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Genesis 17 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Abraham and the Covenant of Circumcision

(Exo 12:43—13:2 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:1 - When Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty;[fn] walk before me, and be blameless,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:2 - that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:3 - Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:4 - “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:5 - No longer shall your name be called Abram,[fn] but your name shall be Abraham,[fn] for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:6 - I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:7 - And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:8 - And I will give to you and to your offspring after you the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:9 - And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:10 - This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:11 - You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:12 - He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised. Every male throughout your generations, whether born in your house or bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:13 - both he who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money, shall surely be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:14 - Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”

Isaac’s Birth Promised

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:15 - And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah[fn] shall be her name.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:16 - I will bless her, and moreover, I will give[fn] you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:17 - Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:18 - And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:19 - God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac.[fn] I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:20 - As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:21 - But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:22 - When he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:23 - Then Abraham took Ishmael his son and all those born in his house or bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house, and he circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that very day, as God had said to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:24 - Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:25 - And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:26 - That very day Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 17:27 - And all the men of his house, those born in the house and those bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew El Shaddai
Abram means exalted father
Abraham means father of a multitude
Sarai and Sarah mean princess
Hebrew have given
Isaac means he laughs

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