Genesis 16:2

“And Sarai said vnto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee go in vnto my maid: it may bee that I may obtaine children by her: and Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.”

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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.
- King James Version

So Sarai said to Abram, "Now behold, the LORD has prevented me from bearing {children.} Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her. And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, Jehovah hath restrained me from bearing; go in, I pray thee, unto my handmaid; it may be that I shall obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Sarai said to Abram, See, the Lord has not let me have children; go in to my servant, for I may get a family through her. And Abram did as Sarai said.
- Basic English Bible

And Sarai said to Abram, Behold now, Jehovah has shut me up, that I do not bear. Go in, I pray thee, to my maidservant: it may be that I shall be built up by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
- Darby Bible

And Sarai said to Abram, Behold, now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee go in to my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
- Webster's Bible

Sarai said to Abram, "See now, Yahweh has restrained me from bearing. Please go in to my handmaid. It may be that I will obtain children by her." Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.
- World English Bible

and Sarai saith unto Abram, `Lo, I pray thee, Jehovah hath restrained me from bearing, go in, I pray thee, unto my handmaid; perhaps I am built up from her;' and Abram hearkeneth to the voice of Sarai.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Sarai said unto Abram: 'Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing; go in, I pray thee, unto my handmaid; it may be that I shall be builded up through her.' And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

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Discussion for Genesis 16

  • Teenu
    Very true. He knows and is always with us in every walk of life.
  • A disciple
    "..And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face...And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands." Sarai was right to punish her and "deal hardly" with her: Hagar did wrong toward her Mistress when she arrogantly despised her. God's will for all of us is to be right and do right to each other by accepting rebukes and corrections.
  • Vigi
    truly sarah had lost faith
  • Mugenge george
    GODS time the best
  • BSP
    Verse 4: Hagar began to show disrespect towards Sarah. When we receive a privilege or good happens to us, we want to continue to show respect to other people and not look down on anyone.
  • Grant
    Thank God this website exists because there are no other things on the internet that are holy, except for other similar websites.

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