Genesis 21:18
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English Standard Version
Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”

King James Bible
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

American Standard Version
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thy hand. For I will make him a great nation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Arise, take up the boy, and hold him by the hand: for I will make him a great nation.

English Revised Version
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.

Webster's Bible Translation
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thy hand: for I will make him a great nation.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Sarah therefore asked that the maid and her son might be sent away, saying, the latter "shall not be heir with Isaac." The demand, which apparently proceeded from maternal jealousy, displeased Abraham greatly "because of his son," - partly because in Ishmael he loved his own flesh and blood, and partly on account of the promise received for him (Genesis 17:18 and Genesis 17:20). But God (Elohim, since there is no appearance mentioned, but the divine will was made known to him inwardly) commanded him to comply with Sarah's demand: "for in Isaac shall seed (posterity) be called to thee." This expression cannot mean "thy descendants will call themselves after Isaac," for in that case, at all events, זרעך would be used; for "in (through) Isaac shall seed be called into existence to thee," for קרא does not mean to call into existence; but, "in the person of Isaac shall there be posterity to thee, which shall pass as such," for נקרא includes existence and the recognition of existence. Though the noun is not defined by any article, the seed intended must be that to which all the promises of God referred, and with which God would establish His covenant (Genesis 17:21, cf. Romans 9:7-8; Hebrews 11:18). To make the dismissal of Ishmael easier to the paternal heart, God repeated to Abraham (Genesis 21:13) the promise already given him with regard to this son (Genesis 17:20).

Genesis 21:18 Parallel Commentaries

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I will.

Genesis 21:13 And also of the son of the female slave will I make a nation, because he is your seed.

Genesis 16:10 And the angel of the LORD said to her, I will multiply your seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

Genesis 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly...

Genesis 25:12-18 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bore to Abraham...

1 Chronicles 1:29-31 These are their generations: The firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth; then Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam...

Cross References
Genesis 16:7
The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.

Genesis 16:10
The angel of the LORD also said to her, "I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude."

Genesis 17:20
As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father twelve princes, and I will make him into a great nation.

Genesis 21:13
And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring."

Genesis 22:11
But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."

Genesis 25:12
These are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's servant, bore to Abraham.

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