When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am God Almighty; serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.
I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to make you into a mighty nation."
At this, Abram fell face down in the dust. Then God said to him,
"This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of not just one nation, but a multitude of nations!
What's more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram; now you will be known as Abraham, a for you will be the father of many nations.
I will give you millions of descendants who will represent many nations. Kings will be among them!
"I will continue this everlasting covenant between us, generation after generation. It will continue between me and your offspring b forever. And I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)