Genesis 21:20
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English Standard Version
And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow.

King James Bible
And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

American Standard Version
And God was with the lad, and he grew. And he dwelt in the wilderness, and became, as he grew up, an archer.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And God was with him: and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became a young man, an archer.

English Revised Version
And God was with the lad, and he grew; and he dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

Webster's Bible Translation
And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The next morning Abraham sent Hagar away with Ishmael. The words, "he took bread and a bottle of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it (שׂם participle, not perfect) upon her shoulder, and the boy, and sent her away," do not state the Abraham gave her Ishmael also to carry. For ואת־היּלד does not depend upon שׂם and ויּתּן because of the copula ו, but upon יקּח, the leading verb of the sentence, although it is separated from it by the parenthesis "putting it upon her shoulder." It does not follow from these words, therefore, that Ishmael is represented as a little child. Nor is this implied in the statement which follows, that Hagar, when wandering about in the desert, "cast the boy under one of the shrubs," because the water in the bottle was gone. For ילד like נער does not mean an infant, but a boy, and also a young man (Genesis 4:23); - Ishmael must have been 15 or 16 years old, as he was 14 before Isaac was born (cf. Genesis 21:5, and Genesis 16:16); - and השׁליך, "to throw," signifies that she suddenly left hold of the boy, when he fell exhausted from thirst, just as in Matthew 15:30 ῥίπτειν is used for laying hastily down. Though despairing of his life, the mother took care that at least he should breathe out his life in the shade, and she sat over against him weeping, "in the distance as archers," i.e., according to a concise simile very common in Hebrew, as far off as archers are accustomed to place the target. Her maternal love could not bear to see him die, and yet she would not lose sight of him.

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God.

Genesis 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly...

Genesis 28:15 And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where you go, and will bring you again into this land...

Genesis 39:2,3,21 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian...

Judges 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him, and said to him, The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor.

Judges 13:24,25 And the woman bore a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him...

Luke 1:80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his showing to Israel.

Luke 2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was on him.

an archer.

Genesis 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: why it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

Genesis 16:12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...

Genesis 25:27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

Genesis 27:3 Now therefore take, I pray you, your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;

Genesis 49:23,24 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him...

Cross References
Genesis 28:15
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."

Genesis 39:2
The LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master.

Genesis 39:3
His master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD caused all that he did to succeed in his hands.

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