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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Genesis 21:1-34

21  And Jehovah visited Sarah as he had said he would, and Jehovah did to Sarah as he had promised, 2  and she became pregnant; and Sarah bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the date Jehovah had named. 3**  And Abraham named the son that was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. 4  And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac at a week old, as God had commanded him. 5  And Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him; 6*  and Sarah said “God has made a laugh at me: everyone who hears it will laugh at me.” 7*  And she said “Who has told Abraham ‘Sarah is nursing sons’? for I have borne a son to his old age.” 8  And the child grew and was weaned; and Abraham gave a great banquet on the day of Isaac’s weaning. 9*  And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac, 10  and said to Abraham “Turn out this slave-woman and her son; for this slave-woman’s son shall not be heir along with my son Isaac.” 11  And Abraham took the matter very hard as to his son; 12  but God said to Abraham “Do not take it hard about the boy and your slave-woman: obey Sarah in everything she says to you, because it will be by Isaac that issue shall be called yours. 13  And the slave-woman’s son too I will make a nation, because he is of your blood.” 14*  And the first thing in the morning Abraham took bread and a bag of water and gave them to Hagar, and laid the child on her shoulder, and sent her off; and she went away.  And she lost her way in the wilderness of Beer-Shebaʽ, 15  and the water in the bag gave out, and she dropped the child under one of the bushes, 16*  and went away and sat opposite him at the distance of an archer’s range, because she thought “I do not want to look on at the child’s death”; and she sat down opposite, and raised her voice and sobbed. 17  And Jehovah heard the boy’s voice; and the Angel of God called to Hagar out of the sky “What is the matter, Hagar? do not be afraid, because God has heard the child’s voice where he is. 18  Stand up, take up the boy, and hold on to him; for I will make him into a great nation.” 19  And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the bag with water and gave the boy a drink. 20  And God was with the boy, and he grew, and lived in the wilderness, and became a bowman. 21  And he settled in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got him a wife from Egypt. 22  And at that time Abimelec and his general Picol said to Abraham “God is with you in everything you do; 23  now swear to me by God that you will not plot against me nor against chick or child of mine: in the same way as I have befriended you, you shall befriend me and the country you were an immigrant in.” 24  And Abraham said “I will swear.” 25  But Abraham reproached Abimelec about the well of water Abimelec’s servants had appropriated; 26  and Abimelec said “I do not know who did this thing, neither had you told me, nor had I heard of it except today.” 27  And Abraham took sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelec, and the two made a treaty. 28  But Abraham set seven ewe lambs by themselves; 29  and Abimelec said to Abraham “What do these seven ewe lambs you have set by themselves mean?” 30*  and he said “You are to take these seven ewe lambs from me to the end that it may be an attestation that I dug this well.” 31*  (That is why they call the place Beer-Shebaʽ, because the two swore there.) 32  And they made a treaty at Beer-Shebaʽ; and Abimelec and his general Picol stood up and went back to the Philistine country, 33  but Abraham planted a tamarisk at Beer-Shebaʽ and invoked there the name of Jehovah the Eternal Deity. 34  And Abraham lived a good while as an immigrant in the Philistine country.


21:3 Lit. his son that was born to him
21:3 Isaac appears to mean He laughs
21:6 Or a laugh for me . . . will, laugh over me
21:7 Conj. to omit And she said and make Sarah’s words all one; speech
21:9 Var. omits with her son Isaac
21:14 Var. to Hagar, put them on her shoulder, and the child, and sent
21:16 (archer’s range) Unc.
21:30 Lit. Because you are to
21:31 Beer-Shebaʽ means Oath Well or Seven Well