Genesis 16

Sarai and Hagar

1 a  Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was b  Hagar. 2And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the  Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children
Hebrew be built up, which sounds like the Hebrew for  children
by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
3So, after Abram d  had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife. 4And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, e  she looked with contempt on her mistress.
Hebrew her mistress was dishonorable in her eyes; similarly in verse 5
5And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May g  the  Lord judge between you and me!” 6But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.

7The angel of the  Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to h  Shur. 8And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.” 9The angel of the  Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.” 10The angel of the  Lord also said to her, i  “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.” 11And the angel of the  Lord said to her,

Behold, you are pregnant
and shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,
 Ishmael means God hears

k  because the  Lord has listened to your affliction.
12He shall be l  a wild donkey of a man,
his hand against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he shall dwell m  over against all his kinsmen.”

13So she called the name of the  Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,”
Or  You are a God who sees me
for she said, o  Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”
Hebrew Have I really seen him here who sees me? or Would I have looked here for the one who sees me?
14Therefore the well was called q  Beer-lahai-roi;
 Beer-lahai-roi means the well of the Living One who sees me
it lies between s  Kadesh and Bered.

15And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.

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