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Genesis 25:10-12

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25:10 This was the field Abraham had purchased from the sons of Heth. 1  There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 25:11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed 2  his son Isaac. Isaac lived near Beer Lahai Roi. 3 

The Sons of Ishmael

25:12 This is the account of Abraham’s son Ishmael, 4  whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s servant, bore to Abraham.

1 tn See the note on the phrase “sons of Heth” in Gen 23:3.

2 sn God blessed Isaac. The Hebrew verb “bless” in this passage must include all the gifts that God granted to Isaac. But fertility was not one of them, at least not for twenty years, because Rebekah was barren as well (see v. 21).

3 sn Beer Lahai Roi. See the note on this place name in Gen 24:62.

4 sn This is the account of Ishmael. The Book of Genesis tends to tidy up the family records at every turning point. Here, before proceeding with the story of Isaac’s family, the narrative traces Ishmael’s family line. Later, before discussing Jacob’s family, the narrative traces Esau’s family line (see Gen 36).



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