Genesis 17:4

4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.

Read Genesis 17:4 Using Other Translations

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
"Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.
“This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations!

What does Genesis 17:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 17:4

As for me, behold, my covenant [is] with thee
Who was gracious to make it, faithful to keep it, and immutable in it, though Abram was but a man, and sinful:

and thou shalt be a father of many nations:
as he was of many Arabian nations, and of the Turks in the line of Ishmael; and of the Midianites, and others, in the line of his sons by Keturah; and of the Israelites in the line of Isaac, as well as of the Edomites in the line of Esau; and in a spiritual sense the father of all that believe, in all the nations of the world, circumcised or uncircumcised, as the apostle explains it, ( Romans 4:11 Romans 4:12 Romans 4:16-18 ) .

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