Now Sarai, Abram’s wife had borne him no children, and she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar.
This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar.
Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels.
Abram said, “O Lord God, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?”
Sarai was barren; she had no child.
Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.
But God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named.
He lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived.
There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and had borne no children.
But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years.
And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.