Genesis 16:4
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New International Version
He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.

New Living Translation
So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt.

English Standard Version
And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.

New American Standard Bible
He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight.

King James Bible
And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He slept with Hagar, and she became pregnant. When she realized that she was pregnant, she treated her mistress with contempt.

International Standard Version
He had sex with Hagar, and she became pregnant. When she realized that she was pregnant, she looked with contempt on her mistress.

NET Bible
He had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. Once Hagar realized she was pregnant, she despised Sarai.

New Heart English Bible
He went in to Hagar, and she conceived. When she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He slept with Hagar, and she became pregnant. When Hagar realized that she was pregnant, she began to be disrespectful to Sarai, her owner.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

New American Standard 1977
And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

American King James Version
And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

American Standard Version
And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he went in to her. But she, perceiving that she was with child, despised her mistress.

Darby Bible Translation
And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was lightly esteemed in her eyes.

English Revised Version
And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

World English Bible
He went in to Hagar, and she conceived. When she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
and he goeth in unto Hagar, and she conceiveth, and she seeth that she hath conceived, and her mistress is lightly esteemed in her eyes.
Study Bible
Sarah, Hagar and Ishmael
3After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram's wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife. 4He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight. 5And Sarai said to Abram, "May the wrong done me be upon you. I gave my maid into your arms, but when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her sight. May the LORD judge between you and me."…
Cross References
Genesis 16:3
After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram's wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.

Genesis 16:5
And Sarai said to Abram, "May the wrong done me be upon you. I gave my maid into your arms, but when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her sight. May the LORD judge between you and me."

Genesis 19:31
Then the firstborn said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner of the earth.

Genesis 21:9
Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.

Genesis 30:4
So she gave him her maid Bilhah as a wife, and Jacob went in to her.
Treasury of Scripture

And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

her mistress.

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1 Corinthians 4:6 And these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself …

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(4) Her mistress was despised.--Hagar, we are told in Genesis 16:3, was to be, not Abram's concubine, but his wife. She was to be Sarai's representative, and though now she would hold the highest place in the household next to Sarai, because of this relation to Abram, yet she would continue to be Sarai's maid. But no sooner had she conceived, than, proud of her superiority over her mistress, she wished to overthrow this arrangement, and, at all events, acted as if she was Abram's wife absolutely, and thrust Sarai aside.

Verse 4. - And he went in unto Hagar. בּוא אֶלאּ, a linguistic peculiarity of the Jehovist, occurring Genesis 29:21, 30; Genesis 30:3, 4; Genesis 38:2, 9, 16 (Vaihinger, Davidson); but by some partitionists Genesis 29. and 30. are assigned to the Elohist (Tuch, Bleek, De Wette). And she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. As Hannah by Peninnah (1 Samuel 1:6); barrenness among the Hebrews having been regarded as a dishonor and reproach (Genesis 19:31; Genesis 30:1, 23; Leviticus 20:20), and fecundity as a special mark of the Divine favor (Genesis 21:6; Genesis 24:60; Exodus 23:26; Deuteronomy 7:14). Whether Hagar imagined Sarai to be through her barrenness "tanquam a Divino promisso repudiatam" (Lyra), or anticipated Sarai's displacement from her position as Abram s wife (Inglis), she, immediately on perceiving her condition, became insolent (cf. Proverbs 30:23). And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived,.... The formality of the marriage being over, he enjoyed her as his wife, and she immediately conceived by him:

and when she saw that she had conceived; when she perceived that she was with child:

her mistress was despised in her eyes; she thought herself above her, and treated her as her inferior, with contempt, and reproached her for her barrenness, as Peninnah did Hannah, 1 Samuel 1:6; and it was the more ungrateful, as it was at the motion of her mistress that she was given to Abram for wife. 16:4-6 Abram's unhappy marriage to Hagar very soon made a great deal of mischief. We may thank ourselves for the guilt and grief that follow us, when we go out of the way of our duty. See it in this case, Passionate people often quarrel with others, for things of which they themselves must bear the blame. Sarai had given her maid to Abram, yet she cries out, My wrong be upon thee. That is never said wisely, which pride and anger put into our mouths. Those are not always in the right, who are most loud and forward in appealing to God: such rash and bold imprecations commonly speak guilt and a bad cause. Hagar forgot that she herself had first given the provocation, by despising her mistress. Those that suffer for their faults, ought to bear it patiently, 1Pe 2:20.
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