Isaiah 51:2
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New International Version
look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many.

New Living Translation
Yes, think about Abraham, your ancestor, and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation. Abraham was only one man when I called him. But when I blessed him, he became a great nation."

English Standard Version
Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him.

New American Standard Bible
"Look to Abraham your father And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain; When he was but one I called him, Then I blessed him and multiplied him."

King James Bible
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain. When I called him, he was only one; I blessed him and made him many.

International Standard Version
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who gave you birth. For when he was only one person I called him, but I made him fruitful and made him many.

NET Bible
Look at Abraham, your father, and Sarah, who gave you birth. When I summoned him, he was a lone individual, but I blessed him and gave him numerous descendants.

New Heart English Bible
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Look to Abraham, your ancestor, and to Sarah, from whom you are descended. When I called Abraham, he was childless. I blessed him and gave him many descendants.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Look unto Abraham your father, And unto Sarah that bore you; For when he was but one I called him, And I blessed him, and made him many.

New American Standard 1977
“Look to Abraham your father,
            And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain;
            When he was one I called him,
            Then I blessed him and multiplied him.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Look unto Abraham your father and unto Sarah that bore you; for I called him alone and blessed him and multiplied him.

King James 2000 Bible
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

American King James Version
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

American Standard Version
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Look unto Abraham your father, and to Sara that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and multiplied him.

Darby Bible Translation
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bore you; for I called him when he was alone, and blessed him, and multiplied him.

English Revised Version
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.

Webster's Bible Translation
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

World English Bible
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.

Young's Literal Translation
Look attentively unto Abraham your father, And unto Sarah -- she bringeth you forth, For -- one -- I have called him, And I bless him, and multiply him.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
51:1-3 It is good for those privileged by the new birth, to consider that they were shapen in sin. This should cause low thoughts of ourselves, and high thoughts of Divine grace. It is the greatest comfort to be made serviceable to the glory of God. The more holiness men have, and the more good they do, the more gladness they have. Let us seriously reflect upon our guilt. To do so will tend to keep the heart humble, and the conscience awake and tender. They make Christ more precious to the soul, and give strength to our attempts and prayers for others.
Study Bible
Salvation for Zion
1"Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, Who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn And to the quarry from which you were dug. 2"Look to Abraham your father And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain; When he was but one I called him, Then I blessed him and multiplied him." 3Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody.…
Cross References
Romans 4:17
As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the presence of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not yet exist.

Genesis 12:1
Now 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;

Genesis 15:5
And He took him outside and said, "Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be."

Deuteronomy 1:10
'The LORD your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars of heaven in number.

Isaiah 29:22
Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: "Jacob shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now turn pale;

Isaiah 41:8
"But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham My friend,

Isaiah 43:27
"Your first forefather sinned, And your spokesmen have transgressed against Me.

Isaiah 60:22
"The smallest one will become a clan, And the least one a mighty nation. I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time."

Isaiah 63:16
For You are our Father, though Abraham does not know us And Israel does not recognize us. You, O LORD, are our Father, Our Redeemer from of old is Your name.

Ezekiel 33:24
"Son of man, they who live in these waste places in the land of Israel are saying, 'Abraham was only one, yet he possessed the land; so to us who are many the land has been given as a possession.'
Treasury of Scripture

Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

unto Abraham

Genesis 15:1,2 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, …

Genesis 18:11-13 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased …

Joshua 24:3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, …

Romans 4:1-5,16-24 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to …

for

Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and …

Genesis 13:14-17 And the LORD said to Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, …

Genesis 15:4,5 And, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, This shall …

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

Genesis 24:1,35 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed …

Nehemiah 9:7,8 You are the LORD the God, who did choose Abram, and brought him forth …

Ezekiel 33:24 Son of man, they that inhabit those wastes of the land of Israel …

Galatians 3:9-14 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham…

Hebrews 11:8-12 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which …

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