THE FIRST BOOK OF
G E N E S I S
Genesis 16 ©
Sarai, being barren, gives Hagar her maidservant unto Abram for a concubine, vs. 1. Hagar, being with child, begins to despise Sarai who complains thereof, and gets leave to humble Hagar, and she flees from Sarai into the wilderness, 4. Where God speaks unto her, sending her back to Sarai with temporal promises, touching her son Ishmael whom she bare to Abram, when he was eighty six years old, 7.
NOW Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath 1restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, 2go in unto my maid; 3it may be that I may 4obtain children by her. And 5Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt 6ten years in the land of Canaan, and 7gave her to 8her husband Abram to be his wife.
¶And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was 9despised in her eyes.
And Sarai said unto Abram, 10My wrong 11be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the 12LORD judge between me and thee.
But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is 13in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
¶And 14the angel of the LORD 15found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to 16Shur.
And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, 17I will multiply thy seed 18exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard 19thy affliction.
And he will be a 20wild man; 21his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; 22and hea shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
And she called the 23name of the LORD that spake unto her, 24Thou God seest me: for she said, 25Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
Wherefore the wellb was called 26Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between 27Kadesh and Bered.
¶Andc Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, 28Ishmael.
And Abram 29was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.