Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto Abraham:
-- Gen. 25:12 (KJV)
This verse lays the groundwork for the next six verses as the text begins to expound upon the lineal line of Ishmael.
Numerical Analysis: The numerical pattern for this verse is 7,3,1,2,5. (7) Be perfected by God for your future generations to be blessed. (3) To stay in the Spirit, know about your heritage. (1) To follow God, learn about your lineage. (2) To be delivered, do not cheat on your spouse. (5) Stay in God's presence in order to bear fruit.