16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her.(A) I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations;(B) kings of peoples will come from her.”

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

19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son,(I) and you will call him Isaac.[a](J) I will establish my covenant with him(K) as an everlasting covenant(L) for his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers.(M) He will be the father of twelve rulers,(N) and I will make him into a great nation.(O) 21 But my covenant(P) I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you(Q) by this time next year.”(R)

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Footnotes

  1. Genesis 17:19 Isaac means he laughs.

10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year,(A) and Sarah your wife will have a son.”(B)

Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old,(C) and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.(D) 12 So Sarah laughed(E) to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord(F) 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?’(G) 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord?(H) I will return to you at the appointed time next year,(I) and Sarah will have a son.”(J)

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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)

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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

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