Genesis 17:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 17:25, NIV: "and his son Ishmael was thirteen;"

Genesis 17:25, ESV: "And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin."

Genesis 17:25, KJV: "And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin."

Genesis 17:25, NASB: "And his son Ishmael was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin."

Genesis 17:25, NLT: "and Ishmael, his son, was thirteen."

Genesis 17:25, CSB: "and his son Ishmael was thirteen years old when the flesh of his foreskin was circumcised."

What does Genesis 17:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Ishmael, 13, was also circumcised on this momentous day in the life of Abraham and his household. God had made clear to Abraham that Ishmael, though he would be greatly blessed, would not be the child through whom the covenant promises would pass. Still, as a male living in Abraham's household, Ishmael must be circumcised along with all the other men and boys. God's prior instructions were very specific: those who were not circumcised could not be a part of the promised people (Genesis 17:14).