1Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 2And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.16.2 obtain…: Heb. be built by her 3And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.
4¶ And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee. 6But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.16.6 as…: Heb. that which is good in thine eyes16.6 dealt…: Heb. afflicted her
7¶ And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 8And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. 9And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
10And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. 11And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.16.11 Ishmael: that is, God shall hear 12And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. 13And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? 14Wherefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.16.14 Beer-lahai-roi: that is, The well of him that liveth and seeth me
15¶ And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. 16And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.
Sarai ndi Hagara
1Tsono Sarai, mkazi wa Abramu anali asanamuberekere ana Abramuyo. Koma anali ndi wantchito wamkazi wa ku Igupto dzina lake Hagara; 2ndipo Sarai anati kwa Abramu, “Yehova sanalole kuti ine ndikhale ndi ana. Bwanji mulowe mwa wantchito wanga wamkaziyu kuti mwina ndingaone ana kudzera mwa iyeyu.”
Abramu anamvera Sarai. 3Tsono Sarai anatenga Hagara wantchito wake wamkazi wa ku Igupto uja namupereka kwa Abramu mwamuna wake kuti akhale mkazi wake. Izi zinachitika Abramu atakhala ku Kanaani zaka khumi. 4Abramu atalowana ndi Hagara, Hagara uja anatenga mimba.
Pamene Hagara anadziwa kuti anali woyembekezera anayamba kunyoza mbuye wake Sarai. 5Pamenepo Sarai anati kwa Abramu, “Inu ndinu amene mwandiputira nkhanza zikundichitikirazi. Ndinakupatsani wantchito wanga wamkazi kuti akhale mkazi wanu, ndiye tsopano wayamba kundinyoza ine chifukwa wadziwa kuti ndi woyembekezera. Yehova ndiye amene aweruze pakati pa inu ndi ine.”
6Abramu anati, “Wantchito wakoyu ali mʼmanja mwako. Chita naye chilichonse chimene ukuganiza kuti ndi chokukomera.” Tsono Sarai anazunza Hagara mpaka anathawa.
7Mngelo wa Yehova anamupeza Hagara pafupi ndi chitsime mʼchipululu. Chinali chitsime chimene chili mʼmphepete mwa msewu wopita ku Suri. 8Ndipo mngeloyo anati, “Hagara, iwe wantchito wa Sarai, ukuchokera kuti ndipo ukupita kuti?”
Iye anayankha, “Ndikuthawa mbuye wanga Sarai.”
9Mngelo wa Yehova anamuwuza kuti, “Bwerera kwa mbuye wako ndipo ukamugonjere. 10Ndidzakupatsa zidzukulu zambiri zoti munthu sangaziwerenge.”
11Mngelo wa Yehova uja anamuwuzanso kuti,
ndipo udzabala mwana wamwamuna.
Udzamutcha dzina lake Ismaeli,
pakuti Yehova wamva kulira chifukwa cha kuzunzika kwako.
12Iye adzakhala munthu wa khalidwe ngati mʼmbulu wamisala;
adzadana ndi aliyense
ndipo anthu onse adzadana naye,
adzakhala mwaudani pakati pa abale ake
13Hagara anatcha Yehova amene anamuyankhula uja dzina loti: “Ndinu Mulungu amene mumandiona,” popeza anati, “Ndakumana ndi Yehova atatha kundikomera mtima.” 14Nʼchifukwa chake chitsime chija chimene chili pakati pa Kadesi ndi Beredi chinatchedwa Beeri-lahai-roi.
15Tsono Hagara anamuberekera Abramu mwana wamwamuna ndipo Abramu anamutcha mwanayo Ismaeli. 16Pamene Hagara anamubalira Ismaeli nʼkuti Abramuyo ali ndi zaka 86.