Genesis 17:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 17:15, NIV: "God also said to Abraham, 'As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah."

Genesis 17:15, ESV: "And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name."

Genesis 17:15, KJV: "And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be."

Genesis 17:15, NASB: "Then God said to Abraham, 'As for your wife Sarai, you shall not call her by the name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name."

Genesis 17:15, NLT: "Then God said to Abraham, 'Regarding Sarai, your wife--her name will no longer be Sarai. From now on her name will be Sarah."

Genesis 17:15, CSB: "God said to Abraham, "As for your wife Sarai, do not call her Sarai, for Sarah will be her name."

What does Genesis 17:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In verse 5 of this chapter, God signaled a new stage in His relationship with Abram by changing his name to Abraham. This name is very similar to the Hebrew phrase meaning "father of a multitude," emphasizing that Abraham will be the father of nations and that kings would come from him.

Now God tells Abraham that his wife Sarai's name is to be changed to Sarah. Both names apparently mean princess, though in the following verse God will call her the "mother of nations." While this seems like a slight change, it marks a significant new season in God's work in and through Sarah as well. This change will be especially amazing to Abraham, who will laugh out loud at the suggestion of Sarah giving birth (Genesis 17:17).

Later, during a significant encounter, God would change the name of Abraham and Sarah's grandson through Isaac. He will be renamed from Jacob to Israel (Genesis 32:28).