And Sarai, Abram's wife, hath not borne to him, and she hath
an handmaid, an Egyptian, and her name is Hagar;
and Sarai saith unto Abram, 'Lo, I pray thee, Jehovah hath
restrained me from bearing, go in, I pray thee, unto my handmaid; perhaps I am
built up from her;' and Abram hearkeneth to the voice of Sarai.
And Sarai, Abram's wife, taketh Hagar the Egyptian, her
handmaid, at the end of the tenth year of Abram's dwelling in the land of
Canaan, and giveth her to Abram her husband, to him for a wife,
and he goeth in unto Hagar, and she conceiveth, and she
seeth that she hath conceived, and her mistress is lightly esteemed in her
And Sarai saith unto Abram, 'My violence is for thee;
I -- I have given mine handmaid into thy bosom, and she seeth that she hath
conceived, and I am lightly esteemed in her eyes; Jehovah doth judge between me
And Abram saith unto Sarai, 'Lo, thine handmaid is in
thine hand, do to her that which is good in thine eyes;' and Sarai afflicted
her, and she fleeth from her presence.
And a messenger of Jehovah findeth her by the fountain of
water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur,
and he saith, 'Hagar, Sarai's handmaid, whence hast thou
come, and whither dost thou go?' and she saith, 'From the presence of Sarai, my
mistress, I am fleeing.'
And the messenger of Jehovah saith to her, 'Turn back unto
thy mistress, and humble thyself under her hands;'
and the messenger of Jehovah saith to her, 'Multiplying I
multiply thy seed, and it is not numbered from multitude;'
and the messenger of Jehovah saith to her, 'Behold thou art
conceiving, and bearing a son, and hast called his name Ishmael, for Jehovah
hath hearkened unto thine affliction;
and he is a wild-ass man, his hand against every one, and
every one's hand against him -- and before the face of all his brethren he
And she calleth the name of Jehovah who is speaking unto
her, 'Thou art, O God, my beholder;' for she said, 'Even here have I
looked behind my beholder?'
therefore hath one called the well, 'The well of the Living
One, my beholder;' lo, between Kadesh and Bered.
And Hagar beareth to Abram a son; and Abram calleth the name
of his son, whom Hagar hath borne, Ishmael;
and Abram is a son of eighty and six years in Hagar's
bearing Ishmael to Abram.