Genesis 21:15
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New International Version
When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes.

New Living Translation
When the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush.

English Standard Version
When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes.

New American Standard Bible
When the water in the skin was used up, she left the boy under one of the bushes.

King James Bible
And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

Christian Standard Bible
When the water in the skin was gone, she left the boy under one of the bushes

Contemporary English Version
and after they had run out of water, Hagar put her son under a bush.

Good News Translation
When the water was all gone, she left the child under a bush

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When the water in the skin was gone, she left the boy under one of the bushes.

International Standard Version
Eventually, the water in the leather bottle ran out, so she placed the child under one of the bushes.

NET Bible
When the water in the skin was gone, she shoved the child under one of the shrubs.

New Heart English Bible
The water in the bottle was spent, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the water in the container was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the water in the bottle was spent, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

New American Standard 1977
And the water in the skin was used up, and she left the boy under one of the bushes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under a tree.

King James 2000 Bible
And the water was used up in the skin, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

American King James Version
And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

American Standard Version
And the water in the bottle was spent, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the water in the bottle was spent, she cast the boy under one of the trees that were there.

Darby Bible Translation
And the water was exhausted from the flask; and she cast the child under one of the shrubs,

English Revised Version
And the water in the bottle was spent, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

World English Bible
The water in the bottle was spent, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

Young's Literal Translation
and the water is consumed from the bottle, and she placeth the lad under one of the shrubs.
Study Bible
Sarah Turns against Hagar
14So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba. 15When the water in the skin was used up, she left the boy under one of the bushes. 16Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away, for she said, "Do not let me see the boy die." And she sat opposite him, and lifted up her voice and wept.…
Cross References
Genesis 21:14
So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba.

Genesis 21:16
Then she went and sat down opposite him, about a bowshot away, for she said, "Do not let me see the boy die." And she sat opposite him, and lifted up her voice and wept.

1 Kings 17:12
But she said, "As the LORD your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die."
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And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

the water.

Genesis 21:14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle …

Exodus 15:22-25 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into …

Exodus 17:1-3 And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from …

2 Kings 3:9 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of …

Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for …

Isaiah 44:12 The smith with the tongs both works in the coals, and fashions it …

Jeremiah 14:3 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they …

and she cast the child. Or, 'and she sent the lad,' to screen him from the intensity of the heat.

(15) She cast the child under one of the shrubs.--The act was one of despair. Ishmael, though seventeen years of age, had not yet come to his strength, and at a time when human life was so prolonged that forty was the usual age for marriage, was probably not as capable of bearing fatigue as a young man nearly grown up would be in our days. He thus became exhausted, and apparently fainted; and his mother, after trying in vain to support him, cast him down in anguish, and abandoned herself to her grief.

Verse 15. - And the water was spent in (literally, from) the bottle, - so that the wanderers became exhausted, and were in danger of fainting through thirst - and she cast the child - a translation which certainly conveys an erroneous impression, first of Ishmael, who was not an infant, but a grown lad (vide supra, Ver. 14), and secondly of Ishmael's mother, whom it represents as acting with violence, if not with inhumanity; whereas the sense probably is that, having, as long as her rapidly diminishing strength permitted, supported her fainting son, she at length suddenly, through feebleness, released his nerveless hand as he fell, and in despair, finding herself unable to give him further assistance, left him, as she believed, to die where he had flung himself in his intolerable anguish - under one of the shrubs. And the water was spent in the bottle,.... It was all drank up by them, being thirsty, having wandered about some time in a wilderness, where they could not replenish their bottle: the Jewish writers say (e) that when Hagar came into the wilderness, she began to wander after the idols of the house of Pharaoh her father, and immediately the water ceased from the bottle, or was drank up by Ishmael, being seized with a burning fever:

and she cast the child under one of the shrubs; not from off her shoulder, but out of her hand or bosom; being faint through thirst, he was not able to walk, and she, being weary in dragging him along in her hand, perhaps sat down and held him in her lap, and laid him in her bosom; but, imagining he was near his end, she laid him under one of the shrubs in the wilderness, to screen him from the scorching sun, and there left him; the Greek version is, "under one of the fir trees", and so says Josephus (f): some Jewish writers (g) call them juniper trees; and some make this to be Ishmael's own act, and say, that, being fatigued with thirst, he went and threw himself under the nettles of the wilderness (h), see Job 30:7.

(e) Pirke Eliezer, ut supra. (c. 30.) Targ. Jon. in loc. (f) Antiqu. l. 1. c. 12. sect. 3.((g) Bereshit, ut supra. (sect. 53. fol. 47. 4.) (h) Pirke Eliezer, ut supra. (c. 30.) 15. the water was spent, etc.—Ishmael sank exhausted from fatigue and thirst—his mother laid his head under one of the bushes to smell the damp while she herself, unable to witness his distress, sat down at a little distance in hopeless sorrow.21:14-21 If Hagar and Ishmael had behaved well in Abraham's family, they might have continued there; but they were justly punished. By abusing privileges, we forfeit them. Those who know not when they are well off, will be made to know the worth of mercies by the want of them. They were brought to distress in the wilderness. It is not said that the provisions were spent, or that Abraham sent them away without money. But the water was spent; and having lost their way, in that hot climate Ishmael was soon overcome with fatigue and thirst. God's readiness to help us when we are in trouble, must not slacken, but quicken our endeavours to help ourselves. The promise concerning her son is repeated, as a reason why Hagar should bestir herself to help him. It should engage our care and pains about children and young people, to consider that we know not what great use God has designed them for, and may make of them. The angel directs her to a present supply. Many who have reason to be comforted, go mourning from day to day, because they do not see the reason they have for comfort. There is a well of water near them in the covenant of grace, but they are not aware of it, till the same God that opened their eyes to see their wound, opens them to see their remedy. Paran was a wild place, fit for a wild man; such as Ishmael. Those who are born after the flesh, take up with the wilderness of this world, while the children of the promise aim at the heavenly Canaan, and cannot be at rest till they are there. Yet God was with the lad; his outward welfare was owing to this.
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