New International Version
Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham's children. On the contrary, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned."
King James Bible
Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Darby Bible Translation
nor because they are seed of Abraham [are] all children: but, In Isaac shall a seed be called to thee.
World English Bible
Neither, because they are Abraham's seed, are they all children. But, "In Isaac will your seed be called."
Young's Literal Translation
nor because they are seed of Abraham are all children, but -- 'in Isaac shall a seed be called to thee;'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Neither because they are the seed of Abraham, etc. - Nor can they conclude, because they are the natural descendants of Abraham, that therefore they are all of them, without exception, the children in whom the promise is to be fulfilled.
But, in Isaac shall thy seed be called - The promise is not confined to immediate natural descent, but may be accomplished in any part of Abraham's posterity. For Abraham had several sons besides Isaac, Genesis 25:1, Genesis 25:2, particularly Ishmael, who was circumcised before Isaac was born, and in whom Abraham was desirous that the promise should be fulfilled, Genesis 17:18, and in him God might have fulfilled the promise, had he so pleased; and yet he said to Abraham, Genesis 21:12 : Not in Ishmael, but in Isaac, shall thy seed be called.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryApril 1. "Vessels of Mercy which He had Afore Prepared unto Glory" (Rom. Ix. 23).
"Vessels of mercy which he had afore prepared unto glory" (Rom. ix. 23). Our Father is fitting us for eternity. A vessel fitted for the kitchen will find itself in the kitchen. A vessel for the art gallery or the reception room will generally find itself there at last. What are you getting fitted for? To be a slop-pail to hold all the stuff that people pour into your ears, or a vase to hold sweet fragrance and flowers for the King's palace and a harp of many strings that sounds the melodies and harmonies …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Concerning God's Purpose
Letter Lxxxv. To Paulinus.
But God said to him, "Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.
And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
They answered him, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?"
"Abraham is our father," they answered. "If you were Abraham's children," said Jesus, "then you would do what Abraham did.
His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.
Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.
even though God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned."
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