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1 Chronicles 16:15-19

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16:15 Remember 1  continually his covenantal decree,

the promise he made 2  to a thousand generations –

16:16 the promise 3  he made to Abraham,

the promise he made by oath to Isaac! 4 

16:17 He gave it to Jacob as a decree,

to Israel as a lasting promise, 5 

16:18 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan

as the portion of your inheritance.”

16:19 When they were few in number,

just a very few, and foreign residents within it,

1 tn The Hebrew text has a masculine plural imperative, addressed to the people. Some LXX mss harmonize the wording here to Ps 105:8, which has זָכַר (zakhar), the perfect third masculine singular form of the verb, “He (the Lord) remembers” (so NIV; NEB reads “He called to mind his covenant”).

2 tn Heb “[the] word he commanded.” The text refers here to God’s unconditional covenantal promise to Abraham and the patriarchs, as vv. 16-18 make clear.

3 tn Heb “which.”

4 tn Heb “his oath to Isaac.”

5 tn Or “eternal covenant.”



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