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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Genesis 16:1-16

16  And Abram’s wife Sarai had never borne children to him; and she had an Egyptian maid named Hagar, 2  and Sarai said to Abram “Here Jehovah has barred me from having children: go in to my maid; perhaps I shall have a family out of her”; and Abram listened to Sarai. 3  And Abram’s wife Sarai took her Egyptian maid Hagar at the end of the first ten years of Abram’s living in Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram as wife. 4  And he went in to Hagar, and she became pregnant; and she saw she was pregnant, and looked down on her mistress. 5  And Sarai said to Abram “May you answer for the outrage I suffer: I gave my maid to lie in your bosom, and she sees she is pregnant and looks down on me; Jehovah give judgment between you and me.” 6  And Abram said to Sarai “Your maid is at your disposal: do as you think best with her”; and Sarai gave her hard treatment to tame her, and she ran away from her. 7*  And the Angel of Jehovah found her by a spring in the wilderness, the spring on the road to Shur, 8  and said “Hagar, maid of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said “I am running away from my mistress Sarai.” 9  And the Angel of Jehovah said to her “Go back to your mistress and tame yourself under her hands.” 10  And the Angel of Jehovah said to her “I will multiply your descendants, and they shall be too numerous to be counted.” 11  And the Angel of Jehovah said to her “You are pregnant and will have a son, and you shall name him Ishmaʽel, because Jehovah has heard your wretchedness; 12  and he will be a wild-ass man, his hand against everybody and everybody’s hand against him, and will live front to front with all his brothers.” 13**  And she named the Jehovah who talked to her El-Roi, “God of Seeing,” because she said “Have I even seen God and lived after my seeing?” 14  That is why they call the well Beer-Lahai-Roi; it is to be found between Kadesh and Bered. 15  And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram named his son born of Hagar “Ishmaʽel,” “God-will-hear.” 16  And Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishma’el to Abram.


16:7 Var. omits the spring on the road to Shur
16:13 Codd. You-are-El—Roi
16:13 Codd. even seen here after my seeing or after him who sees me