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Genesis 17:18

    Genesis 17:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Abraham said to God, O that Ishmael might live before you!

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Abraham said unto God, Oh that Ishmael might live before thee!

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Abraham said to God, If only Ishmael's life might be your care!

    Webster's Revision

    And Abraham said unto God, Oh that Ishmael might live before thee!

    World English Bible

    Abraham said to God, "Oh that Ishmael might live before you!"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Abraham said unto God, Oh that Ishmael might live before thee!

    Clarke's Commentary on Genesis 17:18

    O that Ishmael might live before thee! - Abraham, finding that the covenant was to be established in another branch of his family, felt solicitous for his son Ishmael, whom he considered as necessarily excluded; on which God delivers that most remarkable prophecy which follows in Genesis 17:20, and which contains an answer to the prayer and wish of Abraham: And as for Ishmael I have heard thee; so that the object of Abraham's prayer was, that his son Ishmael might be the head of a prosperous and potent people.

    Barnes' Notes on Genesis 17:18

    Abraham seems up to this time to have regarded Ishmael as the promised seed. Hence, a feeling of anxiety instantly penetrates his breast. It finds utterance in the prayer, "Oh that Ishmael might live before thee." He asks "life" for his beloved son - that is, a share in the divine favor; and that "before God" - that is, a life of holiness and communion with God. But God asseverates his purpose of giving him a son by Sarah. This son is to be called Isaac - he that laughs or he shall laugh, in reference to the various emotions of surprise and delight with which his parents regarded his birth. Abram's prayer for Ishmael, however, is not unanswered. He is to be fruitful, beget twelve princes, and become a great nation. But Isaac is to be the heir of promise. At the present season next year he is to be born. The communication being completed, "God went" up from Abram.