21 The Lord visited[a] Sarah just as he had said he would and did[b] for Sarah what he had promised.[c]
Genesis 21:1sn The Hebrew verb translated “visit” (פָּקַד, paqad) often describes divine intervention for blessing or cursing; it indicates God’s special attention to an individual or a matter, always with respect to his people’s destiny. He may visit (that is, destroy) the Amalekites; he may visit (that is, deliver) his people in Egypt. Here he visits Sarah, to allow her to have the promised child. One’s destiny is changed when the Lord “visits.” For a more detailed study of the term, see G. André, Determining the Destiny (ConBOT).
Genesis 21:1tnHeb “and the Lord did.” The divine name has not been repeated here in the translation for stylistic reasons.
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