Genesis 21 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as 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 And Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to 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 called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 4 When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him.
5 Abraham was a hundred 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 And Sarah said, "God has made laughter for me; every one who hears will laugh over me." 6 Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me."
7 And she said, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would suckle children? Yet I have borne him 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 And the child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. 8 The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast.
9 But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking,
10 So she said to Abraham, "Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir 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 And the thing was very displeasing to Abraham on account of his son. 11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.
12 But God said to Abraham, "Be not displeased because of the lad and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your descendants be named. 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 And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring." 13 I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring."
14 So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. 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 skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. 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 over against him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, "Let me not look upon the death of the child." And as she sat over against him, the child lifted up his voice and wept. 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 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not; for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 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 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him fast with your hand; for I will make him 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 her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad 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 lad, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. 20 God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer.
21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt. 21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt.
22 At that time Abim'elech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, "God is with you in all that 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 therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but as I have dealt loyally with you, you will deal with me and with the land where you have sojourned." 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 And Abraham said, "I will swear." 24 Abraham said, "I swear it."
25 When Abraham complained to Abim'elech about a well of water which Abim'elech's servants had seized, 25 Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech's servants had seized.
26 Abim'elech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, and I have not heard of it until today." 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 took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abim'elech, and the two men made a covenant. 27 So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a treaty.
28 Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock apart. 28 Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock,
29 And Abim'elech said to Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs which you have set apart?" 29 and Abimelech asked Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?"
30 He said, "These seven ewe lambs you will take from my hand, that you may be a witness for me that I dug this well." 30 He replied, "Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well."
31 Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba; because there both of them swore an oath. 31 So that place was called Beersheba, because the two men swore an oath there.
32 So they made a covenant at Beer-sheba. Then Abim'elech and Phicol the commander of his army rose up and returned 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 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God. 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.
34 And Abraham sojourned many days in the land of the Philistines. 34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long time.