Genesis 35:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 35:11, NIV: "And God said to him, 'I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants."

Genesis 35:11, ESV: "And God said to him, “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body."

Genesis 35:11, KJV: "And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;"

Genesis 35:11, NASB: "God also said to him, 'I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a multitude of nations shall come from you, And kings shall come from you."

Genesis 35:11, NLT: "Then God said, 'I am El-Shaddai--'God Almighty.' Be fruitful and multiply. You will become a great nation, even many nations. Kings will be among your descendants!"

Genesis 35:11, CSB: "God also said to him, "I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply. A nation, indeed an assembly of nations, will come from you, and kings will descend from you."

What does Genesis 35:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Following Jacob's building of an altar to the Lord at Bethel (Genesis 28:10–22), God has appeared to Jacob to bless him once again. In the previous verse, God confirmed his renaming of Jacob to Israel (Genesis 32:28; 35:10). Now the Lord reconfirms His promises that a nation, a company of nations, and even kings would come from Jacob's body.

God confirms these promises by declaring Himself to be "God Almighty." This is from the Hebrew 'ēl Sad'day, also written as El Shaddai. This term is used often in Genesis (Genesis 28:3; 43:14; 48:3). The first use of this title came when God was speaking to Abraham, making similar promises (Genesis 17:1). God Almighty is known by His faithfulness and ability to keep his promises. Jacob, who already has 11 sons and at least one daughter, is commanded to be fruitful and multiply. This command, given first to Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:28) and later to Noah (Genesis 9:1) is now given to Israel and his descendants with God's promise of the nations and kings that will come as a result.