Genesis 16 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Sarai, Abram's wife, had no children, but she had a slave girl from Egypt named Hagar. 1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar;
2 Sarai said to Abram, "Look, the Lord has not allowed me to have children, so have sexual relations with my slave girl. If she has a child, maybe I can have my own family through her." Abram did what Sarai said. 2 so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her." Abram agreed to what Sarai said.
3 It was after he had lived ten years in Canaan that Sarai gave Hagar to her husband Abram. (Hagar was her slave girl from Egypt.) 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife.
4 Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. When Hagar learned she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress Sarai badly. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.
5 Then Sarai said to Abram, "This is your fault. I gave my slave girl to you, and when she became pregnant, she began to treat me badly. Let the Lord decide who is right -- you or me." 5 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."
6 But Abram said to Sarai, "You are Hagar's mistress. Do anything you want to her." Then Sarai was hard on Hagar, and Hagar ran away. 6 "Your servant is in your hands," Abram said. "Do with her whatever you think best." Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.
7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar beside a spring of water in the desert, by the road to Shur. 7 The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur.
8 The angel said, "Hagar, Sarai's slave girl, where have you come from? Where are you going?" Hagar answered, "I am running away from my mistress Sarai." 8 And he said, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?" "I'm running away from my mistress Sarai," she answered.
9 The angel of the Lord said to her, "Go home to your mistress and obey her." 9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her."
10 The angel also said, "I will give you so many descendants they cannot be counted." 10 The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count."
11 The angel added, "You are now pregnant, and you will have a son. You will name him Ishmael, because the Lord has heard your cries. 11 The angel of the LORD also said to her: "You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery.
12 Ishmael will be like a wild donkey. He will be against everyone, and everyone will be against him. He will attack all his brothers." 12 He will be a wild donkey 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."
13 The slave girl gave a name to the Lord who spoke to her: "You are 'God who sees me,'" because she said to herself, "Have I really seen God who sees me?" 13 She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the One who sees me."
14 So the well there, between Kadesh and Bered, was called Beer Lahai Roi. 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.
15 Hagar gave birth to a son for Abram, and Abram named him Ishmael. 15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne.
16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.