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Genesis 21 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The LORD was gracious to Sarah, just as he had said he would be. He did for Sarah what he had promised to do. 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. She had a son by Abraham when he was old. He was born at the exact time God had promised him. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him.
3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah had by him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him. He did it exactly as God had commanded him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him.
5 Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6 Sarah said, "God has given laughter to me. Everyone who hears 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 She continued, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? But I've had a son by him when he is old." 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 Isaac grew. The time came for his mother to stop nursing him. On that day Abraham had a big dinner prepared. 8 The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast.
9 But Sarah saw Ishmael making fun of Isaac. Ishmael was the son Hagar had by Abraham. Hagar was Sarah's servant from Egypt. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking,
10 Sarah said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman. Get rid of her son. The slave woman's son will never have a share of the family's property with my son Isaac." 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 What Sarah said upset Abraham very much. After all, Ishmael was his son. 11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.
12 But God said to him, "Do not be so upset about the boy and your servant Hagar. Listen to what Sarah tells you, because your family line will continue through Isaac. 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 I will make the son of your servant into a nation also. I will do it because he is your child." 13 I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring."
14 Early the next morning Abraham got some food and a bottle of water. The bottle was made out of animal skin. He gave the food and water to Hagar. He placed them on her shoulders. Then he sent her away with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the desert of Beersheba. 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 in the bottle was gone, she put the boy under a bush. 15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes.
16 Then she went off and sat down nearby. She was about as far away as a person can shoot an arrow. She thought, "I can't stand to watch the boy die." As she sat nearby, she began to sob. 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 God heard the boy crying. Then the angel of God called out to Hagar from heaven. He said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid. God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 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 Lift the boy up. Take him by the hand. I will make him into a great nation." 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. She saw a well of water. So she went and filled the bottle with water. And she 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 God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and learned to shoot with a bow. 20 God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer.
21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got him a wife from Egypt. 21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt.
22 At that time Abimelech and Phicol spoke to Abraham. Phicol was the commander of Abimelech's army. They said, "God is with you in everything you do. 22 At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, "God is with you in everything you do.
23 Now make a promise to me here while God is watching. Take an oath that you will treat me fairly. Promise that you will treat my children and their children the same way. "I've been kind to you. Now you be kind to me. And be kind to the country where you are living as an outsider." 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 said, "I promise with an oath that I'll do it." 24 Abraham said, "I swear it."
25 Then Abraham objected to Abimelech about what Abimelech's servants had done. They had taken over a well of water. 25 Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech's servants had seized.
26 But Abimelech said, "I don't know who has done this. You didn't tell me. Today is the first time I heard about it." 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 So Abraham gave Abimelech sheep and cattle. The two men made a peace treaty. 27 So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a treaty.
28 Then Abraham took out seven female lambs from his flock. 28 Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock,
29 Abimelech asked Abraham, "What's the meaning of these seven female lambs? Why have you taken them out and put them by themselves?" 29 and Abimelech asked Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?"
30 Abraham replied, "Accept the seven lambs from me. They will be a witness that I dug this well." 30 He replied, "Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well."
31 That place was named Beersheba. That's because there the two men made a promise with an oath. 31 So that place was called Beersheba, because the two men swore an oath there.
32 After the peace treaty had been made at Beersheba, Abimelech went back to the land of the Philistines. His army commander Phicol went with him. 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 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba. There he worshiped the Lord, the God who lives forever. 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.
34 Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long time. 34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long time.