Bible: Genesis 21:8-21

21:8 The child grew and was weaned. Abraham prepared 1  a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. 2  21:9 But Sarah noticed 3  the son of Hagar the Egyptian – the son whom Hagar had borne to Abraham – mocking. 4  21:10 So she said to Abraham, “Banish 5  that slave woman and her son, for the son of that slave woman will not be an heir along with my son Isaac!

21:11 Sarah’s demand displeased Abraham greatly because Ishmael was his son. 6  21:12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not be upset 7  about the boy or your slave wife. Do 8  all that Sarah is telling 9  you because through Isaac your descendants will be counted. 10  21:13 But I will also make the son of the slave wife into a great nation, for he is your descendant too.”

21:14 Early in the morning Abraham took 11  some food 12  and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He put them on her shoulders, gave her the child, 13  and sent her away. So she went wandering 14  aimlessly through the wilderness 15  of Beer Sheba. 21:15 When the water in the skin was gone, she shoved 16  the child under one of the shrubs. 21:16 Then she went and sat down by herself across from him at quite a distance, about a bowshot 17  away; for she thought, 18 I refuse to watch the child die.” 19  So she sat across from him and wept uncontrollably. 20 

21:17 But God heard the boy’s voice. 21  The angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and asked her, “What is the matter, 22  Hagar? Don’t be afraid, for God has heard 23  the boy’s voice right where he is crying. 21:18 Get up! Help the boy up and hold him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” 21:19 Then God enabled Hagar to see a well of water. 24  She went over and filled the skin with water, and then gave the boy a drink.

21:20 God was with the boy as he grew. He lived in the wilderness and became an archer. 21:21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran. 25  His mother found a wife for him from the land of Egypt. 26 

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