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The Everlasting Covenant

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    Chapter 8 - The Promise and the Oath

    THE sacrifice had been made; Abraham’s faith had been tested and found perfect; “And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 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: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply 1“Blessing I will bless,” and “multiplying I will multiply,” is the literal translation of a very common Hebrew idiom. Emphasis in the Hebrew is denoted by repetition. Put into ordinary English, the text would read “I will surely bless thee, and I will surely multiply thy seed.” Similar instances may be seen in the margin of Genesis 2:16, 17, “eating thou mayest eat,” and “dying thou shalt die,” for “thou mayest freely eat,” and “thou shalt surely die.” In Exodus 3:7, “I have surely seen,” the same idiom occurs, “Seeing I have seen.” In Acts 7:34, this emphatic repetition is preserved in “I have seen, I have seen.” thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea-shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of His enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed My voice.” 2Genesis 22:15-18.EVCO 107.1

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