For I will have respect unto you
Look at them with delight and pleasure, and with a careful eye on them, watch over them to do them good, and protect them from all evil; or turn himself to them from all others, having a particular regard for them and special care of them: and make you fruitful and multiply you;
increase their number, as he did in Egypt, even amidst all their afflictions; and much more might they expect this blessing in the land of Canaan, when settled there, which is the original blessing of mankind, see ( Genesis 1:28 ) ( 9:1 ) ; and establish my covenant with you;
not the new covenant spoken of in ( Jeremiah 31:31 ) ; as Jarchi and other Jewish writers F12 suggest; for that was not to take place but in future time, under the Gospel dispensation; but rather the covenant made with them at Sinai, though perhaps it chiefly respects the covenant made with their ancestors concerning multiplication of their seed as the stars of heaven and the sand of the sea, ( Genesis 15:5 ) ( 22:17 ) , since it follows upon the promise of an increase of them.
F12 Torat Cohenim, apud Yalkut, par. 1. fol. 196. 3.