Genesis 21:11

11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.

Genesis 21:11 in Other Translations

11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son.
11 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son.
11 This upset Abraham very much because Ishmael was his son.
11 The matter gave great pain to Abraham - after all, Ishmael was his son.
11 Now this was a very difficult thing for Abraham because of his son.

Genesis 21:11 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 21:11

And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight
The motion that Sarah made to turn out of his house Hagar and Ishmael was not agreeable to him, but the reverse; it seemed an ill thing to him; it was greatly displeasing to him, and he was unwilling to come into it: because of his son;
his son Ishmael; not grieved and uneasy for what he had done; not for committing idolatry, as the Targum of Jonathan suggests, or for mocking at Isaac; but for what was proposed to be done to him, the ejection of him from his house, because of the great love he had for him, and the great concern he had for his education, and that he might enjoy the blessing promised him, he, was loath to have him cast out of his family: no concern is expressed for Hagar, though both by what God said to Abraham, and by the provision he made for her, he had a regard unto her; but his chief concern was for his son, who perhaps had a greater share in his natural affections than as yet Isaac had; nor did express so much reluctance when he was bid to him up, as he did at this time, that being at the command of God, this at the instance of his wife, and which he supposed only proceeded from passion and resentment: the Hebrew writers say F24, that of all the evils that came upon Abraham this was the hardest and most grievous in his sight.


F24 Pirke Eliezer, c. 30.

Genesis 21:11 In-Context

9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking,
10 and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”
11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.
12 But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.
13 I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.”

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