He will be a wild donkey of a man.
His hand will be against every man
and every man’s hand will be against him.
He will live in hostility to all of his brothers.” Bible

“in hostility to.” This phrase in Hebrew has two meanings. It is literally more like, “over against,” and it means either “in close proximity to,” or “in hostility to,” or both. We think both meanings are meant, and that is certainly the way the history of the Arab tribes has played out. They usually live quite close to each other, and they have been at war off and on throughout history. We felt that the fact that they were at war fit better with the statement that Ishmael would be a wild donkey of man, and so we put that in the REV text.

Commentary for: Genesis 16:12