Genesis 16:13-14

13 Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, "You are a God who sees "; for she said, "1Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?"
14 Therefore * the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between 2Kadesh and Bered.

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Genesis 16:13-14 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 16:13-14 In-Context

11 The angel of the LORD said to her further, "Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, Because the LORD has given heed to your affliction.
12 "He will be a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, And everyone's hand will be against him; And he will live to the east of all his brothers."
13 Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, "You are a God who sees "; for she said, "Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?"
14 Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.
16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Genesis 32:30; Psalms 139:1-12
  • 2. Genesis 14:7

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. Or "You, God, see me"
  • [b]. Heb "Elroi"
  • [c]. Lit "seen here after the one who saw me"
  • [d]. I.e. the well of the living one who sees me
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