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.”
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.
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.
And again he said: I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, and 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.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
As the promise of a lineal heir (Genesis 15:4) did not seem likely to be fulfilled, even after the covenant had been made, Sarai resolved, ten years after their entrance into Canaan, to give her Egyptian maid Hagar to her husband, that if possible she might "be built up by her," i.e., obtain children, who might found a house or family (Genesis 30:3). The resolution seemed a judicious one, and according to the customs of the East, there would be nothing wrong in carrying it out. Hence Abraham consented without opposition, because, as Malachi (Malachi 2:15) says, he sought the seed promised by God. But they were both of them soon to learn, that their thoughts were the thoughts of man and not of God, and that their wishes and actions were not in accordance with the divine promise. Sarai, the originator of the plan, was the first to experience its evil consequences. When the maid was with child by Abram, "her mistress became little in her eyes." When Sarai complained to Abram of the contempt she received from her maid (saying, "My wrong," the wrong done to me, "come upon thee," cf. Jeremiah 51:35; Genesis 27:13), and called upon Jehovah to judge between her and her husband,
(Note: בּיניך, with a point over the second Jod, to show that it is irregular and suspicious; since בּין with the singular suffix is always treated as a singular, and only with a plural suffix as plural.)
Abram gave her full power to act as mistress towards her maid, without raising the slave who was made a concubine above her position. But as soon as Sarai made her feel her power, Hagar fled. Thus, instead of securing the fulfilment of their wishes, Sarai and Abram had reaped nothing but grief and vexation, and apparently had lost the maid through their self-concerted scheme. But the faithful covenant God turned the whole into a blessing.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted.
The angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress and submit to her."
As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation.
And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring."
Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation."
And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven
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