God Promises Blessing Through Prophet Abraham to All People
The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." So Abram left, as the Lord had told him.
Prophet Abraham Believes God's Promise For An Heir
After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward". But Abram said, "0 Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?" And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir."
Then the word of the Lord came to him: "This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir." He took him outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars - if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Birth of Ishmael
Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; so she said to Abram, "The Lord has kept me from having children. Go sleep with my maidservant, perhaps I can build a family through her." He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.
The angel of the Lord also said to her (Hagar); "You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation."
God Renews His Covenant with Prophet Abraham
Some time later God said to him, "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you."
Birth of Isaac
God also said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call Sarai; her name will be Sarah." Then God said, "Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him."
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