I will make your name great




After God tells Abram (later named Abraham) to get out of his home country to travel to an area He will show (Canaan), He promises him that he will be blessed.This is a part of God's promise and eventual covenant with Abraham to inherit the land in Canaan and build a great nation from his offspring.

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And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

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Genesis 12:2 Translation & Meaning

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And I will make thee וְאֶֽעֶשְׂךָ֙ To do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application make
of a great גָּד֔וֹל Great (in any sense); hence, older; also insolent great
nation, לְג֣וֹי A foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts nation
and I will bless וַאֲבָ֣רֶכְךָ֔ To kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit); also (by euphemism) to curse (God or the king, as treason) bless
thee, and make thy name שְׁמֶ֑ךָ An appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character make name
great; וַֽאֲגַדְּלָ֖ה To be (causatively make) large (in various senses, as in body, mind, estate or honor, also in pride) great
and thou shalt be וֶֽהְיֵ֖ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) and thou shalt be
a blessing: בְּרָכָֽה׃ Benediction; by implication prosperity blessing

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  • 1  Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

  • 2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

  • 3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

  • 4  So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.


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