The Birth of Isaac
Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said,
and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.
Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age,
at the very time God had promised him.
Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
When his son Isaac was eight years old, Abraham circumcised him,
as God commanded him.
Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter,
and everyone who hears about will laugh with me."
And she added, "Who would have said to Abraham that
Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have born him a son in his old age."
Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away
The child grew and was weaned,
and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a hreat feast.
But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham
and she said to Abraham, "Get rid of that slave wman and her son,
for hat slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.
The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son.
But God said to him, "Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant.
Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring
will be reckoned.
I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also,
because he is your offspring."
Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water
and gave them to Hagar. He set tem on her shoulders and then sent her off
with te boy. She went on her way and wandered in the desert of Beersheba.
When the wate in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes.
Then she went off and sat down nearby, about a bowshot away, for she thought,
"I cannot watch the boy die." And she sat there nearby, she began to sob.
God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven
and said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard
the boy crying as he kies there.
Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation."
Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water.
So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy to drink.
God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer.
While he was living in the Desert of Paran,
his mother got a wife for him from Egypt.
The Treaty at Beersheba
At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham,
"God is with you in everything you do.
Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me
or my children or my descendants. Show to memand the country
where you are living as an alien the same kindness I have shown to you."
Abraham said, "I swear it."
Then Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water
that Abimelech's servants had seized.
But Abimelech said, "I don't know whohas done this.
You did not tell me, and I heard about it only today."
So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelech,
and the two men made a treaty.
Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock,
and Abimelech asked Abraham, "What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs
you have set apart by themselves?"
He replied, "Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well."
So that place was called Beersheba, becuase the two men swore an oath there.
Afer the treaty had been made at Beersheba, Abimelech and Phicol the commander
of his forces returned to the land of the Philistine.
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba,
and there he called upon the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.
And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistine for a long time.