Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” Bible see other translations

“live.” This is the full or “pregnant” sense of “live,” meaning live and be blessed now, and have everlasting life in the future as well. It seems that when God told Abraham that he would have a son by Sarah, Abraham may have thought that Ishmael might die.

[For more on the full sense of “live,” see commentary on Luke 10:28.]

Commentary for: Genesis 17:18