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Genesis 16

Sarai, being barren, giveth Hagar to Abram.

Genesis 16:1 Now Sarai, the wife of Abram, had brought forth no children: but having a handmaid, an Egyptian, named Agar, Genesis 16:2 She said to her husband: Behold, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: go in unto my handmaid, it may be I may have children of her at least. And when he agreed to her request, Genesis 16:3 She took Agar the Egyptian her handmaid, ten years after they first dwelt in the land of Chanaan, and gave her to her husband to wife.

Genesis 16:4 And he went in to her. But she perceiving that she was with child, despised her mistress. Genesis 16:5 And Sarai said to Abram: Thou dost unjustly with me: I gave my handmaid into thy bosom, and she perceiving herself to be with child, despiseth me. The Lord judge between me and thee.

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

Genesis 16:6 And Abram made answer, and said to her: Behold thy handmaid is in thy own hand, use her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai afflicted her, she ran away.

An angel sendeth her back to submit herself,

Genesis 16:7 And the angel of the Lord having found her, by a fountain of water in the wilderness, which is in the way to Sur in the desert, Genesis 16:8 He said to her: Agar, handmaid of Sarai, whence comest thou? and whither goest thou? And she answered: I flee from the face of Sarai, my mistress. Genesis 16:9 And the angel of the Lord said to her: Return to thy mistress, and humble thyself under her hand. Genesis 16:10 And again he said: I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, and it shall not be numbered for multitude.

and telleth her of her child.

Genesis 16:11 And again: Behold, said he, thou art with child, and thou shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Ismael, because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. Genesis 16:12 He shall be a wild man: his hand will be against all men, and all men's hands against him: and he shall pitch his tents over against all his brethren. Genesis 16:13 And she called the name of the Lord that spoke unto her: Thou the God who hast seen me. For she said: Verily, here have I seen the hinder parts of him that seeth me. Genesis 16:14 Therefore she called that well, the well of him that liveth and seeth me. The same is between Cades and Barad.

Ishmael is born.

Genesis 16:15 And Agar brought forth a son to Abram: who called his name Ismael. Genesis 16:16 Abram was four score and six years old when Agar brought him forth Ismael.

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