Genesis 21 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then the LORD did exactly what he had promised. 1 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.
2 Sarah became pregnant, and she gave a son to Abraham in his old age. It all happened at the time God had said it would. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.
3 And Abraham named his son Isaac. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
4 Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him.
5 Abraham was one hundred years old at the time. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6 And Sarah declared, "God has brought me laughter! All who hear about this will laugh with me. 6 Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me."
7 For who would have dreamed that I would ever have a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!" 7 And she added, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age."
8 As time went by and Isaac grew and was weaned, Abraham gave a big party to celebrate the happy occasion. 8 The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast.
9 But Sarah saw Ishmael -- the son of Abraham and her Egyptian servant Hagar -- making fun of Isaac. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking,
10 So she turned to Abraham and demanded, "Get rid of that servant and her son. He is not going to share the family inheritance with my son, Isaac. I won't have it!" 10 and she said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac."
11 This upset Abraham very much because Ishmael was his son. 11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.
12 But God told Abraham, "Do not be upset over the boy and your servant wife. Do just as Sarah says, for Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted. 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 offspring will be reckoned.
13 But I will make a nation of the descendants of Hagar's son because he also is your son." 13 I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring."
14 So Abraham got up early the next morning, prepared food for the journey, and strapped a container of water to Hagar's shoulders. He sent her away with their son, and she walked out into the wilderness of Beersheba, wandering aimlessly. 14 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. 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.
15 When the water was gone, she left the boy in the shade of a bush. 15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes.
16 Then she went and sat down by herself about a hundred yards away. "I don't want to watch the boy die," she said, as she burst into tears. 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, she began to sob.
17 Then God heard the boy's cries, and the angel of God called to Hagar from the sky, "Hagar, what's wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy's cries from the place where you laid him. 17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.
18 Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants." 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation."
19 Then God opened Hagar's eyes, and she saw a well. She immediately filled her water container and gave the boy a drink. 19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.
20 And God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness of Paran. He became an expert archer, 20 God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer.
21 and his mother arranged a marriage for him with a young woman from Egypt. 21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt.
22 About this time, Abimelech came with Phicol, his army commander, to visit Abraham. "It is clear that God helps you in everything you do," Abimelech said. 22 At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, "God is with you in everything you do.
23 "Swear to me in God's name that you won't deceive me, my children, or my grandchildren. I have been loyal to you, so now swear that you will be loyal to me and to this country in which you are living." 23 Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me and the country where you are living as an alien the same kindness I have shown to you."
24 Abraham replied, "All right, I swear to it!" 24 Abraham said, "I swear it."
25 Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well that Abimelech's servants had taken violently from Abraham's servants. 25 Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech's servants had seized.
26 "This is the first I've heard of it," Abimelech said. "And I have no idea who is responsible. Why didn't you say something about this before?" 26 But Abimelech said, "I don't know who has done this. You did not tell me, and I heard about it only today."
27 Then Abraham gave sheep and oxen to Abimelech, and they made a treaty. 27 So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a treaty.
28 But when Abraham took seven additional ewe lambs and set them off by themselves, 28 Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock,
29 Abimelech asked, "Why are you doing that?" 29 and Abimelech asked Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?"
30 Abraham replied, "They are my gift to you as a public confirmation that I dug this well." 30 He replied, "Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well."
31 So ever since, that place has been known as Beersheba -- "well of the oath" -- because that was where they had sworn an oath. 31 So that place was called Beersheba, because the two men swore an oath there.
32 After making their covenant, Abimelech left with Phicol, the commander of his army, and they returned home to the land of the Philistines. 32 After the treaty had been made at Beersheba, Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his forces returned to the land of the Philistines.
33 Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and he worshiped the LORD, the Eternal God, at that place. 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.
34 And Abraham lived in Philistine country for a long time. 34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long time.