Now (A)the angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to (B)Shur. He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, (C)where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” Then the angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself [a]to her authority.” 10 Moreover, the (D)angel of the Lord said to her, “(E)I will greatly multiply your [b]descendants so that [c]they will be too many to count.” 11 The angel of the Lord said to her further,

“Behold, you are with child,
And you will bear a son;
And you shall call his name [d]Ishmael,
Because (F)the Lord [e]has given heed to your affliction.
12 “He will be a (G)wild donkey of a man,
His hand will be against everyone,
And everyone’s hand will be against him;
And he will [f]live [g](H)to the east of all his brothers.”

13 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “[h]You are [i]a God who sees”; for she said, “(I)Have I even [j]remained alive here after seeing Him?”

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  1. Genesis 16:9 Lit under her hands
  2. Genesis 16:10 Lit seed
  3. Genesis 16:10 Or it shall not be counted for multitude
  4. Genesis 16:11 I.e. God hears
  5. Genesis 16:11 Lit has heard
  6. Genesis 16:12 Lit dwell
  7. Genesis 16:12 Lit before the face of; or in defiance of
  8. Genesis 16:13 Or You, God, see me
  9. Genesis 16:13 Heb Elroi
  10. Genesis 16:13 Lit seen here after the one who saw me