Genesis 25:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 25:3, NIV: "Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites."

Genesis 25:3, ESV: "Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan. The sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim."

Genesis 25:3, KJV: "And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim."

Genesis 25:3, NASB: "Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim."

Genesis 25:3, NLT: "Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan. Dedan's descendants were the Asshurites, Letushites, and Leummites."

Genesis 25:3, CSB: "Jokshan fathered Sheba and Dedan. Dedan's sons were the Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim."

What does Genesis 25:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse continues to describe Abraham's descendants with his wife Keturah. Interpreters are split over whether this marriage occurred before or after the death of Abraham's first wife, Sarah (Genesis 23:1). Given Abraham's advanced age at the time of Sarah's death, it seems more likely that he'd fathered children with Keturah before Sarah had passed away.

Jokshan, the son of Abraham and Keturah, fathered Sheba and Dedan. Dedan fathered Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim. The fact that their names are included in this list may indicate that their peoples became known in the region, though little is known about them now.

Though these descendants came from Abraham, it's important to remember that all of Abraham's great wealth and, more importantly, God's blessing and the covenant promises, were handed down to Isaac, his son with Sarah (Genesis 25:5).