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Genesis 21:1-34

The Birth of Isaac

1Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3Abraham gave the name Isaac21:3 Isaac means he laughs. to the son Sarah bore him. 4When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. 5Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

6Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

8The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 9But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”

11The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 12But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring21:12 Or seed will be reckoned. 13I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.”

14Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba.

15When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she21:16 Hebrew; Septuagint the child began to sob.

17God 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. 18Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”

19Then 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.

20God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. 21While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt.

The Treaty at Beersheba

22At that time Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything you do. 23Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me and the country where you now reside as a foreigner the same kindness I have shown to you.”

24Abraham said, “I swear it.”

25Then Abraham complained to Abimelek about a well of water that Abimelek’s servants had seized. 26But Abimelek said, “I don’t know who has done this. You did not tell me, and I heard about it only today.”

27So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelek, and the two men made a treaty. 28Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock, 29and Abimelek asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?”

30He replied, “Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well.”

31So that place was called Beersheba,21:31 Beersheba can mean well of seven and well of the oath. because the two men swore an oath there.

32After the treaty had been made at Beersheba, Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces returned to the land of the Philistines. 33Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord, the Eternal God. 34And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long time.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 21:1-34

Isak Awo

1Afei, Awurade dom Sara sɛnea ɔhyɛɛ no bɔ no. 2Sara nyinsɛnee, na ɔwoo ɔbabarima maa Abraham wɔ ne nkwakoraabere mu, bere a Awurade hyɛɛ no bɔ no mu pɛpɛɛpɛ. 3Abraham too ɔbabarima a Sara woo no maa no no din Isak, a ase ne Serew. 4Bere a Isak dii nnaawɔtwe no, otwaa no twetia, sɛnea Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ no no. 5Wɔwoo Isak maa Abraham no, na wadi mfe ɔha.

6Sara kae se, “Onyankopɔn ama maserew. Na obiara a ɔbɛte saa asɛm yi ne me bɛbɔ mu aserew.” 7Sara ka kaa ho se, “Hena na ɔsoo ho dae ka kyerɛɛ Abraham se Sara bɛwo mma. Nanso ne nkwakoraabere mu yi, mawo ɔbabarima ama no.”

Wɔpam Hagar Ne Ismael

8Abofra no nyin ma wotwaa no nufu. Da a wotwaa Isak nufu no, Abraham too pon kɛse. 9Nanso Sara hui sɛ, ɔbabarima a nʼafenaa Misraimni Hagar woo no maa Abraham no redi Isak ho fɛw. 10Enti Sara ka kyerɛɛ Abraham se, “Pam saa afenaa yi ne ne babarima yi fi ha; na Isak ne saa afenaa babarima yi nni wʼagyapade biara mu kyɛfa.”

11Abraham tee saa asɛm no, esiane ne babarima Ismael nti, ne werɛ how yiye. 12Nanso Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Abraham se, “Mma wo babarima Ismael ne wʼafenaa Hagar ho asɛm no nhaw wo bebree. Asɛm biara a Sara bɛka akyerɛ wo no, tie, efisɛ Isak so na wɔnam bɛkan wʼasefo. 13Mɛma afenaa no babarima Ismael no nso asefo ayɛ ɔman kɛse, efisɛ ɔno nso yɛ wʼaseni.”

14Ade kyee anɔpatutuutu no, Abraham faa aduan ne nsu a egu aboa nhoma mu de maa Hagar. Ɔde aduan no ne nsu no sisii Hagar mmati so, ka kyerɛɛ ɔne ne ba Ismael no se wɔnkɔ. Ofii hɔ kokyinkyin Beer-Seba sare so a na onhu baabi a ɔrekɔ.

15Nsu a ɛwɔ aboa nhoma no mu sae no, ɔde ne babarima no kohintaw wura no mu baabi. 16Na ɔkɔtenaa akyiri baabi a wotow ɔbo a ɛbɛtɔ, kae se, “Merentumi nhwɛ sɛ abarimaa no bewu.” Na bere a Hagar te hɔ saa no, ofii ase sui.

17Onyankopɔn tee sɛ abarimaa no resu. Onyankopɔn bɔfo fi ɔsoro frɛɛ Hagar bisaa no se, “Hagar! Ɛyɛ dɛn? Nsuro, efisɛ Onyankopɔn ate abarimaa no su wɔ faako a ɔda no. 18Ma abarimaa no so, efisɛ mɛma no ayɛ ɔman kɛse.”

19Na Onyankopɔn buee Hagar ani ma ohuu asubura bi. Ɔde aboa nhoma no kɔsaw nsu ma, na ɔmaa abarimaa no bi nomee.

20Onyankopɔn adom nti, abarimaa no nyinii. Ɔtenaa sare no so huu agyantow yiye. 21Bere a ɔte Paran sare so no, ne na kɔfaa ɔbea fi Misraim asase so de no brɛɛ no aware.

Abraham Ne Abimelek Apam

22Saa bere no mu, ɔhene Abimelek ne ne sahene Pikol baa Abraham nkyɛn bɛka kyerɛɛ no se, “Biribiara a woyɛ no, Onyankopɔn ka wo ho. 23Enti afei, di nsew ka ntam wɔ Onyankopɔn anim kyerɛ me wɔ ha se, worentwa me mma anaa mʼasefo nkontompo. Saa ayamye a mayɛ wo no, saa ara na fa yɛ me ne ɔman a wote so sɛ ɔnanani no.”

24Abraham penee so se, “Meka saa ntam no!”

25Na Abraham de asubura bi a Abimelek nkoa de anuɔden afa no ho asɛm kɔtoo Abimelek anim. 26Nanso Abimelek kae se, “Minnim onipa ko a ɔyɛɛ saa ade no. Woammɔ me ho amanneɛ. Nnɛ na mate saa asɛm yi.”

27Enti Abraham de nguan ne anantwi brɛɛ Abimelek. Na mmarima baanu yi de yɛɛ apam. 28Abraham yii nguantenmma abere ason fii nguankuw no mu gyinaa nkyɛn, 29na Abimelek bisaa Abraham se, “Nguantenmma abere ason a woayi wɔn agyina nkyɛn yi ase kyerɛ dɛn?”

30Abraham buae se, “Ne nkyerɛase ara ne sɛ, ɛyɛ akyɛde a mede rema wo de adi adanse sɛ, me na mituu saa abura yi.”

31Efi saa bere no rekɔ no, wɔfrɛɛ saa abura no Beer-Seba, a ase ne Ntanka Abura, efisɛ ɛhɔ na wɔn baanu yɛɛ apam no.

32Wɔyɛɛ apam no wiee wɔ Beer-Seba no, ɔhene Abimelek ne ne Sahene Pikol san kɔɔ Filistifo asase so. 33Abraham nso duaa dua bi a wɔfrɛ no asantɛw wɔ abura no ho wɔ Beer-Seba. Ɛhɔ na na ɔsom Awurade teasefo no daa. 34Abraham tenaa Filistifo asase no so sɛ ɔnanani nna bebree.