Now Sarai, Abram’s wife bare him no children, and she had a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the Lord has restrained me from bearing. I pray of you, go into my maid, it may be that I may obtain children by her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar, her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went into Hagar, and she conceived.
And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. And Sarai said to Abram, “My wrong be upon you; I have given my maid into your bosom, and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and you.”
But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your maid is in your hand; do to her as it pleases you.”
And he said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, from where did you come? and where will you go?” And she said, “I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.“
And the angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands.“
And the angel of the Lord said to her, “I will multiply your seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.“
And the angel of the Lord said to her, “Behold, you are with child and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Ishma’El, because the Lord has heard your affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brothers.”
And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, “You God see me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that sees me?” Therefore the well was called “Beer Lahairoi,” behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. And Hagar bare Abram a son. And Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishma’El. And Abram was eighty six years old, when Hagar bare Ishma’El to Abram.
“YOU comfort, YOU comfort my people, says your God.
YOU speak comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is accomplished,
that her iniquity is pardoned:
for she has received of the Lord‘s hand double for all her sins.
YOU PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE STRAIGHT IN THE DESERT A HIGHWAY FOR OUR GOD.”
~ Isaiah 40:1-3 ~