Genesis 21

Sarah Gives Birth to Isaac

(1) The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised.

(2) For Sarah conceived and gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

(3) Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, by Sarah, Isaac.

(4) And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.

(5) Abraham was 100 years old, when his son Isaac was born to him.

(6) Sarah said, "God has made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me."

(7) And she said, "Who would have said to Abraham, that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age."

(8) The child grew, and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

Sarah Turns Against Hagar

(9) Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.

(10) Therefore, she said to Abraham, "Cast out this bondwoman and her son, for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, Isaac."

(11) This was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.

(12) And God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be grievous in your sight because of the lad, and because of your bondwoman. In all that Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice, for in Isaac shall your descendants be called.

(13) And also, I will make a nation of the son of the bondwoman, because he is your seed.

Abraham Sends Hagar Away

(14) Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and sent her away with the child, and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

(15) And when the water in the bottle was finished, she set down the child under one of the shrubs.

(16) And she went and sat herself down opposite him a good way off, about a bowshot away. For she said, "Do not let me see the death of the child." And she sat opposite him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

(17) God heard the voice of the lad, and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.

God’s Promise To Hagar

(18) Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in your hand, for I will make him a great nation.

(19) And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad a drink.

(20) And God was with the lad, and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

(21) He dwelt in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

Beersheba Covenant

(22) It came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his army spoke to Abraham, saying, "God is with you in all that you do.

(23) Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me, or with my son, or with my son’s son, but according to the kindness that I have done to you, you shall do to me, and to the land where you have dwelt."

(24) And Abraham said, "I will swear."

(25) Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech’s servants had violently taken away.

(26) And Abimelech said, "I do not know who has done this thing, neither did you tell me, nor had I heard of it, until today."

(27) Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them to Abimelech, and both of them made a covenant.

28 And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.

(29) Abimelech said to Abraham, "What do these seven ewe lambs mean, that you have set by themselves?"

(30) And he said, "You shall take from my hand these seven ewe lambs, so that they may be a witness to me, that I have dug this well."

(31) Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because they both swore there.

(32) Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba. Then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his army, and they returned to the land of the Philistines.

(33) And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and there called on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.

(34) And Abraham dwelt in the Philistines' land many days.

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