1 Now Sarai Abram's wife bore him no children; and she had a
handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.
2 And Sarai said unto Abram: 'Behold now, HaShem hath
restrained me from bearing; go in, I pray thee, unto my handmaid; it may be that
I shall be builded up through her.' And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar the Egyptian, her
handmaid, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to
Abram her husband to be his wife.
4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived; and when she
saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
5 And Sarai said unto Abram: 'My wrong be upon thee: I gave
my handmaid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was
despised in her eyes: HaShem judge between me and thee.'
6 But Abram said unto Sarai: 'Behold, thy maid is in thy
hand; do to her that which is good in thine eyes.' And Sarai dealt harshly with
her, and she fled from her face.
7 And the angel of HaShem found her by a fountain of water in
the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
8 And he said: 'Hagar, Sarai's handmaid, whence camest thou?
and whither goest thou?' And she said: 'I flee from the face of my mistress
9 And the angel of HaShem said unto her: 'Return to thy
mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.'
10 And the angel of HaShem said unto her: 'I will greatly
multiply thy seed, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
11 And the angel of HaShem said unto her: 'Behold, thou art
with child, and shalt bear a son; and thou shalt call his name Ishmael, because
HaShem hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he shall be a wild ass of a man: his hand shall be
against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the
face of all his brethren.'
13 And she called the name of HaShem that spoke unto her,
Thou art a G-d of seeing; for she said: 'Have I even here seen Him that seeth
14 Wherefore the well was called 'Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it
is between Kadesh and Bered.
15 And Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of
his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.
16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bore
Ishmael to Abram.
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
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