthew 15:24 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

24 He replied, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

John 11:36 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

36 So the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”

Romans 3:1-2 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Paul Answers an Objection

So what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Considerable in every way. First, they were entrusted with the spoken words of God.

Romans 9:4-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple service, and the promises. The ancestors are theirs, and from them, by physical descent,[a] came the Messiah, who is God over all, praised forever.[b] Amen.


  1. Romans 9:5 Lit them, according to the flesh
  2. Romans 9:5 Or the Messiah, the One who is over all, the God who is blessed forever, or Messiah. God, who is over all, be blessed forever

Romans 15:8-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

For I say that the Messiah became a servant of the circumcised[a] on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises to the fathers, and so that Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy. As it is written:

Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles,
and I will sing psalms to Your name.[b]

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