Genesis 32:12
New International Version
But you have said, 'I will surely make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.'"

New Living Translation
But you promised me, ‘I will surely treat you kindly, and I will multiply your descendants until they become as numerous as the sands along the seashore—too many to count.’”

English Standard Version
But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’”

Berean Study Bible
But You have said, ’I will surely make you prosper, and I will make your offspring like the sand of the sea, too numerous to count.’”

New American Standard Bible
"For You said, 'I will surely prosper you and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which is too great to be numbered.'"

New King James Version
For You said, ‘I will surely treat you well, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’ ”

King James Bible
And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

Christian Standard Bible
You have said, 'I will cause you to prosper, and I will make your offspring like the sand of the sea, too numerous to be counted.'"

Contemporary English Version
But you have promised that I would be a success and that someday it will be as hard to count my descendants as it is to count the grains of sand along the seashore.

Good News Translation
Remember that you promised to make everything go well for me and to give me more descendants than anyone could count, as many as the grains of sand along the seashore."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You have said, 'I will cause you to prosper, and I will make your offspring like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.'"

International Standard Version
Now, you promised me that 'I'm certainly going to cause things to go well with you, and I'm going to make your offspring as numerous as the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.'"

NET Bible
But you said, 'I will certainly make you prosper and will make your descendants like the sand on the seashore, too numerous to count.'"

New Heart English Bible
You said, 'I will surely do you good, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which can't be numbered because there are so many.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But you did say, 'I will make sure that you are prosperous and that your descendants will be as many as the grains of sand on the seashore. No one will be able to count them because there are so many.'"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Thou saidst: I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.'

New American Standard 1977
“For Thou didst say, ‘I will surely prosper you, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou hast said, I will surely do thee good and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

King James 2000 Bible
And you said, I will surely do you good, and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

American King James Version
And you said, I will surely do you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

American Standard Version
And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But thou saidst, I will do thee good, and will make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which shall not be numbered for multitude.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou didst say that thou wouldst do well by me, and multiply my seed like the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for the multitude.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou saidst, I will certainly deal well with thee, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

English Revised Version
And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

World English Bible
You said, 'I will surely do you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which can't be numbered because there are so many.'"

Young's Literal Translation
and Thou -- Thou hast said, I certainly do good with thee, and have set thy seed as the sand of the sea, which is not numbered because of the multitude.'
Study Bible
Jacob's Fear of Esau
11Please deliver me from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid that he may come and attack me, and also the mothers and their children with me. 12But You have said, ‘I will surely make you prosper, and I will make your offspring like the sand of the sea, too numerous to count.’” 13Jacob spent the night there, and from what he had brought with him, he selected a gift for his brother Esau:…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:12
And so from one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

Genesis 22:17
I will surely bless you, and I will multiply your descendants like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the gates of their enemies.

Genesis 28:14
Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and east and north and south. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.

1 Kings 4:20
Judah and Israel became as numerous as the sand by the sea, eating and drinking and rejoicing.

Hosea 1:10
Yet the number of the Israelites will be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not My people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.'

Treasury of Scripture

And you said, I will surely do you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.

thou.

Genesis 32:6
And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.

Exodus 32:13
Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

I will.

Genesis 28:13-15
And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; …

Genesis 46:3,4
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: …







Lexicon
But You
וְאַתָּ֣ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

have said,
אָמַ֔רְתָּ (’ā·mar·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

‘I will surely
הֵיטֵ֥ב (hê·ṭêḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 3190: To be good, well, glad, or pleasing

make you prosper,
אֵיטִ֖יב (’ê·ṭîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3190: To be good, well, glad, or pleasing

and I will make
וְשַׂמְתִּ֤י (wə·śam·tî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

your offspring
זַרְעֲךָ֙ (zar·‘ă·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2233: Seed, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity

like the sand
כְּח֣וֹל (kə·ḥō·wl)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2344: Sand

of the sea,
הַיָּ֔ם (hay·yām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3220: A sea, the Mediterranean Sea, large river, an artifical basin

too numerous
מֵרֹֽב׃ (mê·rōḇ)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

to count.’”
יִסָּפֵ֖ר (yis·sā·p̄êr)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5608: To count, recount, relate
32:9-23 Times of fear should be times of prayer: whatever causes fear, should drive us to our knees, to our God. Jacob had lately seen his guards of angels, but in this distress he applied to God, not to them; he knew they were his fellow-servants, Re 22:9. There cannot be a better pattern for true prayer than this. Here is a thankful acknowledgement of former undeserved favours; a humble confession of unworthiness; a plain statement of his fears and distress; a full reference of the whole affair to the Lord, and resting all his hopes on him. The best we can say to God in prayer, is what he has said to us. Thus he made the name of the Lord his strong tower, and could not but be safe. Jacob's fear did not make him sink into despair, nor did his prayer make him presume upon God's mercy, without the use of means. God answers prayers by teaching us to order our affairs aright. To pacify Esau, Jacob sent him a present. We must not despair of reconciling ourselves to those most angry against us.
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