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

  • A disciple
    Cheryl; I don't think there's any indication in the Bible, or ever in history, that would lead us to believe that years today are somehow different from years back then. If God wants someone to live for 175 years like Abraham, that's God's business; our part is to follow Jesus. 12:3/curse; execrate; to have or show feelings of hate towards someone or something;to detest,or to express great hatred.
  • Lu2677
    Genesis 3:15-19 (is a good example of a curse) He cursed women to have "sorrow"= pain during child birth.He cursed women to (desire) their husband."desire" here means that she will rule over him, yet,the husband will rule over her. This explains why women want to be in control of everything. It lasts forever on earth, unless he removes it. It is important for women to fight the urge to control.
  • Cheryl Gorley
    Chapter 12 verse 4 is seventy-five years then as seventy-five years is now. also what did God mean when he said he would curse someone
  • Lu2677
    Hebrews 10:31, Some one that believes this verse to be true, and has understanding of what "in the hands of the living God" means, certainly would be afraid of him!
  • A disciple
    continuing; We can add up the years that God had Moses record, to see that Shem was still alive when Abraham lived. Ancient stories from many countries tell of how Shem was the one who killed Nimrod; and forced the remaining devotees to go into hiding, and shroud their cult in perverted mysteries. But the "Pandora's box" was already opened, and the poisoning of men's minds and conscience was done.
  • A disciple
    To help us relate to Abraham in his times, it is important to know that we have the same calling and election from God concerning the Saviour the Anointed, who is the Son of God come in flesh. In Abraham's world, the rise of Nimrod and his murderous antichrist ideology had infected the most of the world; it was the first beast in Revelation. Shem, who put Nimrod down, outlived Abraham by 35 years.

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