Chapter 25

Introduction

Abraham takes another wife, Keturah. She bore him many children. Some of them were the fathers of Arab nations, already starting God's promise to Abraham to be the father of many nations. Abraham divides his possessions to give as inheritance.

Abraham died at 175 years old. He was buried in the cave of Machpelah with Sarah.

Gen. 25:1-4:

Abraham takes another wife, Keturah. She was one of Abraham's concubines (1 Chron 1:32). Keturah was probably a concubine even while Sarah lived. She bore him many children. Some of them were the fathers of Arab nations, already starting God's promise to Abraham to be the father of many nations. See the general genealogy of Abraham through Keturah.



Gen. 25:5-7:

Apparently, Abraham had many concubines during his life. Now Abraham leaves to the sons of his concubines gifts while he was still living. Therefore, there would be no claim to the inheritance after he died. After he administered the gifts, he sent the concubines and sons away from Isaac. It is as if Abraham wanted them to have no influence on Isaac after Abraham died. Abraham now dies at the age of 175 years old. All of Abraham's belongings are inherited by Isaac.

Gen. 25:8-10:

Scripture says that Abraham died satisfied with the results of his life. Ishmael returns to Abraham's home after the death of his father. Isaac and Ishmael buried Abraham in the area purchased for Sarah and family (Gen. 23). This was the cave of Machpelah facing Mamre in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite.


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