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Genesis 21 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Birth of Isaac

(Heb 11:11 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:1 - The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:2 - And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:3 - Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:4 - And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:5 - Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:6 - And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:7 - And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

God Protects Hagar and Ishmael

(Gal 4:21–30 )
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:8 - And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:9 - But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, laughing.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:10 - So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:11 - And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:12 - But God said to Abraham, “Be not displeased because of the boy and because of your slave woman. Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:13 - And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:14 - So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:15 - When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:16 - Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, “Let me not look on the death of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:17 - And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:18 - Up! Lift up the boy, and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:19 - Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:20 - And God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:21 - He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

A Treaty with Abimelech

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:22 - At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:23 - Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my descendants or with my posterity, but as I have dealt kindly with you, so you will deal with me and with the land where you have sojourned.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:24 - And Abraham said, “I will swear.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:25 - When Abraham reproved Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech’s servants had seized,
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:26 - Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, and I have not heard of it until today.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:27 - So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a covenant.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:28 - Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:29 - And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:30 - He said, “These seven ewe lambs you will take from my hand, that this[fn] may be a witness for me that I dug this well.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:31 - Therefore that place was called Beersheba,[fn] because there both of them swore an oath.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:32 - So they made a covenant at Beersheba. Then Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army rose up and returned to the land of the Philistines.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:33 - Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 21:34 - And Abraham sojourned many days in the land of the Philistines.
ESV Footnotes
Isaac means he laughs
Possibly laughing in mockery
Or you
Beersheba means well of seven or well of the oath

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