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Book of Genesis  Chapter 16

Birth of Ishmael

GENESIS 16:1  Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid,  an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

GENESIS 16:2  And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me  from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain  children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

GENESIS 16:3  And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram  had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram  to be his wife.

GENESIS 16:4  And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that  she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

GENESIS 16:5  And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my  maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised  in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.

GENESIS 16:6  But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to  her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from  her face.

GENESIS 16:7  And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the  wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.

GENESIS 16:8  And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither  wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

GENESIS 16:9  And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and  submit thyself under her hands.

GENESIS 16:10  And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed  exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

GENESIS 16:11  And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child  and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath  heard thy affliction.

GENESIS 16:12  And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and  every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his  brethren.

GENESIS 16:13  And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God  seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?

GENESIS 16:14  Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between  Kadesh and Bered.

GENESIS 16:15  And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which  Hagar bare, Ishmael.

GENESIS 16:16  And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael  to Abram.

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