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Genesis 21

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 1 The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as he had spoken.

 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

 3 And Abraham named his son whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac [laughter].

 4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.

 5 Now Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

 6 And Sarah said, "God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me."

 7 And she said, "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would have nursed children? But I have born him a son in his old age."

 8 And the child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned.

 9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had born to Abraham, mocking Isaac.

 10 Therefore she said to Abraham, "Cast out this slave woman and her son, for the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son Isaac."

 11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son [Ishmael].

 12 And God said to Abraham," Do not let it be grievous in your sight because of the lad and your slave woman; in all that Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed [descendants] will be reckoned.

 13 And I will also make a nation of the son of the slave woman, because he is your seed.

 14 So Abraham rose up early in the morning and took bread and a bottle of water and gave it to Hagar, putting them on her shoulders, and the child and her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

 15 When the water in the bottle was gone, she put the child under one of the shrubs.

 16 And she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about a bow shot away, for she said, "Let me not see the death of the child." And as she sat opposite him he raised his voice and cried.

 17 And God heard the voice of the lad, and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.

 18 Arise, lift up the lad and take him by the hand, for I will make him a great nation."

 19 And God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the bottle with water and gave the lad a drink.

 20 And God was with the lad, and he matured; and he dwelled in the wilderness and became an archer.

 21 He dwelled in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him out of the land of Egypt.

 22 And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host army spoke to Abraham, saying, "God is with you in all that you do.

 23 Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my son or with my son's sons; but according to the kindness that I have done to you, you shall do to me and to the land in which you have sojourned."

 24 And Abraham said, "I will swear."

 25 Then Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water that Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.

 26 And Abimelech said, "I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, neither have I heard of it until today."

 27 And Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and both of them made a covenant.

 28 And Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs of the flock,

 29 And Abimelech said to Abraham, "What do these seven ewe lambs that you have set by themselves mean?"

 30 And he said, "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand, so that they may be my witness that I have dug this well."

 31 Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because both of them swore an oath there.

 32 Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba; then Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his army, rose up and returned into the land of the Philistines.

 33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba and there he called on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.

 34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.

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