That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
 

22:17 as the sand. Here the number of stars (of which only about three thousand can be seen with the naked eye) is compared to the number of sand grains. Both can now be calculated as of the order of 1025, a remarkable anticipation of modern science.

22:17 thy seed. In Genesis 22:17,18, three times God used the word “seed” in the singular, instead of “seeds” in the plural. Paul claimed that this verse is a prophecy of Christ (Galatians 3:16), instead of a prophecy of all the children of Abraham. This argument is predicated on the truth of verbal inspiration, which even makes a fine distinction between singular and plural.


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