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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Genesis 25:11-18

Immediately after the account of Abraham's death, Moses begins the story of Isaac (Gen. 25:11), and tells us where he dwelt and how remarkably God blessed him. Note, The blessing of Abraham did not die with him, but survived to all the children of the promise. But he presently digresses from the story of Isaac, to give a short account of Ishmael, forasmuch as he also was a son of Abraham, and God had made some promises concerning him, which it was requisite we should know the accomplishment... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Genesis 25:13

And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael ,.... After mentioned: by their names, according to their generations; which were imposed upon them at their birth, and are recited according to the order in which they were born, as follows: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth : mentioned in Isaiah 60:7 ; and from whence a people of the Arabs are called Nabathaeans, and their country Nabathaea. Josephus F9 Antiqu. l. 1. c. 12. sect. 4. says, that all the country from Euphrates to... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 25:13

Nebajoth - From whom came the Nabatheans, whose capital was Petra, or, according to Strabo, Nabathea. They dwelt in Arabia Petraea, and extended themselves on the east towards Arabia Deserta. Kedar - The founder of the Cedreans, who dwelt near to the Nabatheans. The descendants of Kedar form a part of the Saracens. Adbeel, and Mibsam - Where these were situated is not known. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 25:1-18

The line of blessing. Although Abraham has many descendants, he carefully distinguishes the line of the Divine blessing. His peaceful end at 175 years set the seal upon a long life of faith and fellowship with God. His two sons, Isaac and Ishmael, met at their father's grave, although living apart. The influence of such a character as Abraham's is very elevating and healing, even in the sphere of the world. Ishmael is not entirely forgotten, but Isaac, as the true heir of Abraham, hands on... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 25:12-18

The generations of Ishmael, or the biography of a prince. I. THE PRINCE 'S NAME . Ishmael. 1. The significance of his name. "God hears.' It was thus a perpetual reminder to its bearer of a grand religious truth, that God is essentially a hearer of prayer, and that he is never far from any of his intelligent and needy creatures. 2. The occasion of his getting it. 3. The verification of his name. When he lay beneath the shrub God heard the voice of his distressful cry... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Genesis 25:13

And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth;— "Heights;" the Nabathaeans , a people of Northern Arabia, possessed of abundant flocks ( Isaiah 9:7 ), and, according to Diodorus, living by merchandise and rapine (Gesenius). From Petraea they subsequently extended as far as Babylon (Keil)— and Kedar ,—"Black Skin;" the Cedrei of Pliny (Gesenius, Keil, Rosen-mailer); characterized as good bowmen ( ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Genesis 25:12-18

- Section XI. - Isaac- LII. History of Ishmael13. נבית nebāyot, Nebajoth, “heights.” קדר qēdār, Qedar, “black.” אדבאל 'adbe'ēl, Adbeel, “miracle of God?” מבשׂם mı̂bśām Mibsam, “sweet odor.”14. משׁמע mı̂shma‛, Mishma‘, “hearing.” דוּמה dûmâh, Dumah, “silence.” משׂא maśā', Massa, “burden.”15. חדר chădar, Chadar, “chamber;” or חדד chădad, Chadad, “sharpness;” תימא tēymā', Tema. יטוּר yeṭûr, Jetur, “enclosure,” akin to טוּר ṭûr, “a wall,” and טירה ṭı̂yrâh, “a wall.” נפישׁ... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Genesis 25:1-18

Abraham’s other descendants (25:1-18)Before continuing the story of Isaac, the writer concludes the story of Abraham with a summary of his other descendants. Besides having a relationship with Hagar, Abraham had taken a minor wife, Keturah (1 Chronicles 1:28,1 Chronicles 1:32). But since Isaac was the promised heir, only he could remain in Canaan and receive Abraham’s inheritance. Abraham therefore gave gifts to his minor wives and their children and sent them off to establish independent lives... read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Genesis 25:12-18

THE TOLEDOTH OF ISHMAEL"Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's maid, bare unto Abraham: and these are the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth; and Kedar and Adbeel, and Mibsam, and Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, Hadad, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: these are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names by their villages, and by their encampments; twelve princes according... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Genesis 25:12-18

B. What became of Ishmael 25:12-18"The last four toledot sections of the Book of Genesis follow a definite pattern: the lines in each generation that are not chosen lines are traced before the narrative returns to the chosen line." [Note: Ross, Creation and . . ., p. 429.] This section records God’s faithfulness to His promises to make Ishmael a great nation and to give him many descendants (Genesis 16:10; Genesis 21:18). This is another of the 10 family histories that Genesis records (see the... read more

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