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“But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.”

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Genesis 17:21 Translation & Meaning

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But my covenant בְּרִיתִ֖י A compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh) covenant
will I establish אָקִ֣ים To rise (in various applications, literal, figurative, intensive and causative) establish
with אֶת Properly, nearness (used only as a preposition or an adverb), near; hence, generally, with, by, at, among, etc with
Isaac, יִצְחָ֑ק Jitschak (or Isaac), son of Abraham Isaac
which אֲשֶׁר֩ Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
Sarah שָׂרָה֙ Sarah, Abraham's wife Sarah
shall bear תֵּלֵ֨ד To bear young; causatively, to beget; medically, to act as midwife; specifically, to show lineage bear
unto thee at this הַזֶּ֔ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that unto thee at this
set time לַמּוֹעֵ֣ד Properly, an appointment, i.e., a fixed time or season; specifically, a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand) set time
in the next הָֽאַחֶֽרֶת׃ Properly, hinder; generally, next, other, etc next
year. בַּשָּׁנָ֖ה A year (as a revolution of time) year

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  • 19  And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

  • 20  And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

  • 21  But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

  • 22  And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.

  • 23  And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, and all that were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin in the selfsame day, as God had said unto him.


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