Genesis 17:4
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New International Version
"As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.

New Living Translation
"This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations!

English Standard Version
“Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.

New American Standard Bible
"As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As for Me, My covenant is with you: you will become the father of many nations.

International Standard Version
"Look, I've made a covenant with you. You will be the father of many nations.

NET Bible
"As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of a multitude of nations.

New Heart English Bible
"As for me, look, my covenant is with you. You will be the father of a multitude of nations.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"My promise is still with you. You will become the father of many nations.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As for Me, behold, My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be the father of a multitude of nations.

New American Standard 1977
“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you,
            And you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold my covenant with thee: Thou shalt be a father of many Gentiles.

King James 2000 Bible
As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.

American King James Version
As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.

American Standard Version
As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be the father of a multitude of nations.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And God said to him: I AM, and my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father. of many nations.

Darby Bible Translation
It is I: behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of a multitude of nations.

English Revised Version
As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be the father of a multitude of nations.

Webster's Bible Translation
As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

World English Bible
"As for me, behold, my covenant is with you. You will be the father of a multitude of nations.

Young's Literal Translation
I -- lo, My covenant is with thee, and thou hast become father of a multitude of nations;
Study Bible
Abram Named Abraham
3Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying, 4"As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations. 5"No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I will make you the father of a multitude of nations.…
Cross References
Romans 4:13
For the promise that Abraham would be heir of the world was not made to him and his descendants through the Law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

Genesis 12:2
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;

Genesis 25:23
The LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples will be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger."

Genesis 35:11
God also said to him, "I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, And kings shall come forth from you.

Genesis 48:19
But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations."

Exodus 6:4
"I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned.
Treasury of Scripture

As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.

a father.

Genesis 12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and …

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

Genesis 16:10 And the angel of the LORD said to her, I will multiply your seed …

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

Genesis 25:1-18 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah…

Genesis 32:12 And you said, I will surely do you good, and make your seed as the …

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

Genesis 36:1-43 Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom…

Numbers 1:1-54 And the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle …

Numbers 26:1-65 And it came to pass after the plague, that the LORD spoke to Moses …

Romans 4:11-18 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness …

Galatians 3:28,29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there …

many nations. Heb. multitude of nations.

(4) Of many nations.--This is a feeble rendering of a remarkable phrase. Literally the word signifies a confused noise like the din of a populous city. Abram is to be the father of a thronging crowd of nations. And so in Genesis 17:5.

Verse 4. - As for me. Literally, I, standing alone at the beginning of the sentence by way of emphasis (cf. 2 Kings 10:29; Psalm 11:4; Psalm 46:5; wide Ewald's 'Hebrew Syntax,' § 309). Equivalent to "So far as I am concerned," or, "I for my part," or, "So far as relates to me." Behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be - literally, shalt become (cf. Genesis 2:7), or grow to (cf. Genesis 9:15) - a father of many (or of a multitude of) nations. As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee,.... Who was gracious to make it, faithful to keep it, and immutable in it, though Abram was but a man, and sinful:

and thou shalt be a father of many nations: as he was of many Arabian nations, and of the Turks in the line of Ishmael; and of the Midianites, and others, in the line of his sons by Keturah; and of the Israelites in the line of Isaac, as well as of the Edomites in the line of Esau; and in a spiritual sense the father of all that believe, in all the nations of the world, circumcised or uncircumcised, as the apostle explains it, Romans 4:11. 4. my covenant is with thee—Renewed mention is made of it as the foundation of the communication that follows. It is the covenant of grace made with all who believe in the Saviour.17:1-6 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.
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