The Bible in Its Traditions

Genesis 21:8–21

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And the child grew, and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.

And the boy grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day of his weaning.

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And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne unto Abraham, making sport.

And Sarrha having seen the son of Agar the Egyptian who was born to Abraam, sporting with Isaac her son,

And when Sarah had seen the son of Hagar the Egyptian playing with her son Isaac, she said to Abraham

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10  Wherefore she said unto Abraham: 'Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.'

10  “Cast out this woman servant and her son. For the son of a woman servant will not be heir with my son Isaac.”

10  Therefore she said to Abraham, Expel this maidservant and her son; for the son of this maidservant shall not be heir with my son Isaac.

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11  And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight on account of his son.

11  But the word appeared very hard before Abraam concerning his son.

11  Abraham took this grievously, for the sake of his son.

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12  And God said unto Abraham: 'Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah saith unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall seed be called to thee.

12  And God said to him: “Let it not seem harsh to you concerning the boy and your woman servant. In all that Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice. For your offspring will be invoked in Isaac.

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13  And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.'

13  Yet I will also make the son of the woman servant into a great nation, for he is your offspring.”

14  And Abraham arose up early in the morning, and took bread and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away; and she departed, and strayed in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.

14  And so Abraham arose in the morning, and taking bread and a skin of water, he placed it upon her shoulder, and he handed over the boy, and he released her. And when she had departed, she wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

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

15  And when the water in the skin had been consumed, she set aside the boy, under one of the trees that were there.

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16  And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow-shot; for she said: 'Let me not look upon the death of the child.' And she sat over against him, and lifted up her voice, and wept.

16  And she moved away and sat in a distant area, as far as a bow can reach. For she said, “I shall not see the boy die.” And so, sitting opposite her, he lifted up his voice and wept.

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17  And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her: 'What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.

17  But God heard the voice of the boy. And an Angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, saying: “What are you doing, Hagar? Do not be afraid. For God has heeded the voice of the boy, from the place where he is.

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18  Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him fast by thy hand; for I will make him a great nation.'

18  Rise up, and take the child, and hold him in thine hand, for I will make him a great nation.

18  Rise up. Take the boy and hold him by the hand. For I will make of him a great nation.”

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19  And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.

19  Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.

20  And God was with the lad, and he grew; and he dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

20  And God was with the boy; and he grew up and dwelt in the wilderness of Paran and learned to become an archer in the wilderness of Paran.

21  And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.

21  And his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt.