Genesis 12:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 12:2, NIV: "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing."

Genesis 12:2, ESV: "And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing."

Genesis 12:2, KJV: "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:"

Genesis 12:2, NASB: "And I will make you into a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing;"

Genesis 12:2, NLT: "I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others."

Genesis 12:2, CSB: "I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing."

What does Genesis 12:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, God began His seemingly out-of-the-blue contact with Abram. God commanded Abram to go away from his country, his people, and his father's household and to go to an unspecified land God would show him.

Now God begins a series of huge and powerful promises to Abram, which will accompany this leaving behind of everything he knows. God vows to make Abram—through his descendants—a great nation. God will bless Abram. God will make Abram's name great. God will make Abram a blessing.

These promises were the very things the great kings and leaders of Abram's time would have longed for themselves. We're told nothing of Abram's personal ambitions, but it seems likely these promises would have surpassed his wildest expectations for his life. Keep in mind, when these messages came to Abram, he was a childless 75-year old man living in his father's household!

Even so, the next verse contains yet more promises from God.