11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age,(A) was enabled to bear children(B) because she[a] considered him faithful(C) who had made the promise.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 11:11 Or By faith Abraham, even though he was too old to have children—and Sarah herself was not able to conceive—was enabled to become a father because he

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope(A) we profess,(B) for he who promised is faithful.(C)

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20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened(A) in his faith and gave glory to God,(B) 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.(C)

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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)

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17 Abraham fell facedown;(A) he laughed(B) and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old?(C) Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”(D) 18 And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael(E) might live under your blessing!”(F)

19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son,(G) and you will call him Isaac.[a](H) I will establish my covenant with him(I) as an everlasting covenant(J) for his descendants after him.

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 17:19 Isaac means he laughs.

For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God(A) used to adorn themselves.(B) They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord.(C) You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

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36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child(A) in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.

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