Genesis 25:16

16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps.

Read Genesis 25:16 Using Other Translations

These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.
These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes according to their tribes.
These twelve sons of Ishmael became the founders of twelve tribes named after them, listed according to the places they settled and camped.

What does Genesis 25:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 25:16

These [are] the sons of Ishmael
The twelve before mentioned, ( Genesis 25:13-15 ) : these [are] their names, by their towns and by their castles;
their towns and their castles being called after their names, some of which we are able to trace at this distance, as the above notes show: twelve princes according to their nations;
these were princes, or heads of tribes, and there were twelve of them, and continued so, see ( Genesis 17:20 ) ; where is the prophecy, and here an accomplishment of it.

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