'Nation' in the Bible
Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing.
But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. Afterward they will come out with many possessions.
As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful, and give him a multitude of descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes; I will make him into a great nation.
After all, Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all the nations on the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using his name.
Now Abimelech had not gone near her. He said, "Lord, would you really slaughter an innocent nation?
But I will also make the son of the slave wife into a great nation, for he is your descendant too."
Get up! Help the boy up and hold him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation."
May the sovereign God bless you! May he make you fruitful and give you a multitude of descendants! Then you will become a large nation.
Then God said to him, "I am the sovereign God. Be fruitful and multiply! A nation -- even a company of nations -- will descend from you; kings will be among your descendants!
He said, "I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.
But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He too will become a nation and he too will become great. In spite of this, his younger brother will be even greater and his descendants will become a multitude of nations."
Hail fell and fire mingled with the hail; the hail was so severe that there had not been any like it in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation.
and you will be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you will speak to the Israelites."
If she does not please her master, who has designated her for himself, then he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to a foreign nation, because he has dealt deceitfully with her.
So now, leave me alone so that my anger can burn against them and I can destroy them, and I will make from you a great nation."
Now if I have found favor in your sight, show me your way, that I may know you, that I may continue to find favor in your sight. And see that this nation is your people."
He said, "See, I am going to make a covenant before all your people. I will do wonders such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation. All the people among whom you live will see the work of the Lord, for it is a fearful thing that I am doing with you.
You must not walk in the statutes of the nation which I am about to drive out before you, because they have done all these things and I am filled with disgust against them.
I will strike them with the pestilence, and I will disinherit them; I will make you into a nation that is greater and mightier than they!"
And he sent messengers to Balaam son of Beor at Pethor, which is by the Euphrates River in the land of Amaw, to summon him, saying, "Look, a nation has come out of Egypt. They cover the face of the earth, and they are settling next to me.
So now, please come and curse this nation for me, for they are too powerful for me. Perhaps I will prevail so that we may conquer them and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed."
"Look, a nation has come out of Egypt, and it covers the face of the earth. Come now and put a curse on them for me; perhaps I will be able to defeat them and drive them out."
For I will honor you greatly, and whatever you tell me I will do. So come, put a curse on this nation for me.'"
Then on the next morning Balak took Balaam, and brought him up to Bamoth Baal. From there he saw the extent of the nation.
For from the top of the rocks I see them; from the hills I watch them. Indeed, a nation that lives alone, and it will not be reckoned among the nations.
So be sure to do them, because this will testify of your wise understanding to the people who will learn of all these statutes and say, "Indeed, this great nation is a very wise people."
In fact, what other great nation has a god so near to them like the Lord our God whenever we call on him?
And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this whole law that I am about to share with you today?
Or has God ever before tried to deliver a nation from the middle of another nation, accompanied by judgments, signs, wonders, war, strength, power, and other very terrifying things like the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?
Stand aside and I will destroy them, obliterating their very name from memory, and I will make you into a stronger and more numerous nation than they are."
The Lord will raise up a distant nation against you, one from the other side of the earth as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand,
a nation of stern appearance that will have no regard for the elderly or pity for the young.
They have made me jealous with false gods, enraging me with their worthless gods; so I will make them jealous with a people they do not recognize, with a nation slow to learn I will enrage them.
They are a nation devoid of wisdom, and there is no understanding among them.
The priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan. All Israel crossed over on dry ground until the entire nation was on the other side.
When the entire nation was on the other side, the Lord told Joshua,
The sun stood still and the moon stood motionless while the nation took vengeance on its enemies. The event is recorded in the Scroll of the Upright One. The sun stood motionless in the middle of the sky and did not set for about a full day.
The Lord was furious with Israel. He said, "This nation has violated the terms of the agreement I made with their ancestors by disobeying me.
Who is like your people, Israel, a unique nation on the earth? Their God went to claim a nation for himself and to make a name for himself! You did great and awesome acts for your land, before your people whom you delivered for yourself from the Egyptian empire and its gods.
Your servant stands among your chosen people; they are a great nation that is too numerous to count or number.
So give your servant a discerning mind so he can make judicial decisions for your people and distinguish right from wrong. Otherwise no one is able to make judicial decisions for this great nation of yours."
When Hiram heard Solomon's message, he was very happy. He said, "The Lord is worthy of praise today because he has given David a wise son to rule over this great nation."
Jeroboam told his wife, "Disguise yourself so that people cannot recognize you are Jeroboam's wife. Then go to Shiloh; Ahijah the prophet, who told me I would rule over this nation, lives there.
As certainly as the Lord your God lives, my master has sent to every nation and kingdom in an effort to find you. When they say, 'He's not here,' he makes them swear an oath that they could not find you.
But each of these nations made its own gods and put them in the shrines on the high places that the people of Samaria had made. Each nation did this in the cities where they lived.
they wandered from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another.
And who is like your people, Israel, a unique nation in the earth? Their God went to claim a nation for himself! You made a name for yourself by doing great and awesome deeds when you drove out nations before your people whom you had delivered from the Egyptian empire and its gods.
You made Israel your very own nation for all time. You, O Lord, became their God.
Now, Lord God, may your promise to my father David be realized, for you have made me king over a great nation as numerous as the dust of the earth.
Now give me wisdom and discernment so I can effectively lead this nation. Otherwise no one is able to make judicial decisions for this great nation of yours."
One nation was crushed by another, and one city by another, for God caused them to be in great turmoil.
Now don't let Hezekiah deceive you or mislead you like this. Don't believe him, for no god of any nation or kingdom has been able to rescue his people from my power or the power of my predecessors. So how can your gods rescue you from my power?'"
May God who makes his name to reside there overthrow any king or nation who reaches out to cause such change so as to destroy this temple of God in Jerusalem. I, Darius, have given orders. Let them be carried out with precision!"
But if God is quiet, who can condemn him? If he hides his face, then who can see him? Yet he is over the individual and the nation alike,
Deliver your people! Empower the nation that belongs to you! Care for them like a shepherd and carry them in your arms at all times!
How blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen to be his special possession.
Vindicate me, O God! Fight for me against an ungodly nation! Deliver me from deceitful and evil men!
Remember your people whom you acquired in ancient times, whom you rescued so they could be your very own nation, as well as Mount Zion, where you dwell!
Remember how the enemy hurls insults, O Lord, and how a foolish nation blasphemes your name!
He delivered his people over to the sword, and was angry with his chosen nation.
He took him away from following the mother sheep, and made him the shepherd of Jacob, his people, and of Israel, his chosen nation.
They say, "Come on, let's annihilate them so they are no longer a nation! Then the name of Israel will be remembered no more."
O Lord, they crush your people; they oppress the nation that belongs to you.
Certainly the Lord does not forsake his people; he does not abandon the nation that belongs to him.
they wandered from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another.
so I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones, rejoice along with your nation, and boast along with the people who belong to you.
When Israel left Egypt, when the family of Jacob left a foreign nation behind,
He has not done so with any other nation; they are not aware of his regulations. Praise the Lord!
When there is no guidance a nation falls, but there is success in the abundance of counselors.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
The sinful nation is as good as dead, the people weighed down by evil deeds. They are offspring who do wrong, children who do wicked things. They have abandoned the Lord, and rejected the Holy One of Israel. They are alienated from him.
He lifts a signal flag for a distant nation, he whistles for it to come from the far regions of the earth. Look, they come quickly and swiftly.
For Syria's leader is Damascus, and the leader of Damascus is Rezin. Within sixty-five years Ephraim will no longer exist as a nation.
You have enlarged the nation; you give them great joy. They rejoice in your presence as harvesters rejoice; as warriors celebrate when they divide up the plunder.
The leaders of this nation were misleading people, and the people being led were destroyed.
So the sovereign master was not pleased with their young men, he took no pity on their orphans and widows; for the whole nation was godless and did wicked things, every mouth was speaking disgraceful words. Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again.
I sent him against a godless nation, I ordered him to attack the people with whom I was angry, to take plunder and to carry away loot, to trample them down like dirt in the streets.
How will they respond to the messengers of this nation? Indeed, the Lord has made Zion secure; the oppressed among his people will find safety in her.
that sends messengers by sea, who glide over the water's surface in boats made of papyrus. Go, you swift messengers, to a nation of tall, smooth-skinned people, to a people that are feared far and wide, to a nation strong and victorious, whose land rivers divide.
At that time tribute will be brought to the Lord who commands armies, by a people that are tall and smooth-skinned, a people that are feared far and wide, a nation strong and victorious, whose land rivers divide. The tribute will be brought to the place where the Lord who commands armies has chosen to reside, on Mount Zion.
So a strong nation will extol you; the towns of powerful nations will fear you.
Open the gates so a righteous nation can enter -- one that remains trustworthy.
You have made the nation larger, O Lord, you have made the nation larger and revealed your splendor, you have extended all the borders of the land.
all will be put to shame because of a nation that cannot help them, who cannot give them aid or help, but only shame and disgrace."
This is a message about the animals in the Negev: Through a land of distress and danger, inhabited by lionesses and roaring lions, by snakes and darting adders, they transport their wealth on the backs of donkeys, their riches on the humps of camels, to a nation that cannot help them.
Yet he too is wise and he will bring disaster; he does not retract his decree. He will attack the wicked nation, and the nation that helps those who commit sin.
The father of your nation sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against me.
They seek me day after day; they want to know my requirements, like a nation that does what is right and does not reject the law of their God. They ask me for just decrees; they want to be near God.
The least of you will multiply into a thousand; the smallest of you will become a large nation. When the right time comes, I the Lord will quickly do this!"
For a short time your special nation possessed a land, but then our adversaries knocked down your holy sanctuary.
"I made myself available to those who did not ask for me; I appeared to those who did not look for me. I said, 'Here I am! Here I am!' to a nation that did not invoke my name.
Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen this? Can a country be brought forth in one day? Can a nation be born in a single moment? Yet as soon as Zion goes into labor she gives birth to sons!
Now listen to what the Lord has to say, you descendants of Jacob, all you family groups from the nation of Israel.
Has a nation ever changed its gods (even though they are not really gods at all)? But my people have exchanged me, their glorious God, for a god that cannot help them at all!
At that time the nation of Judah and the nation of Israel will be reunited. Together they will come back from a land in the north to the land that I gave to your ancestors as a permanent possession. "
But, you have been unfaithful to me, nation of Israel, like an unfaithful wife who has left her husband," says the Lord.
I will surely punish them for doing such things!" says the Lord. "I will surely bring retribution on such a nation as this!"
The Lord says, "Listen, nation of Israel! I am about to bring a nation from far away to attack you. It will be a nation that was founded long ago and has lasted for a long time. It will be a nation whose language you will not know. Its people will speak words that you will not be able to understand.
I will certainly punish them for doing such things!" says the Lord. "I will certainly bring retribution on such a nation as this!
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