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Isaac continues speaking to Jacob

make you fruitful and multiply you

The word "multiply" explains how God would make Jacob "fruitful." AT: "give you many children and descendants" (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-doublet)

May he give you the blessing of Abraham, to you, and to your descendants after you

This speaks about blessing someone as if a blessing were an object that a person can give. The abstract noun "the blessing" can be stated as "bless." AT: "May God bless you and your descendants as he blessed Abraham" or "May God give to you and your descendants what he promised to Abraham" (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metaphor and rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-abstractnouns)

that you may inherit the land

God giving the land of Canaan to Jacob and his descendants is spoken of as if a child were inheriting money or possessions from his father. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metaphor)

the land where you have been living

"the land where you have been staying"

which God gave to Abraham

"which God promised to Abraham"


  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/god
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/almighty
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/fruit
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/multiply
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/peoplegroup
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/names/abraham
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/descendant
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/inherit