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b. The two women — an allegory 16:1-16
Gen. 16 :1 16:1 Now 1Sarai, Abram’s wife, abore him no children; and she had an Egyptian female servant, whose name was 1bHagar.
Gen. 16 :2 16:2 And Sarai said to Abram, Because aJehovah has prevented me from bearing, please go in to my female servant; perhaps I will 1have children through her. And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
Gen. 16 :3 16:3 So after Abram had dwelt aten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her female servant, and gave her to Abram her husband to be a wife.
Gen. 16 :4 16:4 And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
Gen. 16 :5 16:5 And Sarai said to Abram, May the wrong done to me be upon you. I gave my female servant into your bosom, and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes. May Jehovah judge between me and you.
Gen. 16 :6 16:6 And Abram said to Sarai, Your female servant is now in your hand; do to her what is good in your eyes. So Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from before her.
Gen. 16 :7 16:7 And the 1aAngel of Jehovah found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur.
Gen. 16 :8 16:8 And He said, Hagar, Sarai’s female servant, where did you come from and where are you going? And she said, I am fleeing from before my mistress Sarai.
Gen. 16 :9 16:9 And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands.
Gen. 16 :10 16:10 And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, I will greatly amultiply your seed, so that it will not be counted for multitude.
Gen. 16 :11 16:11 And the Angel of Jehovah said to her,
You have now conceived
And will bear a son,
And you shall call his name 1Ishmael,
Because Jehovah has heard of your affliction.
Gen. 16 :12 16:12 And he will be a wild ass of a man;
His hand will be against everyone,
And everyone’s hand, against him;
And he will settle down opposite all his brothers.
Gen. 16 :13 16:13 And she called the name of Jehovah who spoke to her, 1You are a 2God who reveals Himself, for she said, 3Do I even remain here after He has revealed Himself to me?
Gen. 16 :14 16:14 Therefore the well was called 1Beer-lahai-roi; there it is, between Kadesh and Bered.
Gen. 16 :15 16:15 And aHagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, 1Ishmael.
Gen. 16 :16 16:16 And Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.
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