Genesis 21:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 21:10, NIV: "and she said to Abraham, 'Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.'"

Genesis 21:10, ESV: "So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.”"

Genesis 21:10, KJV: "Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac."

Genesis 21:10, NASB: "Therefore she said to Abraham, 'Drive out this slave woman and her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be an heir with my son Isaac!'"

Genesis 21:10, NLT: "So she turned to Abraham and demanded, 'Get rid of that slave woman and her son. He is not going to share the inheritance with my son, Isaac. I won't have it!'"

Genesis 21:10, CSB: "So she said to Abraham, "Drive out this slave with her son, for the son of this slave will not be a coheir with my son Isaac!""

What does Genesis 21:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

On the day of a great feast to celebrate Isaac's being weaned, Sarah suddenly became very angry. The previous verse tells us that she saw Ishmael, now maybe 16, laughing or perhaps mocking. Whatever he was doing apparently triggered her anger over something she was likely already deeply concerned about. This is not surprising, since Sarah has already demonstrated anger and hurt feelings towards Hagar and Ishmael in the past (Genesis 16:4–6). Of course, Sarah is partly responsible for their place in her life, since she was the one who encouraged Abraham to conceive a child with Hagar (Genesis 16:1–2).

Ishmael was Abraham's firstborn son by Sarah's Egyptian slave girl Hagar, and Abraham clearly loved the boy. Sarah's concerns are not entirely unreasonable. Would Ishmael somehow become Abraham's heir? Would his presence in their family keep Sarah's son Isaac from receiving all that was due to him? Sarah decided she could not allow this, even if she was partly responsible for it in the first place.

Apparently in a fury, she demands that Abraham cast out both the slave woman and her son. She refuses even to say their names. She simply declares her objection in direct, impersonal terms: "The son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac."

Abraham will not take this well.