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Genesis 16:1-16

Hagar and Ishmael

1Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 2so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”

Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.

When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.”

6“Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.

7The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”

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

9Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” 10The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”

11The angel of the Lord also said to her:

“You are now pregnant

and you will give birth to a son.

You shall name him Ishmael,16:11 Ishmael means God hears.

for the Lord has heard of your misery.

12He will be a wild donkey of a man;

his hand will be against everyone

and everyone’s hand against him,

and he will live in hostility

toward16:12 Or live to the east / of all his brothers.”

13She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen16:13 Or seen the back of the One who sees me.” 14That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi16:14 Beer Lahai Roi means well of the Living One who sees me.; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.

15So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 16:1-16

Ismael Awo

1Saa bere no, na Sarai nwoo ɔba mmaa Abram ɛ. Na ɔwɔ Misraimni abaawa bi a wɔfrɛ no Hagar; 2enti Sarai ka kyerɛɛ Abram se, “Wo ara wunim sɛ Awurade ama mayɛ obonin; manwo ɔba! Mesrɛ wo, kɔ na wo ne mʼabaawa Hagar nkɔda; ebia ɛnam ne so na manya mma.”

Abram penee asɛm a Sarai ka kyerɛɛ no no so. 3Abram tenaa Kanaan asase so mfe du akyi no, ne yere Sarai de Misraimni abaawa Hagar no kɔmaa ne kunu no sɛ ɔnware no. 4Abram ne Hagar dae, na onyinsɛnee.

Bere a Hagar huu sɛ wanyinsɛn no, ofii ase buu nʼawuraa Sarai animtiaa. 5Enti Sarai ka kyerɛɛ Abram se, “Saa ɔhaw a aba me so yi nyinaa fi wo! Mede mʼabaawa maa wo; afei a wahu sɛ wanyinsɛn no nti, otiatia mʼanim. Awurade mmu me ne wo ntam atɛn.”

6Nanso Abram ka kyerɛɛ Sarai se, “Ɔyɛ wʼabaawa. Nea wopɛ sɛ wode yɛ no biara, fa yɛ no.” Efi saa bere no, Sarai tan nʼabaawa Hagar ani ma oguan fii ne nkyɛn.

7Awurade bɔfo huu Hagar wɔ nsu aniwa bi ho wɔ sare no so. Na saa nsu aniwa no da ɔkwan a ɛkɔ kurow bi a wɔfrɛ no Sur no nkyɛn. 8Ɔbɔfo no bisaa Hagar se, “Sarai abaawa Hagar, wufi he, na worekɔ he?”

Hagar buaa no se, “Mereguan afi mʼawuraa Sarai nkyɛn.”

9Na Awurade bɔfo no ka kyerɛɛ Hagar se, “San kɔ wʼawuraa no nkyɛn, na kɔbrɛ wo ho ase ma no.” 10Ɔbɔfo no ka kaa ho se, “Mɛma wʼase afɛe a, wɔkan a ɛnyɛ yiye.”

11Awurade bɔfo no san ka kyerɛɛ Hagar se,


na wobɛwo ɔbabarima.

Wobɛto no din Ismael, efisɛ

Awurade ate wʼamanehunu.

12Ɔbɛyɛ sɛ sare so afurum.

Obetia nnipa nyinaa,

na nnipa nyinaa nso betia no;

atutuwpɛ so na

ɔne ne nuanom bɛtena.”

13Eyi akyi no ɔkae se, “Mahu Nea ohu me.” Ɛno nti, ɔde din El-Roi a ase ne “Onyankopɔn a ohu me” no too no. 14Ɛno nti na wɔfrɛ nsu aniwa no se Beer-Lahai-Roi a ase ne “Onyankopɔn Teasefo a ohu me abura.” Ɛda Kades ne Bered ntam besi nnɛ.

15Enti Hagar woo ɔbabarima maa Abram. Abram too abofra no din Ismael. 16Hagar woo Ismael no, na Abram adi mfe aduɔwɔtwe asia.