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Genesis 17

1 - When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am God Almighty. Walk before me, and be blameless.

2 - I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly."

3 - Abram fell on his face. God talked with him, saying,

4 - "As for me, behold, my covenant is with you. You will be the father of a multitude of nations.

5 - Your name will no more be called Abram, but your name will be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.

6 - I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you. Kings will come out of you.

7 - I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you and to your offspring after you.

8 - I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are traveling, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession. I will be their God."

9 - God said to Abraham, "As for you, you will keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations.

10 - This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you. Every male among you shall be circumcised.

11 - You shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin. It will be a token of the covenant between me and you.

12 - He who is eight days old will be circumcised among you, every male throughout your generations, he who is born in the house, or bought with money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring.

13 - He who is born in your house, and he who is bought with your money, must be circumcised. My covenant will be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

14 - The uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people. He has broken my covenant."

15 - God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but her name will be Sarah.

16 - I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. Yes, I will bless her, and she will be a mother of nations. Kings of peoples will come from her."

17 - Then Abraham fell on his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, "Will a child be born to him who is one hundred years old? Will Sarah, who is ninety years old, give birth?"

18 - Abraham said to God, "Oh that Ishmael might live before you!"

19 - God said, "No, but Sarah, your wife, will bear you a son. You shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him.

20 - As for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He will become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.

21 - But my covenant I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this set time next year."

22 - When he finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.

23 - Abraham took Ishmael his son, all who were born in his house, and all who were bought with his money; every male among the men of Abraham's house, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the same day, as God had said to him.

24 - Abraham was ninety-nine years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

25 - Ishmael, his son, was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.

26 - In the same day both Abraham and Ishmael, his son, were circumcised.

27 - All the men of his house, those born in the house, and those bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.

Genesis 17 Images and Notes

Brief Summary: Abram is commanded by the Lord to walk perfectly, and God will make him a father of many nations, his name was changed to Abraham, the LORD makes a covenant to be a God to Abraham and to his seed for ever, God also promises to give Abraham the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession, circumcision becomes the token of God's everlasting covenant with Abraham, Sarai's name was changed to Sarah, Sarah will also bear Isaac and through Isaac the covenant will be established, Abraham and his entire household are circumcised.

Genesis Chapter 17

Genesis 17:5 - 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.

Outline
God Reveals His Name as El Shaddai  (Genesis 17:1-2)
God Confirms the Covenant (Genesis 17:2-4)
God Changes Abram's name to Abraham (Genesis 17:5)
Circumcision is Established (Genesis 17:9-14)
Sarai's Name is Changed to Sarah (Genesis 17:15-19)
God Promises Blessings to Ishmael (Genesis 17:20)
Abraham's Household is Circumcised (Genesis 17:21-23)
Abraham and Ishmael are Circumcised (Genesis 17:24-27)

Summary
1 God reneweth the covenant
5 Abram's name is changed in token of a greater blessing
10 Circumcision is instituted
15 Sarai her name is changed, and she blessed
16 Isaac is promised
23 Abraham and Ishmael are circumcised

Map of the Journeys of Abraham
Map of the Journeys of Abraham
The Journeys of Abram and Lot

Topics for Bible Study
Abram 99 Years Old
The Lord Appeared to Abram
El Shaddai
Abram Fell on His Face
Covenant Mentioned Again
Father of many Nations
His Name is Changed to Abraham
Exceedingly Fruitful
Nations Will Come From Thee
Kings will Come From Thee
Everlasting Covenant
I will Be a God to Your Seed
Your Seed Will Inherit the Land of Canaan
Everlasting Possession
Circumcision
The Flesh of his Foreskin
A Token of the Covenant
He that is Born in Thy House
He that is Bought With Money
Uncircumcised Man Child
Breaks the Covenant
Sarai's Name is Changed to Sarah
Mother of Nations
Abraham Laughed
Abraham Wanted Ishmael to Inherit
God Wanted Isaac
Ishmael Shall beget 12 Princes
Ishmael Shall be a Great Nation
Covenant with Isaac
Ishmael's Household Circumcised
Ishmael Circumcised at Age 13
Abraham was Circumcised at Age 99

Quick Reference Map
Quick Reference Map of the Jordan River
Map of the Jordan River (Click to Enlarge)

Historical Background
Abram is commanded by the Lord to walk perfectly, and God will make him a father of many nations, his name was changed to Abraham, the LORD makes a covenant to be a God to Abraham and to his seed for ever, God also promises to give Abraham the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession, circumcision becomes the token of God's everlasting covenant with Abraham, Sarai's name was changed to Sarah, Sarah will also bear Isaac and through Isaac the covenant will be established, Abraham and his entire household are circumcised.

Maps
Map of the Giants and Early Inhabitants of Ancient Israel
Map of the Canaanite Nations
Map of the World of Abraham
Map of the Journeys of Abraham

Clothing in the Time of Abraham
Clothing in the Time of Abraham

This is how a man or a patriarch would have dressed in ancient times about the time of Abraham which was around 1800 BC. From inside to out he wore an under garment which was bound by a girdle.

The Old Testament

The Old Testament

Genesis Resources

Creation
Adam and Eve
The Flood
The Tower of Babel
Abraham the First Hebrew
Isaac, Son of Promise
Jacob and the 12 Tribes
Joseph and Egypt