Genesis 16:7-10

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 And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.
9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.”
10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”

Genesis 16:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
ESV
7 The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.
NLT
7 The angel of the LORD found Hagar beside a spring of water in the wilderness, along the road to Shur.
MSG
7 An angel of God found her beside a spring in the desert; it was the spring on the road to Shur.
CSB
7 The Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur.

Genesis 16:7-10 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS 16

This chapter gives an account of Abram's marrying his maid, at the instance of his wife Sarai, Ge 16:1-3, who, upon conceiving, despised her mistress; of which complaint is made to Abram, who leaving his maid to his wife, to deal with her as she pleased, dealt harshly by her, and therefore fled from her, Ge 16:4-6; when she was met by an angel, who advised her to return and submit herself to her mistress, and told her her seed would be greatly multiplied, gave a name to the child she went with, and described his temper and disposition, Ge 16:7-12; and then we have the name of God that spoke to her, and of the place where the discourse passed between them, Ge 16:13,14; and the chapter is concluded with the birth of Ishmael, and the age of Abram at his birth, Ge 16:15,16.

Genesis 16:7-10 In-Context

5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the LORD judge between you and me.”
6 “Your slave 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 near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur.
8 And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.
9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.”
10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”
11 The angel of the LORD also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael,for the LORD has heard of your misery.
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.”

Cross References 6

  • 1. ver 11; Genesis 21:17; Genesis 22:11,15; Genesis 24:7,40; Genesis 31:11; Genesis 48:16; Exodus 3:2; Exodus 14:19; Exodus 23:20,23; Exodus 32:34; Exodus 33:2; Numbers 22:22; Judges 2:1; Judges 6:11; Judges 13:3; 2 Samuel 24:16; 1 Kings 19:5; 2 Kings 1:3; 2 Kings 19:35; Psalms 34:7; Zechariah 1:11; S Acts 5:19
  • 2. ver 14; Genesis 21:19
  • 3. Genesis 20:1; Genesis 25:18; Exodus 15:22; 1 Samuel 15:7; 1 Samuel 27:8
  • 4. S ver 1
  • 5. S Genesis 3:9
  • 6. S Genesis 13:16">Genesis 13:16; Genesis 13:16">Genesis 13:16; Genesis 17:20
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