Ishmael (Ish´may-uhl; Heb., “God has heard”)

1 The son of Abraham by Hagar, the Egyptian handmaiden of Sarah (Gen 16; Gen 17; Gen 21:1-21). Though he is driven out as a result of Sarah’s jealousy, he and his mother are protected by an angel of the Lord (Gen 21:15-21). Although the promise of God’s covenant will pass through Sarah’s son, Isaac, God also promises to make Ishmael “a great nation” (Gen 21:18). In Gal 4:21-31, Paul uses the story of Ishmael and Isaac as an allegory for old and new covenants. 2 The son of Nethananiah, a man of royal blood and the assassin of Gedaliah, whom the Babylonians appointed ruler of Judah after the fall of Jerusalem (2Kgs 25:25). 3 Other royal, courtly, and priestly figures (1Chr 8:38; 2Chr 19:11; 2Chr 23:1; Ezra 10:22).

Gen 16

The Birth of Ishmael
1Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar,2and Sarai said to Abram, “You see that ... View more

Gen 17

The Sign of the Covenant
1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameles ... View more

Gen 21:1-21

The Birth of Isaac
1The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised.2Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old a ... View more

Gen 21:15-21

15When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes.16Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance o ... View more

Gen 21:18

18Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.”

Gal 4:21-31

The Allegory of Hagar and Sarah
21Tell me, you who desire to be subject to the law, will you not listen to the law?22For it is written that Abraham had two sons ... View more

2Kgs 25:25

25But in the seventh month, Ishmael son of Nethaniah son of Elishama, of the royal family, came with ten men; they struck down Gedaliah so that he died, along w ... View more

1Chr 8:38

38Azel had six sons, and these are their names: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan; all these were the sons of Azel.

2Chr 19:11

11See, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the Lord; and Zebadiah son of Ishmael, the governor of the house of Judah, in all the king's matte ... View more

2Chr 23:1

1But in the seventh year Jehoiada took courage, and entered into a compact with the commanders of the hundreds, Azariah son of Jeroham, Ishmael son of Jehohanan ... View more

Ezra 10:22

22Of the descendants of Pashhur: Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethanel, Jozabad, and Elasah.

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