GENESIS 12:3

I will bless those who bless you

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In this verse God tells Abram (later named Abraham): “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (NIV)

This verse is one of the most searched online dealing with God's promise to Abraham. This blessing from God is key for giving Abraham the support and courage necessary to move with his family, out of their home country, into the lands of Canaan. There they will establish themselves, prosper and eventually grow their family. In Genesis 12:7, God will further bless Abraham saying, “Unto thy seed will I give this land”.

Eventually, when Abraham is 99 years old, God will make good on His promise to Abraham. This is when God forms a covenant with Abraham telling him he will be the father of many nations. Abraham and his also elderly wife will bear a child who will become the offspring to fulfill the promise.

To get what Genesis 12:3 means in detail, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity.

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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.

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Genesis 12:3 Translation & Meaning

What does this verse really mean? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. Use this reference information to gain deeper insight into the Bible and enrich your understanding. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1].

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And I will bless וַאֲבָֽרֲכָה֙ 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
them that bless מְבָ֣רְכֶ֔יךָ 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 curse אָאֹ֑ר To execrate curse
him that curseth וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ֖ To be (causatively, make) light, literally (swift, small, sharp, etc.) or figuratively (easy, trifling, vile, etc.) curseth
thee: and in thee shall all כֹּ֖ל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
families מִשְׁפְּחֹ֥ת A family, i.e., circle of relatives; figuratively, a class (of persons), a species (of animals) or sort (of things); by extension a tribe or people families
of the earth הָֽאֲדָמָֽה׃ Soil (from its general redness) earth
be blessed. וְנִבְרְכ֣וּ 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) blessed

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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.

  • 5  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.




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