Genesis 22:17

“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That in blessing I will blesse thee, and in multiplying, I will multiply thy seed as the starres of the heauen, and as the sand which is vpon the sea shore, and thy seed shall possesse the gate of his enemies.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the seashore. And thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.
- American Standard Version (1901)

That I will certainly give you my blessing, and your seed will be increased like the stars of heaven and the sand by the seaside; your seed will take the land of those who are against them;
- Basic English Bible

I will richly bless thee, and greatly multiply thy seed, as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that is on the sea-shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
- Darby Bible

That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is on the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
- Webster's Bible

that I will bless you greatly, and I will multiply your seed greatly like the stars of the heavens, and like the sand which is on the seashore. Your seed will possess the gate of his enemies.
- World English Bible

that blessing I bless thee, and multiplying I multiply thy seed as stars of the heavens, and as sand which [is] on the sea-shore; and thy seed doth possess the gate of his enemies;
- Youngs Literal Bible

that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 22:17


22:17 Multiplying I will multiply thee - Those that part with any thing for God, shall have it made up to them with unspeakable advantage. Abraham has but one son, and is willing to part with that one in obedience to God; well, saith God, thou shalt be recompensed with thousands and millions. Here is a promise, Of the Spirit, In blessing I will bless thee - The Gift of the Holy Ghost; the promise of the Spirit was that blessing of Abraham which was to come upon the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, #Gal 3:14|. Of the increase of the church; that believers, his spiritual seed, should be many as the stars of heaven. Of spiritual victories; Thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies - Believers by their faith overcome the world, and triumph over all the powers of darkness. Probably Zacharias refers to this part of the oath, #Luke 1:74|. That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear. But the crown of all is the last promise, Of the incarnation of Christ; In thy seed (one particular person that shall descend from thee, for he speaks not of many but of one, as the apostle observes, #Gal 3:16|.) shall all the nations of the earth be blessed - Christ is the great blessing of the world. Abraham was ready to give up his son for a sacrifice to the honour of God, and on that occasion God promised to give his son a sacrifice for the salvation of man.


Discussion for Genesis 22

  • Lu2677
    Genesis 35:29 Isaac died, lived to an old age.
  • Rebecca
    The more I read the my Father show me his word the more to me to no his, and whom He truth in people that will obey He and truth Him that come to their faith in our Father.
  • Lu2677
    Alwyn, Isaac returned home with Abraham and lived a long life. As he is written about in scripture. The "young men" were merely helpers or hired men working for Abraham.
  • ALWYN
    Question What happened to Isaac just after Abraham offer the ram? Verse 19 , So Abraham returned unto his young men,.... KJV. What is meaning of this ?
  • Jim
    I believe this chapter was a prophesy to be fulfilled under Jesus' dying in our place on the cross. God showed that just as Abraham was willing to obey to God to give up his son, God would give up his only son whom he loved, as a sacrifice for all mankind.
  • Irene123
    TO LILIANNE ON GEN. CH 22 - HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THE ABRAHAM/ISAAC STORY: AS ABRAHAM/ISAAC WERE GOING UP THEIR SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN - GOD WAS PACING RIGHT ALONG WITH THEM UP THE OTHER SIDE - TO MEET THEM!!! I HEARD THIS PREACHED ON IN CH. AND IT WAS SO MUCH MORE HEART TOUCHING THAN I COULD SAY IT. IT BR'OT TEARS TO MY EYES.

Bible Options