5 No longer will you be called Abram[1] ; your name will be Abraham,[2] for I have made you a father of many nations.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Genesis 17:5

Commentary on Genesis 17:1-6

(Read Genesis 17:1-6)

The covenant was to be accomplished in due time. The promised Seed was Christ, and Christians in him. And all who are of faith are blessed with faithful Abram, being partakers of the same covenant blessings. In token of this covenant his name was changed from Abram, "a high father," to Abraham, "the father of a multitude." All that the Christian world enjoys, it is indebted for to Abraham and his Seed.