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Genesis 16:1-8 (New International Version)

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Hagar and Ishmael

1 Now Sarai,1 Abram's wife, had borne him no children.2 But she had an Egyptian maidservant3 named Hagar;4 2 so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children.5 Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her."6 Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan7 ten years,8 Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4 He slept with Hagar,9 and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.10 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, "You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and me."11 6 "Your servant is in your hands,12" Abram said. "Do with her whatever you think best." Then Sarai mistreated13 Hagar; so she fled from her. 7 The angel of the LORD 14 found Hagar near a spring15 in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur.16 8 And he said, "Hagar,17 servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?"18 "I'm running away from my mistress Sarai," she answered.
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