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Genesis 18:12-14 New English Translation (NET Bible)

12 So Sarah laughed to herself, thinking,[a] “After I am worn out will I have pleasure,[b] especially when my husband is old too?”[c]

13 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why[d] did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really[e] have a child when I am old?’ 14 Is anything impossible[f] for the Lord? I will return to you when the season comes round again and Sarah will have a son.”[g]

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 18:12 tn Heb “saying.”
  2. Genesis 18:12 tn It has been suggested that this word should be translated “conception,” not “pleasure.” See A. A. McIntosh, “A Third Root ‘adah in Biblical Hebrew,” VT 24 (1974): 454-73.
  3. Genesis 18:12 tn The word “too” has been added in the translation for stylistic reasons.
  4. Genesis 18:13 tn Heb “Why, this?” The demonstrative pronoun following the interrogative pronoun is enclitic, emphasizing the Lord’s amazement: “Why on earth did Sarah laugh?”
  5. Genesis 18:13 tn The Hebrew construction uses both הַאַף (haʾaf) and אֻמְנָם (ʾumnam): “Indeed, truly, will I have a child?”
  6. Genesis 18:14 tn The Hebrew verb פָּלָא (palaʾ) means “to be wonderful, to be extraordinary, to be surpassing, to be amazing.”
  7. Genesis 18:14 sn Sarah will have a son. The passage brings God’s promise into clear focus. As long as it was a promise for the future, it really could be believed without much involvement. But now, when it seemed so impossible from the human standpoint, when the Lord fixed an exact date for the birth of the child, the promise became rather overwhelming to Abraham and Sarah. But then this was the Lord of creation, the one they had come to trust. The point of these narratives is that the creation of Abraham’s offspring, which eventually became Israel, is no less a miraculous work of creation than the creation of the world itself.
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