Genesis 21

Isaac Is Born

1 a  Then the  Lord took note of Sarah as He had said, and the  Lord did for Sarah as He had
Lit spoken
2 c  So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at d  the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. 3Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, e  Isaac. 4Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was f  eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5Now Abraham was g  one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6Sarah said, “God has made h  laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh
Lit for
with me.”
7And she said j  Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

8The child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.

Sarah Turns against Hagar

9Now Sarah saw k  the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham
Or playing
m  mocking.
10Therefore she said to Abraham n  Drive out this maid and her son, for the son of this maid shall not be an heir with my son
Lit with Isaac
11 p  The matter
Lit was very grievous in Abraham’s sight
distressed Abraham greatly because of his son.
12But God said to Abraham
Lit Do not let it be grievous in your sight
Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for s  through Isaac
Lit your seed will be called
your descendants shall be named.
13“And of u  the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your
Lit seed
14So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a
I.e. a skin used as a bottle
skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba.

15When the water in the skin was used up, she
Lit cast
left the boy under one of the bushes.
16Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away, for she said, “Do not let me
Lit look upon the death of the child
see the boy die.” And she sat opposite him, and z  lifted up her voice and wept.
17God aa  heard the lad crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter with you, Hagar? ab  Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by
Lit your
the hand, ad  for I will make a great nation of him.”
19Then God ae  opened her eyes and she saw af  a well of water; and she went and filled the
V 14, note 1
skin with water and gave the lad a drink.

20 ah  God was with the lad, and he grew; and he
Lit dwelt
lived in the wilderness and became an archer.
21 aj  He
Lit dwelt
lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

Covenant with Abimelech

22Now it came about at that time that al  Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying am  God is with you in all that you do; 23now therefore, an  swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but according to the kindness that I have shown to you, you shall show to me and to the land in which you have sojourned.” 24Abraham said, “I swear it.” 25But Abraham
Lit reproved
complained to Abimelech because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech ap  had seized.
26And Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor did I hear of it
Lit except
until today.”

27Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and ar  the two of them made a covenant. 28Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. 29Abimelech said to Abraham, “What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves?” 30He said, “You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a as  witness to me, that I dug this well.” 31Therefore he called that place at  Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath. 32So they made a covenant at Beersheba; and Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, arose and returned to the land of the Philistines. 33Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there au  he called on the name of the  Lord, the av  Everlasting God. 34And Abraham sojourned aw  in the land of the Philistines for many days.
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