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Chapter X.—Continuation of the Above.

Abraham, styled “the friend,”40504050    Isa. xli. 8; 2 Chron. xx. 7; Judith viii. 19; James ii. 23. was found faithful, inasmuch as he rendered obedience to the words of God.  He, in the exercise of obedience, went out from his own country, and from his kindred, and from his father’s house, in order that, by forsaking a small territory, and a weak family, and an insignificant house, he might inherit the promises of God.  For God said to him, “Get thee out from thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, into the land which I shall show thee.  And I will make thee a great nation, and will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be blessed.  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”40514051    Gen. xii. 1–3.  And again, on his departing from Lot, God said to him, “Lift up thine eyes, and look from the place where thou now art, northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward; for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.  And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth, [so that] if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.”40524052    Gen. xiii. 14–16.  And again [the Scripture] saith, “God brought forth Abram, and spake unto him, Look up now to heaven, and count the stars if thou be able to number them; so shall thy seed be.  And Abram believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.”40534053    Gen. xv. 5, 6; Rom. iv. 3.  On account of his faith and hospitality, a son was given him in his old age; and in the exercise of obedience, he offered him as a sacrifice to God on one of the mountains which He showed him.40544054    Gen. xii. 22; Heb. xi. 17.


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