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Genesis 25:17-18


25:17 Ishmael lived a total of 1  137 years. He breathed his last and died; then he joined his ancestors. 2  25:18 His descendants 3  settled from Havilah to Shur, which runs next 4  to Egypt all the way 5  to Asshur. 6  They settled 7  away from all their relatives. 8 

1 tn Heb “And these are the days of the years of Ishmael.”

2 tn Heb “And he was gathered to his people.” In the ancient Israelite view he joined his deceased ancestors in Sheol, the land of the dead.

3 tn Heb “they”; the referent (Ishmael’s descendants) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

4 tn Heb “which is by the face of,” or near the border. The territory ran along the border of Egypt.

5 tn Heb “as you go.”

6 sn The name Asshur refers here to a tribal area in the Sinai.

7 tn Heb “he fell.”

8 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.

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