Genesis 16:10
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New International Version
The angel added, "I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count."

New Living Translation
Then he added, "I will give you more descendants than you can count."

English Standard Version
The angel of the LORD also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.”

Berean Study Bible
Then the Angel added, “I will greatly multiply your offspring so that they will be too numerous to count.”

New American Standard Bible
Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, "I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count."

King James Bible
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

Christian Standard Bible
The angel of the LORD said to her, "I will greatly multiply your offspring, and they will be too many to count."

Good News Translation
Then he said, "I will give you so many descendants that no one will be able to count them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Angel of the LORD also said to her, "I will greatly multiply your offspring, and they will be too many to count."

International Standard Version
The angel of the LORD also told her, "I will greatly multiply your offspring, who will be too many to count.

NET Bible
I will greatly multiply your descendants," the LORD's angel added, "so that they will be too numerous to count."

New Heart English Bible
The angel of the LORD said to her, "I will greatly multiply your descendants, that they will not be numbered for multitude."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Messenger of the LORD also said to her, "I will give you many descendants. No one will be able to count them because there will be so many."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the angel of the LORD said unto her: 'I will greatly multiply thy seed, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

New American Standard 1977
Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, “I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they shall be too many to count.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the angel of the LORD also said unto her, I will multiply thy seed so exceedingly that it shall not be numbered for the multitude.

King James 2000 Bible
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, that they shall not be numbered for multitude.

American King James Version
And the angel of the LORD said to her, I will multiply your seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

American Standard Version
And the angel of Jehovah said unto her, I will greatly multiply thy seed, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And again he said: I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, and it shall not be numbered for multitude.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

English Revised Version
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will greatly multiply thy seed, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the angel of the LORD said to her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

World English Bible
The angel of Yahweh said to her, "I will greatly multiply your seed, that they will not be numbered for multitude."

Young's Literal Translation
and the messenger of Jehovah saith to her, 'Multiplying I multiply thy seed, and it is not numbered from multitude;'
Study Bible
The Birth of Ishmael
9So the Angel of the LORD told her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her authority.” 10Then the Angel added, “I will greatly multiply your offspring so that they will be too numerous to count.” 11The Angel of the LORD proceeded: “Behold, you have conceived and will bear a son. And you shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard your cry of affliction.…
Cross References
Genesis 13:16
I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if one could count the dust of the earth, then your offspring could be counted.

Genesis 16:9
So the Angel of the LORD told her, "Return to your mistress and submit to her authority."

Genesis 17:20
As for Ishmael, I have heard you, and I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He will become the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation.

Genesis 21:13
But I will also make a nation of the slave woman's son, because he is your offspring."

Genesis 21:18
Arise, lift up the boy and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation."

Genesis 22:15
And the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time,

Treasury of Scripture

And the angel of the LORD said to her, I will multiply your seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

the angel.

Genesis 22:15-18 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham out of heaven the second time…

Genesis 31:11-13 And the angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I …

Genesis 32:24-30 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until …

Genesis 48:15,16 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham …

Exodus 3:2-6 And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out …

Judges 2:1-3 And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, …

Judges 6:11 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was …

Judges 6:16,21-24 And the LORD said to him, Surely I will be with you, and you shall …

Judges 13:16-22 And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, Though you detain me, I …

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence …

Hosea 12:3-5 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength …

Zechariah 2:8,9 For thus said the LORD of hosts; After the glory has he sent me to …

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is …

Acts 7:30-38 And when forty years were expired…

1 Timothy 6:16 Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can …

I will.

Genesis 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: Behold, I have blessed him, …

Genesis 21:13,16 And also of the son of the female slave will I make a nation, because …

Genesis 25:12-18 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar …

Psalm 83:6,7 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes…







(10) I will multiply thy seed.--We have here the purpose of the Divine manifestation. Abram's son must not be mixed up with and lost among the debased population of Egypt, but must be the father of a free people; and Hagar will now submit to her lot as a slave, that she may secure liberty for her offspring.

Verse 10. - And the angel of the Lord said unto her (after duty, promise), I will multiply thy seed exceedingly (literally, multiplying I will multiply thy seed; language altogether inappropriate in the lips of a creature), that (literally, and) it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the Lord said unto her,.... The same as before, who, by what follows, appears to be Jehovah himself:

I will multiply thy seed exceedingly; not that she should have many children herself, for that she had more than this one she now went with, is not certain; but that that seed she had conceived should be exceedingly multiplied, and he should have a numerous posterity, as he had twelve princes sprung from him, the heads of Arab nations:

that it shall not be numbered for multitude; such the Turks are at this day, supposed to be the seed of Ishmael, Hagar's son. 16:7-16 Hagar was out of her place, and out of the way of her duty, and going further astray, when the Angel found her. It is a great mercy to be stopped in a sinful way, either by conscience or by providence. Whence comest thou? Consider that thou art running from duty, and the privileges thou wast blest with in Abram's tent. It is good to live in a religious family, which those ought to consider who have this advantage. Whither wilt thou go? Thou art running into sin; if Hagar return to Egypt, she will return to idol gods, and into danger in the wilderness through which she must travel. Recollecting who we are, would often teach us our duty. Inquiring whence we came, would show us our sin and folly. Considering whither we shall go, discovers our danger and misery. And those who leave their space and duty, must hasten their return, how mortifying soever it be. The declaration of the Angel, I will, shows this Angel was the eternal Word and Son of God. Hagar could not but admire the Lord's mercy, and feel, Have I, who am so unworthy, been favoured with a gracious visit from the Lord? She was brought to a better temper, returned, and by her behaviour softened Sarai, and received more gentle treatment. Would that we were always suitably impressed with this thought, Thou God seest me!



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