Genesis 16
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1Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bore him no children, but she had an Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. 2Sarai said to Abram, "Look now, God has prevented me from bearing. Please go in to my servant. It may be that I will obtain children by her." Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. 3So Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to Abram her husband to be his wife. 4He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5Sarai said to Abram, "This wrong is your fault. I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she despised me. God judge between me and you." 6But Abram said to Sarai, "Look, your servant is in your hand. Do to her whatever is good in your sight." Sarai dealt harshly with her, so she fled from her presence.

7And an angel of God found her by a spring of water in the desert, by the spring on the way to Shur. 8And he said, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where did you come from, and where are you going?" And she said, "I am running away from the presence of my mistress Sarai." 9The angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority." 10The angel of the LORD said to her, "I will greatly multiply your descendants, so that they will be too numerous to count."

11Then angel of God said to her, "Look, you are with child, and will bear a son. You are to name him Ishmael, because God has heard your affliction.

12He will be like a wild donkey among men. His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him. And he will live away from all of his brothers."

13She called his name, who spoke to her, "You are El Roi," for she said, "Here I have seen the one who sees me." 14Therefore the well was called Beer Lahai Roi. Look, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

15Hagar bore a son for Abram. Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.

New Heart English Bible
Edited by Wayne A. Mitchell.
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