ISHMAEL AND ISAAC

And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!”  The God said, “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.  As for Ishmael, I have heard you.  Behold, I have blessed him and will increase and multiply him exceedingly.  He shall beget twelve nations, and I will make him a great nation.  But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.”  Genesis 17:18-21 The Orthodox Study Bible

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