Genesis 22:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 22:18, NIV: "and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.'"

Genesis 22:18, ESV: "and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”"

Genesis 22:18, KJV: "And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice."

Genesis 22:18, NASB: "And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.'"

Genesis 22:18, NLT: "And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed--all because you have obeyed me.'"

Genesis 22:18, CSB: "And all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring because you have obeyed my command.""

What does Genesis 22:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verses, the Lord declared that He had sworn "by Himself" to do for Abraham several very specific things. Those included blessing Abraham, multiplying his offspring enormously, and giving his offspring victory over their enemies.

Now the Lord adds one more promise that applies to everyone who might read these words. The Lord says that in Abraham's offspring, all the nations of the earth will be blessed. This promise, too, is repeated from previous interactions with the Lord (Genesis 12:3; 18:18), with the addition that this blessing on the peoples of the earth will come through Abraham's descendants and not merely through him.

How will this happen? Most significantly, the offspring of Abraham will lead through Isaac to Jacob and down through history to Jesus Himself. All the peoples of the earth have the opportunity to be saved from sin and included in God's family through faith in Abraham's offspring Jesus (Galatians 3:7).

This verse concludes that the Lord will do all of these things because Abraham has obeyed the Lord's voice. It's interesting that the Lord made all of these promises to Abraham without any condition in earlier encounters. Then, the promises were given merely because God wanted to give them. Now, Abraham's obedience is included as a reason for these gifts from the Lord.

It's beautiful circle. The gifts are given unconditionally by the grace of God. The receiver of the gift recognizes God's goodness and obeys God's commands. God now cites the receiver's obedience as reason to give the gifts He would have given, anyway.