16:1  NOW SARAI, Abram's wife, had borne him no children. She had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar.

16:2  And Sarai said to Abram, See here, the Lord has restrained me from bearing [children]. I am asking you to have intercourse with my maid; it may be that I can obtain children by her. And Abram listened to {and} heeded what Sarai said.

16:3  So Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her Egyptian maid, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his [secondary] wife.

16:4  And he had intercourse with Hagar, and she became pregnant; and when she saw that she was with child, she looked with contempt upon her mistress {and} despised her.

16:5  Then Sarai said to Abram, May [the responsibility for] my wrong {and} deprivation of rights be upon you! I gave my maid into your bosom, and when she saw that she was with child, I was contemptible {and} despised in her eyes. May the Lord be the judge between you and me.

16:6  But Abram said to Sarai, See here, your maid is in your hands {and} power; do as you please with her. And when Sarai dealt severely with her, humbling {and} afflicting her, she [Hagar] fled from her.

16:7  But the Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness on the road to Shur.

16:8  And He said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, where did you come from, and where are you intending to go? And she said, I am running away from my mistress Sarai.

16:9  The Angel of the Lord said to her, Go back to your mistress and [humbly] submit to her control.

16:10  Also the Angel of the Lord said to her, I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be numbered for multitude.

16:11  And the Angel of the Lord continued, See now, you are with child and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Ishmael [God hears], because the Lord has heard {and} paid attention to your affliction.

16:12  And he [Ishmael] will be as a wild ass among men; his hand will be against every man and every man's hand against him, and he will live to the east {and} on the borders of all his kinsmen.

16:13  So she called the name of the Lord Who spoke to her, You are a God of seeing, for she said, Have I [not] even here [in the wilderness] looked upon Him Who sees me [and lived]? {Or} have I here also seen [the future purposes or designs of] Him Who sees me?

16:14  Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi [A well to the Living One Who sees me]; it is between Kadesh and Bered.

16:15  And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son whom Hagar bore Ishmael.

16:16  Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael.