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THE ANGEL BY THE WELL
Genesis xvi: 1, to xvii: 27.
OU remember that Abram's wife, who had journeyed with him
from Ur of the Chaldees, and who lived in his tent all
those years, was named Sarai. Now Sarai had a maid, a
servant that waited on her, whose name was Hagar. She
came from the land of Egypt, where were the pyramids
and the temples. But Sarai and her maid Hagar had some
trouble; they could not agree, and Sarai was so sharp
and severe with Hagar, that at last Hagar ran away from
She went out into the desert, and took the road that
led down to Egypt, her own country, the land from which
she had come. On the way she stopped beside a spring of
water. There an angel from the Lord met her, and said
"Hagar, are you not the servant of Sarai, Abram's wife?
What are you doing here? Where are you going?"
HAGAR BY THE SPRING OF WATER
And Hagar said to the angel:
"I am going away from my mistress Sarai, because I do
not wish to stay with her and serve her any longer."
Then the angel said to Hagar:
"Go back to your mistress Sarai, and submit to her, for
it is better for you than to go away. God knows all
your troubles, for he sees you and hears you, and he
will help you. By and by you shall have a son, and you
shall call his name Ishmael, because God has heard
The word Ishmael means "God hears." So whenever Hagar
should speak her boy's name, she would think "God has
Then the angel told Hagar that her son Ishmael should
be strong and fierce, and that no one should be able to
overcome him, or his children, or his descendants,
those who should come after him.
So Hagar was comforted, and went back again to serve
 And afterward the well where she saw the angel was
called by a name which means "The well of the Living
One who sees me." And after this, Hagar had a son; and
as the angel told her, she called his name Ishmael;
that is, "God hears." We shall read more about Hagar
and Ishmael a little later. After this, while Abram was
living near Hebron, the Lord came to him again and
spoke to him, while Abram bowed with his face to the
ground. God said:
"I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be perfect;
and I will make you a father of many nations. And your
name shall be changed. You shall no more be called
Abram, but Abraham, a word that means "Father of a
multitude," because you shall be the father of many
nations of people. And your wife's name shall also be
changed. She shall no more be called Sarai, but Sarah;
that is, "princess." And you and Sarah shall have a
son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and he shall
have sons when he becomes a man, and his descendants,
those who spring from him, shall be very many people."
So from this time he was
no longer Abram, but Abraham, and his wife was called Sarah.