Genesis 21:2
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New International Version
Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.

New Living Translation
She became pregnant, and she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would.

English Standard Version
And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.

New American Standard Bible
So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him.

King James Bible
For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time God had told him.

International Standard Version
Sarah conceived and gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age, at the very time that God had told him.

NET Bible
So Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the appointed time that God had told him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So she became pregnant, and at the exact time God had promised, she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

King James 2000 Bible
For Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

American King James Version
For Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

American Standard Version
And Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she conceived and bore a son in her old age, at the time that God had foretold her.

Darby Bible Translation
And Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him.

English Revised Version
And Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

Webster's Bible Translation
For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

World English Bible
Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

Young's Literal Translation
and Sarah conceiveth, and beareth a son to Abraham, to his old age, at the appointed time that God hath spoken of with him;
Parallel Commentaries
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 2. - For Sarah conceived, - through faith receiving strength from God for that purpose (Hebrews 11:11); the fruit of the womb, in every instance God's handiwork (Isaiah 44:2), being in her case a special gift of grace and product of Divine power - and bare - the usual construction (Genesis 29:32; Genesis 30:5) is here somewhat modified by the Jehovist (Kalisch); but the clause may be compared with Genesis 30:22, 23, commonly assigned to the Elohlst - Abraham (literally, to Abraham) a son in his old age, - literally, to his old age; εἰς τὸ γῆρας (LXX.) - at the set time (vide Genesis 17:21; Genesis 18:10, 14) of which God had spoken to him. God's word gave Abraham strength to beget, Sarah to conceive, and Isaac to come forth. Three times repeated in two verses, the clause points to the supernatural character of Isaac's birth.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For Sarah conceived,.... This explains what is meant by the Lord's visiting her, and doing to her according to his word, see Hebrews 11:11,

and bare Abraham a son in his old age; which circumstance is remarked, that the favour might appear the greater, and the more wonderful; or, "unto", or "for his old age" (n), for the comfort of him in his old age, who having lived so many years under the promise of a son, and in the expectation of one, even of the promised seed, from whom the Messiah should spring, now has one, than which nothing could yield him greater consolation:

at the set time of which God had spoken to him, Genesis 17:21; God was not only faithful in fulfilling his promise, but in keeping the exact time of it.

(n) "pro senectute ejus", Vatablus; "senectuti ejus", Junius & Tremellius.



Genesis 21:2 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. 3Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.…
Cross References
Acts 7:8
Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs.

Galatians 4:22
For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.

Hebrews 11:11
And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.

Genesis 17:19
Then God said, "Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.

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."
Treasury of Scripture

For Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

conceived.

2 Kings 4:16,17 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, you …

Luke 1:24,25,36 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself …

Acts 7:8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision: and so Abraham begat …

Galatians 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a female …

Hebrews 11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, …

at the set.

Genesis 17:19,21 And God said, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed; and you …

Genesis 18:10,14 And he said, I will certainly return to you according to the time …

Romans 9:9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah …

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