Genesis 22:18

18 and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice."

Genesis 22:18 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 22:18

And in thy seed shall all nations of the earth be blessed,
&c.] That is, in his one and principal seed, the Messiah, that should spring from him, ( Galatians 3:16 ) , in whom all the elect of God, of all nations under the heavens, are blessed with all spiritual blessings, with peace, pardon, righteousness, and eternal life, with grace here and glory hereafter; (See Gill on Genesis 12:3); or, "shall bless themselves"


FOOTNOTES:

F15 in him; or, "account themselves blessed"; apply to him for blessings, claim their interest in them, and glory in them, and make their boast of them: because thou hast obeyed my voice;
in taking his son and offering him up unto him, as much as he was permitted to do; and thus honouring God by his obedience to him, he of his grace and goodness honours him with the promise of being the father of multitudes, both in a literal and spiritual sense, and with being the ancestor of the Messiah, in whom all the blessings of grace and goodness meet.
F15 (wkrbth) "benedicent se", Munster; to the same purpose Vatablus, Tigurine version, Piscator.

Genesis 22:18 In-Context

16 and said, "By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son,
17 I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies,
18 and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice."
19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham lived at Beer-sheba.
20 Now after these things it was told Abraham, "Milcah also has borne children, to your brother Nahor: