Genesis 21:18
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New International Version
Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation."

New Living Translation
Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants."

English Standard Version
Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”

New American Standard Bible
"Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him."

King James Bible
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

Christian Standard Bible
Get up, help the boy up, and grasp his hand, for I will make him a great nation."

Contemporary English Version
Help him up and hold his hand, because I will make him the father of a great nation."

Good News Translation
Get up, go and pick him up, and comfort him. I will make a great nation out of his descendants."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Get up, help the boy up, and support him, for I will make him a great nation."

International Standard Version
Get up! Pick up the youth and grab his hand, because I will make a great nation of his descendants."

NET Bible
Get up! Help the boy up and hold him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation."

New Heart English Bible
Get up, lift up the boy, and hold him in your hand. For I will make him a great nation."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Come on, help the boy up! Take him by the hand, because I'm going to make him into a great nation."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him fast by thy hand; for I will make him a great nation.'

New American Standard 1977
“Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand; for I will make a great nation of him.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Arise, lift up the lad and hold him in thy hand, for I will make him a great nation.

King James 2000 Bible
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him with your hand; for I will make him a great nation.

American King James Version
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in your hand; for I will make him a great nation.

American Standard Version
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thy hand. For I will make him a great nation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Arise, take up the boy, and hold him by the hand: for I will make him a great nation.

Darby Bible Translation
Arise, take the lad, and hold him in thy hand; for I will make of him a great nation.

English Revised Version
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

Webster's Bible Translation
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thy hand: for I will make him a great nation.

World English Bible
Get up, lift up the boy, and hold him in your hand. For I will make him a great nation."

Young's Literal Translation
rise, lift up the youth, and lay hold on him with thy hand, for for a great nation I set him.'
Study Bible
Sarah Turns against Hagar
17God heard the lad crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18"Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him." 19Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink.…
Cross References
Genesis 16:7
Now the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur.

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 17:20
"As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.

Genesis 21:13
"And of the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your descendant."

Genesis 22:11
But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."

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

Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in your hand; for I will make him a great nation.

I will.

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

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 …

1 Chronicles 1:29-31 These are their generations: The firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth; …

(18) Hold him in thine hand.--Literally, strengthen thine hand in him, hold him firmly. As Jerome remarks, the boy thus going hand in hand with his mother must have been her companion in her journey, and not a burden upon her shoulder. We must add that the words do not refer to what she was to do immediately, but to the future. She was not simply to lead him to the water, but to be his brave and faithful protector, such as we learn that she really became.

Verse 18. - Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand. Literally, bind fast ray hand to him, i.e. give him thy support now, and take cars of him till he reaches manhood. Cf. God's promise to Israel (Isaiah 42:6). For I will make him (literally, to) a great nation (vide Ver. 13; and cf. Genesis 16:10; Genesis 17:20). Arise, lift up the lad,.... She had set herself down at some distance, and now she is bid to rise up and go to the place where she had left her son, and raise aim up from the ground, on which he lay along:

and hold him in thine hand: or take hold on him with thine hand, and hold him up with it, he being so weak that he could not sit up without being supported:

for I will make him a great nation: which is a renewal of a promise before made both to her and to Abraham, Genesis 16:10; and by this Hagar is assured that he would recover and live, and become a man and the father of children, who in time would become a great nation; See Gill on Genesis 16:10, Genesis 17:20, Genesis 21:13, this shows that the Angel of God here speaking is God himself, or a divine Person, since none but he could make him a great nation. 21:14-21 If Hagar and Ishmael had behaved well in Abraham's family, they might have continued there; but they were justly punished. By abusing privileges, we forfeit them. Those who know not when they are well off, will be made to know the worth of mercies by the want of them. They were brought to distress in the wilderness. It is not said that the provisions were spent, or that Abraham sent them away without money. But the water was spent; and having lost their way, in that hot climate Ishmael was soon overcome with fatigue and thirst. God's readiness to help us when we are in trouble, must not slacken, but quicken our endeavours to help ourselves. The promise concerning her son is repeated, as a reason why Hagar should bestir herself to help him. It should engage our care and pains about children and young people, to consider that we know not what great use God has designed them for, and may make of them. The angel directs her to a present supply. Many who have reason to be comforted, go mourning from day to day, because they do not see the reason they have for comfort. There is a well of water near them in the covenant of grace, but they are not aware of it, till the same God that opened their eyes to see their wound, opens them to see their remedy. Paran was a wild place, fit for a wild man; such as Ishmael. Those who are born after the flesh, take up with the wilderness of this world, while the children of the promise aim at the heavenly Canaan, and cannot be at rest till they are there. Yet God was with the lad; his outward welfare was owing to this.
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