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Genesis 17:1-9 (Vespers, 1st Reading)

1

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.

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“And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”

3

Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying:

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“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.

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“No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.

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“I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.

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“And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.

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“Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

9

And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.

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