Genesis 17:2

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Genesis 17:2

And I wil make my couenant betweene me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"I will establish My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I will make an agreement between you and me, and your offspring will be greatly increased.
- Basic English Bible

And I will set my covenant between me and thee, and will very greatly multiply thee.
- Darby Bible

And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
- Webster's Bible

I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly."
- World English Bible

and I give My covenant between Me and thee, and multiply thee very exceedingly.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And I will make My covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Genesis 17:2

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 17:2

17:1 And when Abram was ninety nine years old - Full thirteen years after the birth of Ishmael. So long the promise of Isaac was deferred; Perhaps to correct Abram's over - hasty marrying of Hagar. That Abram and Sarai being so far striken in age, God's power in this matter might be the more magnified. The Lord appeared unto Abram - In some visible display of God's immediate glorious presence with him. And said, I am the Almighty God - By this name he chose to make himself known to Abram, rather than by his name Jehovah, #Exo 6:3|. He used it to Jacob, #Gen 35:11|. They called him by this name, #Gen 28:5 43:14 48:3|. It is the name of God that is mostly used throughout the book of Job, at least 30 times in the discourses of that book, in which Jehovah is used but once. After Moses, Jehovah is more frequently used, and this very rarely. I am El - Shaddai. It speaks the almighty power of God, either As an avenger, from wrv he destroyed, or laid waste; so some: and they think God took this title from the destruction of the old world: Or, As a benefactor, v for rva who, and yr it sufficeth. Our old English translation reads it here, very significantly, I am God All - sufficient. The God with whom we have to do, is self - sufficient; he hath every thing, and he needs not any thing. And he is enough to us, if we be in covenant with him; we have all in him, and we have enough in him; enough to satisfy our most enlarged desires; enough to supply the defect of every thing else, and to secure us happiness for our immortal souls. But the covenant is mutual, walk before me, and be thou perfect - That is, upright and sincere. Observe, That to walk before God, is to set God always before us, and to think, and speak, and act, in every thing as those that are always under his eye. It is to have a constant regard to his word, as our rule, and to his glory, as our end, in all our actions. It is to be inward with him in all the duties of religious worship, and to be entire for him in all holy conversation. That upright walking with God is the condition of our interest in his all - sufficiency. If we neglect him, or dissemble with him, we forfeit the benefit of our relation to him. A continual regard to God's all - sufficiency will have a great influence upon our upright walking with him.

17:3 And Abram fell on his face while God talked with him - Either, As one overcome by the brightness of the Divine glory: Daniel and John did so likewise. Or. As one ashamed of himself, and blushing to think of the honours done to one so unworthy. He looks upon himself with humility, and upon God with reverence, and, in token of both, falls on his face.

17:4 The promise is here introduced with solemnity: As for me, saith the Great God, Behold, behold and admire it, behold and be assured of it, my covenant is with thee. And thou shalt be a father of many nations - This implies, That his seed after the flesh should be very numerous, both in Isaac and in Ishmael, and in the sons of Keturah. And the event answered, for there have been, and are, more of the children of men descended from Abraham, than from any one man at equal distance with him from Noah, the common root. That all believers, in every age, should be looked upon as his spiritual seed, as the father of the faithful. In this sense the apostle directs us to understand this promise, #Rom 4:16|,17. He is the father of those, in every nation, that, by faith, enter into covenant with God, and (as the Jewish writers express it) are gathered under the wings of the divine majesty.

Discussion for Genesis 17:2

  • Salomão on Genesis 17:2
    The power of the covenant God expect perfection on his chosen although this perfection is not an absolute but relative perfection.It is crucial not only to Abraham but also to the church of Christ to be blameless in everything we go through. As in Abraham God was begining a new nation, Abraham should serve as an example of the people that was about to be created.


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