I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curseth you–Genesis 12:3

Verses placed by Richard Duke:

Genesis 12:3:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Thee is Abram, who was not a Jew and was not circumcised at this time, AND ISRAEL DID NOT EXIST AT THIS TIME. This verse is NOT referring to IsraelThis (Abram) is confirmed by Galatians 3:16. The promise of blessing was made to Abram.  See Genesis 12:2:

And I will make of thee a great nation [gowy], and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

[You is Abram in Genesis 12:3.  If Abram is changed to Israel, then the verse says God will curse you (singular) ; and by implication will not bless them (plural).  Jesus Christ is the seed of Abraham, not Israel as the New Testament verses cleary state. Replacing Abraham with Israel cuts off the seed of Abraham, which is Jesus Christ.]


#1471 גּוֹי gowy {go'-ee} rarely (shortened) גֹּי goy {go'-ee}
   1a) nation, people
        1a1) usually of non-Hebrew people
        1a2) of descendants of Abraham
        1a3) of Israel
    1b) of swarm of locusts, other animals (fig.)

—Brown-Driver-Briggs (Old Testament Hebrew-English Lexicon)

Apparently from the same root as H1465 (in the sense of massing); a foreign nation; hence a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts:—Gentile, heathen, nation, people.


Galatians 3:16 [repeated immediately below]:

16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.



Galatians 3:9-10,16,28:

So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.  [Under the curse of what?  Going back under the law instead of grace. Galatians 3:1-2; and replaing Abraham with Israel. 3:7-9]

16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Romans 2:28-29:

28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Revelation 2:9:

I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Romans 9:6-8:

Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

(Birth does NOT make them Israel; the children of the promise are only those who place their faith in Jesus Christ.) – – See Galatians 3:16, above.


24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

25 As he saith also in Hosea, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

27 Isaiah also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

29 And as Isaiah said before, Except the Lord of Sabbath had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.

31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.

32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. [See Galatians 3:1-10 at the end of this post] For they stumbled at that stumblingstone [Jesus];

33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Zion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.

Matthew 21:31-46 (the son is Jesus):

31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.

36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.

37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?

41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you [Israel], and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that He spake of them.

46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

1 Peter 2:5-9:

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;



Genesis 12:3:

And I will bless those who bless youAnd the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.


Galatians 3:16:

16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.

Galatians 3:9-10:

So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.

10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.”


2 John 7-11:

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

1 John 2:18:

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye (those he was speaking to) have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

These verses were written to people living then, not written to people in the future:

It “is” the last time; and the anti-Christ shall come and “even now” there are many anti-Christs.



Hebrews 1:1-2:

1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

Hath in these [not the future] last days spoken unto us [the Hebrews] by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds;

In verse 1 above God at various times and different manners SPOKE IN THE PAST unto the fathers through the prophets.  

In verse 2, GOD HAS IN THESE LAST DAYS SPOKEN THROUGH HIS SON.  Who was the writer writing to? What is the name of this book of the Bible?  Hebrews.  He was writing to the Hebrews. READ CAREFULLY!

One cannot separate the first verse from the second verse. The first verse leads into the second verse. In the first verse God spoke in the past through His prophets. But “in these last days” He HAS spoken by His Son. [These last days–NOT FUTURE DAYS]

Let’s look at how verse 2 is read by most today: Has in the (INSTEAD OF THESE) last days as spoken by the Son or Has spoken with respect to the last days.  THIS IS NOT WHAT THE SCRIPURE IN VERSE 2 SAYS. Verse 2 does NOT say “THE” last days–the verse says “THESE last days.” The verse states what the verse states; and the writer is writing to the Hebrews.  He is writing to the Hebrews saying that God IN THESE LAST DAYS HAS Spoken by His Son.  And who did Jesus speak two almost exclusively?  The Jews–the Hebrews.

Hath in THESE [not the future] last days spoken unto us by his Son

These days mean these days–THEN.

Galatians 3:1-10:

1O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.

He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations [ethnos] be blessed.

So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.


#1484 ἔθνος ethnos {eth'-nos}
1) a multitude (whether of men or of beasts) associated or
    living together
    1a) a company, troop, swarm
 2) a multitude of individuals of the same nature or genus
    2a) the human race
 3) a race, nation, people group
 4) in the OT, foreign nations not worshipping the true God, pagans,
 5) Paul uses the term for Gentile Christians

—Thayer's (New Testament Greek-English Lexicon)
Probably from G1486; a race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe; specifically a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by implication pagan):—Gentile, heathen, nation, people.


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