Sarai and Hagar

Genesis 16

1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, a had borne him no children. And she had b an Egyptian maidservant whose name was c Hagar. 2 d So Sarai said to Abram, "See now, the LORD e has restrained me from bearing children. Please, f go in to my maid; perhaps I shall 1 obtain children by her." And Abram g heeded the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram h had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. 4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became i despised in her 2 eyes. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, 3 "My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. j The LORD judge between you and me." 6 k So Abram said to Sarai, "Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please." And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, l she fled from her presence.

7 Now the m Angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, n by the spring on the way to o Shur. 8 And He said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?" She said, "I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai." 9 The Angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress, and p submit yourself under her hand." 10 Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, q "I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude."

11 And the Angel of the LORD said to her:
Behold, you are with child,
r And you shall bear a son.
You shall call his name 4 Ishmael,
Because the LORD has heard your affliction.
12 s He shall be a wild man;
His hand shall be against every man,
And every man's hand against him.
t And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren."

13 Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are- 5 the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, "Have I also here 6 seen Him u who sees me?" 14 Therefore the well was called v Beer La-hai' Roi; 7 observe, it is w between Kadesh and Bered.

15 So x Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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