Genesis 17:17-19

17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”
18 And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”
19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac.[a] I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.

Genesis 17:17-19 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter treats of a covenant made with Abram, sometimes called the covenant of circumcision, the time when God appeared to him, and promised to make it, and did, Ge 17:1-3; the particulars of it, both with respect to himself, whose name was now changed, and to his posterity, Ge 17:4-8; the token of it, circumcision, the time of its performance, and the persons obliged to it, Ge 17:9-14; the change of Sarai's name, and a promise made that she should have a son, to the great surprise of Abraham, Ge 17:15-17; a prayer of his for Ishmael, and the answer to it, with a confirmation of Sarah's having a son, whose name should be called Isaac, and the establishment of the covenant with him, Ge 17:18-22; and the chapter is closed with an account of the circumcision of Abraham, and all his family of the male sort, agreeably to the command of God, Ge 17:23-27.

Cross References 10

  • 1. S ver 3
  • 2. Genesis 18:12; Genesis 21:6
  • 3. S Genesis 12:4
  • 4. Genesis 18:11,13; Genesis 21:7; Genesis 24:1,36; Jeremiah 20:15; Luke 1:18; Romans 4:19; Galatians 4:23; Hebrews 11:11
  • 5. S Genesis 16:15
  • 6. Genesis 21:11
  • 7. S ver 6,21; Genesis 18:14; Genesis 21:2; 1 Samuel 1:20
  • 8. S Genesis 16:11; Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:13,31
  • 9. Genesis 26:3; Genesis 50:24; Exodus 13:11; Deuteronomy 1:8
  • 10. S Genesis 9:16; S Galatians 3:16

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. "Isaac" means "he laughs."
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