25:18 His descendants 5 settled from Havilah to Shur, which runs next 6 to Egypt all the way 7 to Asshur. 8 They settled 9 away from all their relatives. 10
1 tn Heb “the messenger of the
2 tn Heb “And the angel of the
3 tn Or “the South [country]”; Heb “the land of the Negev.”
sn Negev is the name for the southern desert region in the land of Canaan.
4 tn Heb “and he sojourned.”
5 tn Heb “they”; the referent (Ishmael’s descendants) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
6 tn Heb “which is by the face of,” or near the border. The territory ran along the border of Egypt.
7 tn Heb “as you go.”
8 sn The name Asshur refers here to a tribal area in the Sinai.
9 tn Heb “he fell.”
10 tn Heb “upon the face of all his brothers.” This last expression, obviously alluding to the earlier oracle about Ishmael (Gen 16:12), could mean that the descendants of Ishmael lived in hostility to others or that they lived in a territory that was opposite the lands of their relatives. While there is some ambiguity about the meaning, the line probably does give a hint of the Ishmaelite-Israelite conflicts to come.