18 So Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael were acceptable[a] to you!”

19 But God said, “No. Your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will name him Isaac.[b] I will confirm my covenant with him as a permanent covenant for his future offspring. 20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will certainly bless him; I will make him fruitful and will multiply him greatly. He will father twelve tribal leaders,(A) and I will make him into a great nation.

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Footnotes

  1. 17:18 Lit alive
  2. 17:19 = He Laughs

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