When Abram was ninety-nine years old, God showed up and said to him, "I am The Strong God, live entirely before me, live to the hilt!
I'll make a covenant between us and I'll give you a huge family."
Overwhelmed, Abram fell flat on his face.
"This is my covenant with you: You'll be the father of many nations.
Your name will no longer be Abram, but Abraham, meaning that 'I'm making you the father of many nations.'
I'll make you a father of fathers - I'll make nations from you, kings will issue from you.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)