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Genesis 17 - NIV

The Covenant of Circumcision

1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty[a] ; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.

2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”

3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him,

4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations.

5 No longer will you be called Abram[b] ; your name will be Abraham,[c] for I have made you a father of many nations.

6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.

7 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.

8 The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”

9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come.

10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised.

11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.

12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring.

13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant.

14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”

15 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah.

16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”

17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”

18 And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”

19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac.[d] I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.

20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation.

21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.”

22 When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.

23 On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him.

24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised,

25 and his son Ishmael was thirteen;

26 Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that very day.

27 And every male in Abraham’s household, including those born in his household or bought from a foreigner, was circumcised with him.


a. Genesis 17:1 Hebrew El-Shaddai
b. Genesis 17:5 Abraham probably means father of many.
c. Genesis 17:5 Abram means exalted father.
d. Genesis 17:19 Isaac means he laughs.

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Shared by: Daniel Habben on Oct, 2016
Summary: God Almighty can keep the promises he makes! Trust him.
Scripture: Genesis 17:1-27
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 401
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Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Sep, 2016
Summary: We need to look at our life and see what we can do with God's help.
Scripture: Genesis 17:1-2
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Views: 382
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Shared by: David Taylor on Aug, 2016
Summary: The Patriarchs God Almighty and the Covenant of Circumcision Genesis 17:9-17:27 David Taylor May 8, 2016
Series: Genesis
Scripture: Genesis 17:9-27
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Shared by: David Taylor on Aug, 2016
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Shared by: C. Philip Green on Jul, 2016
Summary: When you're tempted to laugh at God in disbelief, listen to Him anyway and do what He says.
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Scripture: Genesis 17:15-27
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 1,262
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Shared by: C. Philip Green on Jun, 2016
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Shared by: David Radcliff on Mar, 2016
Summary: Each sport has experienced their Miracle Teams, like the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team. All facing what seemed to be impossible situations and insurmountable odds, but they overcame.
Scripture: Genesis 17:1-8
Denomination: Baptist
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Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Mar, 2016
Summary: Our prayer is that all Christians be One.
Scripture: Genesis 17:3-9
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 83
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Shared by: Larry Turner on Mar, 2016
Summary: This sermon fills in the gap between Lot's rescue and the promised son to Abraham.
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Shared by: Paul Basehore on Jan, 2016
Summary: God keeps His promises, even when they don’t make sense.
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Shared by: Horace Wimpey on Aug, 2015
Summary: God gave the nation of Israel a sign of their commitment to him with circumcision. The people thought that the sign was their salvation. Not their relationship with God. Many who profess Christian faith do the same with baptism.
Scripture: Genesis 17:9-12
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Views: 507
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Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Mar, 2015
Summary: The promise of God and Gods faithful ness to fulfill them promises.
Scripture: Genesis 17:1-8
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Views: 470
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Shared by: Revd. Martin Dale on Feb, 2015
Summary: Faith is the opposite of calling God a liar
Scripture: Genesis 17:1-27
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Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Feb, 2015
Summary: The covenant established with Abraham is not just about the land, or circumcision - but it is also about God's plan of redemption for the nations, via the cross of Jesus.
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Shared by: Rob Ketterling on Nov, 2014
Summary: God has a name for you!
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Scripture: Genesis 17:4-6
Denomination: Assembly Of God
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Shared by: John Gaston on Aug, 2014
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Shared by: David Taylor on Jul, 2014
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Shared by: Kayode Omotoso on Jul, 2014
Summary: Most of us as Christians are so comfortable counting on our long year of salvation and probably service in the house of God yet the Almighty God whom we claim to be serving is so disappointed in our relationship with Him. Grow your relationship with Him.
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Scripture: Genesis 17:1
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 454
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Shared by: Jeremy Poling on Jun, 2014
Summary: Just because it is a fact does not mean it has to stay that way.
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Scripture: Genesis 17:15-17
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,256
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Shared by: Samuel Young on May, 2014
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Scripture: Genesis 17:4
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Summary: God's names are powerful, and we can see His attributes in them.
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Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Apr, 2014
Summary: God loved us so much that He gave up His only begotten Son, as the blood-price of our justification. You and I first enter that covenant when we, or our parents and godparents, make covenant promises to God at our baptism.
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Scripture: Genesis 17:3-9
Denomination: Catholic
Views: 250
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Shared by: Bishop Emma Omon on Mar, 2014
Summary: God has a plan for your increase and He wants you to live your life to the full. Drawing vital lessons from Abraham's life and journey of faith, this teaching will guide you in understanding God's principles for Supernatural Increase.
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Shared by: Tim White on Mar, 2014
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Shared by: Tim White on Mar, 2014
Summary: God rejects Abraham's plan and gives him a better one.
Scripture: Genesis 17:17-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 671
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Shared by: Davon Huss on Feb, 2014
Summary: A sermon on humor focused on the birth of Isaac= he laughs (Outline and much material adapted from Dr. Robert Lee Hill at: http://community-christian.org/sermons/GodWantsYoutoLaugh_092610.pdf)
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Shared by: Mark A. Barber on Feb, 2014
Summary: It had been thirteen years since the birth of Ishmael. God makes a sudden appearance with a startling announcement.
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Shared by: Neal Gracey on Oct, 2013
Summary: LAUGH. A time to Laugh and a time to cry!
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Genesis 17:16-18:12
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Views: 1,144
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Shared by: John Shearhart on Jun, 2013
Summary: El Shaddai promises an eternal covenant with Abraham and gives him the covenant of circumcision.
Series: Genesis
Scripture: Genesis 17:1-27
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 576