16 Abram’s wife Sarai had never had any children by him. But she had a female servant from Egypt named Hagar. 2So she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go and make love to my servant. Maybe I can have a family through her.”
When Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to look down on the woman who owned her.
5Then Sarai said to Abram, “It’s your fault that I’m suffering like this. I put my servant in your arms. Now that she knows she’s pregnant, she looks down on me. May the Lord judge between you and me. May he decide which of us is right.”
7The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring of water in the desert. The spring was beside the road to Shur. 8He said, “Hagar, you are the servant of Sarai. Where have you come from? Where are you going?”
“I’m running away from my owner Sarai,” she answered.
9Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to the woman who owns you. Obey her.” 10The angel continued, “I will greatly increase the number of your children after you. You will have more of them than anyone can count.”
“You are now pregnant.
You will have a son.
You will name him Ishmael.
That is because the Lord has heard about your suffering.
He will use his power against everyone.
And everyone will be against him.
He will not be friendly
toward any of his relatives.”