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1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

5 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.

6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

11 And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.

16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.

17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?

18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

22 And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.

23 And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.

24 And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

26 In the selfsame day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son.

27 And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money of the stranger, were circumcised with him.

 


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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 17 Bible commentary...



God renews the covenant with Abram. (1-6) Circumcision instituted. (7-14) Sarai's name changed, Isaac promised. (15-22) Abraham and his family are circumcised. (23-27)1-6 The covenant was to be accomplished in due time. The promised Seed was Christ, and Christians in him. And all who are of faith are blessed with faithful Abram, being partakers of the same covenant blessings. In token of this covenant his name was changed from Abram, "a high father," to Abraham, "the father of a multitude." All that the Christian world enjoys, it is indebted for to Abraham and his Seed.

7-14 The covenant of grace is from everlasting in the counsels of it, and to everlasting in the consequences of it. The token of the covenant was circumcision. It is here said to be the covenant which Abraham and his seed must keep. Those who will have the Lord to be to them a God, must resolve to be to him a people. Not only Abraham and Isaac, and his posterity by Isaac, were to be circumcised, but also Ishmael and the bond-servants. It sealed not only the covenant of the land of Canaan to Isaac's posterity, but of heaven, through Christ, to the whole church of God. The outward sign is for the visible church; the inward seal of the Spirit is peculiar to those whom God knows to be believers, and he alone can know them. The religious observance of this institution was required, under a very severe penalty. It is dangerous to make light of Divine institutions, and to live in the neglect of them. The covenant in question was one that involved great blessings for the world in all future ages. Even the blessedness of Abraham himself, and all the rewards conferred upon him, were for Christ's sake. Abraham was justified, as we have seen, not by his own righteousness, but by faith in the promised Messiah.

15-22 Here is the promise made to Abraham of a son by Sarai, in whom the promise made to him should be fulfilled. The assurance of this promise was the change of Sarai's name into Sarah. Sarai signifies my princess, as if her honour were confined to one family only; Sarah signifies a princess. The more favours God confers upon us, the more low we should be in our own eyes. Abraham showed great joy; he laughed, it was a laughter of delight, not of distrust. Now it was that Abraham rejoiced to see Christ's day; now he saw it and was glad, #Joh 8:56|. Abraham, dreading lest Ishmael should be abandoned and forsaken of God, put up a petition on his behalf. God gives us leave in prayer to be particular in making known our requests. Whatever is our care and fear, should be spread before God in prayer. It is the duty of parents to pray for their children, and the great thing we should desire is, that they may be kept in covenant with Him, and may have grace to walk before him in uprightness. Common blessings are secured to Ishmael. Outward good things are often given to those children of godly parents who are born after the flesh, for their parents' sake. Covenant blessings are reserved for Isaac, and appropriated to him.

23-27 Abraham and all his family were circumcised; so receiving the token of the covenant, and distinguishing themselves from other families that had no part nor lot in the matter. It was an implicit obedience; he did as God said unto him, and did not ask why or wherefore. He did it because God bade him. It was a speedy obedience; in the self-same day. Sincere obedience makes no delay. Not only the doctrines of revelation, but the seals of God's covenant, remind us that we are guilty, polluted sinners. They show us our need of the blood of atonement; they point to the promised Saviour, and teach us to exercise faith in him. They show us that without regeneration, and sanctification by his Spirit, and the mortification of our corrupt and carnal inclinations, we cannot be in covenant with God. But let us remember that the true circumcision is that of the heart, by the Spirit, #Ro 2:28,29|. Both under the old and new dispensation, many have had the outward profession, and the outward seal, who were never sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise.

 


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Ricky Dehaney's Genesis Chapter 17 comment on 11/17/2014, 1:38am...

It is useful to read stories like this from the old testament but we must always realize that the old testament is God 's old agreement with man. The new testament is the book that should prioritized.I also find that the hereditary privileges given in the Old Testament a bit unfair and outdated in the 21st century. What I l love about Christianity is that greatness is often achieved not by natural birthright but by spiritual birthright. "You must be born again " .

 


Joseph's Genesis Chapter 17 comment on 8/04/2014, 1:28pm...

If you are a Christian, you should know you are a 'spiritual jew ' and it is in your own interest to obey the word of God and not try to raise your culture and tradition against the Word of God. Circumcision is a mark of covenant relationship with God only for all males . Obedience is always better than sacrifice! Also, one thing i learnt from the life of Abraham was that He was always hasty and prompt to OBEY the Word of God, not to seek opinion from people who are ungodly, unlearned in Scriptures, spiritually ignorant. Anytime we seek man 's opinion when the Word of God is revealed to us, we are looking for trouble as Satan is there to tempt us from questioning God and His Word. Our obedience to God and His Word must not be based on feelings or emotions but grace to obey and to do it promptly. Those promoting and supporting same sex in some 'liberal churches ' started from a point in delaying to obey the Word of God and the tempter is consuming them through lust etc. PSALM 119 60 'I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. ' The Lord give us grace to obey His word promptly.

 


Lemay's Genesis Chapter 17 comment about verse 23 on 5/26/2014, 10:29am...

Why did Abraham buy those men in his house.

 


Akosua's Genesis Chapter 17 comment on 4/24/2014, 10:35am...

It 's by the Grace of God that Abraham was able to circumcise at that age.No wonder God called him Faithful.

 


Ar's Genesis Chapter 17 comment on 3/11/2014, 5:15pm...

I know that if the family is jewish according to the Jewish Law the child must be circumcised But if they are Christian no Please see for this Galatians Chapter5 2 7 what Paul says about this subject In any way it s the parent s decision for cleanliness reason too God bless the baby and all of you

 


Sherri Houchins's Genesis Chapter 17 comment about verse 14 on 3/11/2014, 12:06pm...

I totally agree with circumsicion but I have a a 30 day old grandson who is not circumcised yet His mother says she does not believe and does not have the money to circumcise Although our family have offered to pay 300 she does not want to take the money I do believe in circumcise For the male child more cleanliness less to deal with as the reach manhood

 


Ar's Genesis Chapter 17 comment on 2/08/2014, 3:12pm...

Yes God always keeps His word promise prophesy He did make a great nation from Ishmael But He promised one Covenant through the seed of Isaac and that will be an everlasting Covenant See verses 19 and 21 of same chapter Also He blessed Sarah and made her mother of Nations

 


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