New Living Translation
So Abraham said to God, "May Ishmael live under your special blessing!"
King James Bible
And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!
Darby Bible Translation
And Abraham said to God, Oh 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;'
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
17:18 And Abraham said, O that Ishmael might live before thee! - This he speaks nor as desiring that Ishmael might be preferred before the son he should have by Sarah, but as dreading lest he should be forsaken of God, he puts up this petition on his behalf. The great thing we should desire of God, for our children, is, that they may live before him, that is, that they may be kept in covenant with him, and may have grace to walk before him in their uprightness. God's answer to this prayer, is an answer of peace. Abraham could not say he sought God's face in vain.
LibraryCovenanting Sanctioned by the Divine Example.
God's procedure when imitable forms a peculiar argument for duty. That is made known for many reasons; among which must stand this,--that it may be observed and followed as an example. That, being perfect, is a safe and necessary pattern to follow. The law of God proclaims what he wills men as well as angels to do. The purposes of God show what he has resolved to have accomplished. The constitutions of his moral subjects intimate that he has provided that his will shall be voluntarily accomplished …
John Cunningham—The Ordinance of Covenanting
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Covenanting Performed in Former Ages with Approbation from Above.
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Then Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself in disbelief. "How could I become a father at the age of 100?" he thought. "And how can Sarah have a baby when she is ninety years old?"
But God replied, "No--Sarah, your wife, will give birth to a son for you. You will name him Isaac, and I will confirm my covenant with him and his descendants as an everlasting covenant.
This upset Abraham very much because Ishmael was his son.
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