Genesis 46:3
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New International Version
"I am God, the God of your father," he said. "Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.

New Living Translation
"I am God, the God of your father," the voice said. "Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation.

English Standard Version
Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God said, "I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.

International Standard Version
"I'm God, your father's God. Don't be afraid to move down to Egypt, because I'm going to turn you into a mighty nation there.

NET Bible
He said, "I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.

New Heart English Bible
He said, "I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down into Egypt, for there I will make of you a great nation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I am God, the God of your father," he said. "Don't be afraid to go to Egypt, because I will make you a great nation there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And He said: 'I am God, the God of thy father; fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation.

New American Standard 1977
And 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said, I am the God, the God of thy father; fear not to go down into Egypt; for there I will make of thee a great people.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, I am God, the God of your father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of you a great nation:

American King James Version
And he said, I am God, the God of your father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of you a great nation:

American Standard Version
And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:

Douay-Rheims Bible
God said to him: I am the most mighty God of thy father: fear not, go down into Egypt, for I will make a great nation of thee there.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down to Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation.

English Revised Version
And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:

World English Bible
He said, "I am God, the God of your father. Don't be afraid to go down into Egypt, for there I will make of you a great nation.

Young's Literal Translation
And He saith, 'I am God, God of thy father, be not afraid of going down to Egypt, for for a great nation I set thee there;
Study Bible
Jacob's Journey to Egypt
2God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, "Jacob, Jacob." And he said, "Here I am." 3He 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. 4"I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will close your eyes."…
Cross References
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 17:1
Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.

Genesis 28:13
And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, "I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.

Genesis 48:16
The angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; And may my name live on in them, And the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And may they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth."

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 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.

Exodus 1:9
He said to his people, "Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we.

Exodus 14:13
But Moses said to the people, "Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.

Deuteronomy 26:5
"You shall answer and say before the LORD your God, 'My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down to Egypt and sojourned there, few in number; but there he became a great, mighty and populous nation.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said, I am God, the God of your father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of you a great nation:

the God.

Genesis 28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God …

fear not.

Genesis 15:1,13 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, …

Genesis 26:2,3 And the LORD appeared to him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell …

Isaiah 41:10 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: …

Isaiah 43:1,2 But now thus said the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that …

Jeremiah 40:9 And Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan swore to them and …

Acts 27:24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar: and, see, …

I will.

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

Genesis 13:15,16 For all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your …

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

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

Genesis 28:14 And your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread …

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

Genesis 47:27 And Israel dwelled in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; …

Exodus 1:7-10 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, …

Deuteronomy 1:10 The LORD your God has multiplied you, and, behold, you are this day …

Deuteronomy 10:22 Your fathers went down into Egypt with three score and ten persons…

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

Acts 7:17 But when the time of the promise drew near, which God had sworn to …

(3) I am God, the God of thy father.--Heb., I am the El, the Elohim of thy father. This is the last revelation given to Jacob, nor is any other supernatural event recorded until the vision of the burning bush (Exodus 3:4). It is brief, clear, and decisive, and every clause is weighty. Jacob is to migrate into Egypt, his race is to grow there into a nation, so that the stay there would be long; God's presence and blessing will accompany and remain with them, and finally will bring them back to the promised land. For himself, too, there is the promise that Joseph will tend his sick bed and be with him at his death.

Verse 3. - And he said, I am God, the God of thy father - literally, I am the El (the Mighty One), the Elohim of thy father. Though in consequence of this phrase the section (vers. 1-7), indeed the entire chapter, is usually assigned to the Elohist (Tuch, Bleek, Vaihinger), yet the contents of this theophany are felt to be so substantially Jehovistic in their import (Hengstenberg), that certain critics have been constrained to give verses 1-5 to the Jehovist (Colenso), or, omitting the last clause of ver. 5, to the redactor (Davidson). In Genesis 28:13 the designation used is "I am Jehovah, the God of Abraham thy father." As on that former occasion when setting out for Padanaram, so now, when departing for Egypt, he receives a comforting assurance. Fear not to go down into Egypt. Them was reason for Jacob's apprehensions, since Abraham had been in peril in the land of the Pharaohs (Genesis 12:14-20), Isaac had been forbidden to go thither (Genesis 26:2), and Egypt had been foreshadowed as a place of servitude for his descendants (Genesis 15:13). מֵרְדָה is an irregular infinitive רֵדָה for רֶדֶת (cf. דֵּעַה for דַּעַת, Exodus 2:4), with מִן. prefixed after a verb of fearing (vide Ewald's 'Hebrews Synt.,' § 336). For I will there make of thee a great nation - literally, for to a great nation will I put thee there (cf. Genesis 21:13). Jacob had previously received the injunction, accompanied by the Divine benediction, to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 28:3). Twice over had it previously been predicted that he should develop into a multitudinous people (Genesis 28:14; Genesis 35:11). The present promise was an indication that the fulfillment of the prophecy was at band. And he said, I am God, the God of thy father,.... His father Isaac, who was now dead, and who is the rather mentioned, because in him Abraham's seed was to be called, and in his line the promise both of the land of Canaan, and of the Messiah, ran, and from him Jacob received the blessing; and this might be a confirmation of it to him, in that Jehovah calls himself his God; he first declares himself to be his God, and so able to perform whatever he should promise him, and his father's God, who would show him favour, as he had to him:

fear not to go down into Egypt; Jacob might have many fears arise in his mind about this journey, as interpreters generally observe; as lest it should not be agreeable to the will of God, since his father Isaac was forbidden to go into Egypt, when in like circumstances with him, Genesis 26:1; as well as he, might fear it would be too great a journey for him in his old age, some evil would befall him, or he die by the way and not see his son; or lest going with his family thither, and there continuing for some time, they might be tempted with the pleasantness and fruitfulness of the land, and settle there, and forget and neglect the promised land of Canaan; and especially lest they should be drawn into the idolatry of the Egyptians, and forsake the worship of the true God; and very probably he might call to mind the prophecy delivered to Abraham, of his seed being strangers and servants, and afflicted in a land not theirs for the space of four hundred years, Genesis 15:13; and Jacob might fear this step he was now taking would bring on, as indeed it did, the completion of this prediction, by which his offspring would be oppressed and diminished. The Targum of Jonathan makes this to be Jacob's principal fear;"fear not to go down into Egypt, because of the business of the servitude decreed with Abraham;''as also he might fear his going thither might seem to be a giving up his title to, and expectation of the promised land: to remove which fears the following is said:

for I will there make of thee a great nation: as he did; for though in process of time his seed were greatly afflicted here, yet the more they were afflicted, the more they multiplied; and their increase in Egypt was vastly greater than it had been in a like space of time before; for in the space of two hundred fifteen years before their descent into Egypt, they were become no more than seventy persons, whereas in the like number of years in Egypt, they became 600,000, besides children; see Genesis 46:27 Exodus 12:37. 3. I will there make of thee a great nation—How truly this promise was fulfilled, appears in the fact that the seventy souls who went down into Egypt increased [Ex 1:5-7], in the space of two hundred fifteen years, to one hundred eighty thousand.46:1-4 Even as to those events and undertakings which appear most joyful, we should seek counsel, assistance, and a blessing from the Lord. Attending on his ordinances, and receiving the pledges of his covenant love, we expect his presence, and that peace which it confers. In all removals we should be reminded of our removal out of this world. Nothing can encourage us to fear no evil when passing through the valley of the shadow of death, but the presence of Christ.
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