1 Sarai, Abram's wife, bare him no children. But she had a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 2 Wherefore she said unto Abram, "Behold the LORD hath closed me, that I can not bear. I pray thee go in unto my maid, peradventure I shall be multiplied by means of her." And Abram heard the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her maid the Egyptian - after Abram had dwelled ten years in the land of Canaan - and gave her to her husband Abram, to be his wife. 4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived her mistress was despised in her sight. 5 Then said Sarai unto Abram, "Thou dost me unright, for I have given my maid into thy bosom: and now because she seeth that she hath conceived, I am despised in her sight: the LORD judge between thee and me."
6 Then said Abram to Sarai, "Behold, thy maid is in thy hand, do with her as it pleaseth thee." And because Sarai fared foul with her, she fled from her.
7 And the Angel of the LORD found her beside a fountain of water in the wilderness: even by a well in the way to Shur. 8 And he said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence comest thou and whither wilt thou go?" And she answered, "I flee from my mistress Sarai."
9 And the Angel of the LORD said unto her, "Return to thy mistress again, and submit thyself under her hands." 10 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, "I will so increase thy seed, that it shall not be numbered for multitude."
11 And the LORD's angel said further unto her, "See, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael: because the LORD hath heard thy tribulation. 12 He will be a wild man, and his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him. And yet shall he dwell fast by all his brethren."
13 And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, "Thou art the God that lookest on me," for she said, "I have of a surety seen here the back parts of him that seeth me." 14 Wherefore she called the well, "the well of the living that seeth me" which well is between Kadesh and Bered.