Genesis 16:12

“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he will be a wilde man; his hand will be against euery man, and euery mans hand against him: & he shal dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"He will be a wild donkey of a man, His hand {will be} against everyone, And everyone's hand {will be} against him; And he will live to the east of all his brothers."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he shall be `as' a wild ass among men; his hand `shall be' against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell over against all his brethren.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he will be like a mountain ass among men; his hand will be against every man and every man's hand against him, and he will keep his place against all his brothers.
- Basic English Bible

And he will be a wild-ass of a man, his hand against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell before the face of all his brethren.
- Darby Bible

And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
- Webster's Bible

He will be like a wild donkey among men. His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him. He will live opposite all of his brothers."
- World English Bible

and he is a wild-ass man, his hand against every one, and every one's hand against him -- and before the face of all his brethren he dwelleth.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

And he shall be a wild ass of a man: his hand shall be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the face of all his brethren.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 16:12


16:12 He will be a wild man - A wild ass of a man, so the word is: rude, and bold and fearing no man; untamed, untractable, living at large, and impatient of service and restraint. His hand will be against every man - That is his sin, and every man's hand against him - That is his punishment. Note, Those that have turbulent spirits have commonly troublesome lives: they that are provoking, and injurious to others, must expect to be repaid in their own coin. And yet, he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren - Though threatened and insulted by all his neighbours, yet he shall keep his ground, and, for Abram's sake more than his own, shall be able to make his part good with them. Accordingly we read, #Gen 25:18|, that he died, as he lived, in the presence of all his brethren.


Discussion for Genesis 16

  • Felicia
    Verse 13
    Whatever name we would choose to give God would say as much about our need as it would about the character of God. It is through our need that we experience God in our deepest way. God watches over what He created. Hagar discovered that in the desert. We need a gentle reminder also. God does see us! Thank you Father for your unfailing love for the world you created and for me also.
  • David Price
    Man thougths are not God thoughts, so I say unto you wait on the Lord, wait on the Lord!!!
  • Lanita
    The best chapter to praise the lord!
  • Lanita
    I love this chapter! It is the best chapter!
  • Valerie
    yes sometimes we do things without thinking an waiting on GOD to bring us out, then when reality hits us we want to cry out to the LORD for help when we was to listen to HIS voice, yes i done somethings i wish i can go back an erase but i just ask my GOD for forgiveness an turn away from the sin i committed.am so glad that HE dont give us what our deserve for our sins, AMEN.
  • Blessing Chika
    The fountain where the angel met Hagar is a symbol of Christ.Jesus is the fountain of life.When you come to Him,every trouble and confusion in your life recieve solution.Jesus is the Way and not a way.Hagar's life embraces peace as soon as she accepted the Way.She returned and was welcomed.

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