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Genesis 16

Sarai, being barren, giveth Hagar to Abram.

Genesis 16:1 Sarai Abrams wife bare him no children: but she had an handmayde an Egipcian, whose name was Agar, Genesis 16:2 and sayde vnto Abram: Beholde, the LORDE hath closed me, that I can not beare. Go in (I praye the) vnto my mayde: peraduenture I shalbe multiplied by her, more then by myself. And Abram herkened vnto the voyce of Sarai. Than Sarai Genesis 16:3 Abrams wife toke Agar hir mayde ye Egipcian (after they had dwelt ten yeare in the londe of Canaan) and gaue her vnto hir husbande Abra, to be his wife.

Genesis 16:4 And he wente in vnto Agar, and she conceaued. Now whan she sawe yt she had conceyued, she despysed hir mastresse. Genesis 16:5 Then sayde Sarai vnto Abram: I must suffre wronge for thy sake. I layde my mayde by the: but now because she seyth, that she hath conceaued, I must be despysed in hir sight: the LORDE be iudge betwene me and the.

Hagar, being afflicted for despising her mistress, runneth away.

Genesis 16:6 And Abram sayde vnto Sarai: Beholde, thy mayde is vnder thine auctorite, do with her, as it pleaseth the. Now whan Sarai dealt hardly wt her, she fled from her.

An angel sendeth her back to submit herself,

Genesis 16:7 But the angell of the LORDE founde her besyde a well of water in the wildernesse (euen by the well in the waye to Sur) Genesis 16:8 and sayde vnto her: Agar Sarais maide, whence commest thou? & whyther wylt thou go? She sayde: I fle fro my mastresse Sarai. Genesis 16:9 And the angel of the LORDE sayde vnto her: Returne to thy mastresse agayne, and submitte thyself vnder hir hande. Genesis 16:10 And the angel of the LORDE sayde vnto her: Beholde, I wil so encreace yi sede, that it shall not be nombred for multitude.

and telleth her of her child.

Genesis 16:11 And the angel of the LORDE sayde further vnto her: Beholde, thou art with childe, & shalt bringe forth a sonne, and shalt call his name Ismael, because the LORDE hath herde yi trouble. Genesis 16:12 He shal be a wylde man. His hande agaynst euery man, and euery mans hande agaynst him: and he shal dwel ouer agaynst all his brethren. Genesis 16:13 And she called the name of the LORDE yt spake vnto her: Thou art the God that seist me. For she sayde: Of a suertye I haue sene the back partes of him that sawe me. Genesis 16:14 Therfore called she the well: The well of the liuinge that sawe me. Which (well) is betwene Cades and Bared.

Ishmael is born.

Genesis 16:15 And Agar bare Abram a sonne, and Abram called his sonnes name which Agar bare him, Ismael. Genesis 16:16 And Abram was foure score yeare olde and sixe, whan Agar bare him Ismael.

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