He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars(A)—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[a] be.”(B)

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 15:5 Or seed

11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old,(A) and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.(B) 12 So Sarah laughed(C) to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord(D) is old, will I now have this pleasure?”

13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’(E) 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord?(F) I will return to you at the appointed time next year,(G) and Sarah will have a son.”(H)

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The Birth of Isaac

21 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah(A) as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised.(B) Sarah became pregnant and bore a son(C) to Abraham in his old age,(D) at the very time God had promised him.(E) Abraham gave the name Isaac[a](F) to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him,(G) as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old(H) when his son Isaac was born to him.

Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter,(I) and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 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.”(J)

Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

The child grew and was weaned,(K) and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 21:3 Isaac means he laughs.