Genesis 16:9

9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.”

Read Genesis 16:9 Using Other Translations

And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
The angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress and submit to her."
The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority.”

What does Genesis 16:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Genesis 16:9

And the angel of the Lord said unto her
The same angel; though Jarchi thinks that one angel after another was sent, and that at every speech there was a fresh angel; and because this phrase is repeated again and again, some of the Rabbins have fancied there were four angels F18, and others five, but without any reason:

return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands;
go back to her, humble thyself before her, acknowledge thy fault, enter into her service again, and be subject to her; do her work and business, bear her corrections and chastisements; and "suffer thyself to be afflicted" {s}, by her, as the word may be rendered; take all patiently from her, which will be much more to thy profit and advantage than to pursue the course thou art in: and the more to encourage her to take his advice, he promises the following things, ( Genesis 16:10-12 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F18 Bereshit Rabba, ut supra. (sect. 45. fol. 41. 1.)
F19 (yneth) "te patere affligi", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "quid si, patere te affligi?" Drusius.
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