Genesis 15:3
New International Version
And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

New Living Translation
You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”

English Standard Version
And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.”

Berean Study Bible
Abram continued, “Behold, You have given me no offspring, so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

King James Bible
And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

New King James Version
Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”

New American Standard Bible
Abram also said, “Since You have given me no son, one who has been born in my house is my heir.”

NASB 1995
And Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.”

NASB 1977
And Abram said, “Since Thou hast given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.”

Amplified Bible
And Abram continued, “Since You have given no child to me, one (a servant) born in my house is my heir.”

Christian Standard Bible
Abram continued, “Look, you have given me no offspring, so a slave born in my house will be my heir.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Abram continued, “Look, You have given me no offspring, so a slave born in my house will be my heir.”

American Standard Version
And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Abram said, “Behold, you have not given me a son, and behold, a tenant of my house is heir to me.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abram said, I am grieved since thou hast given me no seed, but my home-born servant shall succeed me.

Contemporary English Version
You have not given me any children, and this servant of mine will inherit everything."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Abram added: But to me thou hast not given seed: and lo my servant, born in my house, shall be my heir.

English Revised Version
And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

Good News Translation
You have given me no children, and one of my slaves will inherit my property."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You have given me no children, so this member of my household will be my heir."

International Standard Version
Look!" Abram said, "You haven't given me any offspring, so a servant born in my house is going to be my heir."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Abram said: 'Behold, to me Thou hast given no seed, and, lo, one born in my house is to be mine heir.'

Literal Standard Version
And Abram says, “Behold, to me You have not given seed, and behold, a servant will be my heir.”

NET Bible
Abram added, "Since you have not given me a descendant, then look, one born in my house will be my heir!"

New Heart English Bible
Then Abram said, "Look, to me you have given no offspring: and, look, one born in my house is my heir."

World English Bible
Abram said, "Behold, to me you have given no seed: and, behold, one born in my house is my heir."

Young's Literal Translation
And Abram saith, 'Lo, to me Thou hast not given seed, and lo, a domestic doth heir me.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
God's Covenant with Abram
2But Abram replied, “O Lord GOD, what can You give me, since I remain childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3Abram continued, “Behold, You have given me no offspring, so a servant in my household will be my heir.” 4Then the word of the LORD came to Abram, saying, “This one will not be your heir, but one who comes from your own body will be your heir.”…

Cross References
Genesis 14:14
And when Abram heard that his relative had been captured, he mobilized the 318 trained men born in his household, and they set out in pursuit as far as Dan.

Genesis 15:2
But Abram replied, "O Lord GOD, what can You give me, since I remain childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?"

Ecclesiastes 2:7
I acquired menservants and maidservants, and servants were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me,


Treasury of Scripture

And Abram said, Behold, to me you have given no seed: and, see, one born in my house is my heir.

Behold.

Genesis 12:2
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Genesis 13:16
And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

born.

Genesis 14:14
And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

Proverbs 29:21
He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.

Proverbs 30:23
For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.









(3) One born in my house.--This is a mistake. Those born in Abram's house were his servants (Genesis 14:14). The Hebrew is, the son of my house, my house-son, not born of me, but the chief of the house next to myself, and its representative. Eliezer was probably born at Damascus.

Verse 3. - And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house (literally, the son of my house, i.e. Eliezer) is mine heir. The language of the patriarch discovers three things:

(1) a natural desire to have a child of his own;

(2) a struggle to hold on by the promise in face of almost insuperable difficulties; and

(3) an obvious unwillingness to part with the hope that the promise, however seemingly impossible, would eventually be realized. This unwillingness it was which caused him, as it were, so pathetically to call the Divine attention to his childless condition; in response to which he received an assurance that must have thrilled his anxious heart with joy.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Abram
אַבְרָ֔ם (’aḇ·rām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 87: Abram -- 'exalted father', the original name of Abraham

continued,
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“Behold,
הֵ֣ן (hên)
Interjection
Strong's 2005: Lo! behold!

You have given
נָתַ֖תָּה (nā·ṯat·tāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

me no
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

offspring,
זָ֑רַע (zā·ra‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2233: Seed, fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity

so a servant
בֶן־ (ḇen-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1121: A son

in my household
בֵּיתִ֖י (bê·ṯî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 1004: A house

will be my heir.”
יוֹרֵ֥שׁ (yō·w·rêš)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 3423: To occupy, to seize, to rob, to inherit, to expel, to impoverish, to ruin


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