Genesis 17:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 17:7, NIV: "I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you."

Genesis 17:7, ESV: "And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you."

Genesis 17:7, KJV: "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."

Genesis 17:7, NASB: "I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you."

Genesis 17:7, NLT: "'I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you."

Genesis 17:7, CSB: "I will confirm my covenant that is between me and you and your future offspring throughout their generations. It is a permanent covenant to be your God and the God of your offspring after you."

What does Genesis 17:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God continues to describe His covenant promises to the newly renamed Abraham, formerly known as Abram. Already, God has revealed that Abraham will be the father of multiple nations; kings will come from him. Now God makes it clear that these covenant promises will extend to Abraham's offspring throughout all their generations. In fact, God describes this covenant as everlasting. God will be Abraham's God and the God of Abraham's offspring forever. This covenant relationship will never end. God will keep these promises into eternity.

In establishing this forever covenant between Abraham's offspring and Himself, God is making for Himself a people of His own, a people set apart as His people. These people will eventually become the nation of Israel.

And yet, despite what Abraham may think, the son who will fulfill these promises has not yet been born. Ishmael, Abraham's son through his servant Hagar (Genesis 16:2; 16:16), was never meant to be the promised son. He will be blessed, and prosperous, as God has promised his mother (Genesis 16:10–12). Instead, God intends to allow this elderly couple to conceive a son, who will be named Isaac (Genesis 17:19).