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1)

What is the significance of "ve'Gam", which always comes to include?

1.

Seforno: This is an additional reason for Avraham not to be perturbed at sending Yishmael away - since he was (genetically) not his son, but the son of a slave. 1


1

Refer to 21:12:1:1.

2)

Why did Hashem tell Avraham that he would turn Yishmael into a nation because he was his offspring?

1.

Seforno: Because he was not worthy of becoming a nation in his own rights, 1 only because he was Avraham's (biological) son.


1

See also Targum Yonasan, who explains the word "Goy" as 'a nation of robbers'.

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