- And Sara the wife of Abram bore him no
children; and she had an Egyptian maid,
whose name was Agar.
- And Sara said to
Abram, Behold, the Lord has restrained me
from bearing, go therefore in to my maid,
that I may get children for myself through
her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of
- So Sara the wife of Abram having
taken Agar the Egyptian her handmaid,
after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land
of Chanaan, gave her to Abram her husband
as a wife to him.
- And he went in to Agar,
and she conceived, and saw that she was
with child, and her mistress was dishonoured
- And Sara said to Abram, I am
injured by thee; I gave my handmaid into
thy bosom, and when I saw that she was
with child, I was dishonoured before her.
The Lord judge between me and thee.
- And Abram said to Sara, Behold thy handmaid
is in thy hands, use her as it may seem good
to thee. And Sara afflicted her, and she fled
from her face.
- And an angel of the Lord found her by
the fountain of water in the wilderness, by
the fountain in the way to Sur.
- And the
angel of the Lord said to her, Agar, Sara's
maid, whence comest thou, and whither
goest thou? and she said, I am fleeing
from the face of my mistress Sara.
- And the angel of the Lord said to her, Return to
thy mistress, and submit thyself under her
- And the angel of the Lord said to
her, I will surely multiply thy seed, and it
shall not be numbered for multitude.
- And the angel of the Lord said to her, Behold,
thou art with child, and shalt bear a son,
and shalt call his name Ismael, for the Lord
hath hearkened to thy humiliation.
- He shall be a wild man, his hands against all,
and the hands of all against him, and he
shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
- And she called the name of the
Lord God who spoke to her, Thou art God
who seest me; for she said, For I have openly
seen him that appeared to me.
she called the well, The well of him whom I
have openly seen; behold it is between Cades
- And Agar bore a son to
Abram; and Abram called the name of his
son which Agar bore to him, Ismael.
- And Abram was eighty-six years old, when Agar
bore Ismael to Abram.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]