Genesis 25:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 25:2, NIV: "She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah."

Genesis 25:2, ESV: "She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah."

Genesis 25:2, KJV: "And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah."

Genesis 25:2, NASB: "She bore to him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah."

Genesis 25:2, NLT: "She gave birth to Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah."

Genesis 25:2, CSB: "and she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah."

What does Genesis 25:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God had promised to make Abraham the father of many nations (Genesis 17:4). He will clearly become the father of Israel through Isaac and his descendants. Abraham also fathered several nations and tribes through Ishmael, his son by Sarah's servant Hagar (Genesis 25:13–16).

This verse reveals six more sons, all by Abraham's wife Keturah: Zimram, whose people may have settled in Arabia, Jokshan, Medan, Midian—whose descendants become traders in the deserts around Israel; Moses's wife will be a Midianite—as well as Ishbak, namesake of a town in northern Syria, and Shuah, the name of a town near Babylon.

Clearly God kept his promise to make many nations from His much-blessed servant Abraham, as the following verses will continue to reveal.