Genesis 16

1Sarai was Abram’s wife. She and Abram had no children. Sarai had a servant from Egypt. Her name was Hagar. 2Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has not allowed me to have children. So go with my servant Hagar. I will accept the child that is born from her like it is my own.” Abram obeyed his wife Sarai. 3This was after Abram lived ten years in the land of Canaan. And Sarai gave Hagar to her husband Abram. (Hagar was her servant from Egypt.) 4Hagar became pregnant from Abram. When Hagar saw this, she became very proud and began to feel that she was better than Sarai her master. 5But Sarai said to Abram, “My servant now hates me. And I blame you for this. I gave her to you. She became pregnant. And then she began to feel that she is better than I am. I want the Lord to judge which of us is right.” 6But Abram said to Sarai, “Hagar is your slave. You can do anything you want to her.” So Sarai was mean to her servant Hagar, and Hagar ran away. 7The Angel of the Lord found Hagar near a pool of water in the desert. The pool was by the road to Shur. 8The Angel said, “Hagar, you are Sarai’s servant. Why are you here? Where are you going?” Hagar said, “I am running away from Sarai.” 9The Angel of the Lord said to Hagar, “Sarai is your master. Go home to her and obey her.” 10The Angel of the Lord also said to Hagar, “From you will come many people. There will be so many people that they cannot be counted.” 11The Angel of the Lord also said, “Hagar, you are now pregnant, and you will have a son. You will name him Ishmael, because the Lord has heard that you were treated badly, ˻and he will help you˼. 12“Ishmael will be wild and free, like a wild donkey. He will move from place to place and camp near his brothers. He will be against everyone and everyone will be against him.” 13The Lord talked to Hagar. Hagar began to use a new name for God. She said to him, “You are 'God Who Sees Me.’” She said this because she thought, “I see that even in this place God sees me and cares for me!” 14So that well was called Beer Lahai Roi. That well is between Kadesh and Bered. 15Hagar gave birth to Abram’s son. And Abram named the son Ishmael. 16Abram was 86 years old when Ishmael was born from Hagar.

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