Genesis 25:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 25:12, NIV: "This is the account of the family line of Abraham's son Ishmael, whom Sarah's slave, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham."

Genesis 25:12, ESV: "These are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s servant, bore to Abraham."

Genesis 25:12, KJV: "Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto Abraham:"

Genesis 25:12, NASB: "Now these are the records of the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s slave woman, bore to Abraham;"

Genesis 25:12, NLT: "This is the account of the family of Ishmael, the son of Abraham through Hagar, Sarah's Egyptian servant."

Genesis 25:12, CSB: "These are the family records of Abraham's son Ishmael, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's slave, bore to Abraham."

What does Genesis 25:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Genesis 25, coming at the end of Abraham's life and the beginning of God's blessing on and through Isaac, takes some time to establish the genealogies of all of Abraham's sons. The verses following this one will describe the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham's son with Hagar. Hagar had been Sarah's Egyptian handmaid until, at Sarah's urging, Abraham had married her in hopes of finally producing an heir. The pregnancy that resulted, however, led to pain for all involved and not to the child of promise, as they had hoped (Genesis 16; 21:9–21).

Still God blessed Ishmael in many ways, as He seems to have done for all the sons of Abraham (Genesis 12:1–3).