SEV Biblia, Chapter 17:18 Y dijo Abraham a Dios: Deseo que Ismael viva delante de ti.
Clarke's Bible Commentary - Genesis 17:18 Verse 18. O that Ishmael might live before thee!] Abraham, finding that the covenant was to be established in another branch of his family, felt solicitous for his son Ishmael, whom he considered as necessarily excluded; on which God delivers that most remarkable prophecy which follows in ver. 20, and which contains an answer to the prayer and wish of Abraham: And as for Ishmael I have heard thee; so that the object of Abraham's prayer was, that his son Ishmael might be the head of a prosperous and potent people.
Matthew Henry Commentary Verses 15-22 - Here is the promise made to Abraham of a son by Sarai, in whom the promise made to him should be fulfilled. The assurance of this promis was the change of Sarai's name into Sarah. Sarai signifies my princess as if her honour were confined to one family only; Sarah signifies princess. The more favours God confers upon us, the more low we shoul be in our own eyes. Abraham showed great joy; he laughed, it was laughter of delight, not of distrust. Now it was that Abraham rejoice to see Christ's day; now he saw it and was glad, Joh 8:56. Abraham dreading lest Ishmael should be abandoned and forsaken of God, put up petition on his behalf. God gives us leave in prayer to be particula in making known our requests. Whatever is our care and fear, should be spread before God in prayer. It is the duty of parents to pray for their children, and the great thing we should desire is, that they ma be kept in covenant with Him, and may have grace to walk before him in uprightness. Common blessings are secured to Ishmael. Outward goo things are often given to those children of godly parents who are bor after the flesh, for their parents' sake. Covenant blessings ar reserved for Isaac, and appropriated to him.
Original Hebrew ויאמר 559 אברהם 85 אל 413 האלהים 430 לו 3863 ישׁמעאל 3458 יחיה 2421 לפניך׃ 6440