Genesis 21:17-27 (New Century Version)

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17 God heard the boy crying, and God's angel called to Hagar from heaven. He said, "What is wrong, Hagar? Don't be afraid! God has heard the boy crying there. 18 Help him up and take him by the hand. I will make his descendants into a great nation." 19 Then God showed Hagar a well of water. So she went to the well and filled her bag with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 God was with the boy as he grew up. Ishmael lived in the desert and became an archer. 21 He lived in the Desert of Paran, and his mother found a wife for him in Egypt. 22 Then Abimelech came with Phicol, the commander of his army, and said to Abraham, "God is with you in everything you do. 23 So make a promise to me here before God that you will be fair with me and my children and my descendants. Be kind to me and to this land where you have lived as a stranger -- as kind as I have been to you." 24 And Abraham said, "I promise." 25 Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about Abimelech's servants who had seized a well of water. 26 But Abimelech said, "I don't know who did this. You never told me about this before today." 27 Then Abraham gave Abimelech some sheep and cattle, and they made an agreement.
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