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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 25:16

These are the sons of Ishmael ,.... The twelve before mentioned, Genesis 25:13 , 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... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Genesis 25:16

These are their names - By which their descendants were called. Their towns - places of encampment in the wilderness, such as have been used by the Arabs from the remotest times. Their castles, טירתם tirotham , their towers, probably mountain tops, fortified rocks, and fastnesses of various kinds in woods and hilly countries. 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 25:16

These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns ,—unwalled encampments, from hatzar , to surround; used of the movable villages of nomadic tribes (cf. Isaiah 42:11 )— and by their castles; —fortified keeps (Murphy); tent villages (Keil); nomadic camps (Kalisch). Cf. Numbers 31:10 ; 1 Chronicles 6:39 ; Psalms 69:26 ; Ezekiel 25:4 )— twelve princes —this does not imply that Ishmael had only twelve sons, like Israel—a very suspicious circumstance (De... 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 Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Genesis 25:16

Genesis 25:16. By their towns— Villages, composed of tents pitched together, Jeremiah 49:31. Some of these people however dwelt in walled towns. See Numbers 31:10. They had also castles, fortified places, erected in the desarts, to which they repaired in time of danger, Isa 42:11 such castles are among them to this day. See note on ch. Genesis 17:20. read more

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