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Bible Commentaries

Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

Genesis 17

1:1 God (a-4) Heb. Elohim , the plural of Eloah , 'the Supreme'. It is Deity in the absolute sense. Elohim will, in the text, appear only in the name of Jehovah Elohim ; moreover, when Elohim following immediately on Jehovah has a grammatical adjunct, its place will be taken by the English word 'God'. see Genesis 9:26 and 24.7. Other Hebrew divine names translated as 'God' will be indicated as follows. Eloah +God; El , (meaning 'The Mighty,' see Genesis 14:18 ), *God. For the meaning of Jehovah, (Heb. Yahveh , or Yehveh ), the ever-existing One, see Exodus 3:14 ,Exodus 3:15 ; Isaiah 40:28 . For Jah , the existing One objectively, see Exodus 15:2 ; Psalms 68:4 . The name seems to express absolute rather than continuous existence. For Adonai (a name of God, not merely a title), translated 'Lord', see Ezekiel 2:4 .

Verse 1

17:1 Almighty (d-19) Shaddai plural of Shad , power. Isaiah 13:6 ; Joel 1:15 may give its force. 'Almighty' will always represent Shaddai ; 'the Almighty God' is El Shaddai .

Verse 4

17:4 I. (e-3) Others, 'As for me.'

Verse 5

17:5 Abram, (f-9) See ch. 11.26. Abraham; (g-15) Father of a multitude.

Verse 12

17:12 stranger (h-32) Or 'foreigner.' so ver. 27; Exodus 12:43 ; Leviticus 22:25 , &c.

Verse 15

17:15 Sarah (i-19) Princess.

Verse 19

17:19 Isaac; (a-19) Laughter.

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Darby, John. "Commentary on Genesis 17". "John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament". 1857-67.