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

  • 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.
  • Sonja
    Sari didn't have the faith that she was going to have a child, having offered her maid toAbram. She brought all the negative things on herself and blamed everyone else for her actions. It was amazing that the Angel of the Lord spoke to Hagar and she acknowledged God.
  • Christopher
    The lord we serve is a living God that fulfill His promises. Let us learn how to remain focused on Him.He is a God that knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end.
  • Olga
    God is great he gives us everything he says he is going to give us we just have to take a min to listen to what he is telling us and be patient ,

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