1When Abram was ninety-nine years old Yahweh appeared to him and said, 'I am El Shaddai. Live inmy presence, be perfect, 2and I shal grant a covenant between myself and you, and make you very numerous.' 3And Abram bowed to the ground. God spoke to him as follows, 4'For my part, this is my covenant with you: you wil become the father of many nations. 5And you are no longer to be cal ed Abram; your name is to be Abraham, for I am making you father ofmany nations. 6I shal make you exceedingly fertile. I shall make you into nations, and your issue wil be kings. 7And I shal maintain my covenant between myself and you, and your descendants after you,generation after generation, as a covenant in perpetuity, to be your God and the God of your descendants afteryou. 8And to you and to your descendants after you, I shal give the country where you are now immigrants,the entire land of Canaan, to own in perpetuity. And I shal be their God.' 9God further said to Abraham, 'You for your part must keep my covenant, you and your descendantsafter you, generation after generation. 10This is my covenant which you must keep between myself and you, and your descendants after you:every one of your males must be circumcised. 11You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and that wil be the sign of the covenant betweenmyself and you. 12As soon as he is eight days old, every one of your males, generation after generation, must becircumcised, including slaves born within the household or bought from a foreigner not of your descent. 13Whether born within the household or bought, they must be circumcised. My covenant must bemarked in your flesh as a covenant in perpetuity. 14The uncircumcised male, whose foreskin has not been circumcised -- that person must be cut offfrom his people: he has broken my covenant.' 15Furthermore God said to Abraham, 'As regards your wife Sarai, you must not cal her Sarai, butSarah. 16I shal bless her and moreover give you a son by her. I shal bless her and she will become nations:kings of peoples wil issue from her.' 17Abraham bowed to the ground, and he laughed, thinking to himself, 'Is a child to be born to a manone hundred years old, and wil Sarah have a child at the age of ninety?' 18Abraham said to God, 'May Ishmael live in your presence! That wil be enough!' 19But God replied, 'Yes, your wife Sarah will bear you a son whom you must name Isaac. And I shalmaintain my covenant with him, a covenant in perpetuity, to be his God and the God of his descendants afterhim. 20For Ishmael too I grant you your request. I hereby bless him and wil make him fruitful andexceedingly numerous. He wil be the father of twelve princes, and I shal make him into a great nation. 21But my covenant I shall maintain with Isaac, whom Sarah wil bear you at this time next year.' 22When he had finished speaking to Abraham, God went up from him. 23Then Abraham took his son Ishmael, al the slaves born in his household or whom he had bought, inshort al the males among the people of Abraham's household, and circumcised their foreskins that same day,as God had said to him. 24Abraham was ninety-nine years old when his foreskin was circumcised. 25Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when his foreskin was circumcised. 26Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised on the very same day, 27and al the men of his household, those born in the household and those bought from foreigners,were circumcised with him.
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