Genesis 16



1 And Sarai, the wife of Abram, did not give·​·birth for him; and she had a handmaid, an Egyptian, and her name was Hagar.

2 And Sarai said to Abram, Behold, I pray, Jehovah has restrained me from giving·​·birth; go·​·in, I pray, to my handmaid; perhaps I shall be built up out·​·of her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

3 And Sarai, the wife of Abram, took Hagar the Egyptian, her handmaid, at the end of ten years of Abram dwelling in the land of Canaan, and gave her to Abram, her man, to him for a woman.

4 And he came·​·in to Hagar, and she conceived; and she saw that she had conceived, and her mistress was·​·vile in her eyes.

5 And Sarai said to Abram, May the injury done to me be upon thee; I gave my handmaid into thy bosom; and she saw that she conceived, and I am·​·vile in her eyes; Jehovah judge between me and thee.

6 And Abram said to Sarai, Behold thy handmaid is in thy hand, do to her that which is good in thine eyes; and Sarai afflicted her, and she ran·​·away from her face.

7 And the Angel of Jehovah found her by a fount of waters in the wilderness, by the fount in the way to Shur.

8 And He said, Hagar, handmaid of Sarai, whence comest thou? and whither goest thou? And she said, From the faces of Sarai, my mistress, I am running·​·away.

9 And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, Return to thy mistress, and afflict thyself under her hands.

10 And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, Multiplying, I will multiply thy seed, and it shall not be numbered for multitude.

11 And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, Behold, thou hast conceived, and shalt give·​·birth to a son, and thou shalt call his name Ishmael; for Jehovah has hearkened to thine affliction.

12 And he shall be a wild·​·ass man, his hand against all, and the hand of all against him and he shall reside against the faces of all his brothers.

13 And she called the name of Jehovah who was speaking to her, Thou God seest me; for she said, Have I also here seen after Him who sees me?

14 Therefore she called the fount*, Beer-lahai-roi*; behold it is between Kadesh and Bared.

15 And Hagar gave·​·birth·​·to a son for Abram; and Abram called the name of his son to whom Hagar gave·​·birth, Ishmael.

16 And Abram was a son of eighty years and six years, when Hagar gave·​·birth·​·to Ishmael for Abram.

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