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become the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will be among her
17 Then Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself
in disbelief. “How could I become a father at the age of 100?” he thought.
“And how can Sarah have a baby when she is ninety years old?” 18 So Abra
ham said to God, “May Ishmael live under your special blessing!”
19 But God replied, “No—Sarah, your wife, will give birth to a son for you.
You will name him I saac,* and I will confirm my covenant with him and his
descendants as an everlasting covenant. 20 As for Ishmael, I will bless him
also, just as you have asked. I will make him extremely fruitful and multiply his descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes, and I will
make him a great nation. 21 But my covenant will be confirmed with I saac,
who will be born to you and Sarah about this time next year.” 22 When God
had finished speaking, he left Abraham.
23 On that very day Abraham took his son, Ishmael, and every male in
his household, including those born there and those he had bought. Then
he circumcised them, cutting off their foreskins, just as God had told him.
24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised, 25 and Ish
mael, his son, was thirteen. 26 Both Abraham and his son, Ishmael, were circumcised on that same day, 27 along with all the other men and boys of the
household, whether they were born there or bought as servants. All were
circumcised with him.
A Son Is Promised to Sarah
The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to
Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during
the hottest part of the day. 2 He looked up and noticed three men standing
nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing
low to the ground.
3 “My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. 4 Rest in the
shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. 5 And since
you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to
refresh you before you continue on your journey.”
“All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.”
6 So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get three
large measures* of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some
bread.” 7 Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and
gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it. 8 When the food was ready,
Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it
to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.
9 “Where is Sarah, your wife?” the visitors asked.
“She’s inside the tent,” Abraham replied.
10 Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year,
and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!”
Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. 11 Abraham and
Sarah were both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of
having children. 12 So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could
a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she
say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the
Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
15 Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I d
But the Lord said, “No, you did laugh.”
17:19 Isaac means “he laughs.” 18:6 Hebrew 3 seahs, about half a bushel or 22 liters.
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