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“As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.”

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Genesis 17:4 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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As for me, אֲנִ֕י I As for me
behold, הִנֵּ֥ה Lo! behold
my covenant בְרִיתִ֖י A compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh) covenant
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
with אִתָּ֑ךְ Properly, nearness (used only as a preposition or an adverb), near; hence, generally, with, by, at, among, etc with
thee, and thou shalt be וְהָיִ֕יתָ To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) thee and thou shalt be
a father לְאַ֖ב Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application father
of many הֲמ֥וֹן A noise, tumult, crowd; also disquietude, wealth many
nations. גּוֹיִֽם׃ A foreign nation; hence, a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts nations

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  • 2  And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

  • 3  And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

  • 4  As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

  • 5  Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

  • 6  And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.


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