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1. Mosebog 16:1-16

Menneskelig problemløsning

1Abrams kone, Saraj, kunne stadig ingen børn få, men hun havde en egyptisk slavepige, der hed Hagar. 2-3En dag sagde hun til Abram: „Herren har hindret mig i at få børn. Prøv du at gå ind til Hagar. Måske hun så får en søn, som jeg kan regne for min egen.”

Abram gik ind på forslaget, og Saraj gav ham egypterpigen Hagar som hans anden kone. Dette skete ti år efter, at Abram var kommet til Kana’ans land. 4Men da Hagar blev gravid, viste hun foragt for Saraj.

5Saraj beklagede sig til Abram: „Hvorfor tillader du Hagar at være nedladende overfor mig? Jeg gav dig min slavepige, for at jeg kunne få en søn, men nu hvor hun er gravid, har hun ingen respekt for mig. Må Herren selv dømme om du eller jeg har ret!”

6„Siden hun er din slavepige, kan du gøre med hende, hvad du vil,” svarede Abram. Fra da af var Saraj så hård imod Hagar, at hun til sidst løb sin vej.

7Herrens engel fandt hende ved en kilde langs den øde vej til Shur. 8Englen sagde til hende: „Hagar, Sarajs slavepige, hvor kommer du fra, og hvor er du på vej hen?” „Jeg er løbet væk fra min frue,” svarede hun. 9„Vend tilbage til din frue og adlyd hende,” fortsatte englen. 10„Jeg vil give dig flere efterkommere, end man kan tælle. 11Du skal føde en søn, som du skal give navnet Ishmael.16,11 Det betyder: „Gud hører”. Herren har nemlig hørt din bøn om hjælp. 12Men din søn bliver en mand med et hidsigt temperament og stædig som et æsel. Han vil være i oprør mod alle, og alle vil være imod ham. Selv sine nærmeste slægtninge vil han strides med.”

13Efter den oplevelse omtalte Hagar altid Herren, der havde talt til hende, som „den Gud, der ser mig”, for—som hun sagde: „Jeg har set den Gud, som ser mig.” 14Senere blev stedet kaldt Be’er-Lahaj-Roi.16,14 Det betyder: „Brønden, hvor den Levende (Gud) ser mig”. Den findes stadig mellem Kadesh og Bered.

15Så fødte Hagar en søn, og Abram kaldte ham Ishmael. 16På det tidspunkt var Abram 86 år gammel.

New International Reader's Version

Genesis 16:1-16

Hagar and Ishmael

1Abram’s wife Sarai had never had any children by him. But she had a female slave from Egypt named Hagar. 2So she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go and sleep with my slave. Maybe I can have a family through her.”

Abram agreed to what Sarai had said. 3His wife Sarai gave him her slave Hagar to be his wife. That was after he had been living in Canaan for ten years. 4Then he slept with Hagar, and she became pregnant.

When Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to look down on the woman who owned her. 5Then Sarai said to Abram, “It’s your fault that I’m suffering like this. I put my slave in your arms. Now that she knows she’s pregnant, she looks down on me. May the Lord judge between you and me. May he decide which of us is right.”

6“Your slave belongs to you,” Abram said. “Do with her what you think is best.” Then Sarai treated Hagar badly. So Hagar ran away from her.

7The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring of water in the desert. The spring was beside the road to Shur. 8The angel said, “Hagar, you are Sarai’s slave. Where have you come from? Where are you going?”

“I’m running away from my owner Sarai,” she answered.

9Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to the woman who owns you. Obey her.” 10The angel continued, “I will give you and your family many children. There will be more of them than anyone can count.”

11The angel of the Lord also said to her,

“You are now pregnant

and will have a son.

You will name him Ishmael,

because the Lord has heard about your suffering.

12He will be like a wild donkey.

He will use his power against everyone,

and everyone will be against him.

He will not get along with any of his family.”

13She gave a name to the Lord who spoke to her. She called him “You are the God who sees me.” That’s because she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” 14That’s why the well was named Beer Lahai Roi. It’s still there, between Kadesh and Bered.

15So Hagar had a son by Abram and Abram gave him the name Ishmael. 16Abram was 86 years old when Hagar had Ishmael by him.