Genesis 21:1
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New International Version
Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.

New Living Translation
The LORD kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised.

English Standard Version
The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised.

New American Standard Bible
Then the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised.

King James Bible
And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD came to Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what He had promised.

International Standard Version
The LORD came to Sarah, just as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.

NET Bible
The LORD visited Sarah just as he had said he would and did for Sarah what he had promised.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD came to help Sarah and did for her what he had promised.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did with Sarah as he had spoken.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

American King James Version
And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had spoken.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah visited Sarah as he had said, and Jehovah did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord visited Sara, as he had promised: and fulfilled what he had spoken.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah visited Sarah as he had said, and Jehovah did to Sarah as he had spoken.

English Revised Version
And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had spoken.

World English Bible
Yahweh visited Sarah as he had said, and Yahweh did to Sarah as he had spoken.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah hath looked after Sarah as He hath said, and Jehovah doth to Sarah as He hath spoken;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

21:1-8 Few under the Old Testament were brought into the world with such expectations as Isaac. He was in this a type of Christ, that Seed which the holy God so long promised, and holy men so long expected. He was born according to the promise, at the set time of which God had spoken. God's promised mercies will certainly come at the time which He sets, and that is the best time. Isaac means laughter, and there was good reason for the name, ch. 17:17; 18:13. When the Sun of comfort is risen upon the soul, it is good to remember how welcome the dawning of the day was. When Sarah received the promise, she laughed with distrust and doubt. When God gives us the mercies we began to despair of, we ought to remember with sorrow and shame our sinful distrust of his power and promise, when we were in pursuit of them. This mercy filled Sarah with joy and wonder. God's favours to his covenant people are such as surpass their own and others' thoughts and expectations: who could imagine that he should do so much for those that deserve so little, nay, for those that deserve so ill? Who would have said that God should send his Son to die for us, his Spirit to make us holy, his angels to attend us? Who would have said that such great sins should be pardoned, such mean services accepted, and such worthless worms taken into covenant? A short account of Isaac's infancy is given. God's blessing upon the nursing of children, and the preservation of them through the perils of the infant age, are to be acknowledged as signal instances of the care and tenderness of the Divine providence. See Ps 22:9,10; Ho 11:1,2.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - And the Lord - Jehovah; not because the verse is Jehovistic (Knobel, Bleek, et alii), but because the promise naturally falls to be implemented by him who gave it (vide Genesis 18:10) - visited - remembered with love (Onkelos), ἐπισκέψατο (LXX.; cf. Genesis 50:24; Exodus 4:31; 1 Samuel 2:21; Isaiah 23:17); though it sometimes means to approach in judgment (vide Exodus 20:5; Exodus 32:34). Alleged to be peculiar to the Jehovist (the term used by the Elohist being זָכַר: Genesis 8:1; Genesis 19:29; Genesis 30:20), the word occurs in Genesis 1:24, which Tuch and Bleek ascribe to the Elohist - Sarah as he had said (Genesis 17:21; Genesis 18:10, 14), - God's word of promise being ever the rule of his performance (cf. Exodus 12:25; Luke 1:72) - and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken - i.e. implemented his promise; the proof of which is next given (cf. Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 6:18).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said,.... To Abraham, Genesis 17:16; in a way of mercy and kindness, by fulfilling his promise, giving strength to conceive and bear a child; see 1 Samuel 2:21,

and the Lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken; which intends the same thing in different words; and the repetition is made to cause attention to God's fulfilment of his promise, who is always faithful to his word, even in things very difficult and seemingly impossible, as in the present case: hence the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem paraphrase it, God did a wonder or wonders for Sarah in causing her to conceive when she was so old, and in such circumstances as she was.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 21

Ge 21:1-13. Birth of Isaac.

1. the Lord visited Sarah—The language of the historian seems designedly chosen to magnify the power of God as well as His faithfulness to His promise. It was God's grace that brought about that event, as well as the raising of spiritual children to Abraham, of which the birth of this son was typical [Calvin].

Genesis 21:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Birth of Isaac
1Then the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised. 2So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him.…
Cross References
Galatians 4:23
His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.

Genesis 17:16
I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her."

Genesis 17:21
But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year."

Genesis 18:10
Then one of them said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son." Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.

Genesis 18:14
Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son."

Genesis 24:36
My master's wife Sarah has borne him a son in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns.

1 Samuel 1:19
Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her.

1 Samuel 2:21
And the LORD was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.
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And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had spoken.

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Psalm 106:4 Remember me, O LORD, with the favor that you bore to your people: …

Luke 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people,

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Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

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