''Hagar'' c.o. 80x90 1999 y.

Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

The child grew and was weaned, and on
the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a
great feast. But Sarah saw that the son
whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to
Abraham was mocking, and she said to
Abraham, "Get rid of that slave woman and
her son, for that slave woman's son will
never share in the inheritance with my son

"The matter distressed Abraham greatly
because it concerned his son. ^But God
said to him, "Do not be so distressed about
the boy and your maidservant. Listen to
whatever Sarah tells you, because it is
through Isaac that your offspring will be
reckoned. I will make the son of the maid-
servant into a nation also, because he is
your offspring."

Early the next morning Abraham took
some food and a skin of water and gave
them to Hagar. He set them on her shoul-
ders and then sent her off with the boy. She
went on her way and wandered in the desert
of Beersheba.

When the water in the skin was gone,
she put the boy under one of the bushes.

Then she went off and sat down nearby,
about a bowshot away, for she thought, "I
cannot watch the boy die." And as she sat
there nearby, she began to sob.

God heard the boy crying, and the angel
of God called to Hagar from heaven and
said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do
not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying
as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take
him by the hand, for I will make him into a
great nation."

Then God opened her eyes and she saw
a well of water. So she went and filled the
skin with water and gave the boy a drink.
God was with the boy as he grew up. He
lived in the desert and became an archer.
While he was living in the Desert ofParan,
his mother got a wife for him from Egypt.

GENESIS 21,1-21


ŠAndrejs Severetnikovs

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