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Genesis 17:1 (show verse)

When Abram was 99 years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and announced, "I am God Almighty. Live in constant awareness that I'm always with you, and be blameless.

Genesis 17:2 (show verse)

I'll establish my covenant between me and you, and I'll greatly increase your numbers."

Genesis 17:3 (show verse)

Then Abram fell to the ground as God continued speaking to him.

Genesis 17:4 (show verse)

"Look, I've made a covenant with you. You will be the father of many nations.

Genesis 17:5 (show verse)

Your name is no longer to be Abram. Instead your name will be Abraham, since I'll make you the father of many nations.

Genesis 17:6 (show verse)

I'm going to cause you to have many descendants, and I'll bring nations from you. Kings will come from you.

Genesis 17:7 (show verse)

I'm establishing my covenant between me and you, and with your descendants who come after you, generation after generation, as an eternal covenant, to be your God and your descendants' God after you.

Genesis 17:8 (show verse)

I'll give to you and to your descendants the land to which you have traveled all the land of Canaan as an eternal possession. I will be their God."

Genesis 17:9 (show verse)

God continued to speak to Abraham, "You and your descendants who are born in the future are to keep my covenant that is, you and your descendants, generation after generation.

Genesis 17:10 (show verse)

Here is my covenant that you are to observe, between me and you and your descendants: Every male among you is to be circumcised.

Genesis 17:11 (show verse)

You are all to be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and this is to be the sign of the covenant between me and you.

Genesis 17:12 (show verse)

Generation after generation, every male among you is to be circumcised on the eighth day after his birth, including the servant born in your house or the one purchased from a foreigner, who is not of your offspring.

Genesis 17:13 (show verse)

The servant born in your house or the one purchased with money is to be circumcised. My covenant is to remain in your flesh as an eternal covenant.

Genesis 17:14 (show verse)

Any uncircumcised male who does not have the foreskin of his flesh circumcised on the eighth day after his birth is to be eliminated from his people because he has broken my covenant."

Genesis 17:15 (show verse)

God told Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are not to call her Sarai any longer, because her name is to be Sarah.

Genesis 17:16 (show verse)

I will bless her. Furthermore, I will give you a son from her. I will bless her, so that nations, kings, and people will come from her."

Genesis 17:17 (show verse)

Abraham fell to the ground, laughed, and told himself, "Can a child be born to a 100-year-old man? Can a 90-year-old Sarah give birth?"

Genesis 17:18 (show verse)

So Abraham responded to God, "If only Ishmael would live in constant awareness that you're always with him!"

Genesis 17:19 (show verse)

But God replied, "No, but your wife Sarah will give birth to your son, and you are to name him Isaac. I'll confirm my covenant with him as an eternal covenant for his descendants.

Genesis 17:20 (show verse)

And as for Ishmael, I've heard you. I'll bless him, and he'll have many descendants. I will multiply him greatly, he'll father twelve tribal leaders, and I'll cause his descendants to become a great nation.

Genesis 17:21 (show verse)

Now as to Isaac, I'll confirm my covenant with him, to whom Sarah will give birth as your son at this time next year."

Genesis 17:22 (show verse)

With that, God finished talking to Abraham, and ascended, leaving him.

Genesis 17:23 (show verse)

Abraham took his son Ishmael and all the servants born in his house or purchased with his money every male among the men of his household and circumcised them that very day, just as God had spoken to him.

Genesis 17:24 (show verse)

Abraham was 99 years old when he was circumcised,

Genesis 17:25 (show verse)

and his son Ishmael was thirteen years old when he was circumcised.

Genesis 17:26 (show verse)

Both Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised on that very day.

Genesis 17:27 (show verse)

Every man born in his household as well as those who had been purchased with money from a foreigner was circumcised with him.