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11 Then the Lord’s angel said to her:

“You are now pregnant and shall bear a son;
    you shall name him Ishmael,[a]
For the Lord has heeded your affliction.

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Footnotes

  1. 16:11 Ishmael: in Hebrew the name means “God has heard.” It is the same Hebrew verb that is translated “heeded” in the next clause. In other ancient Near Eastern texts, the name commemorated the divine answer to the parents’ prayer to have a child, but here it is broadened to mean that God has “heard” Hagar’s plight. In vv. 13–14, the verb “to see” is similarly broadened to describe God’s special care for those in need.

15 Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram named the son whom Hagar bore him Ishmael.(A)

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Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time that God had stated.(A) Abraham gave the name Isaac to this son of his whom Sarah bore him.(B)

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22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the freeborn woman.(A) 23 The son of the slave woman was born naturally, the son of the freeborn through a promise.(B)

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11 By faith he received power to generate, even though he was past the normal age—and Sarah herself was sterile—for he thought that the one who had made the promise was trustworthy.(A)

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