No longer will your name be called Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a crowd of nations. Bible see other translations

“I have made you.” God speaks of Abraham becoming a crowd of nations as if it had already happened. This is a Hebrew idiom we call the prophetic perfect. By speaking of a future event as if it was past, God promises it will come to pass. [For more on the prophetic perfect, see commentary on Ephesians 2:6].

Commentary for: Genesis 17:5