One Year Bible Reflections - Flipbook - Page 25
I am worn out from sobbing.
All night I flood my bed with
drenching it with my tears.
7 My vision is blurred by grief;
my eyes are worn out because
of all my enemies.
Go away, all you who do evil,
for the Lord has heard my
9 The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord will answer my prayer.
10 May all my enemies be disgraced
May they suddenly turn back in
6:TITLE Hebrew with stringed instruments; according to the
sheminith. 6:5 Hebrew from Sheol?
“For they hated knowledge and chose
not to fear the Lord. They rejected my
[Wisdom’s] advice and paid no attention when I corrected them. Therefore,
they must eat the bitter fruit of living
their own way, choking on their own
schemes. For simpletons turn away
from me—to death. Fools are destroyed
by their own complacency. But all who
listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”
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Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been
able to bear children for him. But she had
an Egyptian servant named Hagar. 2So
Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and
sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have
children through her.” And Abram
agreed with Sarai’s proposal. 3So Sarai,
Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian
servant and gave her to Abram as a wife.
(This happened ten years after Abram
had settled in the land of Canaan.)
4 So Abram had sexual relations with
Hagar, and she became pregnant. But
when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she
began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with
contempt. 5Then Sarai said to Abram,
“This is all your fault! I put my servant
into your arms, but now that she’s pregnant she treats me with contempt. The
Lord will show who’s wrong— you
6 Abram replied, “Look, she is your
servant, so deal with her as you see fit.”
Then Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that
she finally ran away.
7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar
beside a spring of water in the wilderness, along the road to Shur. 8The angel
said to her, “Hagar, Sarai’s servant, where
have you come from, and where are you
“I’m running away from my mistress,
Sarai,” she replied.
9 The angel of the Lord said to her,
“Return to your mistress, and submit to
her authority.” 10Then he added, “I will
give you more descendants than you can
11 And the angel also said, “You are
now pregnant and will give birth to a son.
You are to name him Ishmael (which
means ‘God hears’), for the Lord has
heard your cry of distress. 12This son of
yours will be a wild man, as untamed as a
wild donkey! He will raise his fist against
everyone, and everyone will be against
him. Yes, he will live in open hostility
against all his relatives.”
13 Thereafter, Hagar used another
name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God
who sees me.”* She also said, “Have I
truly seen the One who sees me?” 14So
that well was named Beer- lahai- roi
(which means “well of the Living One
who sees me”). It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered.
15 So Hagar gave Abram a son, and
Abram named him Ishmael. 16Abram
was eighty-six years old when Ishmael