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Genesis 17:18-20 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

18 Then he asked God, “Why not let Ishmael[a] inherit what you have promised me?”

19 But God answered:

No! You and Sarah will have a son. His name will be Isaac,[b] and I will make an everlasting promise to him and his descendants.

20 I have heard what you asked me to do for Ishmael, and so I will also bless him with many descendants. He will be the father of twelve princes, and I will make his family a great nation.

Footnotes:

  1. 17.18 Ishmael: Ishmael was the son of Sarah’s slave Hagar (see 16.1-16).
  2. 17.19 Isaac: In Hebrew “Isaac” sounds like “laugh.”

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