Genesis 21:9
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New International Version
But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking,

King James Bible
And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking.

Darby Bible Translation
And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.

World English Bible
Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.

Young's Literal Translation
and Sarah seeth the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she hath borne to Abraham, mocking,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Mocking - What was implied in this mocking is not known. St. Paul, Galatians 4:29, calls it persecuting; but it is likely he meant no more than some species of ridicule used by Ishmael on the occasion, and probably with respect to the age of Sarah at Isaac's birth, and her previous barrenness. Jonathan ben Uzziel and the Jerusalem Targum represent Ishmael as performing some idolatrous rite on the occasion, and that this had given the offense to Sarah. Conjectures are as useless as they are endless. Whatever it was, it became the occasion of the expulsion of himself and mother. Several authors are of opinion that the Egyptian bondage of four hundred years, mentioned Genesis 15:13, commenced with this persecution of the righteous seed by the son of an Egyptian woman.

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Sarah.

Genesis 16:3-6,15 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelled ten years in the land of Canaan...

Genesis 17:20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly...

Egyptian.

Genesis 16:1,15 Now Sarai Abram's wife bore him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar...

mocking.

2 Kings 2:23,24 And he went up from there to Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him...

2 Chronicles 30:10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even to Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn...

2 Chronicles 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets...

Nehemiah 4:1-5 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we built the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews...

Job 30:1 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.

Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

Psalm 42:10 As with a sword in my bones, my enemies reproach me; while they say daily to me, Where is your God?

Psalm 44:13,14 You make us a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us...

Proverbs 20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

Lamentations 1:7 Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old...

Galatians 4:22,29 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a female slave, the other by a free woman...

Hebrews 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yes, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

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Compassion for Souls
Behold the compassion of a mother for her child expiring with thirst, and remember that such a compassion ought all Christians to feel towards souls that are perishing for lack of Christ, perishing eternally, perishing without hope of salvation. If the mother lifted up her voice arid wept, so also should we; and if the contemplation of her dying, child was all too painful for her, so may the contemplation of the wrath to come, which is to pass upon every soul that dies impenitent, become too painful
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871

Of Bearing the Cross --One Branch of Self-Denial.
The four divisions of this chapter are,--I. The nature of the cross, its necessity and dignity, sec. 1, 2. II. The manifold advantages of the cross described, sec. 3-6. III. The form of the cross the most excellent of all, and yet it by no means removes all sense of pain, sec. 7, 8. IV. A description of warfare under the cross, and of true patience, (not that of philosophers,) after the example of Christ, sec. 9-11. 1. THE pious mind must ascend still higher, namely, whither Christ calls his disciples
Archpriest John Iliytch Sergieff—On the Christian Life

Cross References
Galatians 4:29
At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now.

Genesis 16:1
Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar;

Genesis 16:4
He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.

Genesis 21:8
The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast.

Proverbs 22:10
Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.

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