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in response to reader comment: "A great nation" in the bible means populous not righteous. He never said a "holy nation" like he planned for Israel.

Submitted by leah (United States), Sep 20, 2006 at 21:48

All it says is that Ishmael will be wild, which is not necessarily a negative world. It is unclear whether he will be shown hostility, do hostility towards others, or some combination. However, G-d says he will protect Ishmael; his tone towards Abraham here is reassuring. The verse you quoted could be interpreted many ways. He is reassuring Avraham that ishmael will be kept safe and become a great nation, " for he isyour seed." It seems supportive of Ishmel and Abraham b/c Yishmael is Abraham's son.

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