12 Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham:
13 And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,
14 And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,
15 Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:
16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.
17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.
18 And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren.
I read only a short amount for today’s reading because there are natural breaks in the scripture that I try to observe. In the part of Genesis Chapter 25 that I read today, there is an account of the family line of Ishmael, Abraham’s son by Hagar the Egyptian handmaid.
Ishmael had a dozen sons who all became tribal rulers. Those rulers and their decendants settled near the eastern border of Egypt and according to a more modern bible translation “lived in hostility toward all the tribes related to them.”
You may recall that even before Ishmael was born it was prophesied to Hagar that he would lead a hostile life. This apparently carried on through generations as Ishmael’s descendants increased in number.
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