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Genesis 16 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:1 - Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:2 - And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children[fn] by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:3 - So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her servant, and gave her to Abram her husband as a wife.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:4 - And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:5 - And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:6 - But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:7 - The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:8 - And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” She said, “I am fleeing from my mistress Sarai.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:9 - The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:10 - The angel of the LORD also said to her, “I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered for multitude.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:11 - And the angel of the LORD said to her,
“Behold, you are pregnant
and shall bear a son.
You shall call his name Ishmael,[fn]
because the LORD has listened to your affliction.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:12 - He shall be a wild donkey of a man,
his hand against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:13 - So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,”[fn] for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:14 - Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi;[fn] it lies between Kadesh and Bered.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:15 - And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:16 - Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew be built up, which sounds like the Hebrew for children
Hebrew her mistress was dishonorable in her eyes; similarly in verse 5
Ishmael means God hears
Or You are a God who sees me
Hebrew Have I really seen him here who sees me? or Would I have looked here for the one who sees me?
Beer-lahai-roi means the well of the Living One who sees me

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