Genesis 21:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 21:8, NIV: "The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast."

Genesis 21:8, ESV: "And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned."

Genesis 21:8, KJV: "And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned."

Genesis 21:8, NASB: "And the child grew and was weaned, and Abraham held a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned."

Genesis 21:8, NLT: "When Isaac grew up and was about to be weaned, Abraham prepared a huge feast to celebrate the occasion."

Genesis 21:8, CSB: "The child grew and was weaned, and Abraham held a great feast on the day Isaac was weaned."

What does Genesis 21:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Not only was the miracle child Isaac born, he survived being weaned. Compared to modern times, this era would have had extremely high infant mortality rates. A substantial number of infants did not survive to become independent adults. A child who survived the helplessness of their early years, until they were no longer directly dependent on their mother for food, took a step towards surviving to adulthood. Women of this time may have breastfed their children as late as two or three years old, so Isaac was likely a toddler on the day of this great feast thrown to celebrate his life.

As earlier verses indicated, there is no doubt that Isaac's birth was entirely miraculous. His parents are decades beyond the normal age to bear children. His mother had previously been unable to conceive. Despite the doubts of Abraham and Sarah themselves (Genesis 17:17; Genesis 18:12), God's promises came true in the form of this long-awaited child.