NOW SARAI, ABRAM'S WIFE, HAD BORNE HIM NO CHILDREN. SHE HAD A FEMALE EGYPTIAN SERVANT WHOSE NAME WAS HAGAR. AND SARAI SAID TO ABRAM, "BEHOLD NOW, THE LORD HAS PREVENTED ME FROM BEARING CHILDREN. GO IN TO MY SERVANT; IT MAY BE THAT I SHALL OBTAIN CHILDREN BY HER." AND ABRAM LISTENED TO THE VOICE OF SARAI. SO, AFTER ABRAM HAD LIVED TEN YEARS IN THE LAND OF CANAAN, SARAI, ABRAM'S WIFE, TOOK HAGAR THE EGYPTIAN, HER SERVANT, AND GAVE HER TO ABRAM HER HUSBAND AS A WIFE. AND HE WENT IN TO HAGAR, AND SHE CONCEIVED. AND WHEN SHE SAW THAT SHE HAD CONCEIVED, SHE LOOKED WITH CONTEMPT ON HER MISTRESS. AND SARAI SAID TO ABRAM, "MAY THE WRONG DONE TO ME BE ON YOU! I GAVE MY SERVANT TO YOUR EMBRACE, AND WHEN SHE SAW THAT SHE HAD CONCEIVED, SHE LOOKED ON ME WITH CONTEMPT. MAY THE LORD JUDGE BETWEEN YOU AND ME!" BUT ABRAM SAID TO SARAI, "BEHOLD, YOUR SERVANT IS IN YOUR POWER; DO TO HER AS YOU PLEASE." THEN SARAI DEALT HARSHLY WITH HER, AND SHE FLED FROM HER.

Genesis 16:1-6

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