Genesis 12:2
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New International Version
"I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

New Living Translation
I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.

English Standard Version
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

New American Standard Bible
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;

King James 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:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

International Standard Version
I'll make a great nation of your descendants, I'll bless you, and I'll make your reputation great, so that you will be a blessing.

NET Bible
Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing.

New Heart English Bible
And I will make of you a great nation. And I will bless you and make your name great. And you will be a blessing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will make you a great nation, I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing.

New American Standard 1977
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;

Jubilee Bible 2000
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 2000 Bible
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing:

American King James Version
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing:

American Standard Version
and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make they name great; and be thou a blessing;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and magnify thy name, and thou shalt be blessed.

Darby Bible Translation
And I will make of thee a great nation, and bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.

English Revised Version
and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing:

Webster's Bible Translation
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:

World English Bible
I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing.

Young's Literal Translation
And I make thee become a great nation, and bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing.
Study Bible
The Calling of Abram
1Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; 2And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."…
Cross References
Genesis 17:4
"As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations.

Genesis 18:18
since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?

Genesis 18:19
"For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him."

Genesis 22:17
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.

Genesis 24:1
Now Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in every way.

Genesis 25:11
It came about after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac lived by Beer-lahai-roi.

Genesis 26:3
"Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.

Genesis 28:4
"May He also give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your descendants with you, that you may possess the land of your sojournings, which God gave to Abraham."

Genesis 46:3
He said, "I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there.

Exodus 1:7
But the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them.
Treasury of Scripture

And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing:

Genesis 13:16 And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a …

Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, …

Genesis 17:5,6 Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall …

Genesis 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, …

Genesis 22:17,18 That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply …

Genesis 24:35 And the LORD has blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: …

Genesis 26:4 And I will make your seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and …

Genesis 27:29 Let people serve you, and nations bow down to you: be lord over your …

Genesis 28:3,14 And God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, …

Genesis 35:11 And God said to him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; …

Genesis 46:3 And he said, I am God, the God of your father: fear not to go down …

Exodus 1:7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, …

Exodus 32:10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, …

Numbers 14:12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will …

Numbers 24:9,10 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall …

Deuteronomy 26:5 And you shall speak and say before the LORD your God, A Syrian ready …

2 Samuel 7:9 And I was with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies …

1 Kings 3:8,9 And your servant is in the middle of your people which you have chosen, …

Micah 7:20 You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which …

Romans 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness …

Galatians 3:7 Know you therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the …

thou shalt.

Genesis 14:14-16 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed …

Genesis 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, …

Genesis 19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, …

Genesis 28:4 And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you, and to your seed with …

1 Kings 1:47 And moreover the king's servants came to bless our lord king David, …

Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ…

(2, 3) Thou shalt be a blessing.--More correctly, Be thou a blessing. The promises made to Abram are partly personal and partly universal, embracing the whole world. In return for all that he abandons he is to become the founder of a powerful nation, who will honour his name, and teach the inheritors of their spiritual privileges to share in their veneration for him. But in the command to "be" or "become a blessing," we reach a higher level, and it is the glory of Abram's faith that it was not selfish, and in return for his consenting to lead the life of a stranger, he was to be the means of procuring religious privileges, not only for his own descendants, but also "for all families of the earth" (Heb., of the ground--the admh). Not for the earth as the material universe, but solely in its connection with man. Wherever man makes his home upon it, there, through Abram, spiritual blessings will be offered him.

I will bless . . . --These words indicate relations mysteriously close between Jehovah and Abram, whereby the friends and enemies of the one become so equally to the other. But in the second clause our version has not noticed an essential difference between the verbs used. They occur together again in Exodus 22:28, and are there more correctly rendered by "revile" and "curse." The one word signifies to treat lightly and contemptuously, the other to pronounce a curse, usually in a judicial manner. We might, therefore, translate, "I will curse--pass a sentence of rejection upon--him that speaketh lightly of, or revileth thee."

In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.--Some authorities translate, "shall bless themselves;" but there is a different conjugation to express this meaning, and no reason exists for forcing it upon the text. Henceforward Abram and the nation sprung from him were to be the intermediaries between God and mankind, and accordingly revelation was virtually confined to them. But though the knowledge of God's will was to be given through them, it was for the benefit of all the families of every race and kindred distributed throughout the habitable world, the admh (Romans 3:29; Romans 10:12, &c).

Verses 2, 3. - And I will make of thee a great nation. A compensation for leaving his small kindred. The nation should be great

(1) numerically (Keil, Rosenmüller),

(2) influentially (Kalisch, Inglis),

(3) spiritually (Luther, Wordsworth). And I will bless thee. Temporally (Pererius, Murphy), with every kind of good (Rosenmüller), in particular with offspring (Vatablus); but also spiritually (Rupertus, Bush), in the sense., e.g., of being justified by faith, as in Galatians 3:8 (Candlish). The blessing was a recompense for the deprivations entailed upon him by forsaking the place of his birth and kindred (Murphy). And make thy name great. Render thee illustrious and renowned (Rosenmüller); not so much in the annals of the world as in the history of the Church (Bush); in return for leaving thy father's house (Murphy). So God made David a great name (2 Samuel 7:9; cf. Proverbs 22:1; Ecclesiastes 7:3). And thou shalt be a blessing. I.e. "blessed," as in Zechariah 8:12 (Chaldee, Syriac, LXX., Dathe, Rosenmüller, Gesenius); or "a type or example of blessing," so that men shall introduce thy name into their formularies of blessing (Kimchi, Clericus, Knobel, Calvin); but, best, "a source of blessing' (spiritual) to others" (Tuch, Delitzsch, Keil, Kalisch, Murphy). The sense in which Abram was to be a source of blessing to others is explained in the next verse. First, men were to be either blessed or cursed of God according as their attitude to Abram was propitious or hostile. And I will bless them - grace expecting they will be many to bless (Delitzsch) - that bless thee, and curse (with a judicial curse, the word being the same as in Genesis 3:14; Genesis 4:11) him - only an individual here and there, in the judgment of the Deity, being likely to inherit this malediction (Delitzsch) - that curseth (literally, treateth lightly or despiseth The verb is applied in Genesis 8:11 to the diminution of the waters of the flood) thee. The Divine Being thus identifies himself with Abram, and solemnly engages to regard Abrams friends and enemies as his, as Christ does with his Church (cf. Acts 1:4). And in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Not Mess themselves by thee or in thy name (Jarchi, Clericus); but in thee, as the progenitor of the promised seed, shall all the families of the ground (which was cursed on account of sin, Genesis ill 17) be spiritually blessed - cf. Galatians 3:8 (Calvin, Luther, Rosenmüller, Keil, Wordsworth, Murphy, 'Speaker's Commentary'). Thus the second sense in which Abram was constituted a blessing lay in this, that the whole fullness of the Divine promise of salvation for the world was narrowed up to his line, by which it was in future to be carried forward, and at the appointed season, when the woman s seed was horn, distributed among mankind. And I will make of thee a great nation,.... In a literal sense, as the people of the Jews were that descended from him, and in a spiritual sense believers in all ages and of all nations, that walk in the steps of the faith of Abram, who are his children, and are blessed with him:

and I will bless thee; not only with temporal blessings, but principally with spiritual ones, since Abram in person had no share of the land of Canaan; even with the adoption of children and friendship with God; with justification by the imputed righteousness of Christ, which blessedness came upon him when uncircumcised; with a large measure of faith, and every other grace; with the sanctification of the Spirit, and an increase of it until brought to perfection; and with eternal glory and happiness, a right, title, and meetness for it, and the full possession of it:

and make thy name great; as it was among the Jews his descendants, who boasted of having Abram for their father; and among the several nations of the world; his name is famous in profane history, and is in high esteem with the Mahometans to this day; and especially his name is great and famous, and the memory of him precious among all those who have obtained like precious faith with him, in every age and in every nation:

and thou shall be a blessing; to all that knew him and conversed with him, they receiving spiritual light and knowledge by means of his instruction, and to all that should hear and read of his faith and piety, being encouraged by his example: or, "shall be blessing"; blessing itself, that is, most blessed, exceedingly blessed; as a very wicked man may be called wickedness itself; as "scelus" for "scelestus" with the Latins; so a good man may be called blessing itself, extremely happy. 12:1-3 God made choice of Abram, and singled him out from among his fellow-idolaters, that he might reserve a people for himself, among whom his true worship might be maintained till the coming of Christ. From henceforward Abram and his seed are almost the only subject of the history in the Bible. Abram was tried whether he loved God better than all, and whether he could willingly leave all to go with God. His kindred and his father's house were a constant temptation to him, he could not continue among them without danger of being infected by them. Those who leave their sins, and turn to God, will be unspeakable gainers by the change. The command God gave to Abram, is much the same with the gospel call, for natural affection must give way to Divine grace. Sin, and all the occasions of it, must be forsaken; particularly bad company. Here are many great and precious promises. All God's precepts are attended with promises to the obedient. 1. I will make of thee a great nation. When God took Abram from his own people, he promised to make him the head of another people. 2. I will bless thee. Obedient believers shall be sure to inherit the blessing. 3. I will make thy name great. The name of obedient believers shall certainly be made great. 4. Thou shalt be a blessing. Good men are the blessings of their country. 5. I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee. God will take care that none are losers, by any service done for his people. 6. In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Jesus Christ is the great blessing of the world, the greatest that ever the world possessed. All the true blessedness the world is now, or ever shall be possessed of, is owing to Abram and his posterity. Through them we have a Bible, a Saviour, and a gospel. They are the stock on which the Christian church is grafted.
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