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12 He shall be a wild ass of a man,
    his hand against everyone,
    and everyone’s hand against him;
Alongside[a] all his kindred
    shall he encamp.”(A)

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  1. 16:12 Alongside: lit., “against the face of”; the same phrase is used of the lands of Ishmael’s descendants in 25:18. It can be translated “in opposition to” (Dt 21:16; Jb 1:11; 6:28; 21:31), but here more likely means that Ishmael’s settlement was near but not in the promised land.

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