When Avram was 99 years old ADONAI appeared to Avram and said to him, "I am El Shaddai [God Almighty]. Walk in my presence and be pure-hearted.
I will make my covenant between me and you, and I will increase your numbers greatly."
Avram fell on his face, and God continued speaking with him:
"As for me, this is my covenant with you: you will be the father of many nations.
Your name will no longer be Avram [exalted father], but your name will be Avraham [father of many], because I have made you the father of many nations.
I will cause you to be very fruitful. I will make nations of you, kings will descend from you.