Genesis 26:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 26:4, NIV: "I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed,"

Genesis 26:4, ESV: "I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,"

Genesis 26:4, KJV: "And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;"

Genesis 26:4, NASB: "I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,"

Genesis 26:4, NLT: "I will cause your descendants to become as numerous as the stars of the sky, and I will give them all these lands. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed."

Genesis 26:4, CSB: "I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky, I will give your offspring all these lands, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring,"

What does Genesis 26:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, God appeared to Isaac with a powerful message: I am establishing the oath I swore to Abraham with you, as well. I will be with you. I will bless you. The Lord wanted Isaac to understand that all of the promises his father relied on were for him, as well (Genesis 12:1–3).

Now the Lord goes further in repeating those promises: Isaac's offspring would be as the stars of heaven. His offspring would possess all the land of Canaan. Through Isaac's offspring, all the nations of the earth would be blessed. We understand that global blessing to come through the life, death, and resurrection of Isaac's descendant Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:1–16; Luke 3:23–28).

Of course, it's only logical that all those things must happen through Isaac for God's promises to Abraham to hold true. But the Lord is intent that Isaac understand these promises are for him, as well. God wants Isaac to take them personally and not to merely see himself as an extension of Abraham. The Lord would be with Isaac.