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Genesis 16 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Hagar and Ishmael
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Abram’s wife Sarai had not borne any children for him, but she owned an Egyptian slave named Hagar.

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Sarai said to Abram, “Since the LORD has prevented me from bearing children, go to my slave; perhaps through her I can build a family.” And Abram agreed to what Sarai said.[fn]

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So Abram’s wife Sarai took Hagar, her Egyptian slave, and gave her to her husband Abram as a wife for him. This happened after Abram had lived in the land of Canaan ten years.

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He slept with[fn] Hagar, and she became pregnant. When she saw that she was pregnant, her mistress became contemptible to her.

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Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for my suffering![fn] I put my slave in your arms,[fn] and when she saw that she was pregnant, I became contemptible to her. May the LORD judge between me and you.”

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Abram replied to Sarai, “Here, your slave is in your hands; do whatever you want with her.” Then Sarai mistreated her so much that she ran away from her.

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The angel of the LORD found her by a spring in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.

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He said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going? ”

She replied, “I’m running away from my mistress Sarai.”

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The angel of the LORD said to her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her authority.”

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The angel of the LORD said to her, “I will greatly multiply your offspring, and they will be too many to count.”

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The angel of the LORD said to her, “You have conceived and will have a son. You will name him Ishmael,[fn] for the LORD has heard your cry of affliction.

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“This man will be like a wild donkey. His hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him; he will settle near all his relatives.”

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So she named the LORD who spoke to her: “You are El-roi,”[fn] for she said, “In this place, have I actually seen the one who sees me? ”[fn]

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That is why the well is called Beer-lahai-roi.[fn] It is between Kadesh and Bered.

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So Hagar gave birth to Abram’s son, and Abram named his son (whom Hagar bore) Ishmael.

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Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him.

CSB Footnotes
Lit Abram listened to the voice of Sarai
Lit He came to
Or “May my suffering be on you!
Lit bosom
= God Hears
= God Sees Me
Hb obscure
= Well of the Living One Who Sees Me

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