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And when Abram was ninety ° years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
And I will make thee exceeding ° fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

17:1 Almighty God. This is the first of some forty-eight occurrences in the Old Testament of this distinctive name of God (Hebrew El Shaddai).

17:2 my covenant. God used the term “covenant” (Hebrew berith) no less than thirteen times in Genesis 17. Although He gives instructions and commandments here to Abram, they are not given as conditions of God’s covenant; His promises again were unconditional. Three times (Genesis 17:7,13,19) God calls it an “everlasting” covenant, and He promised again the land to Abram’s seed as an “everlasting” possession (Genesis 17:8). His name was changed from Abram (“exalted father”) to Abraham (“father of a multitude”). Not only would he be the father of multitudes of physical descendants (Jews, Arabs, etc.), but the spiritual father of all them that believe in the true God as He is.

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