1 And HaShem remembered Sarah as He had said, and HaShem did
unto Sarah as He had spoken.
2 And Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age,
at the set time of which G-d had spoken to him.
3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto
him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac.
4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight
days old, as G-d had commanded him.
5 And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was
born unto him.
6 And Sarah said: 'G-d hath made laughter for me; every one
that heareth will laugh on account of me.'
7 And she said: 'Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah
should give children suck? for I have borne him a son in his old age.'
8 And the child grew, and was weaned. And Abraham made a
great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.
9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had
borne unto Abraham, making sport.
10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham: 'Cast out this bondwoman
and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even
11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight on
account of his son.
12 And G-d said unto Abraham: 'Let it not be grievous in thy
sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah saith
unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall seed be called to thee.
13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation,
because he is thy seed.'
14 And Abraham arose up early in the morning, and took bread
and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and
the child, and sent her away; and she departed, and strayed in the wilderness of
15 And the water in the bottle was spent, and she cast the
child under one of the shrubs.
16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way
off, as it were a bow-shot; for she said: 'Let me not look upon the death of the
child.' And she sat over against him, and lifted up her voice, and wept.
17 And G-d heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of G-d
called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her: 'What aileth thee, Hagar? fear
not; for G-d hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.
18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him fast by thy hand; for
I will make him a great nation.'
19 And G-d opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and
she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
20 And G-d was with the lad, and he grew; and he dwelt in the
wilderness, and became an archer.
21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother
took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.
22 And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and
Phicol the captain of his host spoke unto Abraham, saying: 'G-d is with thee in
all that thou doest.
23 Now therefore swear unto me here by G-d that thou wilt not
deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son; but according to
the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land
wherein thou hast sojourned.'
24 And Abraham said: 'I will swear.'
25 And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of the well of
water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away.
26 And Abimelech said: 'I know not who hath done this thing;
neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to-day.'
27 And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto
Abimelech; and they two made a covenant.
28 And Abraham set seven ewe-lambs of the flock by
29 And Abimelech said unto Abraham: 'What mean these seven
ewe-lambs which thou hast set by themselves?'
30 And he said: 'Verily, these seven ewe-lambs shalt thou
take of my hand, that it may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this
31 Wherefore that place was called Beer-sheba; because there
they swore both of them.
32 So they made a covenant at Beer-sheba; and Abimelech rose
up, and Phicol the captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the
33 And Abraham planted a tamarisk-tree in Beer-sheba, and
called there on the name of HaShem, the Everlasting G-d.
34 And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines many
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