New International Reader’s Version

Genesis 21:1-34

Isaac Is Born

1The Lord was gracious to Sarah, just as he had said he would be. The Lord did for Sarah what he had promised to do. 2Sarah became pregnant. She had a son by Abraham when he was old. The child was born at the exact time God had promised. 3Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah had by him. 4When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him. He did it exactly as God had commanded him. 5Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

6Sarah said, “God has given laughter to me. Everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7She also said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would breast-feed children? But I’ve had a son by him when he is old.”

Abraham Sends Hagar and Ishmael Away

8Isaac grew. The time came for his mother to stop breast-feeding him. On that day Abraham prepared a big celebration. 9But Sarah saw Ishmael making fun of Isaac. Ishmael was the son Hagar had by Abraham. Hagar was Sarah’s Egyptian slave. 10Sarah said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman! Get rid of her son! That woman’s son will never have a share of the family’s property. All of it belongs to my son Isaac.”

11What Sarah said upset Abraham very much. After all, Ishmael was his son. 12But God said to Abraham, “Do not be so upset about the boy and your slave Hagar. Listen to what Sarah tells you, because your family line will continue through Isaac. 13I will also make the son of your slave into a nation. I will do it because he is your child.”

14Early the next morning Abraham got some food and a bottle of water. The bottle was made out of animal skin. He gave the food and water to Hagar, placing them on her shoulders. Then he sent her away with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the Desert of Beersheba.

15When the water in the bottle was gone, she put the boy under a bush. 16Then she sat down about as far away as a person can shoot an arrow. She thought, “I can’t stand to watch the boy die.” As she sat there, she began to sob.

17God heard the boy crying. Then the angel of God called out to Hagar from heaven. He said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid. God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18Lift up the boy and take him by the hand. I will make him into a great nation.”

19Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the bottle with water and gave the boy a drink.

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

The Agreement at Beersheba

22At that time Abimelek and his army commander, Phicol, spoke to Abraham. They said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything you do. 23Now make a promise to me here while God is watching. Give me your word that you will treat me fairly. Promise that you will treat my children and their children the same way. I’ve been kind to you. Now you be kind to me and the country where you are living as an outsider.”

24Abraham said, “I give you my word that I’ll do it.”

25Then Abraham complained to Abimelek that his servants had taken over a well of water. 26But Abimelek said, “I don’t know who has done this. You didn’t tell me. And today is the first time I heard about it.”

27So Abraham gave Abimelek sheep and cattle. The two men came to an agreement. 28Then Abraham picked out seven female lambs from his flock. 29Abimelek asked Abraham, “What’s the meaning of these seven female lambs? Why have you picked them out and set them apart?”

30Abraham replied, “Accept the seven lambs from me. They will be a witness that I dug this well.”

31So that place was named Beersheba. That’s because there the two men came to an agreement.

32After the agreement had been made at Beersheba, Abimelek went back to the land of the Philistines. His army commander, Phicol, went with him. 33Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba. There he called on the name of the Lord, the God who lives forever. 34Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long time.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 21:1-34

Isak Awoɔ

1Afei, Awurade hunuu Sara mmɔbɔ, sɛdeɛ ɔhyɛɛ no bɔ no. 2Sara nyinsɛneeɛ, na ɔwoo ɔbabarima maa Abraham wɔ ne nkɔkoraaberɛm, ɛberɛ a Awurade hyɛɛ no bɔ no mu pɛpɛɛpɛ. 3Abraham too ɔbabarima a Sara woo no maa no no edin Isak, a aseɛ ne Sereɛ. 4Ɛberɛ a Isak dii nnawɔtwe no, ɔtwaa no twetia, sɛdeɛ Onyankopɔn hyɛɛ no no. 5Wɔwoo Isak maa Abraham no, na wadi mfeɛ ɔha.

6Afei, Sara kaa sɛ, “Onyankopɔn ama masere. Na obiara a ɔbɛte saa asɛm yi ne me bɛbom asere.” 7Sara ka kaa ho sɛ, “Hwan na ɔsoo ho daeɛ ka kyerɛɛ Abraham sɛ, Sara bɛwo mma. Nanso, ne nkɔkoraaberɛm yi, mawo ɔbabarima ama no.”

Wɔpam Hagar Ne Ismael

8Abɔfra no nyiniiɛ, ma wɔtwaa no nufoɔ. Ɛda a wɔtwaa Isak nufoɔ no, Abraham too ɛpono kɛseɛ. 9Nanso, Sara hunuu sɛ, ɔbabarima a nʼafenawa Misraimni Hagar woo no maa Abraham no redi Isak ho fɛ. 10Enti, Sara ka kyerɛɛ Abraham sɛ, “Pam saa afenaa yi ne ne babarima yi firi ha; na Isak ne saa afenaa babarima yi nni wʼagyadeɛ biara mu kyɛfa.”

11Abraham tee saa asɛm no, ɛsiane ne babarima Ismael enti, ne werɛ hoo yie. 12Nanso, Onyankopɔn ka kyerɛɛ Abraham sɛ, “Mma wo babarima Ismael ne wʼafenaa Hagar ho asɛm no nnha wo bebree. Asɛm biara a Sara bɛka akyerɛ wo no, tie, ɛfiri sɛ, Isak so na wɔnam bɛkan wʼasefoɔ. 13Mɛma afenaa no babarima Ismael no nso asefoɔ ayɛ ɔman kɛseɛ, ɛfiri sɛ, ɔno nso yɛ wʼaseni.”

14Adeɛ kyee anɔpatutuutu no, Abraham faa aduane ne nsuo a ɛgu aboa nwoma mu, de maa Hagar. Ɔde aduane no ne nsuo no sisii Hagar mmati so, ka kyerɛɛ ɔne ne ba Ismael no sɛ, wɔnkɔ. Ɔfirii hɔ kɔkyinkyinii Beer-Seba ɛserɛ so a na ɔnhunu baabi a ɔrekɔ.

15Nsuo a ɛwɔ aboa nwoma no mu saeɛ no, ɔde ne babarima no kɔhintaa wira no mu baabi. 16Afei, ɔkɔtenaa akyiri baabi a woto ɛboɔ a ɛbɛtɔ, kaa sɛ, “Merentumi nhwɛ sɛ abarimaa no bɛwu.” Na ɛberɛ a Hagar te hɔ saa no, ɔhyɛɛ aseɛ suiɛ.

17Onyankopɔn tee sɛ abarimaa no resu. Onyankopɔn ɔbɔfoɔ frɛɛ Hagar firi soro bisaa no sɛ, “Hagar! Asɛm bɛn na ɛha wo? Nsuro, ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn ate abarimaa no su wɔ baabi a ɔda no. 18Pagya abarimaa no, ɛfiri sɛ, mɛma no ayɛ ɔman kɛseɛ.”

19Afei, Onyankopɔn buee Hagar ani, ma ɔhunuu subura bi. Ɔde aboa nwoma no kɔsaa nsuo ma, ɛnna ɔmaa abarimaa no bi nomeeɛ.

20Onyankopɔn adom enti, abarimaa no nyiniiɛ. Ɔtenaa ɛserɛ no so hunuu agyantoɔ yie. 21Ɛberɛ a ɔte Paran ɛserɛ so no, ne maame kɔfaa ɔbaa firi Misraim asase so de no brɛɛ no awadeɛ.

Abraham Ne Abimelek Apam

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

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

25Afei, Abraham de subura bi a Abimelek nkoa de aniɛden afa no ho asɛm kɔtoo Abimelek anim. 26Nanso, Abimelek kaa sɛ, “Mennim onipa ko a ɔyɛɛ saa adeɛ no. Woammɔ me ho amaneɛ. Ɛnnɛ na mate saa asɛm yi.”

27Enti, Abraham de nnwan ne anantwie brɛɛ Abimelek. Na mmarima baanu yi de yɛɛ apam. 28Abraham yii nnwanten mma abereɛ nson firii nnwankuo no mu gyinaa fa. 29Na Abimelek bisaa Abraham sɛ, “Nnwanten mma abereɛ nson a woayi wɔn agyina fa yi ase kyerɛ sɛn?”

30Abraham buaa sɛ, “Nʼasekyerɛ ara ne sɛ, ɛyɛ akyɛdeɛ a mede rema wo de adi adanseɛ sɛ, me na metuu saa abura yi.”

31Ɛfiri saa ɛberɛ no rekorɔ no, wɔfrɛɛ saa abura no, Beer-Seba a aseɛ ne Ntanka Abura, ɛfiri sɛ, ɛhɔ na wɔn baanu yɛɛ apam no.

32Wɔyɛɛ apam no wiee wɔ Beer-Seba no, ɔhene Abimelek ne ne Sahene Pikol sane kɔɔ Filistifoɔ asase so. 33Abraham nso duaa dua bi a wɔfrɛ no ɛsɛnteɛ wɔ abura no ho wɔ Beer-Seba. Ɛhɔ na daa na ɔsom Awurade teasefoɔ no. 34Abraham tenaa Filistifoɔ asase no so sɛ ɔmamfrani nna bebree.