Genesis 21 (Holman Christian Standard)

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The Birth of Isaac

1 The Lord came to Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what He had promised.a 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time God had told him.b 3 Abraham named his son who was born to him-the one Sarah bore to him-Isaac. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, 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 laugh, and everyone who hears will laugh with me."c 7 She also said, "Who would have told Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne himd a son in his old age."

Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

8 The child grew and was weaned, and Abraham held a great feast on the day Isaac was weaned. 9 But Sarah saw the son mockinge-the one Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham.f 10 So she said to Abraham, "Drive out this slave with her son, for the son of this slave will not be a co-heir with my son Isaac!"g 11 Now this was a very difficult thing forh Abraham because of his son. 12 But God said to Abraham, "Do not be concernedi about the boy and your slave. Whatever Sarah says to you, listen to her, because your offspring will be traced through Isaac.j 13 But I will also make a nation of the slave's son because he is your offspring." 14 Early in the morning Abraham got up, took bread and a waterskin, [put them] on Hagar's shoulders, and sent her and the boy away.k She left and wandered in the Wilderness of Beer-sheba. 15 When the water in the skin was gone, she left the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went and sat down nearby, about a bowshot away, for she said, "I can't [bear to] watch the boy die!" So as she sat nearby, shel wept loudly. 17 God heard the voice of the boy, and them angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What's wrong, Hagar? Don't be afraid, for God has heard the voice of the boy from the place where he is. 18 Get up, help the boy up, and sustain him, for I will make him a great nation." 19 Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the waterskin and gave the boy a drink. 20 God was with the boy, and he grew; he settled in the wilderness and became an archer. 21 He settled in the Wilderness of Paran, and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

Abraham's Covenant with Abimelech

22 At that time Abimelech, with Phicol the commander of his army, said to Abraham, "God is with you in everything you do. 23 Now swear to me here by God that you will not break an agreement with me or with my children and descendants. As I have kept faith with you, so you will keep faith with me and with the country where you are a resident alien." 24 And Abraham said, "I swear [it]." 25 But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the water well that Abimelech's servants had seized. 26 Abimelech replied, "I don't know who did this thing. You didn't report anything to me, so I hadn't heard about it until today." 27 Then Abraham took sheep and cattlen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant. 28 But Abraham had set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock. 29 And Abimelech said to Abraham, "Why have you set apart these seven ewe lambs?" 30 He replied, "You are to accept the seven ewe lambs from my hand so that this acto will serve as my witness that I dug this well." 31 Therefore that place was called Beer-shebap because it was there that the two of them swore an oath. 32 After they had made a covenant at Beer-sheba, Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, left and returned to the land of the Philistines. 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer-sheba, and there he worshipedq r the Lord, the Everlasting God. 34 And Abraham lived as a foreigner in the land of the Philistines for many days.
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