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Hagar and Ishmael

1Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, bore him no children. Now she had a slave-girl, an Egyptian whose name was Hagar.
  2Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, Yahweh has prevented me from bearing. Please go in to my slave-girl. It may be that I can build a family by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
  3So after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her slave-girl, and gave her to Abram her husband to be his wife.
  4He went in to Hagar, and she conceived. When she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became of little worth in her eyes.
  5Sarai said to Abram, “This violence is your fault! I gave my slave into your bosom, and when she saw that she had conceived, I became of little worth in her eyes. May Yahweh judge between me and you.”
 

6But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your slave-girl is in your hand. Do to her whatever is good in your eyes.” Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her face.
 

7The angel of Yahweh found her by a spring of water in the wilderness; the spring on the road to Shur.
  8He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s slave-girl, where did you come from? Where are you going?”

She said, “I am fleeing from the face of my mistress Sarai.”
 

9The angel of Yahweh said to her, “Return to your mistress and let yourself be afflicted under her hands.”
  10The angel of Yahweh said to her, “I will make your seed many, yes, many, so that they will not be able to be counted because of the multitude.”
 

11The angel of Yahweh said to her,

 “Behold, you are with child, and will bear a son,

 and you are to call his name Ishmael,

 because Yahweh has heard and paid attention to your affliction.

 

 12 He will be a wild donkey of a man.

 His hand will be against every man

 and every man’s hand will be against him.

 He will live in hostility to all of his brothers.”

 

13She called the name of Yahweh who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees,” for she said, “Have I even gone on seeing after his seeing me?”
  14Therefore the well was called, “Well of the Living One Who Sees Me.” Behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
 

15So Hagar bore a son for Abram. Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.
  16And Abram was 86 years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.
 


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