“Seed” vs. “Descendants” (is it plural?)

 Who is “Abraham’s Seed”?   To whom belong the promises?

Galatians 3:16 – “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.”

 Does one letter really matter in Scripture? Absolutely! Every “jot and tittle” is inspired and necessary. The Apostle Paul makes a “big deal” of one little letter “s” in the book of Galatians. However, it is interesting to see what the modern versions have done with the doctrine of Paul’s singular “seed” vs. a plural “seeds”. Compare the “seed” vs. “seeds” in the following passages, along with Galatians 3:16(above):

 Should the word “seed” be singular or plural?

The King James Version VS. the Modern Versions 

Genesis 12:7 (KJV)

7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

7 Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. (New KJV)

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Genesis 13:14-15 (KJV)

14 ¶ And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

 14 ¶ And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are-northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 “for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. (New KJV)

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Genesis 15:17-18 (KJV)

17 ¶ And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. 18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

 17 ¶ And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces. 18 On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates- (New KJV)

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Genesis 17:7 (KJV)

7¶ And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

 7 ¶ “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. (New KJV)

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Genesis 22:17-18 (KJV)

17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

17 “blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.  *18 “In your seed [1]  all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (New KJV)

[1] *Note: One of the very few times that the “New King James” does not replace “seed” with “descendants”, is in verse 18 of Genesis 22. This is a subtle compromise, as most Dispensational-Zionists wouldn’t care if “seed” was singular in verse 18, as long as verse 17 reads a plural descendants. After twice reading a plural descendants in verse 17, when the reader goes on to verse 18, the brainwashing of “seed” meaning something plural is already complete.


And, in other modern versions the compromise is even worse:

New International Version

Genesis 22:17 “…I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”  (NIV)

 English Standard Version

Geneis 22:17-18 “…I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his {ESV Footnote:or their”} enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” (ESV)

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Genesis 24:7  (KJV)

7 The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.

7 “The LORD God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants I give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. (New KJV)


 

Did the (SRB) Scofield Reference Bible Notes influence the modern Bible versions?

Are the “thees” and “thous” really that important? Was it really necessary to use “thee” instead of “you” in the old King James Version? Author David W. Daniels makes a very important case for WHY the old King James Bible translators used “thee” and “thou”:

Why Do We Need “Thee” and “Thou”?

In almost every language but modern English, people know whether the speaker is addressing one person or many. In Classical English, if the speaker is talking to one person, he uses “thee” or “thou”. If he is talking to many people, he says “you” or “your”. The King James preserves this. Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Marvel not that I said unto thee (Nicodemus), Ye (all of you people) must be born again.” (John 3:7). Jesus was telling Nicodemus that all people of all times must be born again! A very important doctrine that is lost without “thee” and “thou”.[2]

Noah Webster understood that “thee” meant singular ~ Webster’s original 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language:[3]

[2] The King James Bible Companion – David W. Daniels – Chick Publications, 2000

[3] Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language, Republished in Facsimile Edition by the Foundation for American Christian Education, Rosalie Slater, M.A.;1967, “Thee” & “Thou”

THOU, pron. in the obj. thee. The second personal pronoun, in the singular number…”

THEE, pron. obj. case of thou.”   (bold emphasis mine)


Now, let us examine one of the most misunderstood passages in modern times:

Genesis 12:1-3

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 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.”

On page 20 of the SRB, Scofield inserts the words, For Abraham and his descendants (emphasis mine) into his notes, below Genesis chapter 12. Although the promise was to Abraham, Scofield includes Abraham’s “descendants” into the promise. Concerning Abraham’s “descendants”, Scofield goes on to add, They became distinctively the heirs of promise…” (emphasis mine) After decades of indoctrination by the notes of the SRB, it is little wonder what influenced the “New King James Version” translators to change the word “seed” to “descendants”, in Scripture passages, as shown previously. And, it is little wonder that devoted dispensationalists, such as David Jeremiah and John MacArthur, have chosen to use the “New King James Version” for their best-selling “study Bibles”.

The Promise was to singular Abraham, and His singular Seed!

“Genesis chapter 12 – v1-3 – God calls Abram, and blesses him with a promise of Christ.” [The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge – RA Torrey]  Hendrickson Publishers, Genesis 12, p7 (R.A. Torrey & Thomas Scott)

 Why did Paul make such a big deal about one small letter “s”?  Because Paul understood that the promise was to the seed — the Lord Jesus Christ! He understood that anyone can be counted as a part of “the seed”, and “the children of promise”, if they are in Christ Jesus” ~

Galatians 3:16 – “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 3:26 – “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

 Galatians 3:28 -“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.”

 Galatians 3:29 – “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

 Galatians 4:5-6 -“To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”

 Galatians 5:1-6 -“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.”

 Galatians 6:15 – “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”

 2Corinthians 5:17 -“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

 Ephesians 2:13 – “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;”


And so, as one can observe from the examples above, the promise was to singular Abraham, and his singular “seed”. And, NO ONE is counted in the “seed”, unless they are in Christ ~ adapted from  Who is Israel?

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