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

Genesis 25:17, NIV: "Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people."

Genesis 25:17, ESV: "(These are the years of the life of Ishmael: 137 years. He breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people.)"

Genesis 25:17, KJV: "And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people."

Genesis 25:17, NASB: "These are the years of the life of Ishmael, 137 years; and he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people."

Genesis 25:17, NLT: "Ishmael lived for 137 years. Then he breathed his last and joined his ancestors in death."

Genesis 25:17, CSB: "This is the length of Ishmael's life: 137 years. He took his last breath and died, and was gathered to his people."

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

Ishmael's life is summed up here with his biographical information. He died at the age of 137, some 50 years or so after Abraham's death, allowing plenty of time to have seen God's blessing as his twelve sons began to establish their individual families and tribes. Though he was not the son given the promises of inheritance from Abraham (Genesis 17:18–19), Ishmael was given prosperity and success by God. This corresponds to the reassurance God gave to Ishmael's mother, Hagar (Genesis 16:10–12), long before she was evicted from the family at the request of Abraham's wife, Sarah (Genesis 21:8–14).