16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.(A)

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He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars(A)—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[a] be.”(B)

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  1. Genesis 15:5 Or seed

Then I will make my covenant between me and you(A) and will greatly increase your numbers.”(B)

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“As for me, this is my covenant with you:(A) You will be the father of many nations.(B)

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18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation,(A) and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[a]

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  1. Genesis 18:18 Or will use his name in blessings (see 48:20)

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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I will make your descendants(A) as numerous as the stars in the sky(B) and will give them all these lands,(C) and through your offspring[a] all nations on earth will be blessed,[b](D)

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  1. Genesis 26:4 Or seed
  2. Genesis 26:4 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)

May God Almighty[a](A) bless(B) you and make you fruitful(C) and increase your numbers(D) until you become a community of peoples.

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  1. Genesis 28:3 Hebrew El-Shaddai

14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you(A) will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south.(B) All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.[a](C)

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

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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11 And God said to him, “I am God Almighty[a];(A) be fruitful and increase in number.(B) A nation(C) and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants.(D)

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  1. Genesis 35:11 Hebrew El-Shaddai

49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea;(A) it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.

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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)

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27 Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen.(A) They acquired property there(B) and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.(C)

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and said to me, ‘I am going to make you fruitful and increase your numbers.(A) I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land(B) as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.’(C)

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16 the Angel(A) who has delivered me from all harm(B)
    —may he bless(C) these boys.(D)
May they be called by my name
    and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,(E)
and may they increase greatly
    on the earth.”(F)

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19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great.(A) Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he,(B) and his descendants will become a group of nations.(C)

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but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers(A) and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.

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Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous,(A) and you are stopping them from working.”

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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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10 The Lord your God has increased(A) your numbers(B) so that today you are as numerous(C) as the stars in the sky.(D)

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