Genesis 17:5
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New International Version
No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.

New Living Translation
What's more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations.

English Standard Version
No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.

New American Standard Bible
"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.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations.

International Standard Version
Your name is no longer to be Abram. Instead your name will be Abraham, since I'll make you the father of many nations.

NET Bible
No longer will your name be Abram. Instead, your name will be Abraham because I will make you the father of a multitude of nations.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So your name will no longer be Abram [Exalted Father], but Abraham [Father of Many] because I have made you a father of many nations.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Neither shall thy name any longer be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many Gentiles have I made thee.

King James 2000 Bible
Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you.

American King James Version
Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you.

American Standard Version
Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for the father of a multitude of nations have I made thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither shall thy name be called any more Abram: but thou shalt be called Abraham: because I have made thee a father of many nations.

Darby Bible Translation
And thy name shall no more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of a multitude of nations have I made thee.

English Revised Version
Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for the father of a multitude of nations have I made thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
Neither will your name any more be called Abram, but your name will be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.

Young's Literal Translation
and thy name is no more called Abram, but thy name hath been Abraham, for father of a multitude of nations have I made thee;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Neither shall thy name any mere be called Abram, - Abram, i.e. high father (vide Genesis 11:26); but Abraham - Abraham (in Arabic signifying a multitude); hence "the father of a multitude," as the next clause explains - for a father of many (or a multitude of) nations have I made thee.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Neither shall thy name be any more called Abram,.... Which signifies an "high father", which name he bore for many years before he was the father of anyone:

but thy name shall be Abraham: with all addition of the letter inserted into it, and makes the last syllable two, "raham": which word in the Arabic language, as Hottinger (g) observes, signifies "numerous" (h); so that with this addition his name Abraham may be interpreted, the father of a numerous offspring; and with this agrees the reason of it, as follows:

for a father of many nations have I made thee; not that he was so already in fact, but in the purpose and promise of God, Romans 4:17; Abraham has not only been the father of many nations, in a literal sense, as before observed, but in a mystical sense, of the whole world; that is, of all in it that believe, whether Jews or Gentiles; and so the Rabbins (i) interpret it: at first, they say, he was the father of Aram, and therefore his name was called Abram, but now he is the father of the whole world, and therefore called Abraham; and so Maimonides (k) himself says, quoting this passage,"behold he is the father of the whole world, who are gathered under the wings of the Shechinah.''

(g) Smegma Oriental. p. 88. (h), "numerus", "copiosus", Golius, col. 1055, 1056. Castel. col. 3537. (i) In Massechet Biccurim, apud Galat. in Arcan. Cathol. Ver. l. 5, 13. & 9, 12. in Maimon. in Misn. ib. c. 1. sect. 4. (k) Hilchot Biccurim, c. 4. sect. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. but thy name shall be Abraham—In Eastern countries a change of name is an advertisement of some new circumstance in the history, rank, or religion of the individual who bears it. The change is made variously, by the old name being entirely dropped for the new, or by conjoining the new with the old; or sometimes only a few letters are inserted, so that the altered form may express the difference in the owner's state or prospects. It is surprising how soon a new name is known and its import spread through the country. In dealing with Abraham and Sarai, God was pleased to adapt His procedure to the ideas and customs of the country and age. Instead of Abram, "a high father," he was to be called Abraham, "father of a multitude of nations" (see Re 2:17).

Genesis 17:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Abram Named Abraham
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. 6"I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you.…
Cross References
Romans 4:17
As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed--the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

Genesis 35:10
God said to him, "Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel." So he named him Israel.

Nehemiah 9:7
"You are the LORD God, who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and named him Abraham.
Treasury of Scripture

Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you.

but thy name.

Genesis 17:15 And God said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call …

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: …

Numbers 13:16 These are the names of the men which Moses sent to spy out the land. …

2 Samuel 12:25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his …

Nehemiah 9:7 You are the LORD the God, who did choose Abram, and brought him forth …

Isaiah 62:2-4 And the Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your …

Isaiah 65:15 And you shall leave your name for a curse to my chosen: for the Lord …

Jeremiah 20:3 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah …

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: …

Matthew 1:21-23 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: …

John 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, …

Revelation 2:17 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; …

Abraham. i.e., father of a great multitude.

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