New American Standard Bible
"As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations.
King James Bible
As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
Darby Bible Translation
It is I: behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of a multitude of nations.
World English Bible
"As for me, behold, my covenant is with you. You will be the father of a multitude of nations.
Young's Literal Translation
I -- lo, My covenant is with thee, and thou hast become father of a multitude of nations;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
As for me. - The one party to the covenant is here made prominent, as in Genesis 17:9 the other party is brought out with like emphasis. The exalted Being who has entered into it imparts a grandeur, solemnity, and excellence to the covenant. "Father of many nations." The promise of seed is here expanded and particularized. A multitude of nations and kings are to trace their descent from Abram. This is true in a literal sense. The twelve tribes of Israel and many Arab tribes, the twelve princes of Ishmael, Keturah's descendants, and the dukes of Edom sprang from him. But it is to be more magnificently realized in a spiritual sense. "Nations" is a term usually applied, not to the chosen people, but to the other great branches of the human race. This points to the original promise, that in him should all the families of the earth be blessed. "Abraham." The father of many nations is to be called by a new name, as he has come to have a new nature, and been elevated to a new dignity. The high father has become the father of the multitude of the faithful.
LibraryWith, Before, After
'Enoch walked with God,'--GENESIS v. 22. 'Walk before Me.'--GENESIS xvii. 1. 'Ye shall walk after the Lord your God.'--DEUTERONOMY xiii. 4. You will have anticipated, I suppose, my purpose in doing what I very seldom do--cutting little snippets out of different verses and putting them together. You see that these three fragments, in their resemblances and in their differences, are equally significant and instructive. They concur in regarding life as a walk--a metaphor which expresses continuity, …
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For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.
And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing;
The LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger."
God also said to him, "I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, And kings shall come forth from you.
But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations."
"I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned.
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