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.
"I am establishing my covenant between me and you, along with your descendants after you, generation after generation, as an everlasting covenant, to be God for you and for your descendants after you.