Genesis 21:13

13 I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.”

Read Genesis 21:13 Using Other Translations

And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring."
But I will also make a nation of the descendants of Hagar’s son because he is your son, too.”

What does Genesis 21:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 21:13

And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation,
&c.] A great nation, as is promised, ( Genesis 17:20 ) ; and such the Ishmaelites and Saracens have been, and the Turks now are, the descendants of Ishmael. The Targum of Jonathan paraphrases it, a people of thieves, or a thieving people; as were the Saracens, and who are thought to have that name from the Arabic word "sarac" F25, to thieve; though they would have it derived from Sarah: but it is not agreeable to the promise of God to Abraham, that when for his comfort he is told that his son Ishmael and his descendants should become a great nation, that they should be described as a company of thieves and robbers; and especially when the reason of the promise is given,

because he [is] thy seed;
or thy son; here the word "seed" is again used of a single individual; see ( Genesis 4:25 ) ( Galatians 3:16 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F25 <arabic> "furatus fuit, furto abstulit", Golius, col. 1167. Castel. col. 2626.
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