Genesis 25:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 25:16, NIV: These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps.

Genesis 25:16, ESV: These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes according to their tribes.

Genesis 25:16, KJV: These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.

Genesis 25:16, NASB: These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages, and by their camps; twelve princes according to their tribes.

Genesis 25:16, NLT: These twelve sons of Ishmael became the founders of twelve tribes named after them, listed according to the places they settled and camped.

Genesis 25:16, CSB: These are Ishmael's sons, and these are their names by their settlements and encampments: twelve leaders of their clans.

What does Genesis 25:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The previous verses listed the twelve sons of Ishmael. Here we're told their names also become the names of their villages and encampments, each son a "prince" over his own tribe. Together, the twelve tribes of Ishmael's sons may have been a formidable force in the region. This fulfills a promise made to Hagar, the mother of Ishmael and a concubine of Abraham (Genesis 16:1–4; Genesis 21:8–14). Despite being removed from Abraham's family, Ishmael would be blessed with success, exactly as God had promised (Genesis 16:10–12).