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

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)

18 and through your offspring[a] all nations on earth will be blessed,[b](A) because you have obeyed me.”(B)

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  1. Genesis 22:18 Or seed
  2. Genesis 22:18 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)

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 he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham,(A) so that you may take possession of the land(B) where you now reside as a foreigner,(C) the land God gave to Abraham.”

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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)

It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity(A) that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness(B) of these nations,(C) the Lord your God will drive them out(D) before you, to accomplish what he swore(E) to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.(F)

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17 May his name endure forever;(A)
    may it continue as long as the sun.(B)

Then all nations will be blessed through him,[a]
    and they will call him blessed.(C)

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  1. Psalm 72:17 Or will use his name in blessings (see Gen. 48:20)

25 The Lord Almighty will bless(A) them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people,(B) Assyria my handiwork,(C) and Israel my inheritance.(D)

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25 And you are heirs(A) of the prophets and of the covenant(B) God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’[a](C)

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  1. Acts 3:25 Gen. 22:18; 26:4

Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”[a](A)

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  1. Galatians 3:8 Gen. 12:3; 18:18; 22:18