New International Version
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.
King James Bible
But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Darby Bible Translation
But he [that was] of the maid servant was born according to flesh, and he [that was] of the free woman through the promise.
World English Bible
However, the son by the handmaid was born according to the flesh, but the son by the free woman was born through promise.
Young's Literal Translation
but he who is of the maid-servant, according to flesh hath been, and he who is of the free-woman, through the promise;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Was born after the flesh - Ishmael was born according to the course of nature, his parents being both of a proper age, so that there was nothing uncommon or supernatural in his birth: this is the proper meaning of the apostle's κατα σαρκα, after or according to the flesh, and answers to the Hebrew phrase, על דרך בשר al derec basar, according to the manner of the flesh, i.e. naturally, according to the common process of nature.
By promise - Both Abraham and Sarah had passed that age in which the procreation of children was possible on natural principles. The birth, therefore, of Isaac was supernatural; it was the effect of an especial promise of God; and it was only on the ground of that promise that it was either credible or possible.
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I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her."
Then one of them said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son." Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him.
Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.
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."
For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman.
Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise.
At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.
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