Genesis 21:13
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New International Version
I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring."

New Living Translation
But I will also make a nation of the descendants of Hagar's son because he is your son, too."

English Standard Version
And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”

New American Standard Bible
"And of the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your descendant."

King James Bible
And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I will also make a nation of the slave's son because he is your offspring."

International Standard Version
Nevertheless, I will make the slave girl's son into a nation, since he, too, is your offspring."

NET Bible
But I will also make the son of the slave wife into a great nation, for he is your descendant too."

New Heart English Bible
And I will also make a great nation of the son of the slave woman, because he is your offspring."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Besides, I will make the slave's son into a nation also, because he is your child."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.'

New American Standard 1977
“And of the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your descendant.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And also of the son of the bondwoman I will make a nation because he is thy seed.

King James 2000 Bible
And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is your descendant.

American King James Version
And also of the son of the female slave will I make a nation, because he is your seed.

American Standard Version
And also of the son of the handmaid will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I will make the son also of the bondwoman a great nation, because he is thy seed.

Darby Bible Translation
But also the son of the handmaid will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

English Revised Version
And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

Webster's Bible Translation
And also of the son of the bond-woman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.

World English Bible
I will also make a nation of the son of the handmaid, because he is your seed."

Young's Literal Translation
As to the son of the handmaid also, for a nation I set him, because he is thy seed.'
Study Bible
Sarah Turns against Hagar
12But God said to Abraham, "Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named. 13"And of the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your descendant." 14So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba.…
Cross References
Genesis 16:10
Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, "I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count."

Genesis 21:14
So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba.

Genesis 21:18
"Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him."

Genesis 25:12
Now these are the records of the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's maid, bore to Abraham;
Treasury of Scripture

And also of the son of the female slave will I make a nation, because he is your seed.

Genesis 21:18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in your hand; for I will make …

Genesis 16:10 And the angel of the LORD said to her, I will multiply your seed …

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

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

(13) The son of the bondwoman.--Heb., of the handmaid. Hagar is never acknowledged as Abraham's wife, though her child, as Abraham's son, receives a noble promise for the father's sake.

Verse 13. - And also of the son of the bond-woman will I make a nation. Literally, to nation I will set or put him; a promise already given (Genesis 17:20), but here repeated to render Ishmael's dismissal easier. Because he is thy seed. "Thy son according to the flesh, though not after the promise, as Isaac was" (Ainsworth); a proof that men may sometimes receive mercies for their fathers' sakes. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation,.... A great nation, as is promised, Genesis 17:20; and such the Ishmaelites and Saracens have been, and the Turks now are, the descendants of Ishmael. The Targum of Jonathan paraphrases it, a people of thieves, or a thieving people; as were the Saracens, and who are thought to have that name from the Arabic word "sarac" (y), to thieve; though they would have it derived from Sarah: but it is not agreeable to the promise of God to Abraham, that when for his comfort he is told that his son Ishmael and his descendants should become a great nation, that they should be described as a company of thieves and robbers; and especially when the reason of the promise is given:

because he is thy seed; or thy son; here the word "seed" is again used of a single individual; see Genesis 4:25.

(y) "furatus fuit, furto abstulit", Golius, col. 1167. Castel. col. 2626. 13. also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation—Thus Providence overruled a family brawl to give rise to two great and extraordinary peoples.21:9-13 Let us not overlook the manner in which this family matter instructs us not to rest in outward privileges, or in our own doings. And let us seek the blessings of the new covenant by faith in its Divine Surety. Ishmael's conduct was persecution, being done in profane contempt of the covenant and promise, and with malice against Isaac. God takes notice of what children say and do in their play; and will reckon with them, if they say or do amiss, though their parents do not. Mocking is a great sin, and very provoking to God. And the children of promise must expect to be mocked. Abraham was grieved that Ishmael should misbehave, and Sarah demand so severe a punishment. But God showed him that Isaac must be the father of the promised Seed; therefore, send Ishmael away, lest he corrupt the manners, or try to take the rights of Isaac. The covenant seed of Abraham must be a people by themselves, not mingled with those who were out of covenant: Sarah little thought of this; but God turned aright what she said.
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