The Lord appeared to Abram(A) and said, “To your offspring[a] I will give this land.(B)(C) So he built an altar there to the Lord,(D) who had appeared to him.

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  1. Genesis 12:7 Or seed
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And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.

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18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram(A) and said, “To your descendants I give this land,(B) from the Wadi[a] of Egypt(C) to the great river, the Euphrates(D)

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  1. Genesis 15:18 Or river
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18 In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

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16 and said, “I swear by myself,(A) declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,(B) 17 I will surely bless you(C) and make your descendants(D) as numerous as the stars in the sky(E) and as the sand on the seashore.(F) Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,(G) 18 and through your offspring[a] all nations on earth will be blessed,[b](H) because you have obeyed me.”(I)

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  1. Genesis 22:18 Or seed
  2. Genesis 22:18 Or and all nations on earth will use the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)
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16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

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73     the oath he swore to our father Abraham:(A)

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73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

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The Law and the Promise

15 Brothers and sisters,(A) let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed.(B) Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”[a](C) meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years(D) later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise;(E) but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.

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  1. Galatians 3:16 Gen. 12:7; 13:15; 24:7
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15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

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