so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children.1 Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her."2 Abram agreed to what Sarai said.
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So after Abram had been living in Canaan3 ten years,4 Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife.
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He slept with Hagar,5 and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.6
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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."7
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"Your servant is in your hands,8" Abram said. "Do with her whatever you think best." Then Sarai mistreated9 Hagar; so she fled from her.
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The angel of the LORD 10 found Hagar near a spring11 in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur.12
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And he said, "Hagar,13 servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?"14 "I'm running away from my mistress Sarai," she answered.
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Then the angel of the LORD told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her."
The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count."15
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The angel of the LORD 16 also said to her: "You are now with child and you will have a son.17 You shall name him18 Ishmael,19 for the LORD has heard of your misery.20
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He will be a wild donkey21 of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.22"
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