Genesis 16:9
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New International Version
Then the angel of the LORD told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her."

New Living Translation
The angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit to her authority."

English Standard Version
The angel of the LORD said to her, “Return to your mistress and submit to her.”

New American Standard Bible
Then the angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority."

King James Bible
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, "You must go back to your mistress and submit to her mistreatment."

International Standard Version
The angel of the LORD told her, "You must go back to your mistress and submit to her authority."

NET Bible
Then the LORD's angel said to her, "Return to your mistress and submit to her authority.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Messenger of the LORD said to her, "Go back to your owner, and place yourself under her authority."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and humble thyself under her hands.

King James 2000 Bible
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands.

American King James Version
And the angel of the LORD said to her, Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands.

American Standard Version
And the angel of Jehovah said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the angel of the Lord said to her: Return to thy mistress, and humble thyself under her hand.

Darby Bible Translation
And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

English Revised Version
And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the angel of the LORD said to her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

World English Bible
The angel of Yahweh said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hands."

Young's Literal Translation
And the messenger of Jehovah saith to her, 'Turn back unto thy mistress, and humble thyself under her hands;'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:7-16 Hagar was out of her place, and out of the way of her duty, and going further astray, when the Angel found her. It is a great mercy to be stopped in a sinful way, either by conscience or by providence. Whence comest thou? Consider that thou art running from duty, and the privileges thou wast blest with in Abram's tent. It is good to live in a religious family, which those ought to consider who have this advantage. Whither wilt thou go? Thou art running into sin; if Hagar return to Egypt, she will return to idol gods, and into danger in the wilderness through which she must travel. Recollecting who we are, would often teach us our duty. Inquiring whence we came, would show us our sin and folly. Considering whither we shall go, discovers our danger and misery. And those who leave their space and duty, must hasten their return, how mortifying soever it be. The declaration of the Angel, I will, shows this Angel was the eternal Word and Son of God. Hagar could not but admire the Lord's mercy, and feel, Have I, who am so unworthy, been favoured with a gracious visit from the Lord? She was brought to a better temper, returned, and by her behaviour softened Sarai, and received more gentle treatment. Would that we were always suitably impressed with this thought, Thou God seest me!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - And the angel of the Lord said unto her - as Paul afterwards practically said to Onesimus, the runaway slave of Philemon (vide Philippians 12) - return to thy mistress, and submit thyself - the verb here employed is the same as that, which the historian uses to describe Sarah s conduct towards her (Ver. 6); its meaning obviously is that she should meekly resign herself to the ungracious and oppressive treatment of her mistress - under her hands.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the angel of the Lord said unto her,.... The same angel; though Jarchi thinks that one angel after another was sent, and that at every speech there was a fresh angel; and because this phrase is repeated again and again, some of the Rabbins have fancied there were four angels (r), and others five, but without any reason:

return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands; go back to her, humble thyself before her, acknowledge thy fault, enter into her service again, and be subject to her; do her work and business, bear her corrections and chastisements; and "suffer thyself to be afflicted" (s), by her, as the word may be rendered; take all patiently from her, which will be much more to thy profit and advantage than to pursue the course thou art in: and the more to encourage her to take his advice, he promises the following things, Genesis 16:10.

(r) Bereshit Rabba, ut supra. (sect. 45. fol. 41. 1.) (s) "te patere affligi", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "quid si, patere te affligi?" Drusius.



Genesis 16:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Sarah, Hagar and Ishmael
8He said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid, where have you come from and where are you going?" And she said, "I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai." 9Then the angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority." 10Moreover, the angel of the LORD said to her, "I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count."…
Cross References
Genesis 16:6
"Your slave is in your hands," Abram said. "Do with her whatever you think best." Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.

Genesis 16:8
And he said, "Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?" "I'm running away from my mistress Sarai," she answered.

Genesis 16:10
The angel added, "I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count."
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