ContextIsaac Is Born
1Then the LORD took note of Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had promised. 2So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. 3Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. 4Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6Sarah said, God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me. 7And she said, Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.
8The child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.
Sarah Turns against Hagar
9Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking. 10Therefore she said to Abraham, Drive out this maid and her son, for the son of this maid shall not be an heir with my son Isaac. 11The matter distressed Abraham greatly because of his son. 12But God said to Abraham, Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named. 13And of the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your descendant. 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. 17God heard the lad crying; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, What is the matter with you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him by the hand, for I will make a great nation of him. 19Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink.
Covenant with Abimelech
22Now it came about at that time that Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, God is with you in all that you do; 23now therefore, swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but according to the kindness that I have shown to you, you shall show to me and to the land in which you have sojourned. 24Abraham said, I swear it. 25But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech had seized. 26And Abimelech said, I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor did I hear of it until today.
27Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant. 28Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. 29Abimelech said to Abraham, What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves? 30He said, You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness to me, that I dug this well. 31Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath. 32So they made a covenant at Beersheba; and Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, arose and returned to the land of the Philistines. 33Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God. 34And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines for many days.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And Jehovah visited Sarah as he had said, and Jehovah did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
And the Lord visited Sara, as he had promised: and fulfilled what he had spoken.
Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah visited Sarah as he had said, and Jehovah did to Sarah as he had spoken.
English Revised Version
And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had spoken.
World English Bible
Yahweh visited Sarah as he had said, and Yahweh did to Sarah as he had spoken.
Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah hath looked after Sarah as He hath said, and Jehovah doth to Sarah as He hath spoken;
LibraryCompassion for Souls
Behold the compassion of a mother for her child expiring with thirst, and remember that such a compassion ought all Christians to feel towards souls that are perishing for lack of Christ, perishing eternally, perishing without hope of salvation. If the mother lifted up her voice arid wept, so also should we; and if the contemplation of her dying, child was all too painful for her, so may the contemplation of the wrath to come, which is to pass upon every soul that dies impenitent, become too painful …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871
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