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Hagar and Ishmael.  Gn.16.1-16

1Abram's wife Sarai had borne him no children. Now she had an Egyptian slave-girl whose name was Hagar, 2and she said to Abram, 'You see that the LORD has not allowed me to bear a child. Take my slave-girl; perhaps I shall found a family through her.' Abram agreed to what his wife said; 3so Sarai, Abram's wife, brought her slave-girl, Hagar the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram as a wife Or concubine. When this happened Abram had been in Canaan for ten years.

4He lay with Hagar and she conceived; and when she knew that she was with child, she despised her mistress. 5Sarai said to Abram, 'I have been wronged and you must answer for it. It was I who gave my slave-girl into your arms, but since she has known that she is with child, she has despised me. May the LORD see justice done between you and me.' 6Abram replied to Sarai, 'Your slave-girl is in your hands; deal with her as you will.' So Sarai ill-treated her and she ran away.

7The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness on the way to Shur, 8and he said, 'Hagar, Sarai's slave-girl, where have you come from and where are you going?' She answered, 'I am running away from Sarai my mistress.' 9The angel of the LORD said to her, 'Go back to your mistress and submit to her ill-treatment.' 10The angel also said, 'I will make your descendants too many to be counted.' 11And the angel of the LORD said to her:

13She called the LORD who was speaking to her by the name El-Roi That is God of a vision, for she said, 'Have I indeed seen God and still live God and still live: prob. rdg, Heb. hither after that vision' 14That is why men call the well Beer-lahai-roi That is the Well of the Living One of Vision, it lies between Kadesh and Bered. 15Hagar bore Abram a son, and he named the child she bore him Ishmael. 16Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael.
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