Genesis 25:11-18 – The line of Ishmael

Gen 25:11  And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi.

Gen 25:12  Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s handmaid, bare unto Abraham:

Gen 25:13  And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,

Gen 25:14  And Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa,

Gen 25:15  Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah:

Gen 25:16  These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles; twelve princes according to their nations.

Gen 25:17  And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.

Gen 25:18  And they dwelt from Havilah unto Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria: and he died in the presence of all his brethren.


The descendants of Ishmael:


  1. Nebajoth – (Pronounced “Nabeet”) His name means First-born or First Fruit in Arabic.

His tribe is the people referred to as the Nabaiati by Assyrian accounts just before Judah was taken captive.  They were also known as Nabateans, and more recently, some speculate, as the Jordanians of Petra.

  1. Kedar – pronounced Qaidar in Arabic, the father of the Qedarites, a northern Arab tribe that controlled the area between the Persian Gulf and the Sinai Peninsula.  According to tradition, he is the ancestor of the Quraysh tribe, and thus the Islamic prophet, Muhammad.

His tribe formed some kind of association with the Edomites wandering around as sheep herders throughout Arabia and Sinai and they form, in part, the modern day Bedouins.

  1. Adbeel – God’s servant in Arabic, he established a tribe in northwest Arabia.
  2. Mibsam – Smiley in Arabic, and pronounced Mubsem.
  3. Mishma – Obeyed in Arabic, and pronounced Masmou’
  4. Dumah – Means Sand-Hill in Arabic, pronounced Doomah.
  5. Massa – Night Fall in Arabic and pronounced Masa, he is the father of a nomadic tribe that inhabited the Arabian desert towards Babylonia.
  6. Hadar – Rolling-Stone in Arabic, pronounced Haidar.
  7. Tema – The Good News, or The Right Hand Man in Arabic, and pronounced Tayman.
  8. Jetur – Revolt, or Rebel in Arabic, pronounced Yathur.
  9. Naphish – Genuine in Arabic, and pronounced Nafees.
  10. Kefemah – The Front Man, or Scout in Arabic, pronounced Qudamah.



A lot can be summed up in a few words at the end of our lives.

Verse 16 tells us that Ishmael gave up the ghost and died; pretty cut and dry.  On the other hand we that Abraham died full, and at a good old age.

Notice the difference?

Life in the Lord is full, and a blessing, while life in the flesh is short, sudden, and filled with strife.


About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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