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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
The Lord heard of the misery of Hagar who had run away. And “The angel of the Lord” found her at a spring beside the road. There he gave Hagar instructions to return and submit herself to her mistress. She was promised descendants too numerous to count.
Hagar was also told the child with whom she was pregnant would be a son and that she should call him Ishmael and that Ishmael would be a “wild man” and his hand would be against every man and every man’s hand would be against him. This does not seem to me to be a positive thing, regardless of the many descendants Hagar was promised, but perhaps in those days, it was a more common way of life than I would assume. I am excited to keep on reading. Somewhere along the way I may discover that Ishmael became a great warrior.
Whether Hagar was pleased with the information she received or not, she realized that she had seen God and she obeyed his instruction and returned to Sarai and Abram.
When Hagar’s son was born, Abram gave him the name Ishmael as God had instructed at the spring.
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