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1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. 4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. 6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me. 7 And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age. 8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned. 9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. 10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. 11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son. 12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. 13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed. 14 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. 15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. 16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept. 17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. 19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. 20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer. 21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Paran: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of Egypt. 22 And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest: 23 Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son's son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned. 24 And Abraham said, I will swear. 25 And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech's servants had violently taken away. 26 And Abimelech said, I wot not who hath done this thing; neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day. 27 And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto Abimelech; and both of them made a covenant. 28 And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. 29 And Abimelech said unto Abraham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves? 30 And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well. 31 Wherefore he called that place Beersheba; because there they sware both of them. 32 Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines. 33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God. 34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines' land many days.

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1 Cary W = "This is very similar to the Holy Spirit visiting Mary and her thereby being able to conceive in spite of circumstance.  And from each a nation and people of God are born."
2 Cary W = "Sarah refers to the laugh we all share when we see that once again God is able to perform the impossible where we had once laughed at such possibility.  It is a mode of humor and humility and profound awe and gratitude."
3 Sarah R = "Galatians 421 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. 23 His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.24 These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.27 For it is written:“Be glad, barren woman,    you who never bore a child;shout for joy and cry aloud,    you who were never in labor;because more are the children of the desolate woman    than of her who has a husband.”28 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. 30 But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” 31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman."
4 Sarah R = "Paul uses this verse in an interesting fashion in the New Testament. He writes this is Romans 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.Abraham had other children, but the promises of God were carried through Isaac, who was a man of faith. What Paul is saying here in other words, is that one is not saved just because of being born into a particular family or bloodline, but it is faith which saves. The context of this whole chapter shows that Paul is illustrating that even though the Gentiles were not of the chosen people, their faith would save them just the same."
5 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "This is the only place in the entire scripture where the term "bow shot" is used to measure distance. The ancient Rabbis explained that the Torah was letting us know that the descendants of Ishmael [Arab nations] would be violent. When one measures distance by how far they can kill a target, the resulting culture will degrade into one that encourages death and destruction. #prophetic"
6 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Verse 17 - Shouldn't the Bible have said that "God heard the voice of the lad"? Why did the scriptures specifically say "God heard the voice of the lad in his place"?The ancient Rabbis explained that Ishmael was going to grow up into a wicked person and as such he could have been punished to die in the desert. The Torah is teaching us however that God looks at each of us "in the place" we are at in that time. Since Ishmael was a child and had not grown up yet to do the wicked things he was destined to do, God judged him in his current state "where he is"  and saved him from death.  This is a lesson for us all that no matter where in life we may go, God listens to us whenever we call to him. He does not judge us for things we will do, only for how we currently are. Since we all have the gift of free choice, we can always change at any moment. "
7 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The well of water was already there but she had been so determined that her son was going to die, she couldn't "see" it. This is known as being "unable to see the forest for the trees". Most parents would fight until the bitter end to ensure their child's survival but the moment Hagar's bottle ran dry, she gave up and left Ishmael alone to die."
8 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = ""Be'er" in Hebrew means Well, and Sheba means both Seven and Covenant. Be'ersheva therefore means the "Well of the Covenant or the Well of Seven [lambs which were used for the covenant]"."