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The Birth of Isaac

1Now Yahweh visited Sarah as he had said, and Yahweh did to Sarah what he had spoken.
  2And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
  3And Abraham called his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac.
  4Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.
  5Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
 

6And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh. Everyone who hears will laugh with me.”
  7And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
 

Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

8The child grew and was weaned. Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.
  9But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.
  10So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman and her son! For the son of this slave woman will not be heir with my son Isaac.”
 

11And Sarah’s word was very grievous in Abraham’s eyes, because of his son.
  12But God said to Abraham, “Do not let it be grievous in your eyes because of the boy and because of your slave woman. In all that Sarah says to you, listen to her voice, because it is through Isaac that your seed will be called.
  13And I will also make a nation of the son of the slave woman, because he is your seed.”
 

14Abraham rose up early in the morning and took bread and a skin-bottle of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and gave her the child, and sent her away. She departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
  15When the water in the skin was used up, she shoved the child under one of the shrubs.
  16Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about a bow shot away. For she said, “Do not let me see the death of the child.” She sat opposite him and lifted up her voice and wept.
 

17But God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid. For God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.
  18Get up, lift up the boy and hold him up with your hand. For I will make a great nation from him.”
  19And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. So she went, filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.
  20God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow.
  21He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him out of the land of Egypt.
 

Abraham’s Covenant with Abimelech

22It came to pass at that time that Abimelech, and Phicol the captain of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, “God is with you in all that you do.
  23So now swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me nor with my son nor with my son’s son. Rather, according to the kindness that I have done to you, you will do to me and to the land where you have lived as a foreigner.”
 

24And Abraham said, “I will swear.”
  25But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of a water well that Abimelech’s servants had seized by force.
 

26Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this thing. You didn’t tell me, nor have I heard about it until today.”
 

27Then Abraham took sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them cut a covenant.
  28Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart by themselves.
  29And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What do these seven ewe lambs that you have set by themselves mean?”
 

30He said, “You should accept these seven ewe lambs from my hand, so that it may be a witness for me that I have dug this well.”
  31So he called that place Beer-sheba, because the two of them swore an oath there.
  32So they cut a covenant at Beer-sheba. Then Abimelech rose up with Phicol, the captain of his army, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.
 

33Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer-sheba, and there he called on the name of Yahweh, the Everlasting God.
  34Abraham lived as a foreigner in the land of the Philistines many days.
 


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