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Genesis 16 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Sarai and Hagar

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:1 -

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not borne him a child, but she had an Egyptian slave woman whose name was Hagar.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:2 - So Sarai said to Abram, “See now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Please have relations with my slave woman; perhaps I will [fn]obtain children through her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:3 - And so after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram’s wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her slave woman, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:4 - Then he had relations with Hagar, and she conceived; and when Hagar became aware that she had conceived, her mistress was insignificant in her sight.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:5 - So Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be upon you! I put my slave woman into your [fn]arms, but when she saw that she had conceived, I was insignificant in her [fn]sight. May the LORD judge between [fn]you and me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:6 - But Abram said to Sarai, “Look, your slave woman is in your [fn]power; do to her what is good in your [fn]sight.” So Sarai treated her harshly, and she fled from her presence.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:7 -

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

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:8 - He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s slave woman, from where have you come, and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:9 - So the angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit [fn]to her authority.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:10 - The angel of the LORD also said to her, “I will greatly multiply your [fn]descendants so that [fn]they will be too many to count.”
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:11 - The angel of the LORD said to her further,

“Behold, you are pregnant,

And you will give birth to a son;

And you shall name him [fn]Ishmael,

Because the LORD has heard your affliction.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:12 -

“But he will be a wild donkey of a man;

His hand will be against everyone,

And everyone’s hand will be against him;

And he will live [fn]in defiance of all his brothers.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:13 -

Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “[fn]You are [fn]a God who sees me”; for she said, “Have I even seen Him here and lived after [fn]He saw me?”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:14 - Therefore the well was called [fn]Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:15 -

So Hagar bore a son to Abram; and Abram named his son, to whom Hagar gave birth, Ishmael.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 16:16 - Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to [fn]him.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit be built from her
Lit breast
Lit eyes
Lit me and you
Lit hand
Lit eyes
Lit under her hands
Lit seed
Lit they shall not be counted for multitude
I.e., God hears
Lit before the face of; or opposite
Or You, God, see me
Heb Elroi
Lit His seeing me
I.e., the well of the living one who sees me
Lit Abram

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