New Living Translation
What's more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations.
King James Bible
Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
Darby Bible Translation
And thy name shall no more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of a multitude of nations have I made thee.
World English Bible
Neither will your name any more be called Abram, but your name will be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.
Young's Literal Translation
and thy name is no more called Abram, but thy name hath been Abraham, for father of a multitude of nations have I made thee;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
17:5 In token of this, his name was changed from Abram, a high father, to Abraham, the father of a multitude. This was to confirm the faith of Abraham, while he was childless; perhaps even his own name was sometimes an occasion of grief to him; Why should he be called a high father, who was not a father at all? But now God had promised him a numerous issue, and had given him a name which signified so much; that name was his joy.
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That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, "I have made you the father of many nations." This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.
saying, "Your name is Jacob, but you will not be called Jacob any longer. From now on your name will be Israel." So God renamed him Israel.
"You are the LORD God, who chose Abram and brought him from Ur of the Chaldeans and renamed him Abraham.
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