New Living Translation
As for Ishmael, I will bless him also, just as you have asked. I will make him extremely fruitful and multiply his descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.
King James Bible
And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
Darby Bible Translation
And for Ishmael I have heard thee: behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful, and will very greatly multiply him; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.
World English Bible
As for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He will become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.
Young's Literal Translation
As to Ishmael, I have heard thee; lo, I have blessed him, and made him fruitful, and multiplied him, very exceedingly; twelve princes doth he beget, and I have made him become a great nation;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
17:20 As for Ishmael, I have heard thee; I have blessed him - That is, I have many blessings in store for him. His posterity shall be numerous; I will multiply him exceedingly; They shall be considerable; twelve princes shall he beget. We may charitably hope that spiritual blessings also were bestowed upon him, though the visible church was not brought out of his loins.
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Then he added, "I will give you more descendants than you can count."
Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants."
This is the account of the family of Ishmael, the son of Abraham through Hagar, Sarah's Egyptian servant.
These twelve sons of Ishmael became the founders of twelve tribes named after them, listed according to the places they settled and camped.
May God Almighty bless you and give you many children. And may your descendants multiply and become many nations!
How he blesses them! They raise large families there, and their herds of livestock increase.
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