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.
Kuzaliwa Kwa Isaki
121:1 Mwa 17:20; 1Sam 2:21; Mwa 8:1; 17:6; 18:14; 4:23; Ebr 11:11Wakati huu Bwana akamrehemu Sara kama alivyokuwa amesema, naye Bwana akamtendea Sara kile alichokuwa ameahidi. 221:2 Mwa 17:19; 30:6; 18:10; Gal 4:22; Ebr 11:11Sara akapata mimba, akamzalia Abrahamu mwana katika uzee wake, majira yale ya Mungu aliomwahidi. 321:3 Mwa 16:11; Yos 24:3Abrahamu akamwita Isaki yule mwana ambaye Sara alimzalia. 421:4 Mwa 17:10-12; Mdo 7:8Isaki alipokuwa na umri wa siku nane, Abrahamu akamtahiri, kama Mungu alivyomwamuru. 521:5 Mwa 12:4; Ebr 6:15Abrahamu alikuwa na miaka 100 wakati Isaki mwanawe alipozaliwa.
621:6 Mwa 17:17; Ay 8:21; Za 126:2; Isa 12:6; 35:2; 44:23; 52:9; 54:1Sara akasema, “Mungu ameniletea kicheko, kila mmoja atakayesikia jambo hili atacheka pamoja nami.” 721:7 Mwa 17:17Akaongeza kusema, “Nani angemwambia Abrahamu kuwa Sara angenyonyesha watoto? Tena nimemzalia mwana katika uzee wake.”
Hagari Na Ishmaeli Wafukuzwa
821:8 1Sam 1:23Mtoto akakua, akaachishwa kunyonya. Siku hiyo Isaki alipoachishwa kunyonya, Abrahamu alifanya sherehe kubwa. 921:9 Mwa 16:15; 39:14; Gal 4:29Lakini Sara aliona kuwa mwana ambaye Hagari, Mmisri, aliyemzalia Abrahamu alikuwa anadhihaki, 1021:10 Mwa 39:17; 25:6; Gal 4:30Sara akamwambia Abrahamu, “Mwondoe mwanamke huyo mtumwa pamoja na mwanawe, kwa kuwa mwana wa mwanamke mtumwa kamwe hatarithi pamoja na mwanangu Isaki.”
1121:11 Mwa 17:18Jambo hili lilimhuzunisha sana Abrahamu kwa sababu lilimhusu mwanawe. 1221:12 Mt 1:2; Rum 9:7; Ebr 11:18Lakini Mungu akamwambia, “Usihuzunike hivyo kwa sababu ya kijana na mtumishi wako wa kike. Sikiliza lolote Sara analokuambia, kwa sababu uzao wako utahesabiwa kupitia kwake Isaki. 1321:13 Mwa 13:16Nitamfanya huyu mwana wa mtumishi wako wa kike kuwa taifa pia, kwa sababu naye ni uzao wako.”
1421:14 Mwa 16:1; 22:19; 26:33; 28:10; 46:1-5; Yos 15:28; 19:2; Amu 20:1; 1Sam 3:20; 1Nya 4:28; Neh 11:27Kesho yake asubuhi na mapema, Abrahamu akachukua chakula na kiriba cha maji, akampa Hagari. Akaviweka mabegani mwa Hagari, akamwondoa pamoja na kijana. Hagari akashika njia, akatangatanga katika jangwa la Beer-Sheba.
15Maji yalipokwisha kwenye kiriba, akamwacha kijana chini ya mojawapo ya vichaka. 1621:16 Yer 6:26; Amo 8:10; Zek 12:10Kisha akajiendea zake akaketi karibu, umbali wa kutupa mshale, akawaza, “Siwezi kumwangalia kijana akifa.” Ikawa alipokuwa ameketi pale karibu, akaanza kulia kwa huzuni.
1721:17 Kut 3:7; Hes 20:16; Za 6:8; Kum 26:7; Mwa 16:7; 22:11, 15; 15:1; 17:20Mungu akamsikia kijana akilia, malaika wa Mungu akamwita Hagari kutoka mbinguni na kumwambia, “Kuna nini Hagari? Usiogope, Mungu amesikia kijana analia akiwa amelala pale. 18Mwinue kijana na umshike mkono, kwa maana nitamfanya kuwa taifa kubwa.”
1921:19 Hes 22:31; Mwa 16:7Ndipo Mungu akamfumbua Hagari macho yake naye akaona kisima cha maji. Hivyo akaenda akajaza kiriba maji na kumpa kijana anywe.
2021:20 Mwa 26:3, 24; 28:15; 39:2; Lk 1:66Mungu akawa pamoja na huyu kijana alipokuwa akiendelea kukua. Aliishi jangwani na akawa mpiga upinde. 2121:21 Mwa 14:6; 24:4, 38; 28:2; 34:4-8; Amu 14:2Alipokuwa akiishi katika Jangwa la Parani, mama yake akampatia mke kutoka Misri.
Mapatano Katika Beer-Sheba
2221:22 Mwa 20:2; 26:26-28; 28:15; 31:3-5, 42; 39:2-3; Za 46:7; 1Sam 3:19; 16:18; Isa 7:14; 8:8-10; 41:10; 43:5Wakati huo Abimeleki na Fikoli mkuu wa majeshi yake wakamwambia Abrahamu, “Mungu yu pamoja nawe katika kila kitu unachofanya. 2321:23 Mwa 25:33; 26:31; 31:53; Yos 2:12; 1Fal 2:8; 1Sam 24:21Sasa niapie hapa mbele za Mungu kwamba hutanitenda hila mimi, watoto wangu wala wazao wangu. Nitendee mimi na nchi ambayo unaishi kama mgeni wema ule ule ambao nimekutendea.”
24Abrahamu akasema, “Ninaapa hivyo.”
2521:25 Mwa 26:15-22Ndipo Abrahamu akalalamika kwa Abimeleki kuhusu kisima cha maji ambacho watumishi wa Abimeleki walikuwa wamekinyangʼanya. 26Lakini Abimeleki akasema, “Sijui ni nani ambaye amefanya hili. Hukuniambia, leo tu ndipo ninasikia habari zake.”
2721:27 Mwa 26:28-31; 31:44, 53Hivyo Abrahamu akaleta kondoo na ngʼombe, akampa Abimeleki, nao watu hawa wawili wakafanya mapatano. 28Abrahamu akatenga kondoo wa kike saba kutoka kwenye kundi, 29Abimeleki akamuuliza Abrahamu, “Ni nini maana ya hawa kondoo wa kike saba uliowatenga peke yao?”
3021:30 Mwa 31:44-52; Isa 19:20; Yos 22:27-34; 24:27; Mal 2:14Abrahamu akamjibu, “Upokee hawa kondoo wa kike saba kutoka mkononi mwangu kama ushahidi kuwa nilichimba kisima hiki.”
31Hivyo mahali pale pakaitwa Beer-Sheba, kwa sababu watu wawili waliapiana hapo.
3221:32 Mwa 10:14; 26:33Baada ya mapatano kufanyika huko Beer-Sheba, Abimeleki na Fikoli mkuu wa majeshi yake wakarudi katika nchi ya Wafilisti. 3321:33 1Sam 22:6; 31:13; Mwa 4:26; Kut 15:18; Kum 32:40; 33:27; Ay 36:26; Za 10:16; 45:6; 90:2; 93:2; 102:24; 103:19; 146:10; Isa 40:28; Yer 10:10; Hab 1:12; 3:6; Ebr 13:8Abrahamu akapanda mti wa mkwaju huko Beer-Sheba, na hapo akaliitia jina la Bwana, Mungu wa milele. 3421:34 Mwa 10:14Naye Abrahamu akakaa katika nchi ya Wafilisti kwa muda mrefu.