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Genesis 21 (New International Version)

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The Birth of Isaac

1 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah1 as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.2 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son3 to Abraham in his old age,4 at the very time God had promised him.5 3 Abraham gave the name Isaaca6 to the son Sarah bore him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him,7 as God commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old8 when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter,9 and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me." 7 And she added, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."10

Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

8 The child grew and was weaned,11 and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham12 was mocking,13 10 and she said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman14 and her son, for that slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac."15 11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.16 12 But God said to him, "Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspringb will be reckoned.17 13 I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation18 also, because he is your offspring." 14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar.19 He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the desert of Beersheba.20 15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went off and sat down nearby, about a bowshot away, for she thought, "I cannot watch the boy die." And as she sat there nearby, shec began to sob.21 17 God heard the boy crying,22 and the angel of God23 called to Hagar from heaven24 and said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid;25 God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.26" 19 Then God opened her eyes27 and she saw a well of water.28 So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 God was with the boy29 as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. 21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran,30 his mother got a wife for him31 from Egypt.

The Treaty at Beersheba

22 At that time Abimelech32 and Phicol the commander of his forces33 said to Abraham, "God is with you in everything you do.34 23 Now swear35 to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants.36 Show to me and the country where you are living as an alien the same kindness I have shown to you."37 24 Abraham said, "I swear it." 25 Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech's servants had seized.38 26 But Abimelech said, "I don't know who has done this. You did not tell me, and I heard about it only today." 27 So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a treaty.39 28 Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock, 29 and Abimelech asked Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?" 30 He replied, "Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness40 that I dug this well.41" 31 So that place was called Beersheba,d42 because the two men swore an oath43 there. 32 After the treaty44 had been made at Beersheba,45 Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his forces46 returned to the land of the Philistines.47 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree48 in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the LORD,49 the Eternal God.50 34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines51 for a long time.
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