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because Abraham listened to my voice and kept my requirements, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” Bible

“listened to.” In this case, the Hebrew word shama (#08085 שָׁמַע), which fundamentally means “to hear, to listen to,” also has the fuller sense of “to obey,” as it does in many places. But since that is clear in this context, and all obedience starts with listening, we thought it best to retain the basic meaning of “listen to” in this verse. Far too many people never obey God because they don’t listen to Him in the first place.


Commentary for: Genesis 26:5