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15 [a]A second time the angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven 16 (A)and said: “I swear by my very self—oracle of the Lord—that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your son, your only one, 17 I will bless you and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants will take possession of the gates of their enemies,(B) 18 and in your descendants all the nations of the earth will find blessing, because you obeyed my command.”(C)

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  1. 22:15–19 The seventh and climactic statement of the blessings to Abraham. Unlike the other statements, which were purely promissory, this one is presented as a reward for Abraham’s extraordinary trust.

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