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Genesis 21 (New American Standard)

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Isaac Is Born

1 1Then the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had apromised. 2 2So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at 3the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. 3 Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, 4Isaac. 4 Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was 5eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 Now Abraham was 6one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 Sarah said, "God has made 7laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh bwith me." 7 And she said, "8Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age." 8 The child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.

Sarah Turns against Hagar

9 Now Sarah saw 9the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, c10mocking. 10 Therefore she said to Abraham, "11Drive out this maid and her son, for the son of this maid shall not be an heir with my son dIsaac." 11 12The matter edistressed Abraham greatly because of his son. 12 But God said to Abraham, "fDo not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for 13through Isaac gyour descendants shall be named. 13 "And of 14the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your hdescendant." 14 So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a iskin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba. 15 When the water in the skin was used up, she jleft the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away, for she said, "Do not let me ksee the boy die." And she sat opposite him, and 15lifted up her voice and wept. 17 God 16heard the lad crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What is the matter with you, Hagar? 17Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18 "Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by lthe hand, 18for I will make a great nation of him." 19 Then God 19opened her eyes and she saw 20a well of water; and she went and filled the mskin with water and gave the lad a drink. 20 21God was with the lad, and he grew; and he nlived in the wilderness and became an archer . 21 22He olived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

Covenant with Abimelech

22 Now it came about at that time that 23Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, "24God is with you in all that you do; 23 now therefore, 25swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but according to the kindness that I have shown to you, you shall show to me and to the land in which you have sojourned." 24 Abraham said, "I swear it." 25 But Abraham pcomplained to Abimelech because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech 26had seized. 26 And Abimelech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor did I hear of it quntil today." 27 Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and 27the two of them made a covenant. 28 Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. 29 Abimelech said to Abraham, "What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves?" 30 He said, "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a 28witness to me, that I dug this well." 31 Therefore he called that place 29Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath. 32 So they made a covenant at Beersheba; and Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, arose and returned to the land of the Philistines. 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there 30he called on the name of the LORD, the 31Everlasting God. 34 And Abraham sojourned 32in the land of the Philistines for many days.
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