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

  • Sonja
    Abraham was always obedient it seemed no matter how hard he was faithful and trusted the Lord.
  • Lynn
    Yes, God already knew Abraham would obey. Still he would test his faith. In the Old Testament faith was often tested with visuals. In the New Testament we look back on these test to increase our faith. Isaac was the son of promise through Sarah, not Ishmael. Today if someone says God speaks directly to them outside of his written word it is a lie. No new revelation can be added. God's word is complete.
  • Hope brown
    In 1. Samuel 15,22 we read: "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams." That was a hard test for Abraham. Abraham knew God, he had fellowship with God and trusted him. I think God s promises to him concerning Isaac gave him confidence in obeying God. Christians in general need to have a more personal relationship with God. We need to know "Him" and the power of "HIS" might. Knowing him makes life pleasant and enjoyable. We will be tested, but not above that which we can bear.
  • OLUWATOYIN
    Isaac was not the blessing it was when Abraham offered Isaac that he provoked the blessing.
  • Nell
    It is a very powerful just to think of something that God has told you to do and thinking why out of being obedient to him he blessed me
  • Geraldine cole
    U must do what God said that all to it! Nothing Add nothing taking away. Amen

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