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Hagar And Ishmael

Genesis 16
Taken from the NIV Bible

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16:1. Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 2. So she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant, perhaps I can build a family through her.”

Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.

When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5. Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me.”

6. “Your servant is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.

7. The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it is the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8. And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”

“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she said.

9. Then the angel of the Lord told her,

“You are now with child
and you will have a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
for the Lord has heard of your misery.
He will be a wild donkey of a man:
His hand will be against everyone
And everyone’s hand against him.
And he will live in hostility
Toward all of his brothers.”

13. She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” For she said, “I have seen the One who sees me.” 14. This is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.

15. So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

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