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

  • Mugenge george
    GODS time the best
  • BSP
    Verse 4: Hagar began to show disrespect towards Sarah. When we receive a privilege or good happens to us, we want to continue to show respect to other people and not look down on anyone.
  • Grant
    Thank God this website exists because there are no other things on the internet that are holy, except for other similar websites.
  • 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!

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