Genesis 17:18
New International Version
And Abraham said to God, "If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!"

New Living Translation
So Abraham said to God, "May Ishmael live under your special blessing!"

English Standard Version
And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!”

Berean Study Bible
And Abraham said to God, “O that Ishmael might live under Your blessing!”

New American Standard Bible
And Abraham said to God, "Oh that Ishmael might live before You!"

King James Bible
And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

Christian Standard Bible
So Abraham said to God, "If only Ishmael were acceptable to you!"

Contemporary English Version
Then he asked God, "Why not let Ishmael inherit what you have promised me?"

Good News Translation
He asked God, "Why not let Ishmael be my heir?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Abraham said to God, "If only Ishmael were acceptable to You!"

International Standard Version
So Abraham responded to God, "If only Ishmael would live in constant awareness that you're always with him!"

NET Bible
Abraham said to God, "O that Ishmael might live before you!"

New Heart English Bible
Abraham said to God, "Oh that Ishmael might live before you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Abraham said to God, "Why not let Ishmael be my heir?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Abraham said unto God: 'Oh that Ishmael might live before Thee!'

New American Standard 1977
And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before Thee!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

King James 2000 Bible
And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before you!

American King James Version
And Abraham said to God, O that Ishmael might live before you!

American Standard Version
And Abraham said unto God, Oh that Ishmael might live before thee!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abraam said to God, Let this Ismael live before thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to God: O that Ismael may live before thee.

Darby Bible Translation
And Abraham said to God, Oh that Ishmael might live before thee!

English Revised Version
And Abraham said unto God, Oh that Ishmael might live before thee!

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abraham said to God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

World English Bible
Abraham said to God, "Oh that Ishmael might live before you!"

Young's Literal Translation
And Abraham saith unto God, 'O that Ishmael may live before Thee;'
Study Bible
The Covenant of Circumcision
17Abraham fell facedown. Then he laughed and said to himself, “Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah give birth at the age of ninety?” 18And Abraham said to God, “O that Ishmael might live under Your blessing!” 19But God replied, “Your wife Sarah will indeed bear you a son, and you are to name him Isaac. I will establish My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.…
Cross References
Genesis 17:17
Abraham fell facedown. Then he laughed and said to himself, "Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah give birth at the age of ninety?"

Genesis 17:19
But God replied, "Your wife Sarah will indeed bear you a son, and you are to name him Isaac. I will establish My covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.

Genesis 21:11
Now this matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son Ishmael.

Treasury of Scripture

And Abraham said to God, O that Ishmael might live before you!

O that.

Jeremiah 32:39
And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:

Acts 2:39
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

before.

Genesis 4:12,14
When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth…

Psalm 4:6
There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Psalm 41:12
And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.







Lexicon
And Abraham
אַבְרָהָ֖ם (’aḇ·rā·hām)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 85: Abraham -- 'exalted father', the father of the Jewish nation

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

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

God,
הָֽאֱלֹהִ֑ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

“O that
ל֥וּ (lū)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 3863: If, would that!

Ishmael
יִשְׁמָעֵ֖אל (yiš·mā·‘êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3458: Ishmael -- 'God hears', the name of several Israelites

might live
יִחְיֶ֥ה (yiḥ·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2421: To live, to revive

under Your [blessing]!”
לְפָנֶֽיךָ׃ (lə·p̄ā·ne·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face
(18) O that Ishmael . . . --For thirteen years Ishmael had been the "son of the house" (Genesis 15:3), and regarded probably as the true heir. Mingled then with Abraham's joy there was also the pain, natural to a father, of knowing that this transference of the promise to Sarah's child meant the deposition and disappointment of one who for so long had held the post of honour. Stoicism would have repressed this upright and natural feeling, but God hears and accepts the father's prayers; and while the birthright and religious pre-eminence is justly given to the son of the freewoman, there is a large earthly blessing for the handmaid's son.

Verse 18. - And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! Not implying that Abram was content with Hagar's child as the promised seed without waiting for Sarai s son (Jerome, Calvin, Kalisch); scarcely that he feared lest God might remove Ishmael by death now that Isaac had been promised (Wordsworth-); but probably that he desired that Ishmael might not only live and prosper (Bush), but share with Sarah s son in the blessings of the covenant (Keil, Longs, Rosenmüller, Murphy, 'Speaker's Commentary,' Inglis). 17:15-22 Here is the promise made to Abraham of a son by Sarai, in whom the promise made to him should be fulfilled. The assurance of this promise was the change of Sarai's name into Sarah. Sarai signifies my princess, as if her honour were confined to one family only; Sarah signifies a princess. The more favours God confers upon us, the more low we should be in our own eyes. Abraham showed great joy; he laughed, it was a laughter of delight, not of distrust. Now it was that Abraham rejoiced to see Christ's day; now he saw it and was glad, Joh 8:56. Abraham, dreading lest Ishmael should be abandoned and forsaken of God, put up a petition on his behalf. God gives us leave in prayer to be particular in making known our requests. Whatever is our care and fear, should be spread before God in prayer. It is the duty of parents to pray for their children, and the great thing we should desire is, that they may be kept in covenant with Him, and may have grace to walk before him in uprightness. Common blessings are secured to Ishmael. Outward good things are often given to those children of godly parents who are born after the flesh, for their parents' sake. Covenant blessings are reserved for Isaac, and appropriated to him.
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