Genesis 12:2

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I wil blesse thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt bee a blessing.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make they name great; and be thou a blessing;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I will make of you a great nation, blessing you and making your name great; and you will be a blessing:
- Basic English Bible

And I will make of thee a great nation, and bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.
- Darby Bible

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
- Webster's Bible

I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing.
- World English Bible

And I make thee become a great nation, and bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 12:2


12:2 Here is added an encouraging promise, nay a complication of promises, I will make of thee a great nation - When God took him from his own people, he promised to make him the head of another people. This promise was. A great relief to Abram's burden, for he had now no child. A great trial to Abram's faith, for his wife had been long barren, so that if he believe, it must be against hope, and his faith must build purely upon that power which can out of stones raise up children unto Abraham. I will bless thee - Either particularly with the blessing of fruitfulness, as he had blessed Adam and Noah; or in general, I will bless thee with all manner of blessings, both of the upper and nether springs: leave thy father's house, and I will give thee a father's blessing, better than that of thy progenitors. I will make thy name great - By deserting his country he lost his name there: care not for that, (saith God) but trust me, and I will make thee a greater name than ever thou couldst have had there. Thou shalt be a blessing - That is, thy life shall be a blessing to the places where thou shalt sojourn. I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee - This made it a kind of league offensive and defensive between God and Abram. Abram heartily espoused God's cause, and here God promiseth to interest himself in his. In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed - This was the promise that crowned all the rest, for it points at the Messiah, in whom all the promises are yea and amen.


Discussion for Genesis 12

  • BSP
    God told Abram that he would make a great nation out of him. This proved true in the formation of the Israelites.
  • KEVIN
    I don't see the word Israel in verse 3. I see the word ( I will bless them, that bless thee.)
    I believe God Was talking about Abraham and not Israel. which lead me to think that God was speaking of Jesus later on in the new testament
  • Pastor J.S.olu.Aina
    Re:Vizavis V.3. This is the only place where such was mentioned in the Bible. That plural must referred to those who might have enjoyed his blessings while single referred to Satan whom I think can never be pleased with such a good promise that permanently eluded him. Up till now, nobody has ever been recorded of such attempt.
  • Pastor J.S.Olu.Aina
    God was so good not to have allowed anything to destroy the union of the couple. Sarah agreed to be the scape goat based on love, trust and loyalty. Abram lied in order to be well with him! Would it have been well with his own wife if not for God's intervention? I salute Sarah's courage. Present days christian wives to emulate her.
  • Patricia Wright
    We must obey and trust God's word because he knows what's best for us even if it doesn't make sense to us.
  • Olga
    Even how we might think that it is not able to do as Abram was instructed by The LORD Just get up an go and leave everything you no but our Almighty god does take us and gives us direction and we must follow his orders for he is our guide and he has a plan for us.

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