God makes a promise to Isaac
God told Isaac not to go to Egypt and promised to bless him and all nations through him.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Promise. Declaration by one person to another that something will or will not be done, giving the person to whom it is made the right to expect the performance of whatever has been specified.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Promise [Heb. ʾāmar—‘say,’ piel of dāḇar—‘speak,’ niphal of šāḇaʿ—‘swear,’ etc.; Gk. epangéllomai, proepangéllomai, epangelía, epángelma, homologéō—‘confess’ (Mt. 14:7)]; AV also PROFESS, MESSAGE, etc.; NEB also SWEAR, BE RESOLVED, WORD, etc. I. General Considerations II. In the OT III. In
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
PROMISE Declaration by one person to another that something will or will not be done, giving the person to whom it is made the right to expect the performance of whatever has been specified.Types of Promise In biblical usage there are scattered examples of promises that people give either to one another
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
promise. The concept of promise runs throughout the Bible, with particular attention to promises made by God. For example, God promises innumerable offspring to Abraham and Sarah (Gen. 15:5; 17:6–7; 22:17–18), land to Israel (15:18–21; 50:22–25), perpetual rule to David’s descendants (2 Sam. 7:16), and
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
PROMISE. While referring occasionally to a man’s word, the characteristic use of “promise” in Scripture is concerning what God declares He will bring to pass. Though we may infer promises between the Father and the Son before creation, God’s first great promise to man is in Gen 3:15 inaugurating the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
PROMISE. There is in the Heb. OT no special term for the concept or act of promising. Where our English translations say that someone promised something, the Hebrew simply states that someone said or spoke (’āmar, dāḇar) some word with future reference. In the NT the technical term, epangelia, appears
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
PromiseAccording to the ancient Yahwistic narrative, the Lord promised Abraham offspring, land, divine guidance, and to become a blessing for the whole world (Gen. 12:1–4a, 6–9). The birth of Isaac was promised (Gen. 18:9–15) and fulfilled (21:1–2a), and the land that had been promised (12:7) was granted,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Promise. †“Promise” in English versions of the Old Testament represents a number of Hebrew words of broader meaning, principally dāḇār “word, matter, thing” (e.g., Josh. 21:45; 2 Sam. 7:21) and ˒āmar “say, speak” and related words (e.g., 2 Chr. 6:20; Ps. 77:8 [MT 9]; 119:38). God’s promise is
Catholic Bible Dictionary
PROMISE The biblical notion of promise is aptly summarized in the words of Samuel Johnson, who defines it as the “declaration of some benefit to be conferred.”God made promises in the very beginning and throughout the patriarchal period that laid the groundwork for universal salvation. Genesis chapters
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
PromiseIn Christian literature God’s activity spans the time frames of past, present and future. The concept of promise weds the three into a composite picture of God’s involvement in the concerns of his people. In the NT and the apostolic fathers, promise refers to both the pledge made by God and the
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
PROMISE. A solemn assertion, by which one pledges his veracity that he will perform, or cause to be performed, that which he mentions (1 Kings 8:56; 2 Chron. 1:9; Ps. 77:8). Promises differ from the commands of God, the former being significations of the divine will concerning a duty to be performed,
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Promisepromise, an assurance of some future act. Although absent as a specific term in the ot, the concept of promise runs throughout its narrative. The prediction of innumerable offspring to childless Abraham and Sarah (Gen. 15:5; 17:6–7; 22:17–18), of a land for Israel (Gen. 15:18–21; 50:22–25),
Key passages
Ge 26:2–5

And Yahweh appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land which I will show to you. Dwell as an alien in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless you, for I will give all these lands to you and to your descendants, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham …

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