One of them 1 said, “I will surely return 2 to you when the season comes round again, 3 and your wife Sarah will have a son!” 4 (Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, not far behind him. 5
|NET © Notes||
1 tn Heb “he”; the referent (one of the three men introduced in v. 2) has been specified in the translation for clarity. Some English translations have specified the referent as the
2 tn The Hebrew construction is emphatic, using the infinitive absolute with the imperfect tense.
sn I will surely return. If Abraham had not yet figured out who this was, this interchange would have made it clear. Otherwise, how would a return visit from this man mean Sarah would have a son?
3 tn Heb “as/when the time lives” or “revives,” possibly referring to the springtime.
4 tn Heb “and there will be (הִנֵּה, hinneh) a son for Sarah.”
5 tn This is the first of two disjunctive parenthetical clauses preparing the reader for Sarah’s response (see v. 12).