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Genesis 21:8-18 (New International Version)

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Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

8 The child grew and was weaned,1 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 Abraham2 was mocking,3 10 and she said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman4 and her son, for that slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac."5 11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.6 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 offspringa will be reckoned.7 13 I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation8 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.9 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.10 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, sheb began to sob.11 17 God heard the boy crying,12 and the angel of God13 called to Hagar from heaven14 and said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid;15 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.16"
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