He blessed 1 them so that they became very numerous. He would not allow their cattle to decrease in number. 2
he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish.
Also He blesses them and they multiply greatly, And He does not let their cattle decrease.
How he blesses them! They raise large families there, and their herds of cattle increase.
He blessed them and they prospered greatly; their herds of cattle never decreased.
He gives them his blessing so that they are increased greatly, and their cattle do not become less.
By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their cattle decrease.
He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; And He does not let their cattle decrease.
them also, so that they are multiplied
not their cattle
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that they became very
. He would not
allow their cattle
to decreasein number.
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1 tn “Bless” here carries the nuance “endue with sexual potency, make fertile.” See Gen 1:28, where the statement “he blessed them” directly precedes the command “be fruitful and populate the earth” (see also 1:22). The verb “bless” carries this same nuance in Gen 17:16 (where God’s blessing of Sarai imparts to her the capacity to bear a child); 48:16 (where God’s blessing of Joseph’s sons is closely associated with their having numerous descendants); and Deut 7:13 (where God’s blessing is associated with fertility in general, including numerous descendants). See also Gen 49:25 (where Jacob uses the noun derivative in referring to “blessings of the breast and womb,” an obvious reference to fertility) and Gen 27:27 (where the verb is used of a field to which God has given the capacity to produce vegetation).
2 tn The verbal form in this line appears to be an imperfect, which may be taken as customary (drawing attention to typical action in a past time frame) or as generalizing (in which case one should use the English present tense, understanding a move from narrative to present reality).