1 The LordI dealtII with SarahIII as he had said, and the Lord didIV for Sarah as he had promised.V
2 Sarah conceivedVI and boreVII AbrahamVIII a sonIX in his old age,X
at the timeXI of which GodXII had spokenXIII to him.
3 Abraham gaveXIV the nameXV IsaacXVI to his son whom Sarah bore him.
4 And Abraham circumcisedXVII his son Isaac when he was eightXVIII days old,XIX as God had commandedXX him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
6 Now Sarah said, “God has broughtXXI laughterXXII for me; everyone who hearsXXIII will laughXXIV with me.” 7 And she said, “Who would ever have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurseXXV children?XXVI Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
8 The childXXVII grew,XXVIII and was weaned;XXIX
and Abraham madeXXX a greatXXXI feastXXXII on the day that Isaac was weaned.
9 But Sarah sawXXXIII the son of HagarXXXIV the Egyptian,XXXV whom she had borne to Abraham, playingXXXVI with her son Isaac.
10 So she said to Abraham, “Cast outXXXVII this slave womanXXXVIII with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inheritXXXIX along with my son Isaac.”
11 The matterXL was very distressingXLI toXLII Abraham on account of his son.
12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressedXLIII because of the boyXLIV and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tellsXLV you,
for it is through Isaac that offspringXLVI shall be namedXLVII for you. 13 As for the son of the slave woman, I will makeXLVIII a nationXLIX of him also, because he is your offspring.”
14 So Abraham rose earlyL in the morning,LI and tookLII breadLIII and a skinLIV of water,LV
and gaveLVI it to Hagar, puttingLVII it on her shoulder,LVIII along with the child, and sent her away.LIX
And she departed,LX and wanderedLXI about in the wildernessLXII of Beer-sheba.LXIII
15 When the water in the skin was gone,LXIV she castLXV the child under oneLXVI of the bushes.LXVII
16 Then she wentLXVIII and sat downLXIX oppositeLXX him a good way off, about the distanceLXXI of a bowshot;LXXII
for she said, “Do not let me lookLXXIII on the deathLXXIV of the child.” And as she sat opposite him, she liftedLXXV up her voiceLXXVI and wept.LXXVII
17 And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angelLXXVIII of God calledLXXIX to Hagar from heaven,LXXX and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid;LXXXI for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.
18 Come,LXXXII lift up the boy and hold him fastLXXXIII with your hand,LXXXIV for I will make a great nation of him.”
19 Then God openedLXXXV her eyesLXXXVI and she saw a wellLXXXVII of water. She went, and filledLXXXVIII the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.LXXXIX
20 God wasXC with the boy, and he grew up; he livedXCI in the wilderness, and becameXCII an expertXCIII with the bow.XCIV
21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran;XCV and his motherXCVI gotXCVII a wifeXCVIII for him from the landXCIX of Egypt.C
22 At that timeCI Abimelech,CII with PhicolCIII the commanderCIV of his army,CV said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do;
23 now therefore swearCVI to me hereCVII by God that you will not deal falselyCVIII with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, CIX
but as I have dealtCX loyallyCXI with you, you will deal with meCXII and with the land where you have resided as an alien.”CXIII
24 And Abraham said, “I swear it.”
25 When Abraham complainedCXIV to Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech’s servantsCXV had seized,CXVI
26 Abimelech said, “I do not knowCXVII who has doneCXVIII this; you did not tellCXIX me, and I have not heard of it until today.”
27 So Abraham took sheepCXX and oxenCXXI and gave them to Abimelech, and the twoCXXII men madeCXXIII a covenant.CXXIV
28 Abraham setCXXV apartCXXVI sevenCXXVII ewe lambsCXXVIII of the flock.CXXIX
29 And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?”
30 He said, “These seven ewe lambs you shall acceptCXXX from my hand, in order thatCXXXI you may be a witnessCXXXII for me that I dugCXXXIII this well.” 31 Therefore that placeCXXXIV was called Beer-sheba; because there both of them swore an oath.
32 When they had made a covenant at Beer-sheba, Abimelech, with Phicol the commander of his army, leftCXXXV and returnedCXXXVI to the land of the Philistines.CXXXVII
33 Abraham plantedCXXXVIII a tamarisk treeCXXXIX in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the EverlastingCXL God.CXLI 34 And Abraham resided as an alien manyCXLII days in the land of the Philistines.
Image credit: “Hagar and Ishmael” by George Hitchcock.