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1 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

2 And 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.

3 And 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.

5 And 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.

6 But 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.

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.

8 And 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.

9 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.

10 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.

11 And 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.

12 And 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.

13 And 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?

14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.

16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

 


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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 16 Bible commentary...



Sarai gives Hagar to Abram. (1-3) Hagar's misbehaviour to Sarai. (4-6) The Angel commands Hagar to return, The promise to her Birth of Ishmael. (7-16)1-3 Sarai, no longer expecting to have children herself, proposed to Abram to take another wife, whose children she might; her slave, whose children would be her property. This was done without asking counsel of the Lord. Unbelief worked, God's almighty power was forgotten. It was a bad example, and a source of manifold uneasiness. In every relation and situation in life there is some cross for us to bear: much of the exercise of faith consists in patiently submitting, in waiting the Lord's time, and using only those means which he appoints for the removal of the cross. Foul temptations may have very fair pretences, and be coloured with that which is very plausible. Fleshly wisdom puts us out of God's way. This would not be the case, if we would ask counsel of God by his word and by prayer, before we attempt that which is doubtful.

4-6 Abram's unhappy marriage to Hagar very soon made a great deal of mischief. We may thank ourselves for the guilt and grief that follow us, when we go out of the way of our duty. See it in this case, Passionate people often quarrel with others, for things of which they themselves must bear the blame. Sarai had given her maid to Abram, yet she cries out, My wrong be upon thee. That is never said wisely, which pride and anger put into our mouths. Those are not always in the right, who are most loud and forward in appealing to God: such rash and bold imprecations commonly speak guilt and a bad cause. Hagar forgot that she herself had first given the provocation, by despising her mistress. Those that suffer for their faults, ought to bear it patiently, #1Pe 2:20|.

7-16 Hagar was out of her place, and out of the way of her duty, and going further astray, when the Angel found her. It is a great mercy to be stopped in a sinful way, either by conscience or by providence. Whence comest thou? Consider that thou art running from duty, and the privileges thou wast blest with in Abram's tent. It is good to live in a religious family, which those ought to consider who have this advantage. Whither wilt thou go? Thou art running into sin; if Hagar return to Egypt, she will return to idol gods, and into danger in the wilderness through which she must travel. Recollecting who we are, would often teach us our duty. Inquiring whence we came, would show us our sin and folly. Considering whither we shall go, discovers our danger and misery. And those who leave their space and duty, must hasten their return, how mortifying soever it be. The declaration of the Angel, "I will," shows this Angel was the eternal Word and Son of God. Hagar could not but admire the Lord's mercy, and feel, Have I, who am so unworthy, been favoured with a gracious visit from the Lord? She was brought to a better temper, returned, and by her behaviour softened Sarai, and received more gentle treatment. Would that we were always suitably impressed with this thought, Thou God seest me!

 


Recent Comments for Genesis Chapter 16...

 


Derek's Genesis Chapter 16 comment about verse 12 on 8/12/2014, 11:35am...

it appears that the state of unrest in the Middle East is directly related to this prophecy, as the modern day Arabs are direct descendants of Ishmael and when they are not fighting against when they are not fighting Israel they are fighting among themselves i

 


Joseph's Genesis Chapter 16 comment on 8/04/2014, 1:41pm...

Our earthly wisdom is nothing but foolishness in the sight of God. The moment we stop being spiritual, the carnal worldly fleshly man will rise up since we all know nature abhors vacuum. One moment of walking in the flesh can cause so much trouble and we need Grace to always stand by whatever God has promised through His Written Word or Rhema divine revelation . I Corinthians 1 25 says 'Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God is stronger than men. ' Romans 8 8 says 'So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God '. Lastly, Proverbs 3 5 6 encourages us to 'Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. '. That you made a mistake does not mean God cannot turn it around for good, after all Ishmael came from the loins of Abraham and if God had disallowed Hagar from conceiving for Abraham, there would have been no Ishmael, but God is the Governor of the Universe and nothing happens anywhere or anytime without His permission. He alone takes all the glory

 


AMEMSOR-DOE GIFTY's Genesis Chapter 16 comment on 1/06/2014, 3:27am...

IT PAYS TO WAIT UPON GOD.
HABAAKKUK 2:3
FOR THE VISION IS YET FOR AN APPOINTED TIME, BUT AT THE END IT SHALL SPEAK AND NOT LIE: THOUGH IT TARRY, WAIT FOR IT; BECUSE IT WILL SURELY COME, IT WILL NOT TARRY.

 


Angela Harris's Genesis Chapter 16 comment about verse 4 on 11/13/2013, 3:35pm...

Sarai should have waited on God and trusted him.

 


Createams's Genesis Chapter 16 comment on 11/07/2013, 7:56am...

Jeniffer Modeste-Wharton St. Matt 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

 


7rs's Genesis Chapter 16 comment about verse 12 on 9/23/2013, 2:22pm...

This passage simply describes the character of Ishmael and all of his descendants.

 


Jeniffer Modeste-Wharton's Genesis Chapter 16 comment on 8/19/2013, 11:21am...

1 Corinthians 6:23 tells us that Christians can judge angels then why would we want to be an angel in heaven when we are greater than angels on earth.

 


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