Genesis 21:18

18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”

Read Genesis 21:18 Using Other Translations

Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation."
Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.”

What does Genesis 21:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 21:18

Arise, lift up the lad
She had set herself down at some distance, and now she is bid to rise up and go to the place where she had left her son, and raise aim up from the ground, on which he lay along:

and hold him in thine hand:
or take hold on him with thine hand, and hold him up with it, he being so weak that he could not sit up without being supported:

for I will make him a great nation:
which is a renewal of a promise before made both to her and to Abraham, ( Genesis 16:10 ) ( 17:20 ) ( 21:13 ) ; and by this Hagar is assured that he would recover and live, and become a man and the father of children, who in time would become a great nation; (See Gill on Genesis 16:10), (See Gill on Genesis 17:20), (See Gill on Genesis 21:13), this shows that the Angel of God here speaking is God himself, or a divine Person, since none but he could make him a great nation.

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