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Bereishis/Genesis  21:1 - 34

Chapter 21

1 Hashem had remembered Sarah as He had said; and Hashem did for Sarah as He had spoken.  2 Sarah conceived and bore a son unto Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken with him.  3 Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him — whom Sarah had borne him — Isaac.

4 Abraham circumcised his son Isaac at the age of eight days as God had commanded him.

5 And Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.  6 Sarah said, "God has made laughter for me; whoever hears will laugh for me."  7 And she said, "Who is the One Who said to Abraham, 'Sarah would nurse children'? For I have borne a son in his old age!"

8 The child grew and was weaned. Abraham made a great feast on the day Isaac was weaned.

9 Sarah saw the son of Hagar, the Egyptian, whom she had born to Abraham, mocking.

10 So she said to Abraham, "Drive out this slavewoman with her son, for the son of that slavewoman shall not inherit with my son, with Isaac!"

11 The matter greatly distressed Abraham regarding his son.  12 So God said to Abraham, "Be not distressed over the youth or your slavewoman - Whatever Sarah tells you, heed her voice, since through Isaac will offspring be considered yours.  13 But the son of the slavewoman as well will I make into a nation for he is your offspring."

14 So Abraham awoke early in the morning, took bread and a skin of water, and gave them to Hagar. He placed them on her shoulder along with the boy, and sent her off. She departed, and strayed in the desert of Beer-sheba.

15 When the water of the skin was consumed, she cast off the boy beneath one of the trees.

16 She went and sat herself down at a distance, some bowshots away, for she said, "Let me not see the death of the child." And she sat at a distance, lifted her voice, and wept.

17 God heard the cry of the youth, and an angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heeded the cry of the youth in his present state.  18 Arise, lift up the youth and grasp your hand upon him, for I will make a great nation of him."

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

20 God was with the youth and he grew up; he dwelt in the desert and became an accomplished archer.  21 He lived in the desert of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

22 At that time, Abimelech and Phicol his general said to Abraham, "God is with you in all that you do.  23 Now swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me nor with my son nor with my grandson; according to the kindness that I have done with you, do with me, and with the land in which you have sojourned."  24 And Abraham said, "I will swear."  25 Then Abraham disputed with Abimelech regarding the well of water that Abimelech's servants had seized.  26 But Abimelech said, "I do not know who did this thing; furthermore, you have never told me, and moreover I myself have heard nothing of it except for today."

27 So Abraham took flocks and cattle and gave them to Abimelech; and the two of them entered into a covenant.  28 Abraham set seven ewes of the flock by themselves.  29 And Abimelech said to Abraham, "What are these seven ewes which you have set by themselves?"

30 And he replied, "Because you are to take these seven ewes from me, that it may serve me as testimony that I dug this well."  31 Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba because there the two of them took an oath.  32 Thus, they entered into a covenant at Beer-sheba; Abimelech then arose, with Phicol, his general, and they returned to the land of the Philistines.

33 He planted an 'eshel' in Beer-sheba, and there he proclaimed the Name of Hashem, God of the Universe.

34 And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines many years.


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