In Gen. 12:3 we read a very famous verse: “And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.” Things seem to be clear, but a very important nuance is lost in translation.

God promises Abraham that, “everyone who curses him” מְקַלֶּלְךָ  (mekalelcha) will in turn “be cursed” אָאֹר (aor). The strength of this promise, however, is lost in translation. The first word for “curses” – מְקַלֶּלְךָ  (mekalelcha) comes from a root that literally means “to make light of something heavy.” The second word for “curse,” אָאֹר  (aor), actually comes from a completely different root that means something like “to utterly destroy.” 

Taking these insights from Hebrew into consideration, the translation could be presented as follows:

“I will bless those who bless you, but the one who disrespects you, I will utterly destroy.”



  1. This is actually very scary – from the point of view of so many unbelievers. We must pray for a word packed to the brim with lost souls.

    • So we cannot say for sure how severe the curse is Of course if utterly destroy people we know many got off scot free in this lifw after destroying the temple and Jerusalem and attacking Gods chosen people. So could ne that like everying the curse is no different from Gods justice with anyone. – may be maye not in this life. Is there a correlation between actual persons being cursed in this life and offending Abrahams family? Perhaps the passage is about nations or tribes rather than people. Israel is a miracle of survival and all other nations ……..

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      • It can get confusing, but I don’t think they actually escaped with out God’s curse, even if God uses them to carry out His punishment. Those that God sent to punish Israel(Nebuchadnezzar who burned Solomon’s Temple about 586BC, and the Roman’s in AD70) seemed to have a downhill course after those events. In particular, the Babylonian’s only lasted about 50 years after burning Jerusalem. Rome may have peaked after 70AD. Hitler committed suicide and 1/2 of Germany – after the rape of Berlin – suffered oppression by the Russians for 70 years. OTOH, after America helped rescue the Jews? Superpower!

        • Although we have to be careful about ascribing God’s retribution to events in modern history I think your correct. God is fairly clear in Isaiah and elsewhere that he will punish the nations he uses to discipline Israel.

          • Then based upon this, what do you make of this modern day Holy War between Islamic was extremists and Western nations? Was 9/11 an act of evil or a punishment?

          • Why couldn’t tragedies like 9/11 be both evil and a punishment? God used evil nations to “punish” his people plenty before.

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      • Hashem is both perfectly just and perfectly merciful. Our material bodies are completely composed of atoms and medical scientists state that it takes about 7 years for every atom in the physical body to be exchanged with ones out of the body. As we continue to be the same person we cannot be the body. Maybe the answer to your question lies in what happens to the person after the physical body dies?

      • If not utterly destroyed in this life, the unrepentant will be come judgement day. We must pray for even our enemies, that they come to know God before it too late.

        • Bingo. Bottom line is Gods love for His family is beyond understanding. I pray for salvation to come to all of Israel and everyone.

    • Yes, I do share your insight! It also seems to cut both ways doesn’t it for the Children of Abraham …. ie. If they DO NOT obey God… they will get a big knock on the head… as seen in History! Today just saw the Israeli Gay Pride Day event Jun.2018 … it’s going to have serious spiritual ramifications!

    • Abraham has been pre-ordained by God to be at the head of a great posterity. The curse will fall upon anyone who tries to attack the children of Israel. We form part of the great gathering of Israel as we are all sons and daughters of God as we have promised to follow God’s commandments and to stay worthy. The curse will fall onto many generations who try to attempt to the lives of God’s children.

    • Abraham saw Our Lord in advance and rejoiced. May all descendants of Abraham today also rejoice in Yahshuah!

      • Romans 9:6-8 King James Version (KJV) 6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

    • Agreed. Many ‘believers’ had better rethink replacement theology, supersessionism, and undercurrent of ‘slighting’ a Jew, also. From my youth those things made me cringe. I have befriended and defended Jews, theology was not an issue. Glad to see my gut feelings are God inspired.

  2. This has been my motto for all of my Christian walk. “I will bless those who bless you and i will curse thise who curse you” i bought the bracelet in Israel recently. People still do not understand. I dont find it difficult but many do. Praying for those who condemn Israel. They know not what they do,

  3. The use of plural (those that less you) contrast to singular (I will curse him) Israel is to be blessing to many people

    • Its late in Israel so I am afraid to make a mistake :-), but the best I can see the bless you is also in singular.

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    • You are right. The plural is used for those who bless Abram, and the singular for the “one who curses you.” Perhaps this is indicative of God’s grace that in the end, more will bless Abram compared to the relatively few who will “curse” him. But your take on it is, I think, reversed. Here the point is not Abram/Israel blessing many (that is the point at the end of vv. 2 and 3) but the many blessing Abram.

  4. If the people of Israel show disrespect or dismiss God’s promises do they bring judgement or a curse upon themselves? If my people will humble themselves and turn from their wicked ways…. How do these promises interconnect. Can God curse his own? Or is God limiting or restrianong himself to judgement or consequences of disobedience.

    • According to the Torah he surely can. This is why Jewish Christ came to suffer the curse that Israel deserved. Perfect Israel suffered for the imperfect one.

      • Yes, He most certainly will curse His own, see Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28. However, His promises and the covenant are irrevocable(Romans 11). Therefore, He will not allow them to be destroyed completely (Levit 26:44) and when their punishment is complete, will totally restore them ( Ezekiel 36, 37, etc) In the meantime, I prefer to not be among those He uses- or allows- to discipline Israel! It has not worked out well for them historically!

    • In Numbers Balaam Balak Torah portion. Israel could not be cursed because they where blessed. But what was said was only they could curse themselves by turning away from G-d and His instructions, its all about heart additude. Once your in the only way to get out is to turn your back on G-d and His instructions for how you are to live. In a way you are cursing yourself. I have seen G-d’s curse of someone who has done evil against His chosen. It is scary. I pray for those who curse the chosen now.

    • John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 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.

  5. Seriously guys…. think about this for a moment, please. Are you really holding to the belief that God will ‘utterly destroy’ anyone who disrespects Abraham? That’s a pretty severe consequence don’t you think? I mean to disrespect someone ain’t that much of a big deal is it? But being utterly destroyed is. The punishment here and seems grossly out of proportion to the crime. And this from a loving and merciful God? Such manifestly over the top retribution meted out by a ‘just’ God smiting whomever for such slights? Wow, talk about excessive. Something is wrong here, very wrong.

    • Phil, this is what the text says, if God in his great mercy and providence acts otherwise (as He normally does) it should no diminish that fact that this how He feels.

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      • I agree, but God’s word is not its translation :-), but the original in which it was written in this case in Hebrew.So the translation can be called God’s WORD only to the degree that it reflects the original meaning.

        • You are so right Dr. Eli, Christians tought all the time about beleiviing ALL of God’s Word but they better be careful as to what translation they are reading, what the condition of their heart is in reading it, and if the true meaning of the scripture is at hand, else, you will be wrong;dead wrong. I’ve seen this over and over.

        • Quoting you, “the original in which it was written in this case in Hebrew”. The “original in Hebrew” is no longer extant. The 70 Jewish Scholars who had composed their Greek translation (“Septuagint”) many years before the advent of Christianity is the closest rendition we have of the Torah. If you mean the Masoretic text, it appeared centuries later. More details here: and

          • It looks like you’re comparing ages of manuscripts. I was referring to the original language. Also, don’t forget about the non-Masoretic tradition Hebrew manuscripts from Qumran.

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        • If the Bible had not been translated, then how many people would have missed out on hearing the Good News of salvation?

          • Billions; I totally agree that translations are very useful. But for those who want to better understand an original, a translation will still always be imperfect.

        • Absolutely correct! Religious Jews I knew always say to me show me the Hebrew text not the translation because they know that.

      • Barbara: I believe in God’s word totally but what you read needs to be understood and not always taken literally. As a baby Christian we drink “milk” later God gives us more and more insight to who He is and sometimes we have to cross the bridge to the past to understand and apply what his word means, (meats of his word)that is if you desire a greater understanding. A good example of this is when you first read a verse and years later Our Heavenly father gives us a deeper understanding of what the verse means.

    • Phil, I think we need to take it in context. Abraham, being a great Prophet of God, is being told that if people don’t listen to what he is telling them that the Lord is saying through him, then they are heading down the road to “utter destruction”, but if, on the other hand, they do follow the Prophet who is telling them what the Lord wants them to know, then they will be blessed. To the Lord, “utter destruction” may not be meaning lightning bolts from heaven, we can be confident that the results will be just.

      • May I also comment that we don’t get to tell God what to do – He is immensely more powerful than us – therefore He gets to make the rules. If we choose to follow His advise, then it is well with us, however, if we choose to disobey or ignore His rules then how can we reasonably expect the same blessings as those that do obey? As a parent, if I tell my kids not to do something or they don’t get a treat and they disobey me, they don’t get the treat. Simple parenting tactic. Just and fair.

      • I fully agree with you Fran. Only sin not tolerated is when we sin against the holy spirit. I stand for correction. To utterly destroy I dont think so. But for the Grace of God

    • Phil, please consider that the fact that God is loving and merciful does not discount that He is also the Mighty and Awesome One who keeps both covenant (faithful to His word, both in love and judgment) and mercy. (Nehemiah 9:32). Also, what “disrespect” means to us today could be a weightier issue in God’s sight. Our human minds and morality are woefully inadequate to understand or determine what is right or wrong (or over-the-top) in God’s eternal view. I read God’s answer to Job in chapters 38-41 and I’m awed. God IS exceedingly more than we can define.

    • Parents and authorities are a microcosm of Adonai’s justice and mercy. They don’t reflect Him perfectly but the blueprint is accurate when it abides by Torah. Our Western mindset equates Yeshua with a new kind of “law” that only deals in mercy, and Adonai in the “Old” Covenant with a vindictive one. But if Yeshua is the Word made flesh ( fullness) and the same One Who created the entire universe…then it stands to reason that He does not change. The inhabitants of Soddom and Gomorrah died of gas asphyxiation before all was consumed. Perfect example of mercy justice.

    • Phil, perhaps the problem for you is the use of “the one who disrespects you, I will utterly destroy.” rather than the more common translation “the one who curses you I will curse.”. Cursing someone could indeed be a big deal, as in the way that Hitler cursed the Jews during the Holocaust, or the way that Pharaoh and Haman planned a similar extinction for the Jews. They obviously all ended up under a curse themselves. Although, I am certainly unqualified to say which is the most correct translation: “disrespect”, or “curses”.

    • Phil, respect has everything to do with honor. If we disrespect one of God’s called and chosen people, we are in essence dishonoring the Lord. There are consequences to that sort of thing, and if we don’t repent quickly, we will reap what we sowed. If we treat a man of God lightly, we are actually treating the Lord in the same way, choosing to look on Him as being next to nothing. I pray I will never be found doing this.

    • Phil, it seems out of proportion, but is it? I think that God is saying that even disrespecting someone could have the same affect as attacking someone. In Matthew 5:20-22, verbal attacks are as harmful as murder. I think God is saying our attitudes (disrespect) reveal our hearts/sin.

  6. That passage is not speaking about blessing or cursing Israel, but Abraham and his seed who is Christ Jesus, and all who are in Christ are the seed of Abraham.

      • since you are emphasizing a literal translation then the curse/blessing is for Abraham alone and no one else. it does not say Abraham and his biological descendants from Sarah and his Egyptian wife Keturah.

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        • The protection was for Abraham alone not his wives or children. To extend this to others one needs to find other covenants made between YHVH and others. A treaty between 2 people is extinguished on the death of one or both. The passage did not mention descendants from his two wives. There was no Nation of Israel at that time.

        • Winston, I have always wondered: Can you bless, rather than curse, a man if you curse his descendants by attempting their extermination? Or even just by hating/cursing his descendants? Personally, I think if you curse his descendants, you curse him. But I could be wrong.

  7. Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down us from God our Farther, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never casts a shifting shadow, (James 1:17). Israel through the seed of Abraham is a gift and God’s light to the world; when we connect with Israel we also become a part of that light. Rahab became a part of the genealogy of our Messiah; despite Jericho being utterly destroyed. This is a warning to us as individuals and in the end times that we live, a warning to the nations of the world. “Take heed.”

  8. This is why Jesus says: Bless and do not curse. He’s talking about the power of G-d protecting His children -Think in terms of Moses and Pharaoh. Of course, when He addresses Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3, He’s talking about to the Spirit of Abraham -Isaac-, the “clean” child of G-d. This child represents the Spirit of Christ. Hence, “I will bless them that bless you, and I utterly destroy them who disrespect you -G-d’s Spirit on Earth-“

  9. My first essay ( last year) was exactly about this topic. I pointed that out too that it was relevant for people ‘s attitude towards Israel until this day. Lots of Christians keep ignoring that Jesus was a Jew . The parable in Matt 15:22-28 says it so clearly . Strangely enough i always had a love for Israel before i became a Christian .

  10. George Lewis. Very relevant in these troubled times-especially for Israel.God bless Israel with knowledge of Jesus! George Lewis. Very relevant in the times we live in.God bless Israel with acceptance and knowledge of our Saviour-Jesus Christ.

  11. That promise is nothing to do with today’s unbelieving nation that thrives on injustice. It concerns those who believe God as Abraham did, & accept the LORD Jesus Christ as the long promised Messiah, Seed of Abraham.

    • Wonderful replacement theology fueled by what seems to be a personal antisemitism at work once again! Congratulations! (NOTHING to do with the State of Israel… I can certainly handle, not everything, 🙂 but NOTHING?!) Oy Vey. It is interesting that in my explanation I DID NOT APPLY it to anybody :-).

    • If God doesn’t keep His covenant with Israel as described in Genesis 12:1-2 then what hope do we have who have only been grafted in as a wild olive tree. I would suggest you go back and read Romans chapters 9-11; don’t know how God’s promises to the physical nation of Israel can be airbrushed away if you read it with an open mind and heart. Of course the nation is sinful, what nation is not?? Shalom.

  12. Abraham was of the tribe of Shem. If anyone had killed him no Messiah. We are shocked if we hear anything of G-D’s anger towards anyone. We only want the love, and how nice G-D is. The world hates and despises Israel. The evil one wants to destroy every last Jew hence stopping the return of their Messiah and their complete salvation and restoration in Him Yeshua. Israel is a sinful nation like ours are. Judgement is on the countries that hate Israel. Like mine the U.K. Thus were are to bless Israel and her people.

  13. We who believe have not replaced Israel but have joined Israel through God’s plan and will. Our adoption counts as true citizenship. It is not a fictitious or imagined position. Our prayer is that all those who believe in one God receive Jesus as Messiah. God has come in the flesh and presently rules in Zion. Isa 2:3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways…Where is this?

  14. You folks are stuck thinking on the human body and condition when all things are spoken to and relative to the Spirit condition. If speaking about the human seed of Abraham one can not look specifically at Israel as a small land mass in the middle east because Abraham’s seed has been spread all across the earth into every country. Abraham was a Hebrew not a Jew. The 12 Hebrew tribes chosen by GOD were used as examples to show that no human can under their own power follow GOD to the letter. They failed repeatedly, GOD redeemed.

    • In other words God is finished with the physical Jews, and replaced them with spiritual Christians. Right? (“Wrong on multiple accounts”, is you asked me). 🙂 Christian replacement of the Jews has already led to 6000000 Jews dead in Christian lands. So getting stuck in the right area is important and personal for us :-(. I wish it wasn’t.

    • If God replaced physical Israel with the church and Jews with Christians, what would prevent Him from doing the same with Christians today?

      • exactly. If He is unfaithful to “old” Israel why could He be trusted with being faithful to the “new”?

        • Those who immerse themselves in religion are no different than the religious crowd back in the day. The purpose of those whom follow any religious sect is to be a contrast to true believers. Which denomination is truly christian ???? Those who follow any sin or those who know of only one true sin ????

        • Gal 3:26-29 to me reaffirms distinctions, but within those distinctions we are now equal. No one group (Jew/Gentile, Man/Woman, Owner/Slave) is superior–we are on equal footing in Jesus- and we are to be one new man under the blood sacrifice of the cross. There is no replacement, just equality.

  15. When God says He will utterly destroy it does not necessarily mean in a way that we can comprehend. Destruction can come generations down the line. Look at America, how it helped the Jewish nation (at the last minute) in WWII, and America has been blessed. The last administration turned its back on Israel, and now we are being led by a buffoon, who is racist and loves conflict (look how he pokes fun at North Korea). This is just a one example in which I could go on and on with details, and with enough research an essay.

  16. And if they really love Christ ( our Jewish Rebbe Moshiach) they also will understand they are grafted in the olive tree ( Yeshua /Torah) and that they need to allow the Ruach to circumcise their heart… and follow HIM The Holy One Of Israel who says if you love ME keep my commands ( allow ME to write them upon your heart! ) People who acknowledge and confess they have this spirit of antisemitism in their heart can be delivered of this evil. I pray with and for them!

  17. Thank you for expounding on the Hebrew translation Dr. Eli, this is quite fascinating! Do you think that the Hebrew word mekalelcha could possibly refer to having a low esteem for the promise that was made to Abraham by making light of it and depreciating it? Esau made light of the blessing of Abraham by devaluing his birthright and selling it to Jacob by offering it in exchange of a bowl of soup (a single meal). Salvation and blessings are contained in the Abrahamic promise. Loss of this promise of blessing and salvation would result in a condition of aor?

  18. The strength of the blessing does not seem to be based upon seeing Christ crucified (Gal 3), but seems connected to the coming of faith (Christ)revealed. the law was our guardian until Christ came

  19. Hello Dr Eli, Thank you for your great website. Do you have any information or thoughts about the teaching of British Israel, that the Jews are of the tribe of Judah, but there are historical roots from England, Denmark, Canada, NZ, etc. that could indicate there is a link to the lost 10 tribes? And the prophecies of Ezekiel appear to be fulfilled in these powerful western nations? Kindest regards, Kathy

    • Dear Kathy, shalom. I don’t have anything written about it although G-d knows I should. The hypothesis always sounded crazy to me, but if someone could present me with a logical case for it I would of course be open (like I would be open to consider any other idea). Best, Dr. Eli

  20. God’s Hand has always been upon Israel. It is foolish not to take note of what is happening in Israel as Prophecy is constantly unfolding. What happens with Israel will determine the future of us all.. God is Love, but people also forget that God has a wrath…Best to Bless the Apple of His Eye.

  21. I have read a lot of the above comments, and one fact stands out, “We should stop trying to second guess God”, He will do what He will do when He is ready, We are called to trust in Him totally for everything. So just live and enjoy the gifts He has given, do His will when He wills it, and wait patiently.

    • Patricia, I really like how you stated your case. 1st glance this doesn’t seem to relate to the topic but we taught our kids: Right is always right even if no one does it; wrong is always wrong even if everyone does it. Our job is to discover what is right and wrong – from the Word.

  22. Dear brother Eli! I thank you always as you did last year, even now Thorah and the prophetic books have made me so fond. Our God he bless you all in the Bible Center from ZION Best regards, Your friend Horst

  23. Surely the blessing referred to encompasses not only the respecting of Abraham as a person, but all that is eternally attributed to his faith and faithfullness, the forward-looking attitudes towards the fulfilment (despite apparent odds !) of God’s promises of provision of salvation and its blessings. This ‘spirit of Abrahamic presence/influence’or whatever, should be highly regarded. ?????

  24. thank you all for interesting comments. To Patricia : I think you are right in one way that we should be patient and do God’s will what HE will do in HIS Authority at His time – I’d like to add. But we Need the grace of HIS Ruach Hakodesh to discover the right moment for His will and pray and act according to it. At least we can pray already in advance and be patient for HIS reaction. Pls. pray all for Jerusalem the everlasting, undividable City of God (Ps.122) & restoration of the meaning of HIs word.

  25. I wonder about this and how our country can be affected. Recently, our government voted against Israel at the UN (to my – and many others) dismay. It is a difficult situation for our country though, because we have a neighboring country that is much larger than us that has a 50+ year claim on our country and has been relentless in the pursuit of her claim. Historically, Israel has supported our neighbour – politically and militarily. We are juxtaposed between a biblical fact and a geo-political reality? How can this be fixed?

  26. Since I read this years ago, I am very careful about what I say about the people of Israel. I have a sister-in-law who belongs to a religious group who claims to be Hebrew-Israel and it concerns me because they say they are the people of Israel. Their doctrine is strange and not all sects believe the same. There are some that be on the streets that are very conftontational. They cuss and they don’t like white people. No one including her husband can talk to her about the Bible without an argument from her.

    • Here in SA, therw are white people following the ‘Israel’ movement. They ‘hate’ bkack people and say they arw feom the devil. They are highly religious and cellebrate all feasts and Shabbat according to a moon calendar and can quote any scripture. They dominate and refuse to listen or even entertain questions. They are truly G-D fearing people and focus on being obedient to G-Ds Wordmso I do not understand, I really do not comprehend their absolute rejection of black people. And, oh yes, they disregard any white people as well who don’t believe as they do.

      • Hmmm, that kind of behavior seems to lack in love, which doesn’t sound much like Rabbi Yeshua’s or Paul’s teachings. I hope that such people would focus more on how we should treat each rather than on unloving piety. (1 Cor 13:1)

      • In SA there are also are white people ‘following’ the Israel that does not hate black people. They also are religious and celebrate all feasts and Shabbat and are also open to dialog. Be careful of people/groups that use religion as a justification of their own world view.

  27. Dr Eli, this is the first time that I opened your page, so have no background of your approach. May I ask what is the meaning of “Christ is Israel”? Where do we find Scripture indicating this? Another thought regarding above comments: I am a South African and as such a gentile, I can never become a Jew, so I haven’t “joined Israel” as some-one said. The concept that gentile believers in Christ Jesus, have been grafted into the true olive tree has to my mind a different meaning than “joining Israel”. It is a matter of faith.

    • First of all a person of any race or background can join Rabbinic Judaism and become a Jew in every way (some of the greatest Rabbis were not Jews at birth). About Christ as Israel. The prophets saw everything in terms of three main groups The World (Nations) and Israel. In turn Israel was divided into “the remnant” and “the rest”. So the way I see it for example Isaiah 53 is about Israel, but more particular about the faithful remnant of Israel, BUT EVEN more particular about the faithful remnant of ONE – Christ Jesus. Read around the blog a lot. You have come to a place where keep our treasure.

  28. God “utterly destroyed” Sodom and Gomorrah, and also later ordered the Israelites to “utterly destroy” the Amalekites, (1 Samuel 15:3) in addition to first conquering Canaan, which was a series of bloody campaigns. They did not completely destroy the Amalekites, and have paid for it ever since. Also God’s judgement against Adam and Eve was extremely harsh, and each of us in turn will have to pay for what they did by dying, and by suffering in this life. We know that God, when He chooses, acts incomprehensibly in our limited understanding.

  29. God said it that way, so that is EXACTLY how He meant it! 1 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV) “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” The world hates the Jews simply because they are chosen of God. It is rebellion, which is the same as witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23).

  30. I am from India. We have lot of difference between a curse and disrespect. Very often people got disrespected but rarely they curse. I believe curse would be the correct word.

  31. In new testements terms anybody who attacts Gods annionting when he moves will be cursed but does not mean a teaching if not scripturally sound or person giving it can’t be question.

  32. Hi Dr Eli I have read your note concerning the scripture In Gen. 12:3. I believe Gods word even if it seems like sometimes its harsh. Look, the word of God says according to the Hebrew translation, if you take Abraham lightly I will destroy you. God protect his prophets. the word of God says touch not my servant and do no harm to my should not be difficult to accept that God will destroy anyone who messes up with his Prophets.Look at Moses,Aron & Miriam messed up with Moses and there was punishment.Peter—lied to by Ananias

  33. Transferring what God said to Abraham onto the nation of Israel is a bit of a stretch, isn’t it? And the idea of what constitutes “making light” of someone or something is open to a lot of interpretation. The Jews who surrounded Stephen accused him of blasphemy against their “holy place and the law” (Acts 6:13-14). I don’t think God saw it as blasphemy at all. What constitutes “blessing” is also subject to a wide range of interpretation. but God said through Peter that His first idea about blessing was “to turn each of you from your iniquities” (Acts 3:26)

  34. I wanted to leave on more comment. Statements made by God need to be understood in light of His nature, which John said is love. Aaor can mean destroy, it can also mean to abhor, detest, make unfortunate, etc. There are also many places where God says something that seems quite harsh and final, only to “contradict Himself” a short time later. “Moab is destroyed” (Jer. 48:4, 42)‑‑until‑‑the Lord “will restore the fortunes of Moab” (Jer. 48:47) The sin of Samaria “is incurable” (Mic. 1:9) that is until He “will restores … the fortunes of Samaria.” (Ez. 16:53).

  35. Dr. Eli, I enjoy your approach at correcting the many mistranslated words within God’s Word. The Bible, God’s Word, is made up of Books, chapters, verses, and thousands of words. God’s Word is also contained in 10 commandments. Yes, I’m contemplating the singular and plurals of what you are exposing to us. We have one life, but the many words and actions of our lives will be singularly judged upon us when God determines the books to be open at judgement day. Some to eternal salvation. Others to be utterly destroyed. Instant gratification is not what life on this planet.

  36. I find it easier to comprehend certain bible texts when I keep in mind that Satan was once a beautiful angel, who wanted to take God’s place.( Jesaiah 14 ) He was ousted from haven, but the struggle for suppremacy continued, till Christ took our sin and carried it away on the cross. So there are two Kingdoms. the Kingdom of heaven, and the kingdom of darkness. We have to make a choice during our lifetime here on earth. So whether you are disrespectful or curse, you are in the wrong kingdom , your roots are not sanctified.

  37. Just like Daniel had to pray for Israel to return home after 70 years had passed, so we have to pray “Thy Kingdom come” , for God’s Kingdom to reign on earth, even though Christ has won the victory, when He accomplished our salvation on the cross and rose again from the dead.

  38. Just like Daniel had to pray for Israel to return home after 70 years had passed, so we have to pray “Thy Kingdom come” , for God’s Kingdom to reign on earth, even though Christ has won the victory, when He accomplished our salvation on the cross and rose again from the dead. ( This message keeps disappearing from my screen )

  39. The Bible makes clear that God used the Babylonians to punish Judah. Perhaps by simply removing His protection of Judah from her enemies. But He still speaks against the Babylonians, and says they will be punished for what they did to Judah, as will Judah’s neighbors who celebrated her downfall and/or helped the Babylonians. And within 50 years of the burning of Solomon’s temple by them, the Babylonian nation no longer exists. Same thing could be said of the Assyrians who God used to carry off the 10 northern tribes in 722BC. They did not exist after Nebuchadnezzar.

  40. It sounds right. Here Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the Lord. – Leviticus 19:14. This word curse to me is more than just saying a word. It’s applied a real life – look down, respect, discriminate, reject, make a person low and more.

  41. I have always taken these verses to be a warning that if you hate someone enough to curse them that God will see to it that we in turn become what we hate thus cursing our own selves and making us into the hypocrites we are in our own self righteousness.

  42. In this post modern world even mainstream Evangelical Churches preach the lie that God will not send anyone to such a place as hell, it is true though that many will walk straight into hell because they chose it by rejecting His one and only son Yeshua. Every week I hear Christians making light of and projecting anti semitic attitudes that God is finished with everything to do with the Law of Moses and the Jewish people. In light of utter destruction that you have highlighted for those who curse Abraham and Gods plan for His people its very scary.

  43. I am from South Africa and very disappointed in my Government that spoke against Israel recently in favor of the Palestinians . May GOD forgive them because they dont know any better. I pray for my country and its people.

    • Shalom Peiter. Thanks for speaking out. Let’s pray together that South Africa – like all governments, discovers how to express concern for the Palestinian people while at the same time showing compassion, concern and understanding for the people of Israel.

  44. How can the Jews and the Christians follow a Law which has long been Repealed/Abrogated/Cancelled and withdrawn by God and its place has been taken by a better,comprehensive and Fuller Law in the form of Holy Quran [The Law],Revealed to the last prophet Muhammad the descendent of Prophet Abraham through Prophet ismael? The point is Holy Quran is in Continuity of Heavenly Revelations like Bible which were past partial heavenly revelations,but now Holy Quran has superseded all past partial Revelations in view of its comprehensiveness in encompassing all past Original Revelations in their purity and uncorrupted form and substance.

    • Shalom My Friend, I think that’s why it’s so important to read the Gospels and New Testament Letters in their Jewish context. If we do that, I think it becomes apparent that the Torah has not been repealed, abrogated or canceled as you suggest. Remember, in Matthew 5:17 Jesus said: “Do not think I came to abolish the Law, I came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it.”

    • Shalom Dr. Eli I have to comment on this I think that people needs to understand the history of the Bible and the history of the Quaran. Also why things happened the way it did and does. If Ahmed Jeddy would read the history, The Torah was written long before the Quaran. The Quaran was also Translated by a Jewish Rabbi long ago. The Bible also was retanslated to the King James bible long ago to, by Constanctine and Pope. They wanted it to read the way they wanted it to read. Also the New Testimont was translated in Greek. I have always thought that it was in Hebrew. But I have been told that the New Testimont was transled in Greek. The thing is the Tanach and Brit were never done away with. There is a lot of history that people have to understand why things happened the way it did. Not just the Word of G~D but history in the past how things came about. For one how the crusaders came to the Holy Land and they did what they did to people there. So why are they so against the Christians today. I thing that there is more that we need to know of what went wrong long ago and why things happened the way it happened and is happening now. It is all G~Ds way. For instance the fires that are goining on. He said he would never flood the earth again. But it was going to be with fire. So that is the reason that I feel that the Bible, Torah, Old and New Testament is to be believed in what G~D is saying. I pray that we can all understand this. I am not trying to critize anyone here but I think we all have to look back into history to understand what is being said in the Word.

  45. Does utterly destroy (in principle) mean that those who make light of us are physically destroyed, or is it implying we will overcome (produce fruit) even if we are mistreated?

    • To “utterly destroy” something means to destroy something completely. I think that’s the point.

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  46. By faith Abraham believed God… I think sometimes we want to “water down” God and His Word – we don’t like the harshness so we say it MUST mean this because it CAN’T mean this⁉️ From day 1 of sin, we have not understood the destruction we have wrought on ourselves and our earth. ONLY through our Messiah can we escape the “curse” of sin… ONLY through a personal faith in God And His Covenant with us. Watering down the curse of sin, waters down everyone’s URGENT NEED for salvation❣️ Abraham BELIEVED God❣️❣️

    • You’re correct. If we don’t take the disease seriously we won’t think much of the cure either.

  47. ISRAEL As The APPLE -PUPIL – Of GOD’S EYE ______________________________ 0380 אישׁון ‘iyshown ee-shone’ diminutive from 0376; n m; [BDB-36a] {See TWOT on 83 @@ “83b” } AV-apple 3, obscure 2, black 1; 6 1) pupil of the eye (i.e., its blackness – its outward appearance.) 2) middle of the night (that is the deepest blackness) ______________________________ De 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. {led: or, compassed } Ps 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye,

  48. There’s another verse which is usually translated as ‘apple of His eye’ but I can’t think of where it is now. It’s actual translation is ‘the little man of the eye’, which means that someone is so close to another person they see their image in their reflection. Like a mother feeding her child.

      • Psalm 17:8 8Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings
        Zechariah 2:8 8For this is what the LORD Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you-for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye-
        Proverbs 7:1-3 1My son, keep my words and store up my commands within you. 2Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. 3Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

    • Alexandra may be referring to Psalm 17:8, where the KJV translates the word for “pupil” אִישׁוֹן (íyshown) as “apple” although this word has a different root than בָּבָה used in Zechariah 2:8. The word אִישׁוֹן used in Psalm 17:8 seems to refer to the hidden mystery, obscurity and depth surrounding HaShem’s pupils.

  49. Shalom Dr. Eli. awesome to see so many views. I personally believe that “Yes” judgement has and or will come to all the Nations that have scattered the sons and daughterse of Jacob. But that we serve not only the God of Love and Mercy, but also the God of Justice and Righteousness. The Spiritual children of Jacob were always warned as to their destruction as a Nation due to their losing faith and disobedience and a metaphor for us today, that the Word of God that Was, Is, and Is to come does not change and will not change.

  50. Thank you Dr Eli, so what I understand here in Gen12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and those who curse you I will curse “ is God will bless all those who bless the Jews, ( the holy root) and all the Gentiles, that are grafted in to the holy root.

  51. This was very short and direct! All I do know, is ‘destruction’ awaits those who touch or go against HIS Chosen-Israel, the JEWS, and those of us grafted in through JESUS. GOD will bless all who bless, help, show kindness to HIS Chosen. I would go as far as to say, this scripture should be enough to put the fear of GOD in everyone. GOD Bless Israel and its People!

  52. P.S. I also have at folder that is labeled Israel Studies which I will have to delete cause I can’t use it without registering –I used to use the folder every-time I needed some crucial info –Now?????

  53. Christ, on the Cross said, ‘Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing’… this should be the stance any Christian should take, when somebody curses us, Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do or say, destroy the hold that the evil one has over there lives that causes them to curse me, and save his soul from the pits of hell. Amen
    This should be our prayer in Christ’s Love.

  54. All who trust in God and call themselves “Christians” owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for from them has come the greatest blessing of all – JESUS CHRIST the SON of Holy Living GOD.
    It is not possible to know God’s Word and hate Jews. It is not possible to love, profess and serve Holy God and do not love Jewish people who are God’s chosen people. Salvation what you and I have freely received is from the Jews. John 4:22.Rejoice with Jerusalem… God bless!

  55. Suddenly, with this new insight, this verse makes me think of the second coming, and the fact that He will utterly destroy the evil from the earth. This new understanding clearly shows a type/antitype scenerio! Interesting!

  56. Shalom! Dr. Eli, as I am early beginner of Gospel (Translated from Hebrew) since last few weeks. I shall be highly obliged, if I am kept updated with your findings and true essence of verses and actual sense and meaning thereof. Thank you.

  57. The operative word in how you translate this word is could. I think the context makes clear that it should be curse, not destroy. The Hebrew play on words is important here. Inserting utterly destroy is wat too jarring to fit the context.

  58. If i may reply to Phil Gibens and the other commentators that question this (you are questioning G-d)…these questions of “how can a LOVING MERCIFUL G-D do this…this does not seem right” is the direct result of false christian mainstream religion…where they preach SUNDAY AFTER SUNDAY about the love and mercy of G-d basically telling church goers to live as they please because G-d is all forgiving. Thats FALSE TEACHING, you must still obey G_ds laws! All loving JESUS/YESHUA WILL kill millions on his day of wrath and HE WIL DESTROY YOU, People should learn to FEAR and Respect the most high and His Son, I f he said he will DESTROY you if you curse Isreal, HE will and HE DOES NOT NEED PERMISSION.

  59. The best way to help the so-called “Palestinians” is to help them to return to their home countries, from which they were taken from by Great Britain, when Jews were forbidden to return to Israel, and many citizens from the surrounding countries were brought in as workers, as a replace- ment.

    • Well, firstly there are plenty of loving “Palestinians” that live and thrive in Israel and conduct peaceful lives. But concerning the violent ones, frustratingly, the Arab countries from which they came refuse to take them back.

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  60. thank so much DR.ELI.I enjoyed it all. its okay to look around and see what others think ,believe in something(DO NOT mess with Abraham)this is what i have to say , the people messing with Abraham are those proud ones , non-believers as in JOHN 3;16,rebellious, hypocrites and e.t.c.warn them, all such will be destroyed.

    • Yes among many other, I do have a KJV translation. But we should prefer pulling from the original languages primarily, John, and using translations (and various ones) as a tool to better understand. Limiting our scope by using only one translation (even the one funded by King James) would be akin to a builder with only one tool in his belt.

  61. I think this warning from G-d is specifically aimed at those who persecute Israel, in all times and places. Since individuals willingly and knowingly commit murder, the use of the singular in the second part of the curse is correct. Each one of us is responsible for his/her own behavior toward other human beings, and in this case, particularly toward Israel. It’s also possible this verse is linked to the Amalekites, who were to be utterly destroyed by Israel, but who arise in every generation to persecute various peoples, usually the Hebrew nation first, then going on from there.

  62. I have been having trouble getting down loads. Do you have a list of hard back or paperback books I can look at to order? I rather read a book then use a Kendal.

  63. Hi Dr Eli,

    I am new to this site and wish to thank you for the wonderful insight provided. Feeling so blessed by it.

    In reference to this particular verse, I was wondering if there is a similar parallel for the “blessing” part of the promise?

    • The first part of the verse uses the same root twice: those who bless Abraham, God will bless. Just the second half uses two completely different roots.

  64. At this time I am already obligated to other classes. However please keep me updated with the classes next registration.

  65. I truly enjoy the education that i receive from your information and wish I could learn more. I’d really like to take these different courses but am income challenged due to disability. Until that changes I must be content to continuing to learn through your wmails. Thank You for providing them as a learning tool.

  66. It comes down to one thing; All individuals will stand before God for judgement. So we need to worry about our own walk with God.

  67. Dr. Eli, it seems to me that Gen 12:3 correlates with Matthew 12:31-32 at its heart. It is a deadly sin to take lightly or have no esteem for what God esteems. Thoughts?

  68. Your translation is inaccurate: Both blessing and cursing aren’t actual actions but rather promises: Blessing is granting favor, and cursing is withdrawing favor, not “destroying”. See e.g., Gen. 3:17, the earth isn’t “destroyed” but God would withdraw His favor from it. Similarly concerning the water in Num. 5:18-19.

  69. Hello Dr. Eli,
    Downloaded Jewish Gospel of John long ago. Captivated by the content, as I am a executive producer and producer.

    At first i viewed in a struggling christian perspective re jewish christian conflicts.

    My animated eye opened huge.
    The Power of Cosmic Force dominated thinking.

    Need to Talk.

  70. I am using esword but i don’t see the first word as mentioned in your article but rather qâlal and ‘ârar . Can you clarified .

    • Sure. See, qalal and ‘arar are the roots of the third and fourth words of Gen.12:3; they are not the words themselves. The words themselves are umeqalelkha and ‘a’or.

  71. Dr. Eli, what is the completely different root that means something like “to utterly destroy.” ?
    When I read your email I knew I needed to re-subscribe to the
    Thank you in advance for your response of the hebrew root.

  72. I have heard it said by more than one Hebrew scholar that the ‘you’ in this verse is singular, not plural and it refers to Abraham only. It’s incorrect to say that blessing or cursing Jews/Israel will bring God’s blessing or curse.

    • Isn’t Israel as a nation regularly referred to in the singular (e.g., Deu. 6:3)? Being singular doesn’t preclude it from applying to Abraham’s descendants. In fact we know that Isaac passed the same blessing on to his son (Gen.27:29).

  73. I believe the message in statement show to produce a good personality. By acting with a bad personality you will be removed from thought as if not existing. How bad is it when someone ignores you as if you are non-existing.

  74. For a long time I’v been wanted to but the Hebrew words in my KJV., so God’s words would be actually true. Thank you. Looking for more insights 🔯💙💖

  75. Eli, I am a Pastor and want to learn how to incorporate Jewish feasts into my and my churches life. Other than having a Jew willing to show me, which is an option I hoping to find, do you know of an easy guide resources to help me?

  76. Woul I be right to say this blessing belongs to all who believe just like Abraham did, fo he is the father of those who believe

  77. There are a lot of “Christians” you believe or were taught to believe in “Replacement Theology” a lot of those “Christians” live in America, so just maybe some of what we have seen and are seeing in these times is a curse just for that reason alone. For those who do not know what “replacement theology” is, it is that Christians’ replace the Jews in Gods promises, blessing etc.

  78. this scripture,has been revealed in my dream while i was yet at my country before to leave it. after leaving,the killers came home to shoot me , so i concluded that God liked to escape me from the deaf. So now i am the preacher of his word bless u

  79. The Hebrew Bible is not a “My way or the highway”:
    To love the stranger (Deut. 10:19)
    Not to wrong the stranger (Ex. 22:20)
    Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for the home-born; for I am the LORD your God.’ [Lev.24:22]

  80. Thank you Dr. Eli for enlightening us. Let those who have ears hear with understanding the Words that The Almighty God of Israel spoke to Abraham. He meant what He said and He said what He meant. He is not mocked. God bless you, God bless Israel.

  81. Amen. I was blessed to visit 🇮🇱 in the 1980’s. It is great the land of the Bible. Abra-ham to Jesus and the early church of Acts. 🕊Shalom to Jerusalem & G-d’s land.

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