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Genesis 21

21
Isaac Is Born
1Now Yahweh visited Sarah as He had said, and Yahweh did for Sarah as He had #21.1: Lit spokenpromised.
2So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him.
3And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.
4Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.
5Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh #21.6: Lit forwith me.”
7And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
Sarah Sends Hagar Away
8¶And the child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.
9And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, #21.9: Or playinglaughing in jest.
10Therefore she said to Abraham, “Drive out this maidservant and her son! The son of this maidservant shall not be an heir with my son, with Isaac.”
11And the matter #21.11: Lit was very grievous in Abraham’s sightdistressed Abraham greatly because of his son.
12So God said to Abraham, “#21.12: Lit Do not let it be grievous in your sightDo not be distressed because of the boy and your maidservant; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her voice, for through Isaac your seed shall be named.
13“And of the son of the maidservant I will make a nation also, because he is your seed.”
14So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a #21.14: A skin used as a bottleskin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the child, and sent her away. So she went and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba.
15¶When the water in the skin was finished, she #21.15: Lit castput the child under one of the bushes.
16Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away, for she said, “Do not let me #21.16: Lit look upon the death of the childsee when the child dies.” And she sat opposite him and lifted up her voice and wept.
17Then God heard the voice of the boy crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.
18“Arise, lift up the boy, and hold him by #21.18: Lit yourthe hand, for I will make a great nation of him.”
19Then 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.
20¶And God was with the boy, and he grew; and he #21.20: Lit dweltlived in the wilderness and was an archer.
21And he #21.21: Lit dweltlived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
A Covenant with Abimelech
22¶Now it happened at that time, that Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, “God is with you in all that you do;
23so now, swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but according to the lovingkindness that I have shown you, you shall show me and the land in which you have sojourned.”
24And Abraham said, “I swear it.”
25But Abraham reproved Abimelech about the well of water which the servants of Abimelech had seized.
26And Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor did I hear of it #21.26: Lit exceptuntil today.”
27¶So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them cut a covenant.
28Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
29And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves?”
30He said, “You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness to me, that I dug this well.”
31Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them swore an oath.
32So they cut a covenant at Beersheba; and Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, arose and returned to the land of the Philistines.
33And Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of Yahweh, the Everlasting God.
34And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines for many days.

Genesis 21

21
A Baby for Sarah
1The Lord cared for Sarah as he had said. He did for her what he had promised. 2Sarah became pregnant. And she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. Everything happened at the time God had said it would. 3Abraham named his son Isaac. Sarah gave birth to this son of Abraham. 4Abraham circumcised Isaac when he was eight days old as God had commanded.
5Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born. 6And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh.# The Hebrew words for “he laughed” and “Isaac” sound the same. Everyone who hears about this will laugh with me. 7No one thought that I would be able to have Abraham’s child. But I have given Abraham a son while he is old.”
Hagar and Ishmael
8Isaac grew and became old enough to eat food. At that time Abraham gave a great feast. 9But Sarah saw Ishmael making fun of Isaac. (Ishmael was the son of Abraham by Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian slave.) 10So Sarah said to Abraham, “Throw out this slave woman and her son. When we die, our son Isaac will inherit everything we have. I don’t want her son to inherit any of our things.”
11This troubled Abraham very much because Ishmael was also his son. 12But God said to Abraham, “Don’t be troubled about the boy and the slave woman. Do whatever Sarah tells you. The descendants I promised you will be from Isaac. 13I will also make the descendants of Ishmael into a great nation. I will do this because he is your son, too.”
14Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a leather bag full of water. He gave them to Hagar and sent her away. Hagar carried these things and her son. She went and wandered in the desert of Beersheba.
15Later, all the water was gone from the bag. So Hagar put her son under a bush. 16Then she went away a short distance and sat down. Hagar thought, “My son will die. I cannot watch this happen.” She sat there and began to cry.
17God heard the boy crying. And God’s angel called to Hagar from heaven. He said, “What is wrong, Hagar? Don’t be afraid! God has heard the boy crying there. 18Help the boy up. Take him by the hand. I will make his descendants into a great nation.”
19Then God showed Hagar a well of water. So she went to the well and filled her bag with water. Then she gave the boy a drink.
20God was with the boy as he grew up. Ishmael lived in the desert. He learned to shoot with a bow very well. 21He lived in the Desert of Paran. His mother found a wife for him in Egypt.
Abraham’s Bargain with Abimelech
22Then Abimelech came with Phicol, the commander of Abimelech’s army. They said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything you do. 23So make a promise to me here before God. Promise that you will be fair with me and my children and my descendants. Be kind to me and to this land where you have lived as a stranger. Be as kind to me as I have been to you.”
24And Abraham said, “I promise.” 25Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about Abimelech’s servants. They had captured a well of water.
26But Abimelech said, “I don’t know who did this. You never told me about this before today.”
27Then Abraham gave Abimelech some sheep and cattle. And they made an agreement. 28Abraham also put seven female lambs in front of Abimelech.
29Abimelech asked Abraham, “Why did you put these seven female lambs by themselves?”
30Abraham answered, “Accept these lambs from me. That will prove that you believe I dug this well.”
31So that place was called Beersheba# This name means “well of the promise” or “well of seven.” because they made a promise to each other there.
32So Abraham and Abimelech made an agreement at Beersheba. Then Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, went back to the land of the Philistines.
33Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba. There Abraham prayed to the Lord, the God who lives forever. 34And Abraham lived as a stranger in the land of the Philistines for a long time.