Genesis 17 Commentary

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Genesis 17:1-2

When Abram was 99 years old, God established a covenant with him to bless him greatly if he walked blameless.

Genesis 17:3-5

God changes Abram’s name to Abraham because he will be the father of many nations.

Genesis 17:6-8

God promises that many nations and kings will come from Abraham’s descendants.

Genesis 17:9-11

God commands Abraham that every male who keeps the covenant must be circumcised as a sign of the covenant.

Genesis 17:12-14

God gives further instructions about circumcision; Male babies who are 8 days old, even servants either born or bought must be circumcised.

Genesis 17:15-17

God changes Sarai’s name to Sarah and promises she will birth a son. Abraham laughed that a man 100 and his wife 90 years old could have a child.

Genesis 17:18-20

Abraham presumes God meant that His promises to bless him and his descendants would come through Ishmael.

Genesis 17:21-23

When God had finished talking, Abraham immediately took all the males in his household and circumcised them as God had commanded.