23 Thu Jun 2011
Now Sarai, Abramâ€™s wife, bore him no children. She had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar, and Sarai said to Abram, â€œYou see that the Lord has prevented me from bearing children; go in to my slave-girl; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.â€ And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abramâ€™s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her slave-girl, and gave her to her husband Abram as a wife.
He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress. Then Sarai said to Abram, â€œMay the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my slave-girl to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the Lord judge between you and me!â€ But Abram said to Sarai, â€œYour slave-girl is in your power; do to her as you please.â€ Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she ran away from her.
The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, â€œHagar, slave-girl of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?â€ She said, â€œI am running away from my mistress Sarai.â€ The angel of the Lord said to her, â€œReturn to your mistress, and submit to her.â€
The angel of the Lord also said to her, â€œI will so greatly multiply your offspring that they cannot be counted for multitude.â€ And the angel of the Lord said to her, â€œNow you have conceived and shall bear a son; you shall call him Ishmael, for the Lord has given heed to your affliction. He shall be a wild ass of a man, with his hand against everyone, and everyoneâ€™s hand against him; and he shall live at odds with all his kin.â€
Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.