New International Version
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.
King James Bible
And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
Darby Bible Translation
And he said, I will certainly return to thee at [this] time of the year, and behold, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah was listening at the tent-door, which was behind him.
World English Bible
He said, "I will certainly return to you when the season comes round. Behold, Sarah your wife will have a son." Sarah heard in the tent door, which was behind him.
Young's Literal Translation
and he saith, 'returning I return unto thee, about the time of life, and lo, to Sarah thy wife a son.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I will certainly return - Abraham was now ninety-nine years of age, and this promise was fulfilled when he was a hundred; so that the phrase according to the time of life must mean either a complete year, or nine months from the present time, the ordinary time of pregnancy. Taken in this latter sense, Abraham was now in the ninety-ninth year of his age, and Isaac was born when he was in his hundredth year.
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For this was how the promise was stated: "At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son."
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.
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 God said, "Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.
But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year."
"Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him. "There, in the tent," he said.
Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son."
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