The Descendants of Ishmael

12 This is the account of the family line of Abraham's son Ishmael, whom Sarah's slave, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Genesis 25:12

Commentary on Genesis 25:11-18

(Read Genesis 25:11-18)

Ishmael had twelve sons, whose families became distinct tribes. They peopled a very large country that lay between Egypt and Assyria, called Arabia. The number and strength of this family were the fruit of the promise, made to Hagar and to Abraham, concerning Ishmael.