Genesis 21:8
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The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast.

King James Bible
And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

Darby Bible Translation
And the child grew, and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.

World English Bible
The child grew, and was weaned. Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.

Young's Literal Translation
And the lad groweth, and is weaned, and Abraham maketh a great banquet in the day of Isaac's being weaned;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The child grew and was weaned - Anglo-Saxon Version. Now the child waxed and became weaned. We have the verb to wean from the Anglo-Saxon awendan, to convert, transfer, turn from one thing to another, which is the exact import of the Hebrew word גמל gamal in the text. Hence wenan, to wean, to turn the child from the breast to receive another kind of ailment. And hence, probably, the word Wean, a young child, which is still in use in the northern parts of Great Britain and Ireland, and which from its etymology seems to signify a child taken from the breast; surely not from the Scotch wee-ane, a little one, much less from the German wenig, little, as Dr. Johnson and others would derive it. At what time children were weaned among the ancients, is a disputed point. St. Jerome says there were two opinions on this subject. Some hold that children were always weaned at five years of age; others, that they were not weaned till they were twelve. From the speech of the mother to her son, 2 Maccabees 7:27, it seems likely that among the Jews they were weaned when three years old: O my son, have pity upon me that bare thee nine months in my womb, and gave thee Suck Three Years, and nourished thee and brought thee up. And this is farther strengthened by 2 Chronicles 31:16, where Hezekiah, in making provision for the Levites and priests, includes the children from three years old and upwards; which is a presumptive proof that previously to this age they were wholly dependent on the mother for their nourishment. Samuel appears to have been brought to the sanctuary when he was just weaned, and then he was capable of ministering before the Lord, 1 Samuel 1:22-28; and this certainly could not be before he was three years of age. The term among the Mohammedans is fixed by the Koran, chap. 31:14, at two years of age.

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1 Samuel 1:22 But Hannah went not up; for she said to her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him...

Psalm 131:2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.

Hosea 1:8 Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bore a son.


Genesis 19:3 And he pressed on them greatly; and they turned in to him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast...

Genesis 26:30 And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.

Genesis 29:22 And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.

Genesis 40:20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast to all his servants...

Judges 14:10,12 So his father went down to the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do...

1 Samuel 25:36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him...

2 Samuel 3:20 So Abner came to David to Hebron, and twenty men with him. And David made Abner and the men that were with him a feast.

1 Kings 3:15 And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD...

Esther 1:3 In the third year of his reign, he made a feast to all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media...

Compassion for Souls
Behold the compassion of a mother for her child expiring with thirst, and remember that such a compassion ought all Christians to feel towards souls that are perishing for lack of Christ, perishing eternally, perishing without hope of salvation. If the mother lifted up her voice arid wept, so also should we; and if the contemplation of her dying, child was all too painful for her, so may the contemplation of the wrath to come, which is to pass upon every soul that dies impenitent, become too painful
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871

Of Bearing the Cross --One Branch of Self-Denial.
The four divisions of this chapter are,--I. The nature of the cross, its necessity and dignity, sec. 1, 2. II. The manifold advantages of the cross described, sec. 3-6. III. The form of the cross the most excellent of all, and yet it by no means removes all sense of pain, sec. 7, 8. IV. A description of warfare under the cross, and of true patience, (not that of philosophers,) after the example of Christ, sec. 9-11. 1. THE pious mind must ascend still higher, namely, whither Christ calls his disciples
Archpriest John Iliytch Sergieff—On the Christian Life

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Genesis 21:7
And she added, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."

Genesis 21:9
But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking,

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