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Genesis: 21

The birth of Isaac.  Gn.21.1-8

1The LORD showed favour to Sarah as he had promised, and made good what he had said about her. 2She conceived and bore a son to Abraham for his old age, at the time which God had appointed. 3The son whom Sarah bore to him, Abraham named Isaac [That is He laughed]. 4When Isaac was eight days old Abraham circumcised him, as God had commanded. 5Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born. 6Sarah said, 'God has given me good reason to laugh, and everybody who hears will laugh with me.' 7She said, 'Whoever would have told Abraham that Sarah would suckle children? Yet I have borne him a son for his old age.'

Hagar and Ishmael are sent away.  Gn.21.8-21

8The boy grew and was weaned, and on the day of his weaning Abraham gave a feast. 9Sarah saw the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham laughing at him, 10and she said to Abraham, 'Drive out this slave-girl and her son; I will not have this slave-girl's son sharing the inheritance with my son Isaac.' 11Abraham was vexed at this on his son Ishmael's account, 12but God said to him, 'Do not be vexed on account of the boy and the slave-girl. Do what Sarah says, because you shall have descendants through Isaac. 13I will make a great nation of the slave-girl's son too, because he is your own child.'

14Abraham rose early in the morning, took some food and a waterskin full of water and gave it to Hagar; he set the child on her shoulder and sent her away, and she went and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. 15When the water in the skin was finished, she thrust the child under a bush, 16and went and sat down some way off, about two bowshots away, for she said, 'How can I watch the child die?' So she sat some way off, weeping bitterly. 17God heard the child crying, and the [Or an] angel of God called from heaven to Hagar, 'What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid: God has heard the child crying where you laid him. 18Get to your feet, lift the child up and hold him in your arms, because I will make of him a great nation.' 19Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well full of water; she went to it, ?lled her waterskin and gave the child a drink. 20 (20-21) God was with the child, and he grew up and lived in the wilderness of Paran. He became an archer, and his mother found him a wife from Egypt. 21

Beersheba - Abraham's agreement with Abimelech.  Gn.21.22-34

22Now about that time Abimelech, with Phicol the commander of his army, addressed Abraham in these terms: 'God is with you in all that you do. 23Now swear an oath to me in the name of God, that you will not break faith with me, my offspring, or my descendants. As I have kept faith with you, so shall you keep faith with me and with the country where you have come to live as an alien.' 24Abraham said, 'I swear.' 25It happened that Abraham had a complaint against Abimelech about a well which Abimelech's men had seized. 26Abimelech said, 'I do not know who did this. You never told me, and I have heard nothing about it till now.' 27So Abraham took sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech; and the two of them made a pact. 28Abraham set seven ewe-lambs apart, and when 29Abimelech asked him why he had set these lambs apart, 30he said, 'Accept these from me in token that I dug this well.' 31Therefore that place was called Beersheba [That is Well of Seven and Well of an Oath], because there the two of them swore an oath. 32When they had made the pact at Beersheba, Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army returned at once to the country of the Philistines, and 33Abraham planted a strip of ground [Or planted a tamarisk] at Beersheba. There he invoked the LORD, the everlasting God, by name, 34and he lived as an alien in the country of the Philistines for many a year.


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