The Birth of Isaac

211 Then the Lord took note of Sarah as He had said , and the Lord did for Sarah as He had promised . 2 So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age , at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. 3 Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac . 4 Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old , as God had commanded him. 5 Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 Sarah said , "God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me." 7 And she said , " Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children ? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age ."

Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away

8 The child grew and was weaned , and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned .

9 Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian , whom she had borne to Abraham , mocking . 10 Therefore she said to Abraham , " Drive out this maid and her son , for the son of this maid shall not be an heir with my son Isaac ." 11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because e of his son . 12 But God said to Abraham , "Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid ; whatever e Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named . 13 "And of the son of the maid I will make a nation also , because he is your descendant ."

14 So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar , putting them on her shoulder , and gave her the boy , and sent her away . And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba . 15 When the water in the skin was used up, she left the boy under one of the bushes . 16 Then she went and sat down opposite e him, about a bowshot e away , for she said , "Do not let me see the boy die ." And she sat opposite e him, and lifted up her voice and wept . 17 God heard the lad crying ; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What is the matter with you, Hagar ? Do not fear , for God has heard the voice of the lad where e he is. 18 "Arise , lift up the lad , and hold him by the hand , for I will make a great nation of him." 19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water ; and she went and filled the skin with water and gave the lad a drink . 20 God was with the lad , and he grew ; and he lived in the wilderness and became an archer e . 21 He lived in the wilderness of Paran , and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt .

The Covenant between Abraham and Abimelech

22 Now it came about at that time that Abimelech and Phicol , the commander of his army , spoke to Abraham , saying , " God is with you in all that you do ; 23 now therefore, swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity , but according to the kindness that I have shown to you, you shall show to me and to the land in which you have sojourned ." 24 Abraham said , "I swear it." 25 But Abraham complained to Abimelech because e of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech had seized . 26 And Abimelech said , "I do not know who has done this thing ; you did not tell me, nor e did I hear of it until today ." 27 Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech , and the two of them made a covenant . 28 Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves . 29 Abimelech said to Abraham , "What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves ?" 30 He said , "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness to me, that I dug this well ." 31 Therefore e he called that place Beersheba , because there the two of them took an oath . 32 So they made a covenant at Beersheba ; and Abimelech and Phicol , the commander of his army , arose and returned to the land of the Philistines .

33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba , and there he called on the name of the Lord , the Everlasting God . 34 And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines for many days .